Credit is defined in terms of units. One unit equals three semester hours. The seven-week session (levels 100-399) normally carries a total of three units (nine semester hours) of credit.

A full six-week graduate program is comprised of three graduate courses for a total of three units (nine semester hours) of credit.

For transfer purposes, the student's home institution determines how many graduate or undergraduate credits will be granted for the summer's work at Middlebury. (All credits expire after ten years. The Middlebury College Language Schools do not calculate grade point average or class rank.)

Middlebury College considers a semester or academic year abroad equivalent to a semester or academic year in the U.S., but a student's home institution determines the number of credits ultimately awarded for work abroad. Undergraduates are therefore urged to discuss the question of transfer credits with their advisors before leaving.

Transfer Credits

After formal admission to a graduate degree program, candidates for the M.A. or D.M.L. degree may request permission from the director of Academic Records to transfer from another institution a maximum of the equivalent of one full-time summer of study at Middlebury. Only courses taken after successful completion of the initial summer and formal admission to degree candidacy may be transferred (i.e., courses taken at other institutions before the first summer of study may not be transferred toward a Middlebury graduate degree).

To obtain approval for transfer of credit, students must submit evidence that the courses they wish to transfer earn graduate credit towards an advanced degree at an accredited college or university. The courses must have been taught in Italian in the areas of language analysis and linguistics, culture and civilization, literature, or professional preparation and must not duplicate courses already taken for degree credit.

All units counted toward a degree must have been taken on a graded, not a pass/fail basis. Only grades of B- and above may be applied toward a Middlebury M.A. degree. Only grades of B+ and above may be applied toward a Middlebury D.M.L. degree.

All transfer credit courses must be completed by the 31st of May of the year of graduation for August degree candidates and by the 10th of January for March degree candidates. All credits and units expire after ten years, whether earned at Middlebury College or transferred from another institution.


Non-enrolled students may occasionally be allowed to audit upper-level courses with the director's permission. Auditing is not permitted in levels 100-399, nor are students in those courses permitted to audit courses. Audit tuition, Room and Board $1,215 (room and board $815).

The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5727
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Italian School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Joseph Tamagni, Coordinator