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Take the Language Pledge® and dramatically improve your proficiency, in just one summer.

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Students in the Portuguese School participate in the Language Pledge.

How It Works

Since 1915, Middlebury Language Schools has been one of the nation’s preeminent language learning programs. Whether you’re a beginning language learner or working toward an advanced degree, our time-tested programs offer a range of options and opportunities.

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The Language Pledge®

When you take the Pledge, you commit to communicating only in language for the duration of your program. In a community of motivated learners and supportive faculty, you’ll live, play, and learn in a 24/7 immersion environment.

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Live in Language

In our classes we offer a wide range of levels, from beginner through graduate, designed to challenge you and fit your needs as a language learner. Outside of class, you will put your language skills to work, participating in an array of cocurricular activities.

Experience the Language Schools

Taking the Language Pledge®

Language Schools students take the pledge.

The pledge is one of the foundations of the Middlebury Language School’s experience. Once you take the pledge with your school you should make every effort to remain in language. I want you to think of the pledge, not as a rule you live in fear of violating, but rather as your best ally in your studies.

The more you embrace it, the more you surround yourself with the pledge, and with others who are doing the same. The more you will find yourself making rapid progress in your goal that you’ve set yourself for this summer. I just wanna thank everyone at the Academy. My parents, my professors, without whom I would not be here stumbling through Portuguese with all of you this summer.

Amazing Progress!

He went from knowing nothing to speaking with ease.

Nǐ hǎo, wǒ jiào Jason. I am South African. I am just about to start the program here at Middlebury. The 8-week Chinese summer program. I’m really excited. I can’t speak any Chinese further than what I told you and I’m hoping to use Mandarin within engineering for  a long term goal.

8 Weeks Later

Hello. My name is Jason. I am South African. I am currently studying Chinese at Middlebury’s Chinese summer school. I think Middlebury’s teachers are excellent and very professional. Also, I think Middlebury is beautiful. But I really think the Middlebury advantage is that teachers spend a lot of time helping students practice speaking Chinese.

A Rewarding and Rigorous Environment

1500 Students aged 18–80+
15% Beginning language learners
$7000000 Financial aid and scholarships offered each year
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Experience Vermont

Our Vermont campuses provide open space, rural beauty, and top-notch facilities that embody a focused and productive setting. Graduate students have the option to continue their studies abroad.

Living on Campus

Funding Your Language Schools Education

Thanks to the support of generous donors—including Language Schools alumni—and Middlebury’s commitment to providing an opportunity for as many students as possible, we are pleased to offer funding for immersion students and funding for graduate students.

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