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At a Glance


The Curriculum

This full-year program begins with a two- or three-week orientation (depending on university affiliation) including courses in language, culture, and history of the Ancien Régime; cultural activities; and an introduction to living and studying in Paris. During the academic year, students enroll in four courses each semester in a range of disciplines, including humanities and arts, social sciences, sciences and math.

Les Sciences à Paris

The Sciences à Paris option is a yearlong program designed explicitly for students in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Coursework, research opportunities, and tutoring are combined into a customized curriculum enabling science students to experience the rich scientific traditions of France, acquire competence in French, and experience the practice of science in an international context. Students with at least one year of college-level French or the equivalent are invited to apply.

Architecture and Art History at Val de Seine

The Smith in Paris program offers students in architecture and art history the opportunity to study at the premier architecture school in Paris, the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture - Val de Seine (UNSAVDS). Participants in this yearlong program combine coursework in architectural history, urban studies, language and culture with intensive studio work. As a result, students are fully immersed in a rigorous design program that engages with the architecture and urban history of Paris, and have the opportunity to interact - both academically and socially - with their French and international peers studying at Val de Seine.

The Universities of Paris

Students choose courses from a variety of Parisian universities, including the historic Sorbonne (“Paris 4”), the Université Paris Diderot (“Paris 7”), and the Institut d'Études Politiques ("Sciences Po"). Courses are also offered at the Smith Center and through the Three-College Consortium (Smith-Hamilton-Middlebury). All courses are taught in French.


Students experience French life firsthand by living with French families, often making lifelong friendships. All homestays are within Paris and are near a subway or bus station.

The Smith Center and Faculty Director

Situated in the heart of Montparnasse, the Smith Center is housed at the renowned Reid Hall Global Center, a focal point of intellectual and cultural exchange for over a century. This is where the faculty director and the associate director have thier offices. In addition, the Smith Center offers students a library, computer facilities, and classrooms. The director in Paris, appointed annually from the Smith College faculty, oversees the program, provides academic advising and offers guidance to university life in France. The program associate director, a French resident, offers additional support and practical assistance on living in France.


Women and men from four-year colleges with at least a 3.0 GPA and four recent semesters (or the equivalent) of college French are invited to apply.

Program Dates

Late August to early June

Application Deadline

Smith student applications are due on the first Monday in February (2/01/16). Guest students are encouraged to apply by the February deadline but will be accepted on a space-available, rolling basis up until the second Monday in March (3/14/16).

2015-16 Program Fee

$30,740 per semester includes orientation, tuition, academic advising and course selection assistance, room, board and a lunch stipend, required health insurance, medical emergency coverage, excursions and cultural activities. Students should consult their home institutions regarding financial aid assistance.