Pursuing a graduate degree in German is a serious commitment. Be sure to choose a school that is as committed as you are.
In 1915, Middlebury College founded the German School, the first of its foreign language immersion programs. And in 1959 students from the College first ventured to study abroad in Mainz. Through the decades to the present day, Middlebury has committed itself to giving its graduate students the richest possible immersion experience in German language and culture, as well as one of the most rigorous and rewarding courses of study available anywhere.
The MA in German will allow you to focus on a variety of topics, including German culture, history, literature, art, theater, politics, economics, and linguistics. To meet the challenges of the classroom, you will be supported by the Language Pledge—an agreement you make to communicate only in German for the duration of your program. The Pledge creates a total immersion environment, enabling you to make remarkable gains in fluency and cultural understanding. You may choose to earn your MA in a single year, by combining one summer in Vermont with an academic year in Mainz, or by studying for four summers on the Middlebury campus in Vermont.
Note: While we do accept applications for the graduate summer program on a rolling basis, 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 April 15th.
Financial aid for the abroad program is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants.