Kathryn Davis Fellowship, Kress, Premio, and HBCU/HSI/Tribal Colleges Scholarship: what extra materials are required and when is the deadline for applying for a fellowship?

Please see this page for details concerning fellowship deadlines and required materials for the Language Schools.

I will be graduating from high school this year. May I apply?

While previous college attendance is not required for enrollment in the Middlebury Language Schools, we encourage students who attend immediately following their final year of high school to thoughtfully consider the independence required of a Language Schools student.  While at the Language Schools, you will navigate a new campus, live with a college-aged roommate, eat in a dining hall, and attend classes with students of all ages and levels of experience. Our faculty and staff strive to create an environment that is comfortable, welcoming, and supportive, and we have counseling services and a health center available to all students. Unlike typical undergraduate programs, the Language Schools are not able to provide an orientation to college life, and we do not have residential life staff in the residence halls, although Language Schools faculty and bilingual assistants do reside with students.

Once You're on Campus...

Do I really have to avoid calling/e-mailing my friends/family/boss in English during the program?

In order to maximize language learning, we ask that you discuss only urgent personal business in your primary language, and if you must, please do so discreetly (out of earshot of other students). We know that it's important for students to maintain contact with their families, but we ask that you keep non-target-language contacts to the absolute minimum.

 

Do I really have to avoid calling/e-mailing my friends/family/boss in English during the program?

In order to maximize language learning, we ask that you discuss only urgent personal business in your primary language, and if you must, please do so discreetly (out of earshot of other students). We know that it's important for students to maintain contact with their families, but we ask that you keep non-target-language contacts to the absolute minimum.

 

May I have friends/family who speak the target language visit me during the program?

Yes, if they speak the language you are studying; otherwise, you will be violating the Language Pledge.

May I leave campus for a few days during the program (to attend a wedding, a family event, or something related to a job)?

Rarely, and only with the express permission of the director of your School.

May I leave campus for a few hours periodically?

Yes.

 

May I have a car on campus?

Yes. On the Middlebury campus, registration will take place at the arrival center or at Public Safety. On the Mills campus, registration will take place at the arrival center. Please bring your driver's license and car registration at this time.

How do I get to campus?
What is a typical day like and what kind of co-curricular activities do you offer?
If my proficiency improves between now and the start of the program can I change levels?

Yes, the director of the School you are attending will make sure that you are correctly placed once you arrive. Levels are often shifted after arrival.

How many hours of class will I have per day/week?

The Language Schools are a 24/7 immersion program. Classes take place all morning, Monday through Friday, and in some schools for part of the afternoon, as well.

Will I earn credit for courses? What is the equivalent of one summer at the Language Schools?

We do offer credits. However, students should discuss credit transfer with their home institution. The 8-week session normally grants 4 units of credit (12 semester-hours) and the 6- and 7-week sessions normally grant 3 units (9 semester-hours).  A summer language session is equivalent to roughly one academic year of language study. A summer at the graduate level is equivalent to roughly one semester of graduate study.

 

Academic

Financial Aid

For any specific questions regarding need-based financial aid, please contact the office of Student Financial Services directly at sfs@middlebury.edu or 802.443.5158.

Should I wait until I've been admitted before submitting a financial aid application?

No. Although no offers of aid will be made before an applicant has been admitted, your financial aid application may be processed in preparation for a decision. We urge you to send in your financial aid application as close as possible to the time that you apply for admission.The FAFSA is not required for consideration for financial aid.

When will I hear about need-based financial aid?

Financial aid decisions are processed in the order that admissions decisions are made, but there will be a lag time between admissions and financial aid decisions. Students may begin hearing from the Student Financial Services office in mid-January and the office will continue to send out decisions until the beginning of the summer program as aid becomes available. Please make sure your materials are all submitted, and submit everything as early as possible.

Kathryn Davis Fellowship, Kress, Premio, and HBCU/HSI/Tribal Colleges Scholarship: what extra materials are required and when is the deadline for applying for a fellowship?

Please see this page for details concerning fellowship deadlines and required materials for the Language Schools.

