The 4-1-4 Calendar Year and Winter Term

Middlebury students take four courses during the fall and spring semesters and one intensive course during the month-long winter term. Winter term provides students with the opportunity to study one subject in great detail, and seniors often use it to work on a senior thesis. Winter term is not optional, but students do not have to spend all four years on campus. Winter term is considered the ideal time to intern in areas of possible specialization after college.

The distinctive Middlebury academic calendar also amplifies the flexibility of the curriculum. During the 13-week fall and spring semesters, students typically enroll in four courses.

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