Academic Policies

Middlebury complies with applicable provisions of state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination in employment, or in admission or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities or facilities, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, place of birth, Vietnam veteran status, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability. Questions relating to compliance during the summer session may be addressed to the Vice President for Language Schools.


The Language Schools use the following letter grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F. No grade below a B- may be applied toward a Middlebury MA degree; no grade below B+ may be applied to the DML degree. An A+ grade is available only at the graduate level and represents an extraordinary level of achievement.


The Language Schools define credit in terms of units. One unit equals three semester hours of credit. A normal course load for the summer session is four units for students in eight-week programs, and three units for students in six- and seven-week programs. For transfer purposes, the student's home institution determines how many credits, graduate or undergraduate, are granted for a summer's work. Students should consult their home campus advisers before enrolling.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional information about academic policies and standards, degree requirements, and specific course offerings is contained in individual school sections and in the bulletins and handbooks published by each school and issued to enrolled students.

Transfer Credit for Graduate Program

After formal admission to the program, candidates for the MA and DML degrees may request permission from the Coordinator of their School to transfer from another institution a maximum of the equivalent of one full-time summer of study at Middlebury (three units). Final approval will come from the Registrar's Office. For courses taken at institutions on the quarter system, as well as institutions whose courses do not carry credit equaling three semester hours, the Middlebury College Language Schools grant (a)one unit of credit for two quarter courses or (b) two units of credit for three quarter courses. Please submit in writing which option you intend to follow.

Only courses taken after successful completion of the initial summer and formal admission to degree candidacy can be transferred. Courses taken at other institutions before the first summer of study may not be transferred toward a Middlebury degree, and transferred courses may not be used toward any other degree. Written approval of a course's transferability should be obtained from Middlebury before registering for the course. Middlebury courses transferred from one degree program are not eligible for another Middlebury College degree.

Courses for transfer must be graduate level and taken at an accredited institution that offers an MA in either the language of study or a related discipline. In either case, to be considered for transfer credit these courses must be taught entirely in the language of the student's degree program. We do not accept certificate courses, asynchronous online courses, correspondence courses, independent study, courses taught fully or partially in English* or courses from extension or continuing education programs. Students may not transfer courses from our partner institutions abroad if they are not enrolled in our program at the time the courses are taken. For specific Schools' policies on transfer credits from MAT or M.Ed programs, please consult with the School Director.

*With the exception of the Middlebury-Monterey option of the Arabic or Chinese MA degrees.

The courses must be taught in the foreign language 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 be taken on a graded, not a pass/fail or credit/no credit, basis. No grade below a B- may be applied toward a Middlebury MA degree. No grade below B+ may be applied toward a DML degree. Courses may not be transferred to make up for courses failed at a Middlebury summer session or at a School Abroad.

Students with failing grades forfeit as many possibilities of transfer credit as they have failing grades.


Middlebury is accredited by the Vermont State Department of Education, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.