When do I apply for financial aid – after acceptance or while applying?

Apply for financial aid at the same time that you apply to the Language Schools. In order for your financial aid application to be considered, you must have a completed Language Schools application on file. Because our funds are limited and do run out, it is important that you get your complete financial aid application to us as soon as possible. Apply for financial aid.

Application Process

I lost my login and password; where can I access that information?

Please use the “forgot my password” function and an email will be sent to you to reset your password. Your email is your username.

How soon will I hear from you after I send in my application?
  • We send an email to confirm receipt of your application and supporting materials.

  • We will send you an email to alert you to materials that we are missing after the application and some of the supporting materials have been received through the ‘app tracker’.
How long does it take to receive a decision on my application?

For decision dates please check this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/apply/deadlines

I have transfer courses on my transcripts, should I send an official transcript from the transfer institution?

If the transfer grades appear on the transcript, you do not have to send both.

My college transcripts will be delayed; can I send in a photocopy of my grades, or a grade report, so that my application can be processed in the meantime?

If you wish to submit unofficial copies of your transcripts or grades, you may do so, but be aware that no final admissions decision will be made until your official, sealed transcript has been received.

One or more pieces of my application materials were sent in directly to Middlebury; will you put them together with my application once everything has arrived?

Yes. It is very important that each part of your application materials clearly indicates which Language School it is intended for. Lack of clarity in this regard will result in unnecessary delays in processing your application for a decision.

 

Will my application be processed while you are waiting to receive the supporting materials?

No, we need all of the requested materials, including the application fee, in order to make an admissions decision.

 

I've just realized that I need to change part of the information I provided in my online application. What should I do?

Please send an e-mail with the correct information to your School coordinator.

Do I have to fill out the entire online application at one time?

No; you have the option to save the application in the process. Once you hit “submit application,” no further edits can be made.

Do I have to submit separate materials such as: transcripts, recs, for each program application?

No, we can share those materials with the various programs.

I've already submitted one online application; how can I apply for another Middlebury program? Can I apply for more than one program?

You must complete one online application per Language School. Students applying to more than one School must complete a separate application—including a separate $75 application fee—for each School. Make sure to check the directions for each School.

May I contact you to learn if my application materials have been received?

Before calling or emailing, please check the Application Tracker to see if we have received an item. If you have reason to doubt that your materials have arrived, you may contact us. Please allow a minimum of one week if the item(s) were mailed, as we will require some time to sort and identify all materials here in our offices.

 

Have I been accepted?

Applicants will receive a decision by email.

Has all my paperwork been received?

We need a minimum of two weeks to process your application and supplemental information. You may keep track of this process by accessing your application tracker.

Who is exempt from paying the application fee?
  • A student providing a letter from their home institution stating that they receive 96-100% financial aid

  • Active duty military

  • U.S. Government employees (sent through official channels)

  • Middlebury College undergraduate students

  • Alumni of all Middlebury College programs (Middlebury, Study Abroad, School of the Environment, MIIS)

  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) - current students

  • AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach for America

  • Mills College - current students

  • Alumni of the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy
May I submit more than the required number of recommendations?

You may do so, but it is not encouraged.

I recently held an unpaid position doing volunteer work; can my supervisor from that experience write a recommendation for me?

Yes; formal, structured volunteer work may count as a "professional context."

Can one of my recommendations be from a friend of mine or a family friend?

No, not unless that person has worked with you in a professional context or as a former instructor.

I haven't had a language professor before, or not in a long time. What should I do for recommendations?

Recommendations from language instructors are not required. The following recommenders are all acceptable, listed here in order of preference:

  • Language instructor with whom you have studied the target language (from the past two years)

  • Recent instructor with whom you have studied other languages or disciplines

  • Work supervisor from professional or volunteer work.

Letters contained in official college placement files are acceptable, provided that they are no more than two years old.

My recommender is abroad. How can she/he send the recommendation?

Yes, your reference can submit a separate letter as an attachment on our online form.

Does each recommender have to use the recommendation form? May they simply submit a conventional letter of recommendation?

