At this time the Middlebury Language Schools plan to run all programs in-person 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, moving from the Middlebury campus to the Bennington campus, or moving from an on-campus to an online model.
Q If I am accepted to the Middlebury Language Schools, when do I have to submit my deposit to confirm my attendance?
We will begin accepting deposits for Summer 2021 on March 2.
A deposit is required to confirm any financial aid award you may receive. If you received a financial aid offer prior to March 2, you will receive an email with your deposit due date.
Q I completed my application for Summer 2020; do I need to apply again? Is there an application fee waiver?
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 email@example.com.
Q If the Language Schools shift to an online format, will my application be automatically transferred?
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.
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.
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.
Please see additional information in the COVID-19 Essentials Campus Guide for students.
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 will 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.
Campus is open only to residential students and faculty for the academic year and summer.
Scholarships/Fellowships & Financial Aid
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.
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.
Q If I received a merit-based scholarship/fellowship in 2020 (Kathryn Davis, HBCU/HSI/Tribal, Kress, Portuguese Teachers, Vermont Teacher), will I be able to use the award for Summer 2021? Will I be able to use the award for Summer 2022 or beyond?
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 also be able to use the award for this format. You must use your award for this summer, and cannot use it for Summer 2022 or beyond. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Q I was waitlisted for a merit-based scholarship/fellowship in 2020 (Kathryn Davis, HBCU/HSI/Tribal, Kress, Portuguese Teachers, Vermont Teacher). Will I be automatically waitlisted again next year?
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.
Once we begin accepting deposits, we will ask you to enroll within two weeks from when we open the enrollment process. 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
Q I was planning to apply to the MA abroad option for the academic year (in Russia, France, Spain, Germany, or Italy) or summer (in Argentina or France). Given the uncertainties with COVID, should I still submit my application?
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 Spanish Master’s students, the option to study in Argentina this summer has been cancelled.
If you do have questions, please reach out to your Assistant Director.
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 email@example.com. For questions about the Hebrew DML program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.