Intensive language instruction from beginning to advanced levels takes place during the summer in the nine-week sessions of the Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian Schools; and in the seven-week sessions of the French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish Schools. Graduate programs are offered in the six-week sessions of the French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish Schools. The Language Schools attract approximately 1,200 students and 200 faculty to campus during the summer.
In addition to its intensive summer sessions, Middlebury College offers study abroad for undergraduates and graduates at its Schools in China (Beijing, Hangzhou and Kunming), Egypt (Alexandria), France (Bordeaux, Paris and Poitiers), Germany (Berlin and Mainz), Italy (Ferrara, Florence and Rome), Latin America (Buenos Aires and Tucumán, Argentina; Belo Horizonte, Florianópolis and Niterói, Brazil; Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Temuco, Valdivia and Valparaíso, Chile; Guadalajara and Xalapa, Mexico; and Montevideo, Uruguay), Russia (Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl), and Spain (Córdoba, Getafe, Logroño, and Madrid). N.B. Graduate level programs are offered only at Paris, Berlin, Mainz, Florence, Moscow, and Madrid, and not at the other sites.
With the permission of the Vice President for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs, regular full-time Middlebury baccalaureate faculty can attend the Language Schools for the purpose of the enhancement of their teaching or research at Middlebury. The same policies for tuition for courses in the undergraduate college apply; see the Middlebury College Handbook on the web for details. Faculty may apply to the Faculty Professional Development Fund to support Language Schools attendance.
The Bread Loaf campus is located near Bread Loaf Mountain, fourteen miles from the Middlebury campus. The Bread Loaf School of English conducts a six-week graduate session in June and July with over 250 students, which is also open to selected undergraduates, and similar sessions concurrently in Alaska, New Mexico, Mexico, and England. The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference convenes each August following the School of English.