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At a Glance


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 Université Paris-Sorbonne [Paris 4] or the Université Paris Diderot [Paris 7]). Students majoring in Psychology may take a year-long course at the Ecole 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 Ecole 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.

Les Sciences à Paris Option

Students in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering may choose to enroll in the Sciences à Paris option of the Paris program. While participating in all of the program’s excursions and group cultural activities, students who select the year long SAP option follow a customized, science oriented curriculum, explicitly designed to familiarize them with the rich scientific traditions of France, as they 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 (ENSAPVS). 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 their 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 (2/05/18). 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 (3/19/18).

2018-19 Program Fee

$34,820 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.