General Requirements for Master of Arts Degree Programs

(DML Requirements >> click here)

The 6-week session of the Language Schools is for students who have already acquired graduate-level proficiency in their language of study. Graduate applicants have generally studied their language for four years or longer, unless they are native speakers.

Applicants planning to pursue an MA degree must hold a BA or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the summer session. Applicants must have completed course work equivalent to a major in the target language or be able to demonstrate the equivalent level of linguistic proficiency. The GRE is not required. Select the 6-week MA program in the program selection of the online application.

Applicants who will not hold a BA, or who plan to attend for one summer only, should apply as nondegree students by selecting the 6-week nondegree program. Up to three graduate nondegree units may eventually be applied toward an MA degree at the Language Schools.

All graduate students (regardless of academic track or program option) must successfully complete an initial 6-week graduate summer session on either the Vermont or California campus before establishing their candidacy for the MA degree.

The MA degree requires successful completion of 12 course units. Middlebury awards one unit of graduate credit (equivalent to three semester hours) for each graduate course. The normal course load is 3 course units per summer.

You may enroll in courses in one MA program only. You are, however, welcome to apply to more than one program; to do so, you must submit a complete application packet for each program (including a separate application fee).

Qualified students who would like to take courses for professional development but do not intend to earn an MA are also welcome to apply.

Note: We accept applications to the graduate summer program on a rolling basis, but in order to request materials and help students prepare for the visa process, those applying to the summer program followed by the academic year abroad must submit an application by May 1 (for Germany, the deadline is April 15.). Applicants for the year abroad must also have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end date of the program.

Financial aid for the abroad program is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants. 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.

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

Please gather your recommender's name and email address before beginning your application. You will also need to consult your School page (below) for additional information that you should prepare before starting your application (for example: course histories).

Current Middlebury College students should refer to these specific instructions.

1. Complete the Online Application, which includes short answer questions. The answers should be 200 words total, in English.
  • Your formal and informal experience with the language, including travel, study, or residence abroad
  • How you learned about Middlebury's programs
  • Your reasons for wanting to study the language you have chosen
  • Your career goals
  • Any additional information that you consider relevant to your application
2. Pay $75 Nonrefundable application fee. 
You may pay by credit card at the time of application. If you need to send a check/money order, use this address:

Middlebury Language Schools 
14 Old Chapel Road 
Middlebury, VT 05753

*Make checks out to Middlebury College. On the memo line, please write in your name and the Language School to which you applied so we can match your fee with your application.

3. Submit your official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended, whether or not you studied a foreign language there.

All transcripts must be in English, with translations prepared by a certified credentialing service.

Foreign transcripts submitted by applicants applying to Middlebury's MA or DML degree programs must be accompanied by a translated course-by-course evaluation report, performed by a certified educational credential evaluation service.

Official transcripts can be submitted by email or mail.

Electronic address:

Spanish Graduate:

Mailing address:

Language Schools - (specify your Language School here)
Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

4. Submit three letters of recommendation using the online application. Once you enter the name of your recommender on the application, an email will be generated and sent to the recommender along with a link to fill out the recommendation form.

The following recommenders are all acceptable, listed here in order of preference:

  • language instructors with whom you have studied the target language (from the past two years)
  • recent instructors with whom you have studied other languages or disciplines
  • work supervisors from professional or volunteer work, or colleagues

5. Specific Program Instructions

Each graduate program of the Language Schools has somewhat different application requirements. To ensure that you have submitted all of the required documents, please click on the relevant link below:

Arabic German Russian
Chinese Hebrew Spanish
French Italian