Learn to speak Portuguese—but also learn about Portuguese literature, history, politics, art, film, music, food, and dance, because culture is integral to language.

Spend a summer at the Portuguese 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.

Portuguese Program Overview

The Portuguese School is located on the Bennington campus, along with Arabic and Italian. Application and scholarship/financial aid processes are identical to those for the Middlebury campus.

Our 7-week immersion program is open to all levels of students who want to learn the Portuguese language—from beginners to advanced levels—and students are current undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and lifelong learners from all over the world.

Before and After - Portuguese School

In her first day at the Language School, Harlem could say old one word. “I can say Hi – Oi!”

Seven weeks later…

Hi. My name is Harlem. But here in the Portuguese School, my name is Carla.

Before I came to the Portuguese School, I could speak hardly a word. I could hardly speak any Portuguese…hardly anything.  I knew how to say hi, the minimum.  But now, after only 7 weeks, I can have a conversation.

I think there are three most important things for the process of learning at the Portuguese School.  In the Portuguese School, we have the Language Pledge to not speak in the prohibited language, which is English. I think the fact that we have to live together all day, every day, every week. Also, the teachers are excellent. They were really better than I expected, in a positive way. Because they knew how to use every moment of the day – all the moments of the day to teach us. Every moment was an opportunity to teach us new things.

Live in Language

Students read, write, listen, and speak Portuguese 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you were to choose one thing that sets us apart, it would be the dedication of students and faculty to making great strides in language learning, embodied by the Language Pledge. You don’t merely learn the Portuguese language, you learn about literature, history, politics, art, film, music, food, and dance, because we don’t separate language and culture.

During the Portuguese language classes, you’ll make rapid gains in speaking Portuguese, earning a full year’s worth of college credit in just seven weeks. Some students gain even more proficiency.

Outside the classroom, you’ll participate in organized cocurricular activities—including soccer, capoeira, forro, samba and cooking—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency in language.


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, including the Portuguese Teachers Fellowship.

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