Welcome to the Smith College Club of France website


Smith College has had strong ties to Paris since the early 20th century.

In 1924, the college took a first-of-its-kind initiative when it created the Junior Year Abroad program here, giving adventurous young women the chance to continue their studies while living in a foreign culture.

Since then, the City of Lights continues to attract Smithies: the Paris JYA program is flourishing, as is the Smith College Club of France (see EventsAbout the Club and our Facebook page!).


SCCF publishes a biannual newsletter to keep SCCF members up-to-date on all that’s going on. To view our most recent issue, check out: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4c35774d3f5e28de69cc7ebec&id=7fe7f85cd2&e=%5


Join the SCCF Facebook Group to chat with other Smithies living in France, organize informal networking events and keep up to date on the club’s activities and upcoming events. It’s easy to do: simply click on https://www.facebook.com/groups/SmithClubFrance/ and then on “join group”!


The Smith Book award is traditionally offered to outstanding 11th graders who exemplify the academic achievement, leadership qualities and concern for others that characterize the thousands of women who have graduated from Smith College.  Through the Book award, clubs all over the world raise awareness for Smith College and encourage applications. Our club supports this tradition, and this past year, in May 2016, My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem was awarded to seven exemplary recipients,  three from Parisian schools : American School of Paris, École Jeannine Manuel, International School of Paris; one in Brittany from the Lycée Sainte Anne in Brest, and three recipients who attended schools in the South of France, the International Bilingual School of Provence, the International School of Nice and the International School of Monaco.


The SCCF currently has 2 functioning Book Clubs. Both are small groups of 6-10 people and meet once a month. The groups would like to keep their numbers manageable and require a general consensus around each new member.  And a friendly reminder: Book club members are kindly requested to pay their SCCF dues. We need your support!

Afternoon Reading Group: the group meets monthly in a member’s home from 4 to 6 p.m. Members take turns choosing the book from a wide-ranging selection that includes 18th and 19th century English novels, modern history, travel and contemporary US and foreign literature. We invite authors to attend at regular intervals. If you would like to join or for more information contact: Marjorie Lallemand marjorie.lal@free.fr.

Evening Book Club: the group meets monthly over dinner in a member’s home to discuss the month’s book. Every year, we choose a theme and 10 books. Recent themes include Midwestern literature, Latin American literature, Postcolonial women writers and Mystery and Suspense Novels … and this year (hold on to your hats), Sex, with authors ranging from Henry Fielding to Marguerite Duras. If you’re interested in joining, please let us know! Just send an email to Robin Silver (robindelou@aol.com) or Sylvie Matthews (sylviematthews@yahoo.com).


Brussels 2018: Smith in Europe Reunion


Mark your calendars for 2020! Not all of us living in Europe can make it back to Northampton, so every two years Smith alums gather for a European reunion. Recent years have included: Berlin (2014), Edinburgh (2016), Brussels (2018) – and the next stop is Paris!

Please note that this is a “Smith in Europe” organised event and we’ll post links to their website soon.