Middlebury College, founded in 1800, is a private university located in rural Middlebury, Vermont. It has a total undergraduate population of just over 2,500, and is well known for a variety of different programs including its Economics, Neuroscience and Neurobiology, Political Science and Government, Environmental Studies, Biochemistry, and Computer Science programs. The school is also highly ranked and well known for several language programs including its Arabic and French language programs, and hosts immersive summer Language Schools in which students take a pledge to speak only their target language.
The Arabic major requires four years of language study. Majors must also choose one disciplinary concentration: Arabic literature, Arabic linguistics, or a well-defined course of study with a focus on the Arab world. Students must spend at least one semester at a Middlebury school abroad site. In addition to the major, the university also offers an Arabic Minor and a Minor in Arabic Studies.
Upper-level Arabic students can live at the Arabic House to improve their language skills. Living at the house entails signing a language pledge similar to that of Middlebury's summer school. This pledge obliges the student to speak only Arabic while in the house.
The Middlebury Language Schools offer an 8-week intensive summer language program as well as an MA program in Arabic. The 8-week program offers courses at levels 1 through 4, including the half-levels 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5. Placement in a level is determined by examination at the beginning of the session. The 8-week program typically enrolls a highly diverse student body, including undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Students immerse themselves in the Arabic language and Arab culture through their academic work, commitment to the Language Pledge, and participation in a variety of co-curricular activities. Some need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available.
The Middle East Studies major highlights the social, historical, political, cultural, and linguistic traditions of the region. As a Middle East Studies major, you will engage with multidisciplinary curriculum and have the opportunity to explore a variety of intellectual perspectives. This major focuses on the region's foundational religious traditions, explores its evolutions throughout history, and highlights the region's cultural richness in poetry, literature, linguistics, religious practices, and food. MES majors develop advanced proficiency in either Arabic or Hebrew through coursework at Middlebury College and at one of the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad in the Middle East: The School in Israel (Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva) - Hebrew The School in Jordan (The University of Jordan, Amman) - Arabic The School in Morocco (Mohammed V University, Rabat) - Arabic