Understanding other cultures is essential in today’s world. For more than 60 years, our study abroad programs have been highly effective in fostering this understanding. Unlike some programs, in which study abroad students stay together in English-speaking communities, Middlebury students integrate into their new culture. They live with local families or have native roommates, and they attend class in the local universities. They intern or engage in volunteer work. And they take the Language Pledge, promising to speak only the target language.
Approximately 550 students study at a C.V. Starr-Middlebury program each year, and more than 40 percent come from institutions other than Middlebury. The Schools Abroad also offer expanded opportunities for graduate study in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish for those pursuing MA degrees.
Students return from abroad with a broader, more nuanced view of the world and an in-depth understanding of another culture--vital for being well-informed global citizens. And while our students live in the communities of the nations they visit, they serve as diplomats for Middlebury and for the U.S.
Donors to the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad play an important part in advancing global understanding. They help Middlebury students acquire the tools and experience to operate in our interconnected world.