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.
Fall 2013 students visited the Palais du Sénat in September.
Spring 2013 students just returned from a weekend in Nimes! Here they are by the Pont du Gard.
Students recently returned from a weekend visiting two Chateaux--Chambord and Blois--in the Loire Valley!
Click on the photo below to see a few of the other places we've visited.