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Where to study in Paris?

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Photo_UnivSorbonne-DPSE_20120127165835Want to study in one of the best Parisian universities?  Come to France with Middlebury! Three of our partner institutions earned spots in QS’ 2013-2014 ranking of the top ten universities in Paris! Paris 7, Sciences Po Paris and Paris 1 :  http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/france/paris/top-10-universities-paris. Congratulations to Paris 1 who has also been named in QS’ rankings by subject area as one of the best universities in the world for studies in Economics, History (rated 13th in the world!), Law and Philosophy  : http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings.

New Service Learning Requirement

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Vicky Marambio, Intern at EGAM, Fall 2013

Vicky Marambio, Intern at EGAM, Fall 2013

The School in France has always encouraged students in Bordeaux, Paris and Poitiers to immerse themselves entirely in the French language and culture and has strived to provide as many integration opportunities and strategies as possible to its students.  As of fall semester 2014-15, we are taking this immersion philosophy one step further and requiring all students to engage in at least one service learning activity, such as an academic internship or volunteer work, during their stay in France. Student clubs and French language conversation partnerships will continue to offer students additional opportunities for community involvement, but a regular and meaningful engagement in a French workplace, either as an intern or as a volunteer, will only increase our students’ interaction with the French and contribute to a greater cross-cultural understanding and improved linguistic proficiency.

For more information regarding this requirement, please contact Susan Parsons (sparsons@middlebury.edu) at the Office of International Programs and Off Campus Study in Vermont,  Pamela Ellayah (pellayah@middlebury.edu) in Paris, and/or Sandra Gaborit (sgaborit@middlebury.edu) in Bordeaux (for all students either in Bordeaux or Poitiers).

Hats Off to All of Our Recent Interns!

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The Bordeaux wine region

The Bordeaux wine region

Thirteen students successfully completed academic internships in France this past semester and we would like to thank them for their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm.  Bravo ! Two of these students interned in Bordeaux and the other eleven, in the Paris area, in such diverse fields as modern art, health care, online reputation management, and the wine business.

For detailed descriptions of these as well as previous internships in France, please see the following page of Middlebury College’s website :http://www.middlebury.edu/sa/france/internships/opportunities/credit.

French labor law now requires that academic internships have a direct link to students’ educational training program and that they be formalized in writing by the signing of a tripartite contract between the student, the employer and the student’s educational institution.  Our student interns write an internship research paper entirely in French of between 15-20 pages. These papers are supervised by academic advisors and then presented (again, in French) by the students to a panel composed of the aforementioned academic advisors, a representative of the School in France and, in the case of internships in Paris, a representative of EUSA (http://www.eusainternships.org/), the organization that places our students and gives them the appropriate preparation for a French internship experience.

So, again, congratulations to our recent interns ; we hope that you found this experience to be rewarding both personally and professionally and thank you for sharing your stories!