Through Middlebury College, Whitman students of French language can enroll in courses across several disciplines at Le Centre Madeleine, the headquarters of the Middlebury School in France, as well as in one of several partner institutions in Paris.

“I ended up learning a lot about the French culture, improving my French skills drastically, and really exploring how another country formats their educational system. The professors were generally very kind to foreign students, and really made sure that we understood the lessons, and gave us extra supplemental readings to catch us up with the other students.” - Olivia B. ‘17

Fields of study:

French language and literature, economics, history, art history, philosophy, politics, theater, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines


A cumulative 3.0 GPA in college French courses.

Language Prerequisite:

At least five semesters of college-level French or the equivalent


5 courses per semester - Required Courses:
French language at Le Centre Madeleine (3 credits)
Optional course at Le Centre Madeleine (3 credits)
Three to four courses at one of a number of Paris universities

Credit Conversion:

1 Middlebury credit = 4 Whitman credits


Available to qualified candidates in government agencies, NGOs, businesses, the media, educational organizations, and the arts


Homestay with French family or in student residence halls
(Middlebury requires that students not live with English speakers.)


Students who live with a French family have several board options ranging from just breakfasts to breakfasts plus 4-5 shared meals per week.  Students are allowed to use their family's kitchen.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic year


Fall: late August - December or mid-January (depending on direct enrollment university)
Spring: January – May or June (depending on direct enrollment university)

Program Link:

Middlebury: Studies in Paris Program