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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: French Housing options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: African Studies, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, French, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, Geology, German, Hebrew, History, International Relations, Internships, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Math/Statistics, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Portuguese, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language GPA: 3.0 Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid
Language level: French 100-level course or the equivalent GPA: 2.7
GPA in major: 3.0
Program Description:

Academic Program
The program begins with an orientation and a non-credit preliminary course in French language. Middlebury administers a language proficiency exam to determine what language course students will take during the semester. All semester-long students must take a French language course at the Centre Madeleine at either the intermediate high or advanced level. The language course includes a cultural immersion component, and students may choose from several options including a language partner, cooking classes, and volunteer work. Students may choose to take two other courses at the Centre Madeleine. The remaining courses are taken at one of the local universities. The Middlebury center staff includes an academic advisor to help students choose their university courses. Middlebury also offers students the opportunity to complete a credit-bearing internship.

Please note that students enrolled at Sciences Po Paris take all of their courses at Sciences Po, including the required language course, and do not take any courses at the Centre Madeleine.

​​​Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on France.

For fall 2022 and spring 2023:
Pomona students take the equivalent of 4 Middlebury credits for a total of 4 Pomona credits. 

For fall 2023 onwards:
Pomona students take the equivalent of 4-5 Middlebury credits for a total of 4-5 Pomona credits. 

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the Middlebury study center on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.

In addition to the academic program, Middlebury organizes excursions in and around Paris and one overnight excursion. In the spring semester, this overnight trip has usually been to chateaux in the Loire Valley or to Monet's garden.

Fall applicantsPlease note that some universities end in mid-December and some end in mid-January. Students are required to remain in Paris until their last exam is complete, and there is no guarantee that faculty would arrange early exams. Students should make sure that the university they select has an end date that would allow them to return in time for the spring semester at Pomona. Students must book their flights for the full program dates, based on their selected university. If their professors allow them to take their exams early, and students choose to depart before the end of term (after all exams are complete), students would be responsible for covering the cost to change their flights. Pomona will provide a room and board allowance to cover the full dates of the student's program, and students may use any unused portion of this allowance towards any required flight change fee.

Living Arrangements
Homestays and international student foyers. Pomona provides a room and board allowance.

Number of students
Middlebury enrolls approximately 30 students.

Host Institutions
Middlebury Schools Abroad
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
Université Paris Diderot- Paris 7
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot (ENM) (for Music majors only)
Schola Cantorum
Ecole des Psychologues Praticiens (EPP) (for Psychology majors only)
Institut Catholique de Paris (for Religion majors only)
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Faculty Liaison
Virginie Pouzet-Duzer

  • Completion of an upper-division French course (100-level or higher), or the equivalent.

All students are expected to enroll in a French course the semester prior to the term abroad.

Student Experiences
Listen to Musa Kamara (PO ’22) and Pipi Gao’s (PO ’22) experiences on the Middlebury School in France program in Paris on the Sagehens Abroad Podcast.

Travel Advisories


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/17/2023 10/13/2023 TBA TBA