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. All students will participate in a pre-semester German language course (dates are on Middlebury's website).
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 similar institutions.
Full year: early September to late July
Spring semester: early March 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. Aided students will receive an additional $1,100 in their study abroad budget for the pre-semester language course. Financial aid will be recalculated based on anticipated living expenses abroad and will also account for airfare costs.
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
Full Year: March 15
Spring: October 1
Fields of Study: Africana 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, Theater Studies
Full Course Load: 4 courses per semester