Middlebury Language Schools


General Policies

Middlebury College 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 of Language Schools, Schools Abroad & Graduate Programs, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753.


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 a graduate program, candidates for the MA and DML degrees may request permission from the Registrar of the Language Schools to transfer a maximum of three units or the equivalent from another institution. Students may propose for transfer only courses taken after successful completion of the initial summer and formal admission to a degree program.

Students should obtain approval for the transfer of credit before enrolling in the course in question. To secure this approval, students must submit evidence to the Registrar of the Language Schools that the courses earn graduate credits towards an advanced degree at an accredited college or university; and are taught in the target language in the areas of language analysis, culture and civilization, literature, or professional preparation. Language practice courses may not be transferred, and the courses proposed for transfer should not duplicate courses already taken for degree credit.

All units transferred 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 MA degree. Only grades of B+ and above may be applied toward the DML degree.

All courses approved for transfer 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 applied toward a degree, whether awarded by Middlebury College or transferred from another institution, must be earned within a period of ten years. For example, units earned in 2003 would not be applicable toward a degree awarded in 2013.


Middlebury College 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.