If your recommender(s) prefer(s) to write a letter in lieu of completing our form, they may do so.

If I am applying to more than one School, do I need to submit separate applications and letters of recommendation?

Yes; you must complete separate applications for all Schools to which you are applying.

I'm a returning student/ a student who applied to the Schools in the past. What materials do I need to submit in order to reactivate my application?
  • If you would like to reactivate a previous application, you'll need to start a new online application and provide all of the requested information. A personal statement is required but can be brief. If you are a returning student, the application fee is waived.

  • If you applied within the past two years but did not attend, you are required to pay the application fee. Your recommendations and transcripts are valid for two years and do not need to be resent (unless this is deemed necessary by the coordinator). However, updated transcripts will be requested if you have completed additional undergraduate- or graduate-level work since you last applied.

If more than two years have passed, you will need to send new recommendation(s). Contact the coordinator of the School to which you are applying in order to determine if you will need to send new transcripts.

How do I know if my letter has been received?

Check your application tracker, which you access through a link  you should have received by email when you submitted your application.. If you haven’t received this link, check your spam filter or junk folder.

How do I submit my letter of recommendation?

 

Your professor can submit the letter of recommendation in three ways.

1.Through an online form, sent through the application software: When you fill out the section on the application for your recommender, the system will automatically send him/her an email with a link to the secure recommendation form. Your recommender should check his/her spam folder because on occasion, the email could be caught in a spam filter. The email will come from lsadmissions@middlebury.edu. Previous applicants do not have to submit a letter of recommendation if they applied in the past two years. Contact your Language School coordinator if your recommender did not receive the link or you would like to change your recommender.

2. By snail mail: Your professor can mail a recommendation letter, signed and sealed to the Language Schools.  The address is Language Schools, 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, VT 05753. Please specify which Language School on the envelope.

3. By email: Your recommender can email the recommendation letter directly to your coordinator.

General Questions

Can I get special meals during my time at Middlebury?

Yes, contact your coordinator for more information.

Can my spouse live with me while I attend?

No, unless you are attending the same Language School. The Language Schools do not have facilities to accommodate spouses or dependents. Dorms are not set up to accommodate families, and due to the Language Pledge, non-language speakers are not allowed to live in the dorms.

I will be graduating from high school this year. May I apply?

While previous college attendance is not required for enrollment in the Middlebury Language Schools, we encourage students who attend immediately following their final year of high school to thoughtfully consider the independence required of a Language Schools student.  While at the Language Schools, you will navigate a new campus, live with a college-aged roommate, eat in a dining hall, and attend classes with students of all ages and levels of experience. Our faculty and staff strive to create an environment that is comfortable, welcoming, and supportive, and we have counseling services and a health center available to all students. Unlike typical undergraduate programs, the Language Schools are not able to provide an orientation to college life, and we do not have residential life staff in the residence halls, although Language Schools faculty and bilingual assistants do reside with students.

Do you offer programs for children and/or high school students?

No, we do not. Middlebury Interactive Languages is not affiliated with the Middlebury Language Schools. The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) is a four-week language academy for students in grades 8–12, modeled after the Middlebury Language Schools. MMLA currently offer programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. For more information please contact MMLA at 888.216.0135 or visit their website.

I would like to attend, but my home institution doesn’t end before the Language Schools start. May I start the program late? May I leave early?

Please speak with the coordinator of the School to which you are applying. Permission is granted only in very rare cases as the workload is very intensive.

What is the difference between your undergraduate and graduate programs? I already have a BA degree. Should I be in the graduate program?

 

  • As a prerequisite for the 6-week graduate program, we require a BA degree or the equivalent, from an accredited institution.

  • Applicants must have completed coursework equivalent to a major in the target language and/or  be able to demonstrate the equivalent level of linguistic proficiency.  

  • The 7- and 8-week programs are designed for students of all backgrounds and ages, regardless of whether or not you already hold a Bachelor's degree.

  • In the 7- and 8-week programs, the proficiency level in the target language ranges from the "pure-beginner" to the equivalent of fourth-year college.