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

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Students sign the French Language Pledge for the summer.

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 a master’s degree, our time-tested programs offer a range of options and opportunities. 


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.


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.



We welcome students from all walks of life (ages 18 to 80+) and all parts of the world who show the potential and desire to succeed. Applicants should be high school graduates.

A Rewarding and Rigorous Environment

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

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A Summer at the Middlebury Language Schools

Amazing Progress!

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.

Student play volleyball outside outside in 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.