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Students in the Smith College program reside in private homes in Paris with carefully selected families who are dedicated to helping them to deepen their knowledge of the French language and culture.

Boarding with host families has long proven to be one of the most rewarding aspects of the year abroad. Living with a French host family leads both to profound cross-cultural awareness and to rich and lasting friendships.

Meals and Allowances

Students normally have breakfast and dinner with their host families seven days a week, the cost of which is included in the program fee. Students receive a monthly allowance that covers the cost of lunch during the periods that classes are in session.


During the end of the year, holidays and the spring vacation, students are required to leave their rooms in their host families' apartments. Most students use this time to travel in France and more widely in Europe and beyond.