Middlebury has long been a leader in foreign language education.

With the founding of the German Summer Language School in 1915, the first of Middlebury’s now eleven intensive summer language schools, and its first school abroad in France in 1949, Middlebury has steadily established a leadership position in the field of language learning.

Today, less than 18 percent of Americans speak anything other than English, but at least 50 percent of European Union citizens speak another language. At Middlebury, we recognize the immediate need to help address the demand for more widespread language learning, and we strive to continually improve and expand our offerings so our students can meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse world.

Middlebury College offers undergraduate programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. A dedicated faculty, recruited from all over the world, is committed to providing the most effective, successful and enjoyable instruction, so that students can thrive in a climate of cultural diversity and academic excellence. Undergraduates also can enroll in one of the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad, which operate in 37 locations in 17 countries.

In summer, the internationally recognized Language Schools offer intensive immersion instruction in eleven languages at two locations, Middlebury College and Mills College in Oakland, California.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey also provides the potential for a streamlined progression to language-related graduate studies. Students can gain a year in language study (8 academic credits) in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish through the eight-week Summer Intensive Language Program. And ESL students can improve English language skills through the Intensive English Programs, with sessions four times a year.