General Requirements for Language Schools

Applicants who are continuing to gain proficiency in their language should apply to the 7-week or 8-week "Intensive Language Program," regardless of their status as students or graduates of other degree programs. The 7-week and 8-week programs enroll a diverse mix of undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and professionals. Although undergraduate-level credit is awarded for these programs, it is by no means restricted to students who are still studying for their bachelor's degree in college. We strongly recommend that students complete at least one year of college prior to attending the Middlebury Language Schools.

The Language Schools select students for admission who show the potential and desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Having previously attended the Language Schools, Middlebury College, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) or the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy does not guarantee admission.

You may enroll in courses at one Language School only, and typically only at one level of study. You are, however, welcome to apply to more than one School: to do so, you must submit a complete application to each School (including a separate application fee).

Admission is for one summer only and cannot be deferred to a future year.

International Students >>

International students will go through the same general application process outlined on this page (above). Following admission, the ISSS office will support your needs relating to a U.S. student visa.

Application Requirements

Deadline: Admissions are rolling. Scholarships, fellowships, and some financial aid programs do have a deadline by which applications must be complete. Please refer to the Language Schools Financial Aid page for details.

Current Middlebury College students: Please refer to these specific instructions.

1. Fill out the online application (available November 1) which includes short answer questions. You will be asked to answer the following questions in English in approximately 200 words total:
  • How did you first learn about the Language Schools?
  • What is your formal and informal experience with the language, including study, work, travel or residence abroad?
  • Share your reasons for wanting to study the language you have chosen.
  • Share any additional information that you consider relevant to your application.
2. Pay $75 Nonrefundable Application Fee.

3. Submit your offical transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution where you attended a foreign language class. 

4. Submit one letter of recommendation through the online application.

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, or colleague

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

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