During the orientation session in September or January, students may choose to participate in visits to museums (e.g. Musée d'Orsay, Musée Picasso, Louvre) or neighborhoods of historic interest (the Marais, Montparnasse, etc.).
Educational excursions also frequently take place to compliment classroom learning. Students in Art history courses at the Madeleine Center have recently been to the Musée d'Orsay and the Pompidou center, while students in the Renaissance history courses often visit the Châteaux de Versailles, Fontainebleau and Chantilly.
Middlebury also normally organizes an overnight excursion each semester. Past fall excursions took the group to Bayeux (famous medieval tapestry), the D-Day landing beaches, and Mont St. Michel, or to Dordogne (Southwestern France), where they visited prehistoric caverns (Lascaux) and medieval villages (Sarlat). In past years we have also visited the châteaux of the Loire, Monet's garden at Giverny, Bourgogne, and Toulouse.