The School in France offers study abroad at host universities in Bordeaux, Paris, and Poitiers.


Located in southwest France, Bordeaux’s name is synonymous with France’s famous wine industry. The city is also home to over 256,000 residents and several notable museums, parks, architectural sites, and a thriving nightlife. In addition to being one of the largest cities in France, it is also less than an hour from the Atlantic coastline and 2 hours from Paris by high speed train. Bordeaux offers students the opportunity to live in a city that offers both a community feeling and a wide range of activities.  

Studies in Bordeaux

Students are enrolled at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne (in fields such as French and comparative literature, history, film, geography, among others) and/or at Sciences Po Bordeaux (in political science, history, and economics).


Paris is a dynamic city of more than 2.1 million residents. As the country’s capital, it is an important political, economic, and cultural hub, home to countless parks, museums, theaters, and historical sites. With a student population of 700,000, the city also offers the opportunity for a vibrant nightlife. Although Paris is a large, cosmopolitan city, its residents maintain a strong French identity, allowing students the chance to be immersed in French language and culture. Paris has an extensive public transportation system and is well connected to the rest of the country via high-speed trains.

Studies in Paris

Le Centre Madeleine, the headquarters of the Middlebury School in France, is located in the 8th arrondissement, close to the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées. Students enroll in courses across several disciplines at both the Centre Madeleine and one of several partner institutions. Learn more about the curriculum in Paris.


Poitiers is a picturesque city of around 130,000 residents with more than 28,000 students comprising one quarter of the city’s population. Poitiers is consistently highly ranked as one of France’s best college towns and one of the least expensive in France. Students have the opportunity to live in the community of a small city while having easy access to larger cities, like Paris and Bordeaux, via high speed trains. Located in central western France, the city is also very close to coastal cities like La Rochelle and the famous castles of the Loire Valley.

Studies in Poitiers

Students enroll at the Université de Poitiers, founded in the 15th century and well known for its academic offerings in science, math, engineering, and technology. For that reason, we offer a STEM Track at this site. Learn more about the curriculum in Poitiers.