Middlebury School in Germany

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The Middlebury School in Germany 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. Participants take their courses directly in a local 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 German
  • Students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge
  • Direct enrollment alongside German students at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
  • Housing in dormitories or apartments
  • Internships available in many fields

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Yes, I recommend this program

A semester in Mainz

Overall, my semester in Mainz was a great experience. The academic work was challenging, having to write 4 Hausarbeiten over the course of the semester. It is manageable though with the help of the tutors and resources that Middlebury provides. The one downside to my experience was that it wasn't easy meeting other German students outside of the close vicinity of where you live. German dorms aren't like ones in America, in that German students don't typically take it upon themselves to meet and converse with their neighbors, which is very common in the dorm life of American universities. That's at least what I found to be the case for my dorm, but I did meet a number of German students who were more open in this way. However, spending the time with the students I did get to know was really memorable. Mainz has so much to offer in terms of bars, nightlife, Fastnacht, activities and simply beautiful scenery. The key is balancing time for these activities in addition to the pretty tight academic schedule that you have to follow in order to complete your work for the semester.

What would you improve about this program?
There's definitely room for improvement, but I can't recommend anything to add that the program can do for you. I think your time depends mostly on what you do for yourself, as in manage your time well and do your best to meet people.
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