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Hamilton in France

Orientation

All students, annual and semester, enjoy a well-planned linguistic and cultural orientation to ease the transition to studying and living in France.


Orientation in Biarritz for Annual and Fall Students

Biarritz, a popular town on the French Atlantic coast, lies at the entrance to Basque Country and faces the mountains of Spain. Its rolling surf and relaxed atmosphere are perfect ingredients for smoothing the transition to life in France and for forming new friendships in the group. The program of French courses taught by French faculty (approximately two weeks) receives partial credit and includes:

  • Mandatory courses in text analysis, writing and conversation
  • Field trips to locations in Basque Country and local cultural outings
  • Regularly scheduled orientation meetings in preparation for Paris
  • Individual academic advising with the resident director for the year in Paris

In Biarritz, students live with French families who help them adjust to life in France.

Orientation in Paris for Spring Students

The small number of students joining the group in spring (mid-January) enjoys a separate orientation in Paris. Spring students are welcomed at the airport and participate in a week of cultural and academic activities (mandatory courses, performances and visits, activities with annual students) and advising, along with annual students.

The non-credit-bearing spring orientation includes mandatory courses in writing and conversation, advising and regular individual meetings with the director. It usually concludes with a weekend excursion to one of the southern regions.

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