Academic Programs

Students and teachers, scholars and artists, entrepreneurs and political leaders of all ages (18 to 80+) and language level gather at the Middlebury Language Schools every summer. They apply their efforts to one goal—creating the richest, most effective language-learning environment on earth.

Within this environment, a miracle occurs. Those who arrive with basic language skills expand them dramatically, allowing them to engage with native speakers in informed discussions of cultural, political, or social issues. The catalyst for this miracle is the Language Pledge, a promise made to communicate solely in their language of choice for the duration of their time.