Academic Year in Paris


Our M.A. program is the oldest graduate degree program offered by a U.S. accredited institution in France.

Paris offers unique intellectual and artistic opportunities for U.S. graduate students in French. The program gives enough flexibility to allow students to prepare for for teaching careers in the U.S, for careers in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as for admission into Ph.D. programs.

Founded in 1949, the School in France is Middlebury's oldest school abroad. Our academic center in Paris, the Centre Madeleine, is located in one of the city's most famous historic districts, within walking distance of the Palais Garnier, the Louvre, and the Champs-Elysées.

After spending a summer of candidacy on the Middlebury campus in Vermont, students are enrolled in mainstream university classes at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne or at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle.

The program offers an advanced writing course (“Composition avancée et Argumentation”), several content courses in French/Francophone literature and civilization, workshops on research methods, as well as optional field trips and excursions to enhance language and cultural learning.

As an alternative to the traditional M.A. program, students may choose one of the following tracks:

MA in French – Literature Track
Students who specialize in literature take coursework in French literature (the Middle Ages; the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and/or 20th centuries), as well as Francophone literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle  Paris 3.

MA in French – Civilization, Culture, and Society Track
Students who specialize in Civilization, Culture, and Society usually focus on French and Francophone history, or on French (and European) political studies and typically enroll at the Université Panthéon Sorbonne  Paris 1 or at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle  Paris 3.

MA in French – Pedagogy and Linguistics Track
Student who specialize in pedagogy enroll in Master’s level courses in “Didactique du français et des langues” at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. 


Students are encouraged to conduct research while in Paris, especially if they wish to pursue doctoral studies in French, or to apply for a graduate degree in another discipline. Having completed a thesis, students can better argue their capability of doing original, in-depth, independent research and thinking to future employers and/or doctoral programs. The M.A. research work is written under the guidance of a French university professor. It is preferably based in part either on course work done during the student’s undergraduate studies or the preceding summer in Vermont, or the first semester in Paris.

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For all questions on the MA program in France, please e-mail:

The French School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
French School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator