Graduate Summer Session in Paris, France

French graduate students who do not have the flexibility to spend an academic year in France now have the opportunity to study and live in Paris during a summer session at Middlebury’s  academic center, the Centre Madeleine, where they may advance their studies toward the Middlebury Master of Arts (MA) in French or the Doctor of Modern Languages (DML).

The program in Paris is offered exclusively to MA and DML students who have already completed their MA or DML "summer of candidacy" on the Vermont campus. Priority for acceptance is given to students pursuing the four-summers degree option: first to DML students and then to 4th, 3rd and 2nd-summer Middlebury MA students.  A second summer in the Paris program is an option only after all others in the four-summers track have been placed.  Likewise, students who have spent the prior year in our graduate program in Paris and who wish to remain in Paris for a final summer option may apply to do so, but will be considered only after all students in the four-summers track have been considered.  

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.  Summer courses are taught by faculty from Middlebury’s graduate French programs in Middlebury or in Paris and from Paris universities. 

Summer in Paris Program Details

Dates and Fees
The Paris summer program runs for six weeks.  Students should plan to arrive in Paris no later than June 16.  Orientation is June 17 with classes beginning June 18.  Final day of classes is July 27.  A banquet will be held that evening and departure is planned for July 28.   Click here  for Dates and Fees. 

Summer courses are taught by faculty from Middlebury’s graduate French programs in Middlebury or in Paris and from Paris universities. 

Students take three graduate courses for a total of three units (or nine semester-hours) of credit.

The Paris Summer Program will enable DML students to satisfy academic requirements by taking courses toward their first or second language.  If French is designated as the first language, participation in the program can also satisfy a portion of the residency-abroad requirements.

Four courses will be offered each summer, at least one each in the areas of Pedagogy and/or Linguistics, in Literature and in Civilization, thus allowing summer students in Paris to continue their work toward fulfillment of the MA Degree Requirements and of their specialization. 

Living Arrangements
Students will independently seek accommodations, with resource guidance from Middlebury. Students will provide for their own meals, except for a final banquet to be hosted by the Summer Program in Paris.

Cocurricular Program
The summer program will include weekend field trips to Versailles and Chantilly.  A calendar of co-curricular activities and excursions will be provided during orientation.

For academic questions, contact the Director of the French School, Philippe France.

For matters concerning admissions procedures and logistical concerns, contact the Coordinator of the French School, Sheila Schwaneflugel.

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