The Summer Language Academy by Middlebury Interactive Languages is an immersive, four-week overnight language program in the US and abroad, for rising 8th-12th graders who are passionate about language learning and global awareness. Available languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.
Summer 2018 Dates
Sunday, June 24 – Friday, July 20, 2018
High School Study Abroad in Granada, Spain
Live immersed in the language and culture of Spain through a unique high school study abroad experience in Granada, Spain.
!Bienvenidos a Granada! The Language Academy will return to Spain where high school students will have the opportunity to live immersed in the Spanish language and culture of Granada during a unique four-week summer study abroad experience.
Granada, frequently referred to as the Moorish jewel of Spain, is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the southern part of Andalusia. It is a vibrant city, featuring Moorish architecture and many Muslim influences, and is also considered to be one of the major intellectual centers of southern Spain. Granada was the last Muslim stronghold to be recaptured by the Christian monarchs in 1492 and has symbolic importance in the creation of modern Spain. Granada is also a popular destination for historians, artists, and tourists, as well as students studying abroad.
Academy students will enjoy the city’s rich history, architecture, and charm during four weeks of language immersion and cultural exploration. While living in Granada, students will visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace and a UNESCO World Heritage location, which is regarded as one of the most inspiring architectural and historical sights in Spain.
The month long study abroad program in Spain is available to rising 9th through 12th grade graduated students with at least one year of Spanish study (rising 9th graders must have at least two years Spanish language experience).
Study Spanish in the US: Spanish Academy in Vermont
The Academy also offers a U.S. based summer immersion program at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont from Sunday, June 24 to Friday, July 20, 2018. The U.S. program utilizes the same immersion language pedagogy and teaching methodology and is open to middle school and high school students in grades 8-12, along with true beginners. The U.S. based program in Spanish is the perfect immersive experience prior to studying abroad in Spain.
Language Immersion During a Study Abroad Experience
At the Academy's study abroad location in Granada, students live immersed in language and culture, surrounded by like-minded peers and supportive mentors. Students take the Language Pledge®, a formal commitment to speak solely in Spanish.
We won't lie to you. Language immersion is challenging, but it’s also worth it. In four weeks, you will make unrivalled strides in your language skills and come away with increased confidence, independence and an experience to set you apart in the college admissions process. You'll also have an unforgettable experience living abroad in Granada.
The History of the Academy
The Summer Language Academy (formerly the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy) began at Middlebury College and was originally established in affiliation with the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The Academy is now part of Middlebury Interactive Languages, the leader in digital world language courses for K-12 students.
The summer language Academy attracts students in grades 8-12 from all over the world – it’s a place where students become “one” with culture and language using the incomparable Middlebury immersion learning pedagogy, based on Middlebury College’s famed Language Schools, which for 100 years have enabled business leaders, diplomats and educators to master world languages and make deep connections with global cultures.