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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French fluency, confidence, travel experience, learned more about myself and the world. Yes it was worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review 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
I learned so much from my experience abroad, in so many ways. I greatly improved my French skills, but I also learned a lot about myself- how to survive and enjoy a completely different culture and environment. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
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
Past Review Bordeaux, France
Yes, it was extremely worthwhile and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. I really discovered a lot about myself and about my cultural worldview. - 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):
  • French Language, Literature
  • International Relations
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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