Middlebury Schools Abroad


Make the Country your Classroom -

But Don't Stop There!

The Promises of Effective Immersion: 

Designed to connect Middlebury to other places, countries, and cultures, the program at the Middlebury School in Germany pairs the advantages of linguistic and cultural immersion with theory-and-practice based program intervention and a strictly student-centered support structure designed to help each student reach her or his goals related to living and learning abroad.

In order to make students less and less dependent on our input, and to enable them to plan and carry out their own individual projects and follow their specific interests as soon as possible, we strive to help students increase their ability to create stable relationships with people from the host culture by effectively immersing themselves in local communities of native speakers.

Therefore, this effective immersion program offers a myriad of learning opportunities for increasing both your language skills and your understanding of the aspects of your host culture in which you take the most interest.

For full-year students in their second semester, the School's Internship Program provides the opportunity to gather valuable job-experience in accordance with their individual interests. (A very limited number of internships might be available for one-semester-only students. Please inquire.) While there is no guarantee that a specific internship will be available in a specific semester, here is a list of institutions who have welcome our students in the past or who have expressed their interest in providing an internship to our students in the future:

Printing-Shop, Gutenberg Museum, Mainz
ZDF (Second Public TV Station), Mainz
State Parliament Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz
TRIGA-Research Reactor, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Political Science Department, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
International Office, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

State Parliament, Berlin
Literaturwerkstatt, Berlin
DEFA, Berlin
Landesbank Berlin, Berlin
Mare Verlag, Berlin
Filmmuseum, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
Bundestag, Berlin
JFK-Schule, Berlin
Political Science Department, Freie Universität Berlin

This list is not comprehensive -- we're happy to add another institution's name due to your interest! Simply let us know about your interests as soon as possible.

No matter whether students decide to do an internship or not, all students are supported with gaining or improving skills valuable for pursuing any career they may choose (i.e. time- and self-management).

Last but not the least, the program's active support of students' acquisition of Intercultural Competence focuses on equipping students with a set of skills that enhances their ability to successfully live and work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds in their home country or abroad.

In short, if you strive to develop and refine your capacities for rigorous analysis and independent thought in the classes you take, but also want to practice your intellectual, creative, ethical and social skills outside the classroom, this program will support you with every step on the way.


Culture, Competence and Composition: The Culture Portfolio of the School in Germany

While the Middlebury program in general encourages students to effectively immerse themselves in the host culture, this specific and mandatory course taught by director Heike Fahrenberg PhD and her assistant Barbara Wagner M.A., is designed

to help students turn their experience abroad into experiential learning

to provide a deeper understanding of  both their own and the host culture

to increase students’ ability to negotiate cultural differences, i.e. increase their Intercultural Competence as defined by Michael Byram and as assessed by the test of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) developed by Michael Hammer.


3 paragraphs of analytical notebook entries per week for the length of the term

Tasks related to Course Reader 

Argumentative Essay (6 pages)

Participation in an individual Coffee and Culture Session with instructor every other week

IDI at beginning and ending of program

Participation in Group- and Individual IDI Feedback Sessions at the beginning and ending of program

For more Information, contact Heike Fahrenberg, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Germany