Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Bordeaux

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Designed for students at an advanced level of French, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France provides opportunities to experience French culture in one of three locations. In Bordeaux - a larger city with a rich culinary and wine growing tradi... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.1
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The biggest thing I gained was from my internship abroad. I loved working with kids and I learned so much about the french educational system. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 09, 2019 A Cultural Experience!
I learned a lot about French culture, food and wine, living semi-independently, and a lot about myself. I love to travel and was able to visit a lot of other cities in Europe as well. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Self-sufficiency - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Language improvement. One incredible French friend and several friends from the program. A better understanding of wine. Self-confidence. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 08, 2019 Allons Y!
I gained independence, made friends and learned more about myself as a person. Definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Being abroad was more than worthwhile. It is hard to put into words what an incredible experience I had in France. Truly there were no downsides to studying abroad for me. I gained a deeper cultural understanding of France and Europe and I greatly improved my language skills. I also met a lot of amazing people that I will ho... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 22, 2019 I Don't Know
My French improved. Yes - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Confidence, language skills, and independence. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 28, 2017 Absolutely Incredible
I gained a lot of appreciation for what is means to be a part of a different culture, the differences and similarities inherent in such a shift. It was absolutely worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got much better with my language skills and felt like I was able to see a new side of French culture that I had not seen or learned about before. I would like to go back again sometime and would recommend it to others as well. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I gained a larger perspective of international politics and culture. - Trinity College View Entire Review
February 10, 2017 A Nightmare And A Dream
I gained a richer French vocabulary, especially in terms of how the native French speak. I also learned to be much more independent and bold. - Amherst College View Entire Review
I improved my fluency in French and gained experience living on my own in a foreign country. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile! I learned a lot about myself, French culture, and my French skills improved. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Bordeaux
I learned to adapt to a new culture when you think it's very similar to your own and it turns out to be quite different in small ways. It was definitely worthwile. - Harvard University View Entire Review
I learned about the culture and improved my French. It was worthwhile in cultural terms. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Gained an international perspective of people in general, french language skills. Definitely worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Of course, I gained a far better skillset in the French language. In addition, I grew as an individual. I am now more confident in social situations, uncomfortable interactions, and unfamiliar experiences. - Amherst College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent and how to relax a little in my studies, basically becoming okay with the fact that I'm not going to understand everything. I learned how to adapt to life in a new place with no initial acquaintances and how to function in a new environment and a new language. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a better knowledge of the French language. I attained an unprecedented fluency and ease with my French speaking through engaging with the others in the language on a persistent daily basis in different social contexts. I learned how to be a better, more-prepared, and competent traveller through excursions and trips, as ... - Bates College View Entire Review
January 29, 2018 Learning To Live Abroad
I gained language skills and and amazing host family, and I learned to live on my own abroad which was a great challenge to overcome - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Bordeaux
August 25, 2017 Wonderful
I learnt alot about the french culture - Bates College View Entire Review
August 07, 2017 Mixed Feelings
I significantly enriched my language skills and cultural knowledge while being fully immersed in a French city. I did find the experience ultimately worthwhile, despite chronic frustrations with my coursework. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
French fluency, confidence, travel experience, learned more about myself and the world. Yes it was worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 28, 2017 Go Bordeaux!
I gained independence, perspective on the life of others and my life back home, comfort in uncomfortable situations, and a taste of a lovely culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Designed for students at an advanced level of French, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France provides opportunities to experience French culture in one of three locations. In Bordeaux - a larger city with a rich culinary and wine growing tradition - students enroll directly in a broad range of disciplines in one of Middlebury's partner universities. Courses are conducted solely in French.  Housing - with local families or in residences - is geared to provide students with an immersion in the language and culture outside of the classroom.

The capital of the Aquitaine region, Bordeaux was referred to as “Little Rome” in ancient times and is considered by many to be France’s most beautiful city. Its name is synonymous with France’s famous wine industry, but Bordeaux also offers a vibrant cultural life and a rich historical tradition that is well preserved in the city’s architecture. Now a modern and thriving city that is home to 230,000 residents, Bordeaux features a number of museums, public gardens, and architectural sites of note, such as its Grand-Théâtre and the Cathédrale Saint-André, as well as a thriving student culture and nightlife. Bordeaux is located in southwestern France, less than an hour from the Atlantic coastline.

The University of Bordeaux dates back to 1441. Students are enrolled at the the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 (French literature, comparative literature, linguistics, history, theater, film, music, art history, archeology, geography, and philosophy) and/or at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques Bordeaux (political science, history, and economics). Special arrangements can be made to study at other branches of the Université de Bordeaux. Both Bordeaux 3 and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques are located in Talence on a large green campus, about 30 minutes by tramway from the center of the city.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • French Language, Literature
  • History
  • International Relations
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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