Amy Tondu

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Royal Patronage in 17th-Century France

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The very same weekend as the “Journées du Patrimoine 2014” (the 2014 edition of French Heritage Days), students enjoyed a sunny walk through Paris led by Xavier Le Person, Professor of Modern History at the Université Paris-Sorbonne-Paris 4, Sciences Po-Paris, and Middlebury College’s School in France. Professor Le Person, who teaches a course at the Madeleine Center on the Grand Siècle (17th-century) in France, led them through historic Paris retracing the rebuilding of the city under the patronage of 17th century French kings and nobles : the walk included stops at the Louvre, the Pont Neuf and the Place Dauphine, amongst other sites.  Two other excursions are organized and offered to students during the course of the semester: one to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and a second to the Château de Chantilly.September 20th, 2014

Fields Medalist from Paris Diderot-Paris 7

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math on the blackboardAttention all francophone Math students in the U.S.! You might be interested to know that one of the recent awardees of a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians (Seoul, August 2014), Artur Avila, is a Franco-Brazilian research scholar at the University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7, one of Middlebury’s partner universities; the city of Paris and the university just welcomed him back with fanfare: http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr/sc/site.php?bc=accueil&np=pageActu&ref=6458.   For more information on the prize and its importance to the field of mathematics in France, please click here: http://www.lemonde.fr/mathematiques/article/2014/09/01/artur-avila-les-maths-pour-dynamique_4479999_1650729.html. And, finally, for detailed information on the Mathematics Department at Paris 7, please visit their website: https://www.math.univ-paris-diderot.fr/.

 

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!