People study languages for a variety of reasons and come to the learning experience at different proficiency levels.

In the School of Japanese, you will experience a program that engages you at your current level while propelling you on to the next. “We’ve created an atmosphere in which students from different levels feel comfortable communicating with each other,” says Director Kazumi Hatasa. “This mutual support gives them the freedom to speak up, ask questions, and help each other learn.”

In class, you'll benefit from a top-notch faculty who will challenge and encourage you at every step, giving you the tools to rapidly improve your language skills. Outside the classroom, you'll participate in organized cocurricular activities—including soccer, Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, and karaoke—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency.

Whether you’re anticipating travel abroad, preparing to teach Japanese, doing graduate research, or exploring the popular culture of contemporary Japan, a summer in the Japanese School will open the doors to linguistic and cultural fluency.

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Note to Level 1 students: In order to help beginning students adapt to the intensive environment at Middlebury and be better prepared for the Language Pledge, Level 1 (Introductory) Japanese will start online approximately one month before students arrive on Campus. For more information, please visit our Curriculum page.

School of Japanese

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5215
F: 802.443.2075

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

Wendy Butler, Coordinator
japaneseschool@middlebury.edu