Founded in 1959 in Mainz, the Middlebury 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 study abroad 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. Non-Middlebury students who have completed a minimum of 4 semesters, may be admitted based on an assessment by the program director (optional intensive pre-semester language course available upon request).
In Mainz ('Das ist Mainz!') , a city at the heart of the Rhine-Main area and about 30 min from Frankfurt International Airport, 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.
In Potsdam, students get the best of both the capitols of Brandenburg and Berlin state: enrolling at the University of Potsdam in any number of disciplines, students may opt to take a break while enjoying the Mediterranean flair of the park surrounding the Neue Palais and Sans Souci Castle, or choose to spend the afternoon on Berlin's museum island and enjoy a gig in one of Berlin's music clubs at night.