A student uses a brush and ink to make Chinese characters.

SILP 2021 UPDATE: Due to uncertainty related to COVID-19 we have decided to suspend SILP for the summer of 2021. We encourage you to attend our sister program in Vermont. The Middlebury Language Schools, located in Vermont, offers 12 languages for complete beginner to advanced level. Please apply directly to the Middlebury Language Schools. To apply, log on to the online application and select Middlebury Language Schools–Language Pledge®. 

There are more native speakers of Chinese than any other language in the world, and the Institute’s location offers exceptional exposure to the cultural and linguistic history of Chinese immigrants in the area.

Questions? Contact us!


The Chinese Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) promotes language learning in a cultural context. While linguistic elements—from the four tones of spoken Chinese to written characters—are fundamental, learning about Chinese culture, history, and social etiquette embedded in the language are integral to every course. At the heart of the program are student goals, ranging from work on issues of global importance to studying the art of the Sung Dynasty and opening a business in Beijing.

Program Highlights

  • Learn the language in a cultural, social, and historical context.

  • Focus on your individual goals, both professional and academic.

  • Participate in cocurricular activities such as visits to Point Lobos State Park, one of the first Chinese settlements in California; excursions to Chinatown in nearby San Francisco; workshops with a Chinese calligrapher; and kung fu training.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Chinese Summer Intensive Language Program offers courses for the complete beginners to high intermediate learners. See the student learning outcomes for each level.     

Next Steps

If you have any questions email us at languages@miis.edu.