Update 10/15/2020: FAQS are for Summer 2020 and will be revised for Summer 2021.
For the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, the Middlebury Language Schools will not offer on-campus programs this summer. We have shifted to online learning depending on student interest and faculty availability. Please see offerings by your language on our Summer 2020 website.
Online Learning Structure
Levels will be offered based on student interest and faculty availability. We will do our best to offer as many options as possible. Please see our updated website.
Courses will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning in a flexible and engaging online environment. Please see our updated website and look for details by School.
Total tuition costs for the summer will be $6600 for 9 credit hours and $8800 for 12 credit hours. Courses will be $733 a credit hour or $2200 per Middlebury unit (3 credit hours is equal to 1 Middlebury unit). For the immersion program, students will enroll in 3 or 4 Middlebury units depending on the language while graduate students will enroll in 3 courses. See more details by your School.
Middlebury Language Schools will no longer be able to offer full 24/7 Immersion in the summer of 2020. The only way to fully do this is on-campus. However, our online classes, combined with additional activities with which students will engage via virtual media will help dedicated students immerse themselves in their language of study.
Students should continue the spirit of the Language Pledge that was designed and trademarked by the Language Schools. However, given the new virtual structure, the Pledge will be modified. Students should commit to be in the language as much as possible (watching news in language, social media in language, etc.).
This is a full-time program. In order to keep up with the pace of the courses, students need to be fully dedicated to the program for the entire summer. We strongly discourage students from enrolling who have work obligations that prevent them from fully participating in the program. Students will be expected to be in live Zoom class sessions for up to four hours per day on five days per week. As in our regular summers, students will spend several hours per day completing homework assignments.
In addition, co-curricular activities are offered on several days per week and/or during the weekends. Classes and co-curricular activities will be scheduled based on the needs of students in the Americas. Students located in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe must expect class times to occur during late night or early morning hours.
You will need a laptop or desktop computer with videoconferencing capabilities and a webcam, audio speakers, and microphone. Reliable internet access will be necessary to engage effectively in online sessions. We strongly recommend a distraction-free home office setting. More information on the technological requirements that your computer and internet service provider need to meet in order to operate Zoom, our videoconferencing software, can be found here.
Online Learning Application Process
Yes, you are automatically admitted and enrolled if you paid your $400 deposit.
If you are no longer interested due to the online learning structure, please email your Assistant Director. This will begin your $400 deposit refund process.
Please follow the application instructions for either the Immersion Programs or the Graduate Programs. We are accepting unofficial transcripts in order to review applications, however graduate program applicants must arrange for official transcripts to follow before the start of the summer session.
Q I was previously accepted for summer 2020, however I turned down my offer. I am now interested in enrolling in the online learning option - what should I do next?
Please email your Assistant Director so they can modify your application.
Scholarships/Fellowships and Financial Aid
Yes. Your Assistant Director will be in contact with you about your updated Financial Aid award based on the lower costs to attend.
Yes, you are still able to apply and be considered for financial aid.
Q If I received a merit-based scholarship/fellowship in 2020 (Kathryn Davis, HBCU/HSI/Tribal, Kress, Portuguese Teachers, Vermont Teacher, Premio), will I be able to use the award for Summer 2020? May I transfer the award to Summer 2021?
No, you cannot use your award (Kathryn Davis, HBCU/HSI/Tribal, Portuguese Teachers, Premio, Vermont Teacher) for Summer 2020. If you had previously received need-based financial aid, you are able to use this for Summer 2020.
For Kress students, the fellowship committee will be in touch with further details.
Yes, you can use your award for Summer 2021. You will be contacted in the fall about the submission process. Our application will open on November 2.
Q I was waitlisted for a merit-based scholarship/fellowship (Kathryn Davis, HBCU/HSI/Tribal, Kress, Portuguese Teachers, Vermont Teacher, Premio). Will I be automatically waitlisted again next year?
Each year we receive scholarship and fellowship applications from many extraordinary individuals. This year, your application was among those that most inspired and moved us. While we are not able to automatically extend your waitlist status, we encourage you to apply again next year and we will give your application the same careful consideration that we did this year.
Unfortunately, your financial aid will be cancelled. Your award is dependent on your current financial situation, so you will need to reapply for Summer 2021. The application will open on November 2.
Q I received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award for Summer 2020. Will I be able to use the award for Summer 2020?
FLAS is approving online courses for Summer 2020. Middlebury will accept the FLAS award. You are eligible to receive supplementary financial aid from Middlebury covering the remaining cost. Please make sure to contact your Assistant Director, so they are aware of your FLAS funding.
Q German for Singers students: If I received a merit-based Max Kade grant in 2020, will I be able to use the award in 2021?
The amount of your award may differ from your current award, as these grants depend on funds made available from our sponsor, the Max Kade Foundation, and are then awarded at the discretion of the Director of the German School. Your status as an awardee will carry over into 2021.
DML & MA Students
Yes, all MA and DML students will be granted an extension of the 10-year deadline by one year.
Q I was planning to go abroad in the fall after a summer in Vermont. Will I still be able to go abroad?
At this time, we are still looking into this option for each language. We will be in contact with you soon. If you do have questions, please reach out to your Assistant Director.
Yes, it is possible to graduate this summer. The online option allows you to earn the same number of units as on-campus, and therefore you will remain on track for your degree completion. More details about a graduation ceremony will come at a later date.
Q DML students: If I was planning to take my comprehensive exams or to defend my dissertation this summer, is there an option to fulfill these requirements online this year?
No, you should plan on taking your exams/defending your dissertation on the Middlebury campus next summer.
Newly-admitted DML students in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish will receive the choice to either enroll this summer and complete their workload online (two organized courses as well as the Qualifying Paper - DML 6900) or to defer their start by one year and enroll in Summer 2021 as first-year DML students. The option to enroll this summer is contingent on the availability of DML-level online classes in the individual program.
Newly-admitted DML students in Hebrew will receive the choice to either enroll this summer and fulfill their 2nd language requirement online, or to defer their start by one year and enroll in Summer 2021 as first-year DML students. The option to enroll this summer is contingent on the availability of courses in their 2nd language school.
Application Summer 2020
You will need to apply again for Summer 2021. However, you will not need to resubmit your letter(s) of recommendation, transcripts(s), or application fee. Our application will open on November 2.
As a courtesy to students who submitted a complete 2020 application, one application fee can be waived for the summer of 2021 or 2022.