Summer Intensive Language Program

Since 1955, the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies has offered foreign language students an intensive and supportive environment that creates opportunities to gain a solid foundation or improve overall proficiency in a language.

About the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)

The Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) provides an intensive language learning environment for motivated foreign language students. Our SILP instructors are highly committed and seek to instill in their students an appreciation of the target language and culture.

  • Beginning, intermediate and advanced level programs*
  • Average class size is 10 students
  • 8-week session
  • 4.5 hours per day of classroom instruction (9:00AM to 12:00PM and 1:00PM to 2:30PM)

In addition to in-class study, students are expected to spend an additional 3-5 hours per night on homework in order to acquire and understand the grammar, nuances, and thinking processes behind the language.

Co-curricular Activities

All of our language classes emphasize language acquisition in a cultural context and have a strong focus on communication. In addition to in-class instruction led by native or near native speakers with extensive teaching experience, the program also gives students access to tutors who provide additional opportunities for language practice.

In order to enable students to learn more about the language and the culture of their target language, the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) provides students with a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. These activities, which often include field trips, give students the chance to experience the culture and practice the language in an authentic setting.

Academic Credit

It is possible to receive up to 8 semester units of undergraduate credit for the program, and MIIS students can potentially satisfy 4 units of graduate-level language requirements. Levels are assessed in accordance with the proficiency guidelines of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Life after Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)

We believe that the true measure of our success lies in the number of students who continue studying their target language after they graduate from our summer program.

Participants use the language skills acquired during their summer study in a number of ways:

  • Return for additional study in a graduate degree program at the Institute
  • Study or travel abroad to deepen understanding of language and culture
  • Use the language to advance professionally
  • Fulfill language requirements at other educational institutions

All summer language students walk away with a new found or deepened understanding of language and appreciation of culture.