School of Korean

The School of Korean - Intensive Summer Immersion Program

School of Korean intensive immersion program at Mills College classroomThe Middlebury School of Korean is an 8-week summer intensive immersion course in Korean. The School of Korean was founded in 2015 and is the 11th language offered at the Language Schools. The summer session is held at Mills College in Oakland, California. For over 100 years, the Language Schools have been committed to a unique model of linguistic and cultural immersion, supported by the Middlebury Language Pledge. Students make a commitment to communicate only in the language of study for the entire time on campus. Students are current undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students at other institutions, professionals, and life-long learners from all over the world.

School of Korean intensive immersion program at Mills College dormThe School of Korean is open to all levels of students who want to learn Korean and offers four levels of 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 hours of transferable credit). 

School of Korean students will make rapid gains in speaking Korean, earning a full year's worth of college credit in just eight weeks.

Language Pledge --Why Our Intensive Korean 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. In our Korean immersion environment, students read, write, listen, and speak in Korean 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Inside the classrooms, the Pledge creates a solid foundation and helps students learn Korean all day, every day, in a formal, structured setting. And during all the informal moments--speaking Korean in the dining halls, the dorms, and on the way to class--the Pledge fosters engagement between students, helping them move quickly toward fluency.

School of Korean intensive immersion program at Mills College activitiesOutside the classroom, students participate in organized cocurricular activities—including soccer and volleyball, cooking, Korean drum dance, k-pop song and dance, and calligraphy and painting—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.

At the Middlebury School of Korean, you will learn the Korean language, but you will 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 Middlebury School of Korean instead of studying abroad in Korea? 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.


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.