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 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 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. 
  • Several graduate program options for students seeking a degree or graduate-level courses in certain content areas in language.

Little Italy at Middlebury

At the Language School here in Middlebury, immersion language is taken to its fullest meaning and potential. It’s full immersion, in that you are living the language 24 hours a day and you are speaking it 24 hours a day. So it is the ultimate place to really learn a language.

Middlebury in the summer becomes a universe, It brings the cream of the crop, in terms of faculty from all around the world. You feel like you’re living in Italy when you’re here, because you are completely shut off from the rest of the world.

What’s special about this experience of Italy here, is that, for example, if a student goes to Florence to study, they experience Florence, but when you come to Middlebury, you get every region, every province, we don’t leave anything out in Middlebury.

So, these students are so immersed in Italy.


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.

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