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 3.9
Based on 9 Reviews
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Besides improving my German language skills, I also learned how to organize my time academically and recreationally. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
i gained a lot of self-confidence in myself and in my language abilities. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 14, 2023 A Taste Of Germany
I got a better glimpse of German culture and the university system. I enjoyed taking the sport classes offered by the University. All in all it was worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
October 27, 2022 Mainz So Se 2022
I learned that I am capable of living in a foreign country and speaking a foreign language! It was incredibly empowering and rewarding. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I improved my written and oral German skills significantly. I also got to experience a new culture. I developed my independence further. It was definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely a worthwhile experience. Although difficult at times, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience life in a different culture and become a more independent person. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much from my experience abroad, including important points about the German language, German culture, and intercultural competence. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I really enjoyed the opportunity to get comfortable living in a new space where I was less familiar with the culture. While the university was not as academically challenging as I would have liked, I appreciated being able to meet students in Germany and gain an understanding of how the system there is different from what I am u... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
yeah, learned how to liveon my own mostly - Middlebury 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
Past Review Challenging
German skills, independence. Yes, but the hair-ripping stress wasnt. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review 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
My language skills and language confidence both improved dramatically. I also had a lot of solo time to reflect on myself: my academic path, career future and personal goals. That being said, I wish that I had not been there for a full 4 months. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 27, 2023 Life 101
it’s hard to sum up. mostly it was about learning about myself for me. the concept of national identity swiveled in my head and i have a better idea now of what i want out of life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot of german, a lot of social skills- German's aren't the most forthcoming. I think personally, it was worthwhile. Academically, no. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 03, 2022 Ups And Downs
I learned a lot about the diversity of the world and my personal adaptability. I'm glad I went abroad. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Schön!
I learned how to be more independent and navigate a place effectively entirely in a foreign language - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained intercultural perspective, only attainable through trust and foreign language use. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Girrrrrl...
It offered me the chance to reacquaint me with myself. I shan't say more. It was definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and about what is most important to me both as a student and as a person. I learned a lot about independence and became so confident in my language skills. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review 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
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

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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):
  • German Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.67
Year Founded:
1959
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