The School in France offers study abroad at host universities in Bordeaux, Paris, and Poitiers.
The capital of the Aquitaine region, Bordeaux was referred to as “Little Rome” in ancient times and is considered by many to be France’s most beautiful city. Its name is synonymous with France’s famous wine industry, but Bordeaux also offers a vibrant cultural life and a rich historical tradition that is well preserved in the city’s architecture. Now a modern and thriving city that is home to 230,000 residents, Bordeaux features a number of museums, public gardens, and architectural sites of note, such as its Grand-Théâtre and the Cathédrale Saint-André, as well as a thriving student culture and nightlife. Bordeaux is located in southwestern France, less than an hour from the Atlantic coastline.
Studies in Bordeaux
Students are enrolled at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne (French literature, comparative literature, linguistics, history, theater, film, music, art history, archeology, geography, and philosophy) and/or at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques Bordeaux (political science, history, and economics). Special arrangements can be made to study at other branches of the Université de Bordeaux. There is no science option in Bordeaux. Both Bordeaux Montaigne and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques are located in Talence on a large green campus, about 30 minutes by tramway from the center of the city. Learn more about the curriculum in Bordeaux.
La "Ville Lumière", Paris is home to countless museums, cafés, and medieval streets that wind around contemporary architecture. A city à decouvrir, Paris is an invitation to experience all the world's cultures while maintaining a proud and distinctly French feeling.
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 in one of several partner institutions. Learn more about the curriculum in Paris.
Conveniently located between Paris and Bordeaux-only an hour and a half by TGV (Train de grand vitesse) from either- the cobblestone city of Poitiers is the capital of the Poitou-Charentes region, close to La Rochelle and Ile de Ré, and beyond the major tourist attractions of the Loire valley. Once the haunting ground of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and home to both medieval cloisters and the ultra modern Futuroscope park, Poitiers is a blend of the ancient and contemporary.
Studies in Poitiers
Founded in the fifteenth century, the University of Poitiers enrolls approximately 28,000 students who comprise one quarter of the city's population. The University of Poitiers is well known for its academic offerings in science, math, engineering, and technology, and we offer a STEM Track at this site. Learn more about the curriculum in Poitiers.