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Students begin the year with a three-week orientation program that prepares them for academic and cultural life in France through an intensive language review and mini-courses in French literature, contemporary history, and civilization. Students acquire first-hand experience in the language and the culture by living with host families. The orientation includes an excursion to a region outside of Paris, such as Normandy, the Loire Valley, Burgundy or the Côte d'Azur.

Course Requirements

Four courses each semester, selected from the following:

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 Sciences a Paris program.


Special tutorials, arranged by the faculty director, are offered at the Smith Center to supplement regular university coursework and to provide in-depth study in areas of students' concentration and interest.

Language Pledge

Students pledge to speak French at the Smith Center in Reid Hall, during excursions and among themselves.


Students enroll in 34 Smith College credits: 16 per semester, plus 2 credits for orientation.