Every summer since 1915, a community of dedicated scholars and students has taken shape at Middlebury, setting the scene for the accelerated language learning that is the hallmark of the Language Schools.

A summer at Middlebury is demanding and requires serious commitment. Teachers move through material rapidly and intensive courses are equivalent to roughly an academic year of language instruction. "Immersion" means that Language Schools students spend all waking hours "in language": that is, they take their meals in dining halls where they speak and hear the language they are studying; they speak the language with their roommates and classmates, friends, teachers, administrators, at all times.

At summer's end, students will take with them not only a new language, but the ability to consider new paths-a year of study abroad, a graduate degree at Middlebury, an overseas job opportunity, or the ability to reach out across borders and change the world.