The Middlebury Interactive Summer Language Academy is a four week immersive summer program in the U.S. and abroad for rising 8th-12th graders.
Languages offered at U.S. sites: Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Arabic
Languages offered at int'l sites: Spanish, French, Chinese
Middlebury Interactive Languages™ Summer Language Academy offers four weeks of language immersion for students interested in improving their language skills. Students will have the confidence and capability to cross cultural boundaries and understand new world views, while improving their language skills and making lifelong friends.
At the Language Academy, middle and high school students live immersed in language and culture surrounded by like-minded peers and world class language mentors.
What sets our language school apart from the rest? Students and faculty take the Language Pledge® together—a formal commitment to speak solely in the target language for the duration of the program.
We’re not going to lie to you. Language immersion is challenging, but it’s also worth it. In four weeks, students will make unrivaled strides in their language skills and come away with increased confidence, independence, and experience to set themselves apart in the college admissions process.
So much more than just a summer camp, the Academy is a unique residential language experience based on Middlebury College's famed Language Schools with 100 years of immersion language teaching.
Summer 2019 Dates
No matter your child's background or prior language experience, if your child is passionate about learning and is committed to the immersion process, they will dramatically improve their language skills.
U.S. Immersion Academies
Vermont: June 23, 2019—July 19, 2019
Beijing, China: July 1, 2019—July 27, 2019
Nantes, France: June 30, 2019—July 26, 2019
Salamanca, Spain (homestay): June 30, 2019—July 26, 2019
Granada, Spain: June 23, 2019—July 19, 2019
High School Study Abroad Programs in Spain, France, or China
Does your child dream about traveling to Spain and exploring the rich and vibrant country first hand? Our study abroad Language Academy for teens can take you there!
High school students will have the opportunity to live immersed in language and culture during an enriching four week study abroad experience in the summer.
While the teaching methodology and belief in immersion learning is consistent across all Academies, the curriculum in our study abroad programs is designed to help students immerse themselves in the local surroundings and to quickly adapt to their new environment.
Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the southern part of Andalusia, is a vibrant city with a mix of students, artists, tourists, business people, and historians. Widely considered to be one of the major intellectual centers of southern Spain, Granada is home to a university of 80,000 students as well as a mix of architectural styles that reflect the city’s diverse cultural history.
Many travelers who visit Granada insist it’s the must see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of cultures, Granada is youthful with a vibrant city center. Visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, and the Generalife, an impressive garden complete with fountains, arches, patios, and flowering vegetation of every color. The Alhambra, also a UNESCO World Heritage location, is regarded as one of the most inspiring architectural and historical sights in Spain.
Salamanca, Spain (homestay)
Salamanca, the capital of the province of Salamanca is located in northwestern Spain. Students will have the opportunity to become intimately familiar with a city so ancient that its history predates the Roman Empire. The Old Quarter of the city contains stunning palaces and churches first constructed hundreds of years ago. In Salamanca, students will discover new ways of thinking and make connections with new people and culture that will last the rest of your life.
All host families have been carefully vetted and have previously hosted American students with our partner, IES Abroad. Two students will be assigned to each host family where they will have either a shared or single bedroom and shared bathroom facilities. Students will share three meals a day with their host(s).
Each homestay is located within a 10-20 minute walk of the language school, Colegio Maestro Ávila. When it's time for class, students will walk in small groups to school. RAs will also supervise the commute to and from school. Family assignments are based on student preferences such as academic interests, sports played, hobbies, and dietary needs.
Students learn French while living and studying in Nantes—located in western France on the Loire River. Known as the Venice of the West because of its position on the river delta of Loire, the Erdre, and the Sèvre rivers, Nantes is a beautiful city full of architectural wonders and incredible cuisine. In Nantes students will discover new ways of thinking and make connections with new people and culture that will last the rest of your life.
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and has been Middlebury Interactive’s study abroad location in China for five years now. Beijing’s population is roughly 20 million, and the city proper is the third largest in the world. The city boasts extensive cultural and historic sites including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.
Our Chinese Academy is located in Beijing at the Capital Normal University, which is known as one of Beijing's foremost teaching universities. This location serves as the backdrop to discover Beijing’s ancient history. Students will explore the traditions of this bustling city, while visiting local historical sites, and engaging in many aspects of Chinese culture. Beijing is safe and easily explored on foot and by using public transportation. Local and regional history, economics, art, and cuisine provide unlimited material for exploring Chinese language and culture.
Middle & High School Language Immersion in the USA
Students can choose to join us in Vermont for a U.S. based immersion program that accepts rising 8th–12th grade students—from beginners to advanced speakers. Students will spend four weeks with other like-minded students speaking in language and gaining an appreciation for words and culture through cuisine, art, history, dress, dance, geography, and politics.
Green Mountain College—Poultney, Vermont
French / Spanish
Set among the lakes and mountains of central Vermont, Green Mountain College is the longest running of the Academy’s sites. With bucolic athletic fields and a collection of classic New England college facilities, the Green Mountain 155-acre campus is the perfect place for students to build upon their in-class lessons, all while enjoying a safe, fun, and engaging summer in Vermont. Whether students want to learn French or Spanish, it’s the ideal spot to enbark on an immerse journey.
St. Michael’s College—Colchester, Vermont
German / Chinese / Arabic
St. Michael’s is located just off the shores of Lake Champlain and is surrounded by the peaks of the Adirondacks. The campus features a beautiful green, a new student center, and 440 sprawling acres. St. Michael’s is easily accessible and located two miles from the Burlington International Airport, two hours from Montreal, and just minutes to downtown Burlington. Travel & Leisure named Burlington as the top college town in America in 2016.
