Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Mainz

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The Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Germany provides students with the opportunity to experience one of two diverse sites. By studying and living alongside their German peers, students have the unique chance to improve their German while choosing ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.6
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November 14, 2018 Building A Home
I learned many things: I improved my language skills, took interesting classes, learned new cultural perspectives and value systems. The most important thing, however, were the friendships I made in Germany, as they are what has made Germany a home for me and are the reason why I will return. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 08, 2018 Middlebury In Mainz
My German language and writing skills vastly improved and I learned much about German culture firsthand. It was indubitably worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to live by myself, but most importantly improved my spoken and written German - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Opened my eyes to opportunities on a global scale - Middlebury College View Entire Review
October 02, 2017 It Was Ok
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Had an awesome time! Learned so much outside of classes, Mainz is awesome city to be immersed in German culture, and found other students/communities to be super friendly and willing to speak German with me! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to live on my own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 26, 2016 Deutschland! Good Food.
Studying in Germany was definitely worthwhile. My biggest gain was obviously the language component. I would recommend having a few set activities, volunteer engagements, internships, travel plans if you do enter the program because you will have so much free time during the semester. I didn't know how to fill it all so there wa... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My German improved. I gained insight into German and European society and culture. As cheesy as it sounds, I learned a lot about myself and my personal relationships, as well as conception of race and ethnicity (my own conception and that of the people I met). Linguistically, I learned to stop being so afraid to make mistakes. T... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Adulting experience, social/friendship skills, intercultural experience, academic experience, - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile as I learned a lot from being away from home, being in a foreign country, and from improving my language skills. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 27, 2018 Challenging
German skills, independence. Yes, but the hair-ripping stress wasnt. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
October 19, 2017 Language Based
I feel that this experience provided me with an opportunity for personal growth. I felt that it was extremely challenging and did not meet my expectations for cultural and social experiences. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Mainz
I learned how to be more honest with myself and others when I needed help, didn't understand something, or was completely in over my head. I also learned how to fend for myself in a few situations that I wouldn't have trusted myself to deal with successfully without aid back at home in Vermont. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Despite my deep disappointment with the academic climate in Germany, I found my semester abroad meaningfully worthwhile. I found my self confidence boosted by my ability to run my life in a foreign language, I discovered breathtaking areas of an unfamiliar country and I found myself making unlikely friends with other students fr... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot more about being independent and gained a lot of empathy for people who live in a language that is not their native tongue. It's hard! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I not only improved my German, but I also improved academic and life skills with the help of this program. I believe both my writing and communication skills have improved, which will help me in Wellesley and beyond. I was also able to explore a new place and meet people who challenged the way I view the world. It was definitely... - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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The Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Germany provides students with the opportunity to experience one of two diverse sites. By studying and living alongside their German peers, students have the unique chance to improve their German while choosing courses from the entire academic curriculum.

In Mainz, a city with a population of 280,000 located about 30 minutes from Frankfurt, students can experience the legendary 'Gemütlichkeit' of the Rhineland while enrolling in courses alongside their German peers in fields ranging from art history to physics at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.

Once you step off the plane at Frankfurt Airport, a 30-min train ride will take you to Mainz, City of Science and one of the World Wine Capitals located in one of Germany’s most renown wine producing regions. As capital of the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz boasts a 2,000-year history—from the Romans to medieval Christendom to modern Germany, a history that is evident throughout the city. If you follow the city’s cobblestone streets bustling with life, you'll pass by the cathedral, walk by 18th-century palaces, may step into highly specialized museums, choose to see a performance at one of the six theaters, enjoy local produce and goodies at the open-air markets and shop in vibrant neighborhoods rebuilt after World War II. Since Mainz is the heart of the 'Rhein-Main-Gebiet,' one of Germany's main cultural and economic centers, major newspapers, radio- and TV-stations have their offices here, among them the headquarters of the ZDF. A short train-ride takes you either to Wiesbaden, the capital of Hesse, or Frankfurt, where international companies and banks do business within the vicinity of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  For the student who is fascinated by history, architecture, German culture, and life in a city catering to a student population of 36,000, Mainz offers a wealth of opportunities. Situated on the Rhine river, the city blends both rural and urban worlds. The combination of its unique local culture, characterized by openness, humor, and sociability with its easy-to-navigate setting make it the obvious choice for students who want to quickly and effectively immerse themselves in the local communities.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • German
Language Requirement(s):
  • German
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, Statistics
Minimum GPA:
2.67
Year Founded:
1959
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