Smith in Paris
Paris is an intellectually stimulating hub of humanities, science, art and more. Choose courses from Parisian universities in addition to courses offered at Smith’s center in Montparnasse.
Smith student applications for the 2024–25 academic year are due by Monday, February 5, 2024. Smith Programs Abroad accept applications from students of any gender identity. Guest student applications will be accepted until the second Monday in March (March 11, 2024) on a space-available, rolling basis; applying by the February deadline is encouraged.
The Paris Program
The Paris Program welcomes students from every discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Students in the Paris Program are free to choose their courses according to their interests and majors, which they may take at the Smith Center, along with our partners in the Three College Consortium—Smith, Hamilton, and Middlebury Colleges—and/or at one of our partner French universities—the Sorbonne Université or Université de Paris. Students majoring in Psychology may take a year-long course at the École des Psychologues Praticiens. Students majoring in Government or Economics may take two of their courses at the prestigious Institut d'études politiques de Paris, also known as "Sciences Po." Studio Art and Architecture students may study at the École Normale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris Val-de-Seine. Excursions and group cultural activities are a regular part of the program. Many students choose to stay in Paris or France after the Smith program ends to do a summer internship or pursue research, often with the support of a grant or fellowship.
Students begin the year with a short, intensive orientation program that prepares them for the challenges of academic, social, and cultural life in France. Students begin to acquire first-hand experience in the language and culture by living with host families who reside in Paris.
Four courses each semester, selected from the following:
- Advanced French language at the Smith Center
- Courses in political science and French culture as part of the Smith-Hamilton-Middlebury Consortium courses
- Courses in the humanities, social sciences, and laboratory sciences at the French university. (University registration takes place after arrival in Paris, in consultation with the faculty director.)
Please note: Courses in musical performance, dance, and studio art may be available to majors or minors in those fields. Laboratory science courses are available through the program Les Sciences à Paris.
In recent years students have pursued non-credit internships with such organizations as the following:
- Conseil National Français des Arts Plastiques at UNESCO (translating documents pertaining to the administration of artistic projects in France)
- Institut Nationale d'Histoire de l'Art
- French Heritage Society (internships in a variety of places in the larger Parisian area (Chantilly, Versailles) offering exceptional opportunities for students in the fields of architecture, cultural management, art history, preservation and horticulture)
- The American Library (internships for students interested in working with books and digital media in a library environment)
- L’institut Gustave Roussy, Public Health Policy (an internship for students interested in public health)
Life in Paris
For resources and information about the French visa application process, please visit the Paris Accepted Students website.