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  • Locations: Mainz, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Middlebury Schools Abroad Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad
Language of Instruction: German Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college-level instruction with a 'B' average in language coursework
Click here for a definition of this term GPA (cumulative): 2.67 Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Language GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Major GPA: 3.0 Internships Available: Yes
Excursions: Yes Housing Type: Apartment, University Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term Midd. Financial Aid: Yes Advisor: Nicole Chance
Subjects Offered: Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Economics, Education, European Studies, Film, Geography, Geology, German, German Literature, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Theater Studies, Women's Studies Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
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Founded in 1959, the Middlebury School in Germany provides students with the opportunity to experience one of two diverse sites. By studying and living alongside their German peers, students have the unique chance to improve their German while choosing courses from the entire academic curriculum.

A 30-min train ride from Frankfurt will take you to Mainz, City of Science (2011) and one of the World Wine Capitals located in one of Germany's most renowned wine producing regions. As capital of the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz boasts a 2,000-year history--from the Romans to medieval Christendom to modern Germany, a history that is evident throughout the city.

If you follow the city's cobblestone streets bustling with life, you'll pass by the cathedral, walk by 18th-century palaces, may step into highly specialized museums, choose to see a performance at one of the six theaters, enjoy local produce and goodies at the open-air markets and shop in vibrant neighborhoods rebuilt after World War II. Since Mainz is the heart of the 'Rhein-Main-Gebiet,' one of Germany's main cultural and economic centers, major newspapers, radio- and TV-stations have their offices here, among them the headquarters of the ZDF. A short train-ride takes you either to Wiesbaden, the capital of Hesse, or Frankfurt, where international companies and banks do business within the vicinity of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  For the student who is fascinated by history, architecture, German culture, and life in a city catering to a student population of 36,000, Mainz offers a wealth of opportunities. Situated on the Rhine river, the city blends both rural and urban worlds. The combination of its unique local culture, characterized by openness, humor, and sociability with its easy-to-navigate setting make it the obvious choice for students who want to quickly and effectively immerse themselves in the local communities.

Due to the high standard of living and countless cultural events and festivals that take place year-round, Mainz and its university, the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, attract approximately 36,000 students who enjoy all that the university, city, and region have to offer.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/25/2020 07/31/2020
NOTE: Dates are approximate: Do not purchase a plane ticket until official program dates are available on the School in Germany calendar. Middlebury undergraduates must apply by February 1, 2019.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants who apply in the fall or winter will be notified on February 15th of the academic year preceeding study abroad. Applicants whose applicaitons are completed after February 15th (or anytime in the fall, if they are applying to study abroad during the following spring semester) will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline. Some Schools Abroad will fill before the deadline.