Course Description

This course is an introduction to onsite management of US Education Abroad programs and international education management in France. Middlebury’s Paris School Abroad, Le Centre Madeline, will serve as the primary case study for the course. MIIS students will engage with the host community and Middlebury staff, faculty and students to better understand the onsite perspectives of managing education abroad for U.S. college students. Participants will also explore and evaluate a variety of international education organizations through visits and observations with various study abroad programs, French universities and local entities who engage with US students and partners to gain a deeper understanding of international education and professional practice in the French context. This project-based course provides students with opportunities to design and implement preprogram training for student on this program and to complete team projects related to the management of education abroad from a host community perspective. Students will study, explore and apply knowledge directly into practice through this immersive professional learning experience in France.

Student Application Criteria

  • Capacity for this program will be limited to 8-15 students. 
  • Some background or proficiency in French recommended. I will consider applicants with any background for whom the program presents a meaningful learning opportunity. Priority will be given to students who are studying French as part of their MIIS degree program.
  • Students must be in good standing during application and at time of program – meeting all  academic and registration criteria as required by MIIS.  Interested students should consult with their CACS advisor and check with the Registrar and Financial Aid to ensure accounts are up to date.

Students must submit a complete application by the deadline of Sunday, September 22, to be considered for the program.   Students who meet the program criteria will be invited to participate in an interview with the faculty leader as part of the application process.

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Paris Le Centre Madeleine

Le Centre Madeleine in Paris will serve as “home base” for the J-Term IEM program, with regular class meetings and opportunities to engage with Middlebury Paris staff and students for the program duration.

Le Centre Madeleine is the headquarters of the Middlebury School in Paris, which houses the undergraduate as well as the graduate programs. This facility, run by Middlebury College, offers an academic program designed specifically for its students.

Cross-Cultural Excursions

The group will participate in cross-cultural excursions that may include walking tours, museum visits and others in order to observe how these activities contribute to student learning. As a group we will also participate in some of our own cultural activities to build community as a group and to consider how, as international educators, we can design and run such activities for maximum benefit.

Additional Site Visits

Potential Site Visits in Paris:  Possible site visits to education abroad providers and French university programs who work with US study abroad programs may include the following organizations, which have partnered with the program in the past (this list is subject to change and partners will be included based on availability). Participants will also meet with panels that may include American teaching assistants working in France, French students who have studied abroad, US study abroad students, international students studying in France, faculty who teach US and other international students, and others.

2 – 3 French Universities

2 – 3 Education Abroad Centers run by Organizations

2 – 3 College or University Study Centers

2 – 3 Government Agencies or International Education Support Entities

Immersive Learning Funding

This opportunity falls under Tier 3 of the Immersive Professional Learning Funding Guidelines. Apply by October 1, November 1st or December 1st to be considered for an award of $1,000 to offset the costs of this practicum.