School of Korean Launching in 2015

The Middlebury College Language Schools are pleased to announce the establishment of the School of Korean, which will open in 2015 at the Mills Campus. Korean is the 11th language offered at the summer Language Schools. Read what vice president Michael Geisler has to say about the program in this Q&A.

School of Korean


From the beginning, the Language Schools have been committed to a unique model of linguistic and cultural immersion. This approach is best embodied by the Middlebury Language Pledge, a commitment to communicate only in one's language of study for the entire time on campus.

The School of Korean will give students total immersion experiences with a program that engages them at their current level while enhancing their proficiency on to the next. In class, students will benefit from a top-notch faculty who will challenge and encourage them at every step, giving them the tools to rapidly improve their language skills.

The School of Korean offers four levels of Korean courses during the 8-week session.  The courses are designed to improve Korean language and cultural proficiency as rapidly as possible. Students will be asked to choose a course level based on their Korean language proficiency and will be assigned based on an initial assessment.  Each level offers four units of three credit hours (12 credit hours total).  The program is open to undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students at other institutions, and professionals.

Outside the classroom, students participate in organized cocurricular activities—including sports, cooking, Korean drum dance, k-pop song and dance, and calligraphy and painting—each designed to help enhance language skills while developing cultural proficiency.

There will be open lectures on Korean literature, films and North Korea, and other social activities including traditional and contemporary performing concerts in the evening.  Also students will have three meals with Korean professors and their fellow students, all in language.

A summer in the School of Korean will open doors to the diverse aspects of Korean language and culture in relation with the world and will help students to prepare their anticipated future of Korean language study, research and any interrelated endeavors.

"In this inaugural Korean program, I envision that the School of Korean at Middlebury would provide the forum or opportunity for Korean learners, its educators, and experts across the world to learn, improve, and share Korean language, its culture, and expertise. I would like to invite you all to experience the premier Korean program at Middlebury Language Schools.” - Sahie Kang, Director of the School of Korean


The School of Korean

Can international students participate in the School of Korean?

Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. visa status that allows full-time study during the dates of the School of the Korean program to be eligible to apply.  (Please note: Students cannot participate in our program with a tourist visa status (B-1/B-2) or through the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) because neither allows for full-time study.) U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible to attend.

International students who already have F-1 student status from a U.S. college or university that they attend during the academic year may apply to the School of Korean as long as they will maintain F-1 status throughout the dates of the summer session.

International students in another visa status that allows for full-time study may inquire to to confirm whether they are eligible to participate.

Middlebury College is currently seeking authorization to be able to issue visa documents to international students from outside the U.S. to attend the School of Korean.  We will update this site when we have new information to share.

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) Korean will start online approximately one month before students arrive on the Mills Campus. For more information, please visit our Curriculum page.



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The application for the 2016 session will be available November 1, 2015.

School of Korean Off to a Fast Start

July 3, 2015

With 28 students and nine faculty and staff, Middlebury now has a vibrant summer school for learning Korean language and culture.

All students who enroll in the School of Korean will study at our West Coast site at Mills College, in Oakland, California. Application and financial aid processes are identical to those for the Middlebury campus. For more information on Middlebury at Mills, please click here.