Middlebury Language Schools and Schools Abroad

Every summer, students and teachers, scholars and artists, entrepreneurs and political leaders from around the world gather at the Middlebury Language Schools.They apply their considerable efforts to one goal—creating the richest, most effective language-learning environment on earth. Within this environment, a miracle occurs. Those who arrive with basic language skills expand them dramatically, allowing them to engage with native speakers in an informed discussion of cultural, political, or social issues.



The catalyst for this miracle is the Language Pledge, a promise made by students, faculty, and staff to communicate solely in their language of choice for the duration of their time in the program. Within the classroom, the Language Pledge supports the creation of a solid foundation in language—reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Outside the classroom, the Pledge fosters meaningful engagement and fluency acquisition, as students participate in a vast range of cocurricular activities, all of which happen in language.



We strongly recommend that students complete at least one year of college prior to attending the Middlebury Language Schools. Applications from high school seniors whose records demonstrate the academic achievement and social maturity required to succeed in a residential college-level intensive immersion program will be considered. The Language Schools select students for admission who show the potential and desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Having previously attended the Language Schools, Middlebury College, the Monterey Institute of International Studies or the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy does not guarantee admission. You may enroll in courses at one Language School only, and typically only at one level of study. You are, however, welcome to apply to more than one School: to do so, you must submit a complete application to each School (including a separate application fee). Admission is for one summer only and cannot be deferred to a future year.



For more information about the Middlebury Language Schools, please visit their website and Facebook page.