The integration of the Middlebury program in Germany with the curricula of the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz gives students a unique opportunity to work alongside German students in regular German undergraduate classes. It also significantly broadens choices in pursuing a German major or a double major. Students who choose to attend the Middlebury German School during the summer may use these credits to satisfy part of their major requirements.
The Middlebury School in Germany has sites located in Berlin and Mainz.
Berlin is Germany's capital and largest city. With the fall of the wall, the city has thoroughly reinvented itself, developing a new vigor and excitement that is unique indeed. The new Berlin has begun attracting young people, students, artists, musicians, and activists from all over the world. It is a city of contrasts and rich diversity, offering an amazing range of cultural possibilities, from the Museuminsel (the island of museums), the Berlin Philharmonica and the Bauhaus-Archiv, to the Brandenburger Tor, the SONY-Center at the Potsdamer Platz and the techno-music festival, the Love Parade. More than 160 museums, 50 theaters, and three opera houses make Berlin truly the cultural capital of Germany. The European exuberance of this multicultural metropolis manifests itself everywhere, as can be seen in the annual Berlin Film Festival.
A Map of Berlin
Mainz is the state capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, a city with historical roots reaching back more than 2,000 years to Roman times. Today Mainz serves, among other things, as headquarters of the ZDF, one of Europe's largest television networks. Centrally located, the city provides easy access to Frankfurt/Main, as well as other cultural centers in Germany and neighboring France. The Mainz Fasenacht (Mardi Gras), celebrated each year in mid-February, is famous throughout Germany for its colorful parades. And the university's name celebrates Johannes Gutenberg who in the year 1440 changed the literary world with the invention of the printing press.
A Map of Mainz
The Middlebury School in Germany is open to all qualified students, German majors as well as others. Students interested in attending the program in their junior year should consult with the department as early as possible, but at the latest in the fall of their sophomore year. Prospective participants in the Berlin or Mainz programs must have completed at least two courses beyond the 0200-level by the time they go to Germany. They must have an overall average of B or better and at least a B average in German.
A wide range of courses is available to Middlebury students abroad, including offerings in other departments, such as history, political science, or economics. By planning ahead in consultation with their advisors, students may find that they will be able to satisfy a significant part of their German major while studying in Germany, as well as making progress toward a potential second major by taking courses in that area.
Most courses taken at Berlin and Mainz will count toward the Middlebury German major, provided that they relate to German studies or German literature. However, each course may be counted only once: either toward German or toward another major. Final determination of which courses may be counted toward the German major will be made by the department chair in consultation with the director of the School in Germany who resides in Mainz.