Increase your language proficiency, build your cultural fluency, and experience Italian language and culture 24/7 in a unique, time-tested full immersion environment.
Spend a summer at the Italian Language School and you'll experience the single most effective method for rapid language acquisition: a total immersion environment with the Language Pledge®—a promise to read, write, listen, and speak only in your language of study.
Italian Program Options
The Italian Language School is located on the Bennington campus, along with Arabic and Portuguese. Application and scholarship/financial aid processes are identical to those for the Middlebury campus. Programs are open to undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students at other institutions, and professionals of all ages.
Choose a program based on your language proficiency and goals of study.
- 7-week immersion program for beginner to advanced students who primarily want to improve language proficiency as rapidly as possible. Students can apply for Italian for Singers.
- Several graduate program options for students seeking a degree or graduate-level courses in certain content areas.
- 1-week Refresher Course for Italian School alumni or Italian teachers with graduate level proficiency.
Live in Language
Summer after summer, the Italian School continues to deliver on its reputation for combining rigorous expectations with unmatched support.
During the Italian language classes, you'll rapidly build proficiency with the help of our dedicated faculty. Daily contact with faculty extends beyond the classroom to include office hours, discussion groups, and lectures. In between, you'll join them in organized cocurricular activities—including Italian films, concerts, games, cooking, and soccer—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency.
Thanks to the support of generous donors (including Language Schools alumni) and Middlebury’s commitment to provide an opportunity for as many students as possible, we are pleased to offer need-based financial aid and merit-based fellowships and scholarships.
You will find several options available for both the immersion and graduate programs, as well as funding for specific languages of study, including the Premio Famiglia Fiducia scholarship.