Founded in 1959, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Germany provides students with the opportunity to live, study, and socialize with Germans and immerse themselves completely in the local culture. Students supplement their cultural and language immersion through co-curricular activities, internships, or volunteer work.
This program is intended for students with a well-developed proficiency in German, who adhere to the Middlebury Language Pledge while they are abroad. The Pledge shows a commitment to linguistic immersion and is the key to students’ successful language development and cultural integration. Applicants usually have completed six semesters of college-level German or the equivalent before attending the program. Students who have completed a minimum of 4 semesters, may be admitted based on an assessment by the program director.
In Mainz, a city with a population of 200,000 located about 30 minutes from Frankfurt, students can experience the legendary 'Gemütlichkeit' of the Rhineland while enrolling in courses alongside their German peers in fields ranging from art history to physics at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.
In Berlin, students can enjoy a metropolitan experience in a city of 3.5 million inhabitants while taking courses at Freie Universität, one of the capital's two public universities. Enrolling in courses in any number of disciplines, students study and live in this very international, yet very German city.