The Portuguese School - A Unique Intensive Summer Program

The Middlebury Portuguese School is a 7-week intensive-immersion course in Portuguese. Students read, write, listen, and speak Portuguese 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The School is open to all levels of students who want to learn Portuguese--from beginners to advanced levels--and students are current undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and life-long learners from all over the world.

Students in the Portuguese School will make rapid gains in speaking Portuguese, earning a full year's worth of college credit in just seven weeks. Some students gain even more proficiency.

Language Pledge --Why Our Intensive Portuguese Program Works

If you were to choose one thing that sets the Middlebury programs apart from other language learning options, it would be the dedication of students and faculty to making great strides in language learning, embodied by the Middlebury Language Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment to communicate only in one's language of study for the entire time on campus. In our Portuguese immersion environment, students read, write, listen, and speak in Portuguese 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Inside the classrooms, the Pledge creates a solid foundation and helps students learn Portuguese all day, every day, in a formal, structured setting. And during all the informal moments --speaking Portuguese in the dining halls, the dorms, and on the way to Portuguese class--the Pledge fosters engagement between students, helping them move quickly toward fluency.

A studen'ts typical day at the intensive summer program

With activities such as capoeira, samba, forro, soccer, and cooking, you will learn how to speak Portuguese and gain insight into various aspects of Brazilian and Portuguese culture. The Portuguese School brings in special guests every year, including a Brazilian writer-in-residence. Past writers include Roberto DaMatta, Marina Colasanti, Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna, Moacyr Scliar, Conceição Evaristo, Miriam Alves, Álvaro Cardoso, Ana Maria Gonçalves, Laurentino Gomes, and Lira Neto. With the support of the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) from 2008 to 2010, Portuguese writer Rui Zink and additional faculty joined the program. We continue honoring the European Portuguese variant with a faculty and/or writer-in-residence each year. To celebrate our diversity, African writer Ondjak and the Ambassadors of Cape Verde and Mozambique have given lectures and workshops in the program.

At the Middlebury Portuguese School, you don't merely learn the Portuguese language, you also learn about literature, history, politics, art, film, music, food, and dance, because we don't separate language and culture.


Why spend a summer at the Portuguese School instead of studying abroad in a Portuguese-speaking country? You will have dramatic breakthroughs, regardless of your incoming proficiency level and unmatched growth in language ability. After taking Portuguese courses over the seven week summer session and attending the co-curricular activities, lectures, and films, you will gain a full year of college-level Portuguese.

The Portuguese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5292
F: 802.443.2075

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

Laura Bachand, Coordinator