Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Graduate Summer Session in Poitiers, France

Home to Roman ruins and magnificent Medieval architecture, Poitiers is a city of 80,000 people that exudes traditional French culture. Students wishing to study in France who don't have the flexibility to spend a full academic year in Paris may choose to study for three summers on our Vermont campus and a summer in Poitiers, in our program hosted by the University of Poitiers.

This program is designed primarily for students in their third summer of MA course work; it is also open to MA students in their second or fourth summer, as well as to DML students, for whom this summer in France can count as part of their residency requirement.

The program in Poitiers is offered exclusively to MA and DML students who have already completed their MA or DML 'summer of candidacy" on our campus in Vermont. Courses in Poitiers are taught by faculty from the Middlebury French School and faculty from the Université de Poitiers.

The University of Poitiers was founded in 1431 and is one of the oldest universities in France. It numbers among its former students such luminaries as Rabelais, du Bellay, Ronsard, Bacon, and Descartes. Today it welcomes 25,000 students from 30 countries.

The Middlebury College French School Program is located in the recently renovated Hôtel Pinet, a 17th Century building that houses the University Administration. It is situated in rue de l'Hôtel Dieu, in the cultural, historic and artistic centre of Poitiers.

Room and Board

Students will be housed in individual rooms with private showers and internet connection at the Résidence Roche d'Argent, a university dorm in downtown Poitiers; it's a ten minute walk from the Présidence de l'université at La Place Charles de Gaulle where classes are held. Students will take their breakfast at the Résidence Roche d'Argent; lunches will be eaten at the Présidence's cafeteria.