Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)
In 2018 Middlebury Language Schools partnered with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) to provide funding for our French MA degrees to qualified alumni in recognition of their commitment to language and cross-cultural exchange.
Depending on your demonstrated financial need and degree track as follows, you are eligible to receive:
- MA in four summers on the Vermont campus: Up to 100 percent
- MA in 3 summers on the Vermont campus and one summer in Paris: Up to 100 percent
- MA with an initial summer in Vermont, followed by an academic year in Paris: Up to 47 percent
- MA with an initial summer in Vermont, followed by an academic year in Paris, and a final summer in Vermont: Up to 54 percent
TAPIF alumni are eligible for our need-based graduate financial aid and an application fee waiver. Our financial aid is awarded in the form of grants, not loans. This means that if you qualify, you will attend the School of French at a reduced cost.
You are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and follow the application deadlines.
The deadline for applying to the academic year in Paris option is March 15, and there is limited funding for this option. Aid awards are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you need funding to attend, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Application and Financial Aid
Please review the graduate program application requirements and instructions.
Once you have started your application (and before you have submitted it), please email the School of French at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your application fee waiver.
Once the waiver has been processed (typically within 24 hours), submit your application with the required transcripts, letters of recommendation, and language assessment.
When you apply, indicate in the short answer questions that you’re affiliated with TAPIF.
Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email which will include a link to our need-based financial aid application. Please complete and submit this application.
Why did you choose Middlebury Language Schools after TAPIF? I chose Middlebury Language Schools after TAPIF for two reasons. The first was because while I was doing TAPIF, I met other Teaching Assistants who had done Middlebury Language Schools in the past and had nothing but positive experiences from it. The second was because I knew that I still wanted to expand my French language skills after TAPIF. Being able to apply the language skills I learned during TAPIF to Middlebury Language Schools truly resulted in a positive learning experience. Once I heard about Middlebury Language Schools and their fully immersive program, I knew I just had to do it to improve my French language abilities immensely.
What do you hope to do in the future? I want to continue working in the education field by preparing my students to appreciate living in a globalized world.
Anything else that you would tell a student considering TAPIF and/or Middlebury? If you can do TAPIF or Middlebury, do it! If you can do both, even better! TAPIF taught me to put myself out there in an unfamiliar environment. Not only did my French improve, but I learned a lot about working with students, which is what inspired me to continue teaching. As for Middlebury Language Schools, it has been an unforgettable experience. The people you meet and the unique immersive environment cannot be beat. If you want to challenge yourself, see a rapid improvement in your language skills, and make lifelong friends, I definitely recommend Middlebury.
Why did you choose Middlebury Language Schools after TAPIF? Middlebury’s language schools have an illustrious reputation and an amazing campus. Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to come study alongside their talented student body.
What do you hope to do in the future? I’m applying to PhD programs this fall in hopes of starting one next fall.
Anything else that you would tell a student considering TAPIF and/or Middlebury? It’s important to keep an open mind and remain adaptable to whatever comes your way during your TAPIF experience. As far as the French program at Middlebury, I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for an intensely satisfying educational experience!