What is the Middlebury School of the Environment?

  • A six-week environmental studies program for high school seniors and college undergraduates, located on the campus of Middlebury College in Vermont
  • The equivalent of three college courses (nine semester-hours of credit) offered within a specially designed curriculum that includes core course work, electives, leadership training, and field experiences
  • A program featuring nationally recognized faculty and environmental leaders

Why study in Vermont?

Middlebury’s rural location in central Vermont’s Champlain Valley provides ample opportunities to explore a range of environmental topics. From Lake Champlain and the surrounding Green Mountains and Adirondacks to working farms and national forests, the landscape becomes a hands-on extension of our classroom.

What are the courses like?

Core courses emphasize hands-on practice, interdisciplinary connection, and local engagement with a global perspective. Electives offer in-depth training in specific skills and viewpoints that are central to the study of the environment.

Is there financial aid?

Yes, we offer need-based financial aid.

How can I apply?

The application process has a few simple steps, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full. You will be notified of a decision within six weeks of submitting your application.

Can international students participate?

Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. visa status that allows full-time study during the School of the Environment program. (Note: U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible to attend.) International students who already have an F-1 student status from a U.S. college or university that they attend during the academic year can apply as long as they will maintain F-1 status throughout the program. International students with another visa status that allows for full-time study can inquire to isss@middlebury.edu to confirm whether they are eligible to participate.