Academy Eligibility Guidelines
Students who are current 7-12 graders and will be aged 13-18 during the program are eligible to attend any of the summer residential language Academies in the United States.
Students who are currently in grades 9-12 and will be aged 15-18 during the program are eligible to attend any of the summer residential language Academies outside the United States.
All students must complete a full application, including an essay outlining motivations for attending the Academy prior to being considered for acceptance to the Academy.
Students of all language abilities are welcome to apply to our Academies in the United States. To attend a program outside of the United States, students must have completed at least one year of high school level language study prior to the start of the Academy.
Students who will be 18 years old during the Academy session, please note: The Academy serves a wide age range of students, and except for a slightly later evening curfew and independent afternoon “town privileges” reserved for older students, all students follow the same schedule and participate in the same programming, regardless of age.
All students are expected to adhere to the same student code of conduct expectations, even those who are legally “of age.” Additionally, in compliance with federal laws, eighteen year old students will be required to sign a Release of Information document granting MMLA staff permission to speak with the student’s parent or legal guardian regarding academic, health, discipline or other concerns. Eighteen-year-old students who are extraordinarily independent and mature are eligible for, and may be better served, by attending the Middlebury College Summer Language School.
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- Arabic - Standard Dictionary ISBN # 978-0-19-956115-5 or Visual ISBN # 978-0-7566-4983-8
- Chinese - Standard Dictionary ISBN # 978-0-19-800594-0 or Visual ISBN # 978-0-7566-3442-1
- French - Standard Dictionary ISBN # 978-0-19-921468-6 or Visual ISBN # 978-0-7566-1297-9
- German - Standard Dictionary ISBN # 978-0-19-966312-5 or Visual ISBN # 978-0-7566-1295-5
- Spanish - Standard Dictionary ISBN # 978-0-19-966330-9 or Visual ISBN # 978-0-7566-1298-6
Emphasis should be on comfort and suitability for a range of activities, from relaxing in the dorm to sports, concerts, and museums visits. Please refer to the Academy Dress Code below. Recommended packing list:
• short pants
• long pants
• raincoat, umbrella
• swimsuit and towel
• one or two casual-dressy outfits for evening events, dances, graduation
• sleepwear, robe, shower shoes
• athletic shoes (no black soles for gym)
• footwear that can get wet (i.e., sandals or sneakers)
• plastic cup, etc.
• shower caddy
• 1-2 pads of paper or notebooks
• back-up pair of contact lenses or glasses
• alarm clock that is not a wireless device i.e. cell phone or tablet
• desk lamp
• room fan (Can be purchased on campus or in town.)
• stationery and postage
• sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
• insect repellent
• water bottle
• musical instruments
• sports equipment (Frisbee, Hacky Sack, tennis racquet, soccer ball, etc.)
• spending money for souvenirs, snacks
• prepaid phone card
The following items are not allowed:
• weapons of any kind
• any flame-producing device
• pets of any kind
• products that damage surface finishes, such as thumbtacks, screws, nails
• televisions, computer/video games, or DVD players
• water guns
• reading materials not in target language
• appliances, halogen lamps, refrigerators, or cooking devices
• skateboard, roller blades, or bicycle
• laser pointers
• drugs (All medications must be checked in on the first day and secured in the MMLA Health Office.)
• tobacco products
In addition to the above list, we reserve the right to confiscate for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, pose an undue risk to the safety and well-being of students or property.
Dress at MMLA is generally informal, so a wide variety of styles are acceptable. . In recognition of the diverse cultural community on campus and at off-campus field trip destinations, please bring clothing with modest styles. Students may not wear clothing that includes offensive logos, images or words, or contains references to alcohol or drugs. Halter, backless, and off-the-shoulder fashions are not permitted. Midriffs should not be exposed. Clothing should not be transparent. Official MMLA tshirts must be worn during off-campus field trips, and must not be altered to an inappropriate style.
Students are responsible at all times for the safe-keeping of their personal belongings. We urge you to label all belongings, including clothing, with first and last names. Neither MMLA nor the host college can be responsible for theft or other losses of, or damages to, personal belongings, including musical instruments or electronic equipment. When considering whether to bring a high value item, families may wish to investigate possible coverage under their own insurance. In general, we recommend that students leave valuables at home.
While we recognize the importance of keeping in touch with family and friends, we want students to be fully engaged in the Academy. The use of cell phones is prohibited in the Academy because it seriously undermines language learning, breaks our immersion environment, and disrupts interaction with fellow students, faculty, and staff in the Academy. Students are not allowed to keep cell phones on their person or in their rooms. Any cell phones brought to the Academy must be stored in the Site Office. Cell phones may be checked out for use during the week to call home according to the Academy schedule. Students found to be in possession of their cell phones outside of the Site Office and calling schedule will face disciplinary action.
