Updated 4/19/21

General

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At this time the Middlebury Language Schools plan to run all programs in-person on the Middlebury, Vermont, campus with the exception of Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Russian, which will run online. Hebrew will operate both in-person and online. We will continue to review all relevant health information and recommendations. In the event that we cannot run in-person, our programs will be conducted online.

More details about the in-person programs are on the Language Schools website and COVID-19 Essentials Campus Guide. More details about the online programs are on the Online Program Guide.

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We will keep students updated by email as we move forward. Please check your inbox regularly. For the most current communications, please see the Language Schools’ Summer 2021 Updates website. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube as well as log in to a virtual admissions webinar.

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Please contact the Assistant Director of your particular School by email. Staff will be working remotely, and you may experience some delayed responses to your emails and phone messages.

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Please see a full list of our languages and programs. We are offering a new MA degree program in Japanese and will continue the 2-week Abenaki program that was launched in 2020.

A change for Summer 2021 is Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Russian have moved online. Our other programs remain in-person. Hebrew will be both in-person and online. 

We will operate all in-person programs on the Middlebury, Vermont, campus, including some programs previously slated to operate at Bennington College.

For French and Spanish Master’s students, the option to study in France and Argentina this summer has been cancelled. Students may study in Vermont instead.

 

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Our anticipated program dates, campus locations and program models are currently listed on each of the School’s web pages for Summer 2021. 

The arrival date for our in-person programs is Thursday, June 24. Our online programs will also have their check-in on Thursday, June 24.

Given the uncertainty related to the pandemic, we may need to shift one or more of these program parameters. For example, all in-person programs will now operate on the Middlebury, Vermont, campus, including some programs previously slated to operate at Bennington College.

 

Admissions

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We are currently accepting deposits for Summer 2021. To pay your $400 deposit and confirm your enrollment, please log in to the Applicant Dashboard, click ‘View Your Decision’ and then click ‘Reply to Offer.’ 

Please deposit as soon as you know that you can attend, as Schools and levels may fill up.

If you require funding from Middlebury in order to attend, you may wait for a financial aid or fellowship decision before submitting the deposit. If you plan to attend with or without funding from Middlebury, please submit your deposit as soon as possible to secure your place. Please note that in the spring, some programs or levels may close before all accepted students have received financial aid decisions.

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Yes, all students need to submit a new application each year. However, you will not need to resubmit your letter(s) of recommendation, transcripts(s), or application fee. If you were accepted for Summer 2020 and did not attend, you will receive an email with the application fee waiver code. If you do not receive this email, please contact languages@middlebury.edu.

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Yes, if the Language Schools decide to offer 2021 programs online due to the global pandemic, your application will be transferred to the remote format. We will reach out to you to confirm your interest in attending the online program.

Summer 2021

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The spirit of the Language Pledge® that was designed and trademarked by the Language Schools will continue. However, given the new structure, the Pledge will be modified. You will commit to be in the language as much as possible (watching news in language, social media in language, etc.). 

Please see additional information in the 2021 Online Program Guide.

The first-time remote format of the Language Schools was a success in 2020! Students continued the spirit of the Language Pledge both in and out of their online classrooms and social spaces. The online classes, combined with virtual activities, effectively immersed students in their language of study. New technologies were employed with innovation and creativity, as described by an article.

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Although life on campus will look different, the staff and faculty are working to create a safe-spaced learning environment that continues the Language Schools traditions and goals. All in-person programs will operate on the Middlebury, Vermont, campus.

All students must be vaccinated by June 10, unless they have a documented medical or religious exemption. Students should make arrangements for their vaccinations now in order to meet the deadline. Students who are not able to access vaccines before they come to campus are expected to register for an appointment in Vermont in advance. Initial vaccination appointments for those individuals should be scheduled within three days of their June 24 arrival at Middlebury. Registration and eligibility information is here.

There will be more information about providing proof of vaccination to Middlebury College. In the meantime, given the likelihood that some members of the community will not have access to the vaccine prior to arrival, and given the uncertainty around whether vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus, we need to exercise caution in order to protect the entire community. 

Please see additional information in the COVID-19 Essentials Campus Guide for students.

 

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In order to participate this summer, you will need a laptop or desktop computer with videoconferencing capabilities for Zoom (webcam, speakers, and microphone). 

If your School is in-person, a portion of the first week may be online from your room on campus.

If your School is all online, reliable internet access will be necessary to engage effectively in online sessions. We strongly recommend a distraction-free home office setting. Please see information on the technological requirements that your computer and internet service provider need to meet in order to operate Zoom.

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Campus is open only to residential students and faculty for the academic year and summer.

Scholarships/Fellowships & Financial Aid

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Yes, please see the requirements and deadlines for scholarship opportunities for Immersion Students and Graduate Students. Financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to apply to financial aid and scholarships, you must first submit your Language Schools application, and then you will receive an email with the subject “Middlebury Application & Funding Links” containing the links for applying to these opportunities.

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The financial aid office will begin awarding immersion (non-degree) students in January and graduate (MA and DML degree) students in February. Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received, and we recommend applying as early as possible. If you do not receive an update, the financial aid office has not yet reviewed your application.

If your attendance is contingent on a financial aid offer, please do not pay your deposit until you know the results of your financial aid application.

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Yes, you can use your award for Summer 2021. You should have received an email at the end of October about the application process. Our application will open on November 2. If the Language Schools does shift online, you will be able to use the award to cover tuition only. You must use your award for this summer, and cannot use it for Summer 2022 or beyond. Please contact lsfellowships@middlebury.edu if you have questions.

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No, you will not be waitlisted automatically for Summer 2021. You must submit a new application and scholarship application. We recommend that you provide updates from the past year in your scholarship application. Our scholarship committee will be able to see that you were waitlisted in Summer 2020, but it would be ideal to mention this in your application as well.

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If you receive financial aid, we will ask you to enroll within two weeks from when you receive the award. At that time, a “Reply to Offer” button will be added to your decision letter. To enroll, you will select “Reply to Offer” and “Accept Offer” and then pay your deposit. At the same time, you will need to complete the Enrollment Form on your dashboard. Your enrollment deposit will be applied toward tuition and fees.

By paying the deposit, you are also accepting your financial aid. If your deposit is not received by the two-week deadline, your financial aid will be subject to cancellation and offered to the next student in line.

If you cannot attend for any reason, please contact your School’s Assistant Director, so that your funding can be offered to the next student in line.

MA & DML Students

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Yes, please submit your application, and we will continue to review all relevant health information and recommendations. We will confirm that we will be in person by the middle of Summer 2021. If you are applying for financial aid, we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. 

You should be prepared for the possibility of taking all courses at the program center (where available), if necessary. The availability of in person internships may vary depending on COVID restrictions.  

For French and Spanish Master’s students, the option to study in France and Argentina this summer has been cancelled. Students may study in Vermont instead.

If you do have questions, please reach out to your Assistant Director.

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For information about the DML admissions process and the experience of DML students at a particular Language School, please contact the Assistant Director of the School.

For general information about degree requirements of the traditional DML program, you may contact Tina Ilgner at dml@middlebury.edu. For questions about the Hebrew DML program, please contact hebrew-ls@middlebury.edu