Speaking with a student ambassador is a great way to get a previous student’s perspective on the Language Schools experience.

If you would like to connect with a student ambassador to ask questions, please contact the School of Korean Assistant Director at schoolofkorean@middlebury.edu

Korean student Holly Hathaway

Holly Hathaway

Hometown: Clovis, California
Program: 8-week Immersion
Current: Regent University, International Studies

What surprised you about your experience at the Middlebury Language Schools?

As a level 1 student, I was slightly trepidatious but was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly I learned conversational skills. The program was effective; it was appropriately challenging and produced encouraging results.

Why did you choose to study at the Middlebury Language Schools?

I chose to study at Middlebury Language Schools because I desired to acquire Korean language skills outside of the typical classroom experience. I believed the immersion experience would be an excellent language learning environment, and it was! I achieved what I had hoped for and more.

Please describe how your language skills improved due to your studies at Middlebury.

I began the program with little knowledge of the language and absolutely no speaking practice, and I left speaking confidently at a low intermediate level. I plan to continue my language studies and see what the exciting journey holds.

What advice would you give someone wanting to attend the School of Korean?

Middlebury Language Schools is the perfect environment for any individual wanting to master a variety of language skills in a short time. It takes a level of commitment but is a highly stimulating and rewarding experience.

Korean student William Kay

William Kay

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Program: 8-week Immersion
Current: The Citadel, Education and Department of State Intern

What surprised you about your experience at the Middlebury Language Schools?

The passion of the faculty for the language they taught and their students. Also, the enduring relationships that I have maintained with my instructors over the years.

Why did you choose to study at the Middlebury Language Schools?

I studied at the language schools to help me meet language proficiency goals as my university only taught until the intermediate level.

Please describe how your language skills improved due to your studies at Middlebury.

My language skils improved immensely due to my studies at Middlebury. I came in with little knowledge and no experience in using the language. After 2 months I was able to comfortably engage with my professors and friends at meal times regarding a variety of topics.

What advice would you give someone wanting to attend the School of Korean?

If you put the work in you will make remarkable gains towards your personal goals for proficiency in your target language. Beyond that however, the relationships you build during your time at Middlebury can last a life time. People I met four and five years ago when I first went for Japanese have become some of my closest friends since. Those relationships have directly impacted the direction of my life. If I am able I will be going back to Middlebury a 4th time this coming summer to continue my study of the Korean language.

Alex Shykov

Alex Shykov

Hometown: San Francisco, California
Program: 8-week Immersion
Current: IDA - Research Associate

Why did you choose to study at the Middlebury Language Schools?

I picked Middlebury for two reasons: first, Fletcher classmate (Norva Hall) vouched for the program; second, the Language Pledge. Through past language learning experiences, I know that mastering a language takes full immersion, so I was excited to experience it with Middlebury. 

What surprised you about your experience at the Middlebury Language Schools?

I started learning Korean at a Korean university in Seoul. It was challenging to speak Korean, so English became a default.  Naturally, I was pleasantly surprised that on a daily basis, I used more Korean with Middlebury than I did in Seoul. 

Please describe how your language skills improved due to your studies at Middlebury.

Practice makes better – perfection is too high of a bar. By practicing Korean essentially 24/7, inside and outside of the classroom, my Korean speaking and writing improved drastically. I fully realized it during an OPI when I wanted to continue talking to my interviewer, and I, to my surprise, didn’t run out of things to say. 

What advice would you give someone wanting to attend the School of Korean?

Don’t fight the pledge – embrace it. It will be tough, of course. But that’s what will take you to the next level. Plus, get to know all instructors, assistants, and students – they are all there to help you.