A first-rate language program and life experience to look upon with pride and a deep sense of accomplishment long after the summer is over.

With its long tradition of academic excellence, the Chinese School offers its students a unique, unparalleled opportunity to learn Chinese language and culture. In eight short weeks, with the support of a dedicated faculty and staff, a rigorous, well-implemented curriculum, a speak-Chinese-only total immersion learning environment, and a low student-teacher ratio, our students make unimaginable progress.

In every classroom, two factors play a critical role:
the dedication of the teachers and the motivation of the students.

Chinese School faculty are chosen from among the most dedicated, hardworking professionals in academia. They are available to our students throughout the day and campus to assist, guide, and support.

Students (aged 18+ who are high school graduates) are selected from a pool of highly qualified and motivated learners. Students of all language ability are welcome, wiith either no experience with Chinese at all, or several years of instruction and practice.

Both teachers and students work diligently as coaches and learners, respectively, toward the same goal – to ensure that our students’ ability to understand, speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese improves dramatically day by day throughout the session. Our team effort ensures that students receive individual attention and continuous feedback.

Whether in class, on the field, in the dining hall, or just chatting with friends, you will be living the language for the summer. When you leave campus at the end of the session, you’ll say goodbye to friends you're likely to meet again later—as professional colleagues in the Chinese-speaking world.

Welcome to the Chinese School!


Available 2016 Sessions in Middlebury, Vermont

Summer Intensive 8-week (June 24-August 19) - For students aged 18 and over with beginner to advanced language ability interested in starting or advancing their Chinese language skills.

Graduate 6-week (July 5-August 19) - For post-graduate students with superior proficiency pursuing a Master's Degree in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

Learn More

Meet Chinese School alumni on our YouTube channel here.

Visit the Language Schools YouTube channel here.

Appreciate the 100 year history of the Language Schools here.

Tour the Middlebury campus here and here.

View campus fitness and athletic facilities here.

Find a variety of answers on the FAQ page here.


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The Chinese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5520
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Chinese School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Mimi Clark, Coordinator