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Professor Coly teaches a policy class in French.

Language and intercultural competence are key elements of our degree programs.

We teach you to view language as a way to connect and facilitate dialogue between different peoples and cultures.

Our language education and translation and interpretation programs are respected by employers worldwide, and our policy and management programs integrate language into the core curricula through professionally relevant content areas such as politics, business, policy, environment, and social issues.

You’ll learn to reach across cultural and linguistic barriers and benefit from more global career opportunities.

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Upon request at the time of admission, other language study may be arranged to fulfill your degree requirements. Additional language courses offered in the past include Portuguese, Korean, German, Farsi, and Turkish.

Learning in Language: Providing Tools for a Professional Career

The Middlebury Institute differs from a lot of other institutions in that we're required to study language here. But also we're expected to put that language into practice. At the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, I work as a graduate research assistant. And in that role, a lot of my research that I do is conducted in Chinese.

In the field, being able to access documents and media reports in a foreign language, firsthand, directly from sources, is something that's really important.

We're learning the language, not just to learn the language, but how to use it in conversations of what we would use in our professional careers.

I haven't taken a Spanish course since high school. It was intimidating at first, but I was able to catch up. Remember what I needed, just like conversational phrases, and eased right back into it with the grammar and the vocabulary.

There are a lot of great things about being in Monterey and being at the Middlebury Institute. While I'm in school, I'm able to build a portfolio of work using the target language to show to future employers, or if I wanna go to get a PhD. These are real world skills that I've put into practice.

Learning language is one step that students who wanna be leaders in this field in the future should take if they have the opportunity. And I definitely felt that going to the Middlebury Institute was my opportunity.

There are just so many benefits and advantages with having a second language, especially in this globalized world. Things are changing, the world is changing. So the Middlebury Institute is taking us on to new approaches, to new methodologies and tools that we can use.