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At a Glance

Smith in Paris: A Student's Perspective

The Curriculum

This full-year program begins with a three-week orientation including courses in language, culture and contemporary history; cultural activities; and an introduction to living, studying and volunteering 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.

New! Les Sciences à Paris

The Sciences à Paris option is a yearlong program designed explicitly to support 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.

New! Architecture and Art History at Val de Seine

Beginning in 2015-16: The Smith in Paris program will offer students in architecture and art history the opportunity to study at the premier architecture school in Paris, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture - Val de Seine (UNSAVDS). Participants in this yearlong program combine coursework in architectural history, urban studies, language and culture with intenstive 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–the Université de Paris IV, the multidisciplinary Université de Paris VII-Denis Diderot, and the Institut d'Études Politiques ("Sciences Po"). Courses are also offered at the Smith Center and through consortium colleges. 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 or the nearby suburbs. Thanks to one of the best public transportation systems in the world, students travel effortlessly throughout Paris and its environs.

The Smith Center and Faculty Director

Situated in the heart of Montparnasse, the Smith Center is located at the renowned Reid Hall Global Center, a focal point of intellectual and cultural exchange for over a century. The Smith Center offers students a library, computer facilities, classrooms and the offices of the faculty and associate directors. The director in Paris, appointed annually from the Smith College faculty, provides academic advising and cultural guidance. The program associate director, a Parisian 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 (2/02/15). 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 (3/09/15).

2014-15 Program Fee

$29,700 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.