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About Middlebury's summer environmental studies program

“I’ve always cared about the environment.  But now I’m prepared to do something for it!” — Middlebury School of the Environment alumnus

What is the Middlebury School of the Environment?

  • It is a six-week immersive summer environmental studies program for undergraduates.
  • It offers an integrated program where each student takes three for-credit courses.
  • It offers two different tracks of study, one designed for students with little or no previous college-level environmental studies courses, and one for students with substantial college-level background in environmental studies.
  • Its curriculum includes elective courses in environmental science, environmental management, environmental video, environmental humanities, sustainability studies, and systems thinking.
  • Its formal courses are coupled with leadership training to help students prepare for environmental internships, environmental jobs, and a life of meaning promoting effective environmental change.

Where is it?

Middlebury College’s main campus in Middlebury, Vermont.

Why study in Vermont?

Vermont is an ideal location to study a wide range of environmental topics.

Why study environmental studies at Middlebury College?

  • We have had one of the top-rated environmental studies programs for over 50 years.
  • We have 100 years of experience in summer immersion programs. Our Language Schools and Bread Loaf School of English are world renowned for faculty and pedagogy, quality of experience, and life-changing results.
  • We have excellent facilities for environmental studies and environmental science courses: the LEED platinum Franklin Environmental Center; the science labs in McCardell Bicentennial Hall; the R/V Folger, Middlebury’s state-of-the-art research vessel on Lake Champlain; and diverse renewable energy systems, including a solar farm and biomass plant.
  • Middlebury’s campus offers immediate access to the diverse environment of Vermont’s Champlain Valley: small towns, working farms and forests, the vast Green Mountain National Forest, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountains.  And Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, is only an hour away.

What are the courses like?

Our core courses emphasize hands-on practice; interdisciplinary connection, and local engagement with a global perspective. Our electives offer in-depth training in specific skills and perspectives that are central to the study of the environment.

Who are the students?

The students come from colleges and universities all across the country, and from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Students do not need to be environmental studies majors to apply.

How much college credit is available?

We offer nine semester-hours of credit, the equivalent of three college courses.

Is there financial aid?

Yes, we offer a generous need-based financial aid package.

When is the next session?

June 24th to August 4th, 2016.

How can I apply?

The application process has a few simple steps. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applications are accepted and placement offered until the program is full.