Welcome to the School in France handbook! Please use the Table of Contents below or the menu above to navigate to different sections of the Handbook.

Middlebury endeavors to present an accurate overview of the programs, facilities, and fees of the Schools Abroad in this publication. However, Middlebury reserves the right to alter any programs, facilities, fees, policies and/or procedures described in this publication without notice or obligation. This handbook is published on the Middlebury Schools Abroad website; any changes after initial publication will be made on the web and such changes shall supersede all prior versions of this handbook.


Welcome Letter
Contact Information
Statement of Non-Discrimination


Costs and Expenses
Student Visa
International Students
Registering with the Department of State
Travel to France
General Packing Suggestions
Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival in France

Travel to Paris
Travel to Bordeaux
Travel to Poitiers
Getting Settled
On-Site Orientation


Undergraduate Program in Paris
Undergraduate Program in Bordeaux and Poitiers
MA French
MA Applied French
Course Registration
Academic Support
Undergraduate Grade Equivalency
Graduate Grade Equivalency
French-Style Education
Academic Internships in Paris
Learning Outside the Classroom

Life in France

Validating Your Visa
Undergraduate Housing
Graduate Housing
Eating in France
Local Transportation
Traveling within France

Health and Safety

Hospitals and Medical Services
Psychological Health and Counseling
Staying Safe in France
Global Rescue
Sexual Assault and Harassment

Financial Matters

Currency Exchange
Money and Banking
Emergency Cash


Communication and Immersion
Language Pledge
Internet and Email

Local Resources

Emergency Numbers
US Embassy Contact
Local Information

Academic Calendar

Re-Entry Resources