The program attracts students from across the academic disciplines (humanities, the arts, the social sciences and the natural sciences) and who are considering a range of careers: government and nonprofit work, international business, media, foreign service, teaching, medicine, the visual and performing arts, and humanities and law, among others.
HiF encourages annual participation but welcomes semester applications as well.
SUPERVISION: Faculty members of the Hamilton College French department rotate as Resident Directors in Paris. Supporting staff in France have extensive experience with American and French academic and cultural practices. Together, they provide sustained advising and personalized attention to students. HiF has a long history. It was founded as Hamilton College Junior Year in France in 1957 and maintains a long tradition of excellence.
HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE: Our students stay in centrally located, safe and comfortable homestays, which HiF supervises closely. Students participate in a rich program of excursions and cultural activities in various French regions and in Paris. Both housing and excursions are included in the general tuition and fees.
PLEDGE: Participants pledge to speak French only during all activities, in their home stays and with other HiF students. But students emerge from HiF with more than excellent language skills.
With advice from the program director, students each design an individualized program of studies to meet their specific academic requirements and to foster their intellectual growth and curiosity. If students are interested, Hamilton in France will help them find extracurricular activities such as volunteer work, sports or music.
In the Paris-based program, students stay in carefully chosen French-speaking homes where they can live the language and culture. Half board is included in tuition and fees.
Included with tuition and fees is a program of organized excursions to various regions in France and in and around Paris. These trips help round out the student experience in meaningful, and fun, ways.