Doctor of Modern Language Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the DML program must have received a Master of Arts degree in French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish, and must be sufficiently proficient to do advanced graduate-level work in one of these languages or in Arabic, Chinese, or Hebrew.

It is expected that the MA language will become the principal DML language. With permission of the Dean of Language Schools, a student who has the requisite language proficiency may substitute an MA in a related field, such as linguistics or comparative literature.

The deadline for applying to the DML program is April 15. Following acceptance to the program, the applicant will submit a proposed topic for the qualifying paper and preliminary bibliography of no more than one page to the DML Coordinator by May 1, to be approved by the Director of the principal Language School before the beginning of the summer session.

Application Requirements

1. Online Application

Begin by selecting the appropriate graduate application:

  • Application #2: "6-week graduate studies program, summer only"
  • If you are applying for the 6-week graduate program as well as an academic year abroad, please select Application #3

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 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 both languages, including travel, study, or residence abroad
  • how you learned about Middlebury's programs
  • your reasons for wanting to study the languages you have chosen
  • your career goals
  • any additional information that you consider relevant to your application
6. Online Language Assessment

Applicants will complete online placement exams in both DML languages, as part of the admissions process. If successful, they will undergo oral interviews in both languages. Applicants must demonstrate advanced proficiency in both languages in order to be admitted to the program.

Instructions for taking the online placement exam will be provided by the coordinator of the principal language school.

Browser Requirement

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  • Internet Explorer (version 11 or later)
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Google Chrome (version 22 of later)
  • Firefox (version 27 or later)
  • Safari (version 11 or later)

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DML Program

Middlebury Language Schools
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802.443.2006
F: 802.443.2075

Admissions Questions: Contact School Coordinator of principal DML language (French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian)

Oliver Carling,
DML Coordinator