School of Korean

Language%20Pledge%20signThe School of Korean, founded in 2015, is the 11th language offered at the Language Schools and is held at Mills College (California).  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 gives students a total immersion experience with a program that engages them at their current level while enhancing their proficiency on to the next. In class, students benefit from a top-notch faculty who 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 credit (12 semester credit hours).  The program is open to undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students at other institutions, professionals, and lifelong learners.

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 eat all 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.

"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

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.


School of Korean Opens

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.