Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Academic Year in Paris


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

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 at the Sorbonne (Panthéon-Sorbonne or Sorbonne-Nouvelle) in mainstream university classes. The program offers a writing course and workshops in phonetics and/or research methods, as well as optional field trips and excursions to enhance language and cultural learning.

Students may choose to write an M.A. research project in French. Students choose their research topic under the guidance of a French faculty with whom they then work regularly and closely throughout the year. 

As an alternative to the traditional M.A. program, students may decide to pursue an M.A. with a specialized focus in Literature, in Civilization, Culture, and Society; or in Linguistics and/or Pedagogy. More details are provided here.

For all questions on the MA program in France, please e-mail: schoolinfrance@middlebury.edu.