The situation and the policies outlined here are fluid and subject to change; please refer back to this webpage on a regular basis for updates. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in France.
The School in France is Running!
We are pleased to announce that we will run our programs in France during the fall 2021 semester. We can’t wait to welcome students abroad, and we’ll share more information with them as the program start date approaches.
Current Situation in France
- CDC Level: 4
- Department of State Advisory Level: 4
- Entry Restrictions: Students need to have:
1) negative results from a PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure OR proof of COVID-19 vaccination;
2) the two completed forms currently required for travel to France from outside of the European Union (“Certificate to enter Metropolitan France for citizens from a country outside the European Area” & “Statement for travelers aged 11 years and over”); the latter consists of a signed document stating that the student does not have symptoms of COVID-19 and has not been in contact with anyone who does;
3) proof of accommodation; and
4) proof of enrollment at a French higher education institution and a long stay student visa.
For up-to-date information, please visit the U.S. Embassy website.
- At this point, we are planning on offering the program at all three of our sites (Bordeaux, Paris & Poitiers) this fall.
- In Bordeaux and Poitiers, where our programs are 100% direct enrollment, the degree to which our students will have in person (hybrid and or remote) learning will depend upon the prevalence of the virus and the restrictions in place at the start of the academic year (end of August-beginning of September).
- In Paris, we are planning to offer both direct enrollment at our partner institutions (again, conditions will only be known by late summer) and in-house courses. The Middlebury School in Paris courses will be held in person (if the necessary health and safety conditions are met) with hybrid and fully remote scenarios ready to be put in place should we find ourselves obliged to switch to alternative modes of instruction/learning. Academic internships will also be offered in Paris through our partner organization, EUSA, and may take place in person and/or in a blend of in person and remote activity, depending on the situation and or location of the employer/placement.
- The Middlebury School in Paris program center (the Madeleine Center or “Centre Madeleine”) will be reconfigured to comply with current French government health and safety protocols. Classroom space will need to be reduced due to social distancing measures, so course enrollment will be capped, course schedules as spaced from each other as much as possible in order to avoid excessive crossing and crowding of individuals and, finally, access to some of the Madeleine Center space previously made available to students for meals, independent and/small group work, studying etc. will likely either be limited and or restricted.
- As of June 17, 2021, a self-isolation period is no longer required for travelers coming from outside of France and certain other European countries. However, the School in France is still asking students to arrive early with time to self-isolate, out of an abundance of caution. (Students should refer to the School in France calendar for information.) Students will be able to quarantine at their homestays / foyers / student residences as long as they show proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken no more than 72 hours before departure OR proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival. During the semester, should a quarantine be necessary, students will be able to quarantine in their homestays/foyers/student residences.
- Homestays: We have identified host families who are willing to host students, and to keep them in the event they contract COVID-19. We have adopted COVID-19 protocols for both the host families and the students, which include detailed information on cleaning and disinfection responsibilities, social distancing, visitor policies, etc.
- Housing in foyers will be an option this semester in Paris, but spaces will be limited. Foyers have established their respective COVID-19 protocols that they will make available to students once they have been admitted.
- Student residence halls in Poitiers will be THE ONLY option this semester. CROUS, the residence hall administration, has information here on COVID-19 guidelines.
Middlebury Center Space
- As indicated above, the Middlebury Center, le Centre Madeleine, will be reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Classroom space will be limited and we will indicate traffic flow within the center to avoid unintentional crowding.
- Students will only have access to the center when they have classes. They will be instructed to arrive no more than 10 minutes before class and leave as soon as class ends.
- Students may travel within continental France so long as no official restrictions are put into place by the government of France. Students will be expected to respect all French regulations and respect health and social distancing rules at all times when traveling.
- International travel is strongly discouraged and may be prohibited by the local government depending on the destination. There are requirements and restrictions regarding arrival in other EU countries as well as return to France. Students must inform staff if they intend to travel overnight and students will be required to fill out a detailed questionnaire to register all travel.
- Program-sponsored activities may be limited or absent and would not take students outside of the host city. If possible, activities will be in small groups and outside, whenever possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
With regards to tracking, all COVID-19 patients in France must provide a local doctor with the list of people with whom they have been in touch within 48 hours of the first symptoms. Local health authorities will contact every person on that list and require testing. Anyone who is a contact person (a “cas contact”), has been in recent contact with someone who has tested positive, must follow a specific protocol:
• Isolate immediately and wear a certified mask at all times when in contact with others
• Contact a testing center to make an appointment for immediate testing and be sure to visit the testing center with a form of ID and proof of insurance
• Return home and wait for the test results (usually 24 hours, but can be longer)
- If the results are negative, self-isolate for 7 days after the last contact with the person who tested positive. After 7 days, retake the test (antigen or PCR) and await the results.
- If the results are positive, a period of self-isolation of 10 days (10 days after the testing date) is required.
In addition, the French government has developed an app called TousAntiCovid that uses Bluetooth technology to inform users if they are in close contact with a COVID-19 patient. The app does not collect personal identification information. Middlebury will require all students to download this app for use: https://tousanticovid.stonly.com/kb/fr
For more information (in French), you can visit the French government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/ressources-a-partager#sub-…;
Courses can continue remotely if students need to return home before the end of the semester. There will be a pause to allow students to travel and adjust to the time change, and then classes will resume remotely.
For the program in Paris with in-house courses, if a faculty member tests positive during the semester but can work remotely, then they will continue their teaching via Zoom. Their students and the program staff may be considered contact persons, in which case they will need to self-isolate for seven days and can only return to the Center if they have no symptoms and have a negative COVID-19 test.
Before the start of the semester, faculty will prepare work to be completed by students asynchronously during their absence in the event they test positive for COVID-19 and are not able to teach remotely.
For direct enrollment coursework, all of our partner institutions (Bordeaux, Paris & Poitiers) have Covid protocols in place for students, faculty and staff in order to ensure academic continuity in the case of absence due to self-isolation and/or the need to switch to hybrid (or full remote) instruction because of increasing spread of the virus either within the institution and/or at a regional or national level.
Internship arrangements can be made in Paris with EUSA, our academic internship partner. They may take place in person and/or in a blend of in person and remote activity, depending on the situation and or location of the employer/placement.
Volunteer opportunities in Bordeaux, Paris & Poitiers can also be arranged, the conditions of which (in person, remote or a blend of the two) may vary depending on the placement.
€30 per day for delivered lunch and dinner (for meals not provided by the homestay families)
Out of pocket costs of 70-80€ per RT-PCR test and €30 per antigen test. If a diagnostic test is ordered by a doctor or is obligatory in the French government’s “Testing, Tracking & Tracing” procedures, it will be covered by the GeoBlue international health insurance plan through Middlebury.
Students living in homestays, residence halls, and foyers will be able to quarantine there.
Q What will students do if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe they may have contracted COVID-19?
If a student is feeling ill or otherwise believes they have contracted COVID-19, they should test immediately, remain in their homestays/foyers/student residences in self-isolation for a minimum of seven days and then retest (and have a negative PCR test result) before returning to in-person classes. Students experiencing symptoms should seek in person or virtual medical care as soon as possible. Program staff will be available for support remotely (e.g., Zoom, email) during this time, as COVID-19 positive patients are not allowed in-person visitors while in the hospital.
Students experiencing symptoms should contact the program staff to notify them and to share their contact journals so that staff may reach out to others who may have been exposed.
No. As is the case in the US, not all individuals are required to be vaccinated. The host country might not be as far along in the vaccination rollout process, so it is possible that host families, faculty, etc. will not yet have had access to a vaccine.