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Cost and Session Information
Cost covers the full cost of instruction, activities, field trips, food, lodging, and shuttle service to and from local airports.
For all locations, a $395 deposit is due with your application. Paying this fee does not guarantee admission to the program. If a student is not accepted into the program, the deposit will be refunded.
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The two summers I have attended MMLA have so far been the most memorable. I chose to attend mainly because I wanted to improve my Spanish; learn more grammar, vocabulary and about the culture. As I applied the first year, I was worried at first. I was only going to be an incoming eighth grader, and it was a given I would be one of the youngest. However, my qualms about this were soon pushed away almost instantaneously the moment I stepped foot onto the Pomona Campus. The first day, I received my passport, backpack, and dorm room, and met several new people. Within the first week, I had made my best friend, and till this day we still keep in close touch. As the program progressed, I found my self-able to speak more fluidly and rapidly. I made incredible strides in my language proficiency that helped me the following year and made wonderful new friends, and these two factors were some of the main reasons I returned for the next summer. The second year I returned, I knew how the program would go, and even found out that a friend from last year returned! One thing I remember very clearly was being able to dream in Spanish, it was like being in another world, and that was awesome. I also loved spending free time with my friends. It gave us a taste of what college would be like, and we were all so excited. I learned the value of friendship. I made several closer friendships here than at home, and my friends and I had the most fun any of us had in ages. I could trust them all and most importantly be myself. I love how all students were there for the sole purpose in learning Spanish. It created a healthy and supportive environment that allowed us to easily follow the Language Pledge. The LANGUAGE PLEDGE! The Language Pledge is essentially why you are going; to seriously study your language as if you were in that country. Do not break this pledge. This second year at MMLA significantly helped me in this year’s school year. My professor taught us grammar, new vocabulary and about culture. Even though MMLA is technically a school, all is taught through fun activities, such as learning a new song, cooking tamales, or watching Telenovelas. These were the best summers of my life, and being on the Language Pledge and being fully immersed into your language allows you to take great strides. If we got to speak English half the time, MMLA wouldn’t have half the impact it does. Otherwise, why else would so many students attend MMLA every year and keep returning?
The Middlebury programs helped me to improve my Spanish, and I became more confident speaking the language. I also had a lot of fun! You will meet friends that you will keep in touch with for many years after. I will always look upon the Middlebury programs fondly.
If you want to learn a new language, MMLA is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you want to do well on an AP or survive an exchange program or even simply speak something other than your native language, an immersion environment is the best way to learn. I attended MMLA the summer of 2014 for German. I, like many others, wanted to speak German, and despite many classes, couldn't communicate in reality. MMLA isn't grammar and lessons. At MMLA learning isn't something that must be done, it is a part of every day. You learn the phrases and words you need, not just the ones a textbook gives. Classes are engaging and realistic. We discussed everything from finding housing in Hamburg to the culture of Berlin. My language skills improved immensely, along with my confidence. I'm no longer afraid to speak. I truly recommend MMLA to everyone.
For any language student interested in becoming more proficient in their studies should consider attending Middlebury- Monterey language academy. When my dad told me that he wanted me to attend a 4 week Chinese immersion camp I though he was joking! I have only been studying Chinese for about 2 years and I truly thought that I couldn't do 4 weeks of only Chinese. When I first arrive I immediately regretted my decision, they truly meant full immersion. I felt overwhelmed, but I soon realized everyone was feeling the same way and that I could do the “only Chinese” thing. I realized that being able to speak a little Chinese wasn't weird here! Everyone accepted each other’s ability and we all helped each other. I learned just as much from my classmates as I did my teacher. When people ask me what was the most valuable part of my experience, I always say how comfortable my Chinese became. By the end of camp, my English and Chinese had an identical comfort level. Now when people say to me “Wow say something in Chinese!” I’m not embarrassed. MMLA gave me the confidence that I have been lacking, not only in Chinese but in other aspects of my life. I truly grew as an individual and I will always be grateful for that confidence boost.
I've been to MMLA twice, both times for Mandarin Chinese. I attended the program for the first time between eighth and ninth grade at Green Mountain College, and then again between ninth and tenth grade at Swarthmore College. Both experiences have been great- I've accelerated my language learning beyond what I could've imagined and made great friendships in one of the most unique summer programs out there. Having spent 8 weeks learning Chinese in an immersion environment my confidence in speaking Mandarin has soared. I now look for opportunities to use my language skills in real-lifes situations instead of shying away from them. While language acceleration is what attracted me to the program, I returned this summer (and plan to return again next summer) because of the amazing friendships I've made and the fun I have at MMLA. Unlike learning languages in highschool or with a tutor, most of the learning at MMLA occurs outside the classroom. Daily skits by RAs and students, afternoon activities and weekend events are what make learning at MMLA engaging and memorable. My favourite event is always the Olympics, a weekend-long event where the academies compete (in language) through swimming, potato sack racing, tug-of-war, and other activities. MMLA is for people at all levels of language learning, so there's no reason to try to wait until your language proficiency is higher before you attend. During my first summer at MMLA my roommate was a complete beginner of Mandarin, she knew only how to say "hello", "thank you", and "apple" (which later became her nickname). Though the first week was definitely much more challenging for her than for others, there were many other complete beginners in the same position. Our RAs and teachers were especially supportive of the beginners too, and we were all amazed by the progress they made every day. If you have any interest in learning a foreign language offered by MMLA or extending your previous learning, I highly reccomend this program. It's an experience that will definitely change your perspective on language learning for the better.