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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 Paris - the cosmopolitan capital at the heart of France. La "Ville Lumière", Paris is home to c... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.9
Based on 66 Reviews
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August 04, 2017 Fabulous
While I didn't often feel culture shock, I learned how many of the daily things I take for granted are unique to my culture/community in the US. While life in Paris wasn't insanely different, all of the little difference add up fast. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about French culture, language, and academics. I explored Paris all the time with friends from the program and felt like a true resident by the end of my stay there. Studying abroad really broadened my horizons and opened me up to new experiences!! - Pomona College View Entire Review
Other than improving my French, I am more well-versed in French culture. I also had the opportunity to travel to several other cities because traveling within Europe is very cheap and accessible. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I greatly improved my French. I met some incredible friends. I learned about French culture, student life and the NGO world in a way I never would have if I did not complete this exchange. I gained independence and more confidence. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My language speaking and comprehension (oral and written) progressed significantly. I can read academic books/catalogs, listen to entire lectures and understand everything including technical vocabulary. I speak more fluidly and with greater variation in vocabulary and style. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
February 08, 2017 Great Minus The Academics
Improved my French. learned a lot about French culture and saw a lot of Paris. That made it worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained competence as a French speaker, the ability to adjust to and navigate through different cultures. I gained personal confidence and knowledge of how to take care of myself in challenging/stressful situations. I also discovered a lot about my personal likes and dislikes. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 16, 2016 Paris
This was a great way to improve my language and learn about French culture - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Very Independent
Adapting to difficult environments. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Everyone who goes to Paris should learn about the stereo-typically French things like cheese, wine, art, food, etc. but the best lessons Paris has to offer lie beneath the glamorous surface. Recognizing that Paris is not just a post card, but a living, breathing city is not as apparent as one would assume. The lessons I learned ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Paris, Je T'aime
Yes! It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained an understanding of France's culture through the perspective of their radically different education system and I felt confident enough in my French abilities that I was able to spend the summer teaching French in a refugee center. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
Much travel experience, learning about myself (self-reflection), language skills - Williams College View Entire Review
Fluency in the language and a real-life experience of living the French lifestyle. It was absolutely worthwhile. I wish it had lasted longer! - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I learned that I don't take to cultural change as well, and that even if you're trying to immerse yourself, it's important to recognize that you're only there for 5 months, so you should feel comfortable holding on to certain customs. - Pomona College View Entire Review
A lot of self growth. What is meaningful / where I should spend my time. Going and doing stuff rather than always saying I'm going to do stuff. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I loved my host family and got to experience their culture. I realize that a lot of my life in America is in a bubble of the northeast United States and after abroad I am excited to broaden my horizons - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It wasn't worth it. I mean I am happy that I achieved language proficiency, but I could have done that another way. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 20, 2016 Best Semester Ever
My french improved a lot and at the same time, I made friends and did internship in Paris. It was a great experience for me. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury College: Paris - Ctr Madeleine, Inst d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Univ de Paris III
This was not my first time living abroad, so it was not very daunting to me, other than the language barrier. I had always dreamed of studying in Paris because I loved the language, and the impressionist paintings. I was always hungry for wanting to see where all this beauty and inspiration came from. However, as a city I was so... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Rollercoaster
Despite all the obstacles, I would choose to study abroad all over again. I learned a lot about French culture that I could only learn while in Paris. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review
Any time spent abroad is an important investment in both time and money. In my case, I chose to spend the year because I had always wanted to do this and I had specific goals that I was working to achieve. I am a serious student, and I did not spend a year of my college career in this program for such results (I mean the convers... - The College of William and Mary 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 Paris - the cosmopolitan capital at the heart of France. La "Ville Lumière", Paris is home to countless museums, cafés, and medieval streets that wind around contemporary architecture. A city à decouvrir, Paris is an invitation to experience all the world's cultures while maintaining a proud and distinctly French feeling.

Students enroll in up to two Middlebury courses at the School in France headquarters, the Centre Madeleine, and take the rest of their courses at one of the many host universities in the city. At all sites, whether in a university course alongside local students, or at the Centre Madeleine, 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.

Le Centre Madeleine, the headquarters of the Middlebury School in France, is located in the 8th arrondissement, close to the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées.  Students enroll in courses across several disciplines at both the Centre Madeleine and in one of several partner institutions: the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, the Université Paris Diderot- Paris 7, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot (ENM for Music majors only), or the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA) (for Architecture majors only).

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):
  • Architect
  • European Studies
  • French Language, Literature
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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