The Middlebury School in France offers cultural and linguistic immersion through a rigorous curriculum and adherence to the Middlebury Language Pledge. By pledging to speak only the target language while abroad, students will have the best chance of acquiring fluency and actively engaging in the local environment. The School in France headquarters is in Paris, and students in Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers can take some or all of their courses at a host university. All students are encouraged to get involved in the community through internships or interactions within the clubs and activities available.
- All course work is conducted entirely in French
- Students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge
- Direct enrollment at local universities
- Housing with French families or students
- Academic internships and volunteer work
Bordeaux, the stunning capital of the Aquitaine region, was referred to as Little Rome in ancient times and is considered by many to be France’s most beautiful city. Although usually associated with France’s famous wine industry, Bordeaux also offers a vibrant cultural life and a rich historical tradition that is well preserved in the city’s architecture. Live the language with the Middlebury Schools Abroad!
Paris, the City of Light famous for its extraordinary museums, bridges, churches, and colorful gardens inspires all who walk her streets. The offices of le Centre Madeleine, Middlebury’s center in Paris, are located by the Madeleine Church in the 8th arrondissement, near la Concorde and les Champs-Élysees. Here students have an outstanding opportunity for immersion into Parisian culture.
Poitiers, a city of 85,000 people, located in the Poitou-Charentes region, is an hour and a half by TGV from Paris and close to the major tourist attractions of the Loire Valley. Home to both medieval quartiers and the modern Futuroscope theme park, Poitiers is a blend of ancient and contemporary France. Middlebury offers a special STEM track in Poitiers as well as courses in a wide array of disciplines.