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Research grant awarded to School in France student


Middlebury School in France student, Nick Henke, has been awarded a grant from the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.  He was awarded this grant to help him pursue and complete his research, studying “French novels by women in the postwar era and their relationship to Second Wave Feminism.”   Congratulations, Nick, and all the best with your research!


To learn more about this grant, click the link below:

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs : Study Abroad Research Grants




A new semester and a happy new year!

First of all, The Middlebury School in France would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year!

We are starting off 2017 with 41 newcomers in Paris, 11 in Bordeaux, and 1 in Poitiers, as well as welcoming back our 22 annual students!   Orientation for our second semester students started on January 3rd, and since their arrivals, they have been busy getting settled in, learning their way around Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers, and are preparing to start classes. They have also taken the Language Pledge, been getting to know one another, signing up for classes, and learning about their host universities.

We are very excited for the semester ahead and wish all of our students a wonderful, happy, and enriching stay here in France.


Signing the Language Pledge

signing the Language Pledge 

reciting the Language Pledge

Beginnings: 2016-2017

It’ always impressive how quickly a summer goes by, isn’t it?

Nonetheless, we are very excited to welcome our new students and for them to begin their study abroad experiences and adventures.  Our students have all arrived safely to each of our three locations–Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers–and are settling into their new surroudings, schedules, living arrangements, and daily lives.  They have also begun, of course, their linguistic commitments, The Language Pledge, which is a commitment to speak only in French during their stays here in France.   Below you will find some photos of our Paris undergraduate students taking The Language Pledge this past week.

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Now that the semester is under way and most of our students have started classes, we are looking forward to the trips we have planned–one to Normandy and the other to Dordogne–and for our students to discover (or revisit!) these regions of this beautiful country!  Keep and eye out for an upcoming post and photos from these trips!

A bientôt!




Volunteering Snapshots: Nicole and Preston

Here at the Middlebury Ecole en France, our undergraduate students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in French culture in more ways than just going to French university;  our students also live with French hosts or host families and participate in service learning doing volunteer work that ranges from tutorting to working in cafés or in museums.

nicoleprestonTwo of this semester’s Paris students, Nicole Hoehle and Preston de Garmo, volunteer with the assocation la Salle Saint Brunoan organization that serves and supports the residents and the associations of the quarter La Goutte d’Or.   Recently, Nicole and Preston had the opportunity to contribute to the quarter’s conversations in going to see an exposition and sharing their thoughts and impressions in an article published on the site of the Goutte d’Or et vous, another organization that that aims to:

“-inform others about the quarter [of the Goutte d’Or], its history, its goings-on

– support and highlight the value of local and associative initiatives

-to bring out and highlight the value of the initiatives of the quarter’s residents

-contribute to the democratic debat and to democratic participation in creating a space where citizens can express themselves, and a place to exchange points of view on social subjects as they relate to the concerns of the quarter.  ”

La Goutte d’Or et vous: le projet   logo.gouttedor

Nicole and Preston got to not only enrich hammam-2-5fc29their personal lives and to experience something they may not have experienced otherwise, but they also were able to share this experience with each other and an with an entire community here in Paris, and now the Middlebury community.







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IMG_6175      Every semester, our students have the opportunity to approach French society from a different angle.  In the spririt of total immersion, the Middlebury School in France places students in organisations throughout Paris where they complete an average of four hours of service every week.  The aim is to immerse students in the local community and help them discover life in Paris beyond the student experience.  Often, this leads to meaningful cultural exchange.  For example, last semester some of our students co-organized a Thanksgiving event at a community center in the 14th arrondissement.

This semester, one of our students, Violet Kozloff, decided to take her service and learning a step further.   Inspired by a lecture on translation and interpretation at Mundolingua, a museum dedicated to the world of language, languages, and linguistics, she approached us with the idea of volunteering at the museum.  Students are encouraged to be proactive about their immersive learning, thus the idea was welcomed with enthusiasm.  Violet now volunteers at Mundolingua twice a week and works on marketing communications and content development for the exhibits.


Mundolingua’s mission to educate the public on language, languages, and linguistics aligns perfectly with Violet’s academic interests and her aspiration to study translation and interpretation in the future. The museum is located in the heart of the 6th arrondissement of Paris and welcomes visitors of all ages to discover its interactive displays. The exhibits span across two different levels, with plenty of dynamic stations for beginner or expert linguists alike.  Along with offering exhibits, games, reading, and listening posts, Mundolingua hosts an event every third Thursday of the month to bring the multifaceted world of linguistics to life.


Mundlolingua is located at 10 rue Servandoni, 75006 Paris, and the museum personnel can be reached at or at +33 (0)1 56 81 65 79.  For more information about its exhibits and events, visit the website at

We look forward to learning more about Violet’s work at the museum.  Bonne continuation, Violet!


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post written by Kelly Zuniga

Former Middlebury exchange student publishes first book


Sarah Maeght

Sarah Maeght, a former « marraine* » from Paris 7 and a former exchange student to Middlebury College, has recently published he first book, C’est où le Nord?  (Which way is North?).  Sarah, who is a middle school French teacher here in Paris, says that it is particularly the creative writing class that she took during her time at Middlebury College (VT) that inspired her to write.

In her book “full of humor and tenderness”** with its “modern and assured”** style, Maeght writes about Ella, a 24 year-old French teacher, during  her pursuit to find her own way while navigating break-ups, moves, and the challenges of teaching high school students in difficulty.  And then Ella meets Cléo with whom she discovers Paris nightlife, “unsure of where it could lead her….to love maybe?” **



Congratulations, Sarah!


*marraine=godmother.  At the Middlebury Ecole en France, we have a godmother/godfather program:  we engage French students from our partner institutions to act as mentors to our students to help them better integrate themselves into student life here in France.

**Albin Michel



Weekend in Dordogne

The weekend of February 6-7, our students studying in Bordeaux enjoyed a weekend trip to the region of Dordogne.



The Dordogne region


Here is a brief summary from our intern in Paris, Kelly, who accompanied the students on the trip.

“Our students in Bordeaux traveled back in time to discover the rich history of the beautiful Dordogne region in southwestern France. Based in the vibrant town of Périgueux, students witnessed the passage of time during their visits to the prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux, the crystal formations in the Grand Roc cave, the medieval city of Sarlat, and the 12th century castle of Castelnaud overlooking the Dordogne valley.”



Grand Roc Cave


Groupe château Castelnaud

the group



an open market

Cathédrale et marché Périgueux

the Périgueux Cathedral



Lascaux Caves

Grand Roc Cave

Laugerie Basse


Castelnaud Château