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.

The Middlebury Chinese School on the campus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, is the summer home for some of the foremost teachers in the world. You will learn from them during daily small-group instruction and practice. Outside of class, you'll join them in co-curricular activities designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. This powerful blend of rigorous academic study and varied co-curricular activity has made Middlebury one of the world’s premier language immersion programs.

With its long tradition of academic excellence, the Middlebury Chinese School offers its students (aged 18 and over who are high school graduates) 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 are selected from a pool of highly qualified and motivated learners. Students of all language ability are welcome, with 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.

2020 Sessions in Middlebury, Vermont

Summer Intensive 8-week (June 19-August 14) - For students with beginner to advanced language ability interested in starting or advancing their Chinese language skills.

Graduate 6-week (June 30-August 14) - For post-graduate students with superior proficiency pursuing a Master's Degree in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

Learn More

  • Appreciate the 100 year history of the Language Schools here. 
  • Meet Chinese School alumni on YouTube channel here and on Midd website here.
  • Visit the Language Schools YouTube channel here.
  • Find a variety of answers on the FAQ page here.
  • International students can find information about visas here.
  • View campus fitness and athletic facilities here.
  • View campus health and student support resources here, here, and here.
  • Learn the history of Middlebury here and tour the campus here.

Application Deadlines

Financial aid is awarded on a first come/first served basis starting in early January to students who have already been admitted and have completed the financial aid form and qualify for tuition assistance.

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, Assistant Director