MMLA will provide computer access to students for language learning during the program. Any computers, laptops, tablets, or portable computing or wireless devices brought with a student to the Academy must be checked in on arrival day and stored in the Site Office.
Listening to music that is not in the target language is a violation of the Language Pledge. Personal music players, such as IPhones, IPods, or MP3 players that connect to the Internet with a wireless signal must be stored in the Site Office during the Academy. Dedicated players with target language music may be used, but not during class time or during any programming that requires students to engage with others.
Devices being utilized inappropriately or in a way that violates Academy policies will be confiscated until the last day of the Academy and the student may face disciplinary action. MMLA is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur to personal appliances during the summer session. It is not recommended that students bring such devices to MMLA.
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Preferred Airports and Train Stations
Distance to Campus
Distance to Campus
Green Mountain College
Albany International (ALB)
Castleton, VT Amtrak Station
St. Michael's College
Burlington International (BTV)
Essex, VT Amtrak Station
Minors Traveling Alone
Registration on campus opens at 1:00 pm. Refreshments and the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff will be available. Orientation for families will be offered at 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Tours of the campus will be available by the host campus. Registration ends at 5:00 pm. Parents, guardians, families, and friends are asked to depart campus by 5:00 pm.
Arrival: Travel by Car
If travelling by car, please consult your MMLA host campus website for driving directions. At a later date, we will provide you with specific unloading and parking information. Student check-in will be in the main orientation area.
Campus Driving Directions:
Arrival: Travel by Air or Train
If travelling by airline or train, it is preferred that students arrive at the airport or train station in the late morning or early afternoon so that there is time allowed for transportation to campus, Academy check in activities, and dorm room set up before dinner. We recognize that some flights may arrive earlier or later, which we will accommodate as best as we can. Please submit accurate travel details and Parent/Guardian contact info in your online Travel Information form.
Arrival: Airport Procedures for Students
- Upon arrival, proceed to the main baggage claim area.
- A registered Unaccompanied Minor (see above requirements) must wait at the arrival gate for an MMLA staff member to escort you to baggage claim.
- In the baggage claim area, locate and check in with the MMLA staff member wearing a Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy shirt. If you are unable to find an MMLA staff member, contact the MMLA Administrative Office immediately at 802-443-2900.
- Collect all of your bags. If something is missing, please notify your MMLA staff member for assistance.
- Wait in the baggage claim area until all students on the schedule have checked in. Do not leave the baggage claim area!
- The MMLA staff member will escort the student or group of students to the authorized MMLA shuttle vehicle for transportation to campus.
- Call your Parent/Guardian to let them know you have arrived.
Arrival: Train Procedures for Students
- Students arriving by train will be met on their train’s arrival platform by an MMLA staff member.
- Students should locate the staff member, who will be wearing a Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy shirt.
All students must check out by 12:00 noon. Room packing and clean up, farewells, and conversations with faculty and staff are scheduled for the morning.
Departure: Travel by Car
If travelling by car, please submit the name of the adult authorized to pick up your child from campus in the Travel Information online form. At a later date, we will provide you with specific loading and parking information.
Departure: Travel by Air or Train
If travelling by MMLA shuttle to the airport or train station, it is preferred that students depart campus after 9:00 am, with time allowed for room packing and clean up, breakfast, and transportation to the airport/station. We recognize that some flights may leave earlier or later, which we will accommodate as best as we can. Please submit accurate travel details and Parent/Guardian contact info in your online Travel Information form.
Departure: Airport or Train Station Procedures for Students
- Meet at the scheduled time and place on campus for transportation to the airport/train station in an authorized MMLA shuttle vehicle.
- An MMLA staff member will escort student into the airport/station and assist with ticketing, check in, and baggage services.
- Students must be prepared to pay for any baggage fees.
- An MMLA staff member will make sure each student knows where their gate is and makes it through security screening.
- Registered Unaccompanied Minors (see above requirements) will be escorted by an MMLA staff member through security screening to the gate.
- MMLA staff will wait at the gate (for UM passengers) or in the airport until each student’s airplane has left the ground or their train as left the station.
Departure: Flight Delays
If a flight is delayed, an MMLA staff member will contact the student’s Parent/Guardian and the campus manager to discuss options. MMLA staff will assist with making arrangements as required, and will stay with delayed students in the airport until they have safely departed. Students must be prepared to pay for any fees for associated with flight changes.