General Requirements for Master of Arts Degree Programs

(DML Requirements >> click here)

Receipt of the BA degree or the equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is a prerequisite for admission to the MA program. 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.

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. 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.

Is the 6-Week Graduate Program For Me? >>

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 prior to the start of the summer session. These applicants should 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.

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.

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

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

1. Online Application

Begin by selecting the appropriate graduate application:

  • Select Application #2 if you are applying as an MA or nondegree student to the 6-week summer session only. This includes applicants interested in pursuing the MA degree over four summers, as well as applicants to the Arabic or Chinese MIIS option or the Hebrew intensive track.
  • Select Application #3 if you are applying to the 6-week graduate session plus an academic year abroad.

Deadline: Admissions are rolling, but if you are applying to the summer program followed by the academic year abroad, you must submit your 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.

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.

2. $75 Nonrefundable Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $75 in U.S. funds is due when submitting an application. You may pay by credit card online, or you may send a check or money order, made payable to Middlebury College, to your program coordinator.

You may pay by credit card only at the time that you submit your application. If you choose "Pay by check or money order," you will not be able to pay by credit card at a later time.

This fee is waived for the following applicants:
• Active duty military members
• Middlebury College undergraduate students
• Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) Students
• Alumni of all Middlebury College, MIIS, and MMLA programs
• Current Mills College students
• Current members of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or Teach for America
• Currently enrolled students who provide a letter from their home institution, stating that they receive 96-100% need-based financial aid

If you are eligible for a fee waiver, select "Pay by check or money order" in order to proceed with the online application, but do not submit payment. Please indicate that you qualify for a fee waiver in the essay portion of the application.

3. Transcript(s)

We require an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, whether or not you studied a foreign language there. The official transcript must be sent by the registrar, either sealed in an envelope or emailed in a secure format.

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.

4. Recommendations

Applicants to the graduate programs must submit three letters of recommendation. An online form is available for your convenience, but recommendations from persons other than foreign-language teachers may be in the form of written and signed letters to the Language Schools. Mailed recommendations must be in a sealed envelope, signed by the recommender along the flap.

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

Recommendation letters may be sent via e-mail to the Language Schools, but they must be sent directly from the recommender to the appropriate program coordinator. Recommendations that are forwarded from an applicant's e-mail address will not be accepted.

5. Additional Information

You must submit a statement of approximately 200 words (in English) in which you describe:

  • 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

6. 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