Dome of the Reichstag building

Founded in 1959, the Middlebury School in Germany provides students with the opportunity to live, study, and socialize with Germans and immerse themselves completely in the local culture. Students supplement their cultural and language immersion through co-curricular activities, internships, or volunteer work. 

This study abroad program is intended for students with a well-developed proficiency in German, who adhere to the Middlebury Language Pledge while they are abroad. The Pledge shows a commitment to linguistic immersion and is the key to students’ successful language development and cultural integration. Applicants usually have completed six semesters of college-level German or the equivalent before attending the program. Non-Middlebury students who have completed a minimum of 4 semesters, may be admitted based on an assessment by the program director (optional intensive pre-semester language course available upon request).

In Berlin, students can enjoy a metropolitan experience in a city of 3.5 million inhabitants while taking courses at Freie Universität, one of the capital's two public universities. Enrolling in courses in any number of disciplines, students study and live in this very international, yet very German city. 

At a Glance

Students: 6-12 students per semester, from Middlebury, Wellesley, or similiar institutions.
Full year: mid-September to late July
Fall semester: mid-September to early February
Spring semester: early April to late July
Location: Berlin, Germany
Partner Institutions: Freie Universitat
Housing: Dormitories or apartments with German speakers.
Cost: Students are responsible for paying tuition to Wellesley. Middlebury will charge students only for room & board. Wellesley students will receive a flight stipend of $1,200.
Pre-Requisites: Students must have junior standing and must have completed a minimum of six courses of college-level German. All students must have at least a B average in German, a B average in their major, and a B- average overall.
Language of Instruction: German
Fall and Full Year: March 15
Spring: October 1
Fields of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English Literature, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, French, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, German, Health, History, International Studies, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Math, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Religion, Russian, Sanskrit, Sociology, Spanish, Theather Studies
Full Course Load: 4 courses per semester
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