With the founding of the German Summer Language School in 1915, the first of Middlebury’s now thirteen intensive summer language schools, and its first school abroad in France in 1949, Middlebury has steadily established a leadership position in the field of language learning.
Today, less than 18 percent of Americans speak anything other than English, but at least 50 percent of European Union citizens speak another language. At Middlebury, we recognize the immediate need to help address the demand for more widespread language learning, and we strive to continually improve and expand our offerings so our students can meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse world.
Undergraduate programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, taught by faculty recruited from all over the world, provide the most effective, successful and enjoyable instruction, so that students can thrive in a climate of cultural diversity and academic excellence.
In summer, the internationally recognized Language Schools offer intensive immersion instruction in thirteen languages. We also offer English in Monterey, California. The Language Schools have graduate programs in ten languages and students have the option to study abroad, online, or at Monterey, depending on the language.
Undergraduates can enroll in one of our Schools Abroad, which operate in 38 locations in 16 countries. Students can choose to study abroad for a semester or an entire year and benefit from a highly immersive cultural experience.
MIIS integrates language into all of their internationally focused master’s degrees. Students can pursue degrees in translation, interpretation, localization, and language teaching. Students focused on international development, trade, and environmental policy, and nonproliferation, terrorism, and financial crime take content based courses in their target language.