Bennington College to host some Middlebury language schools

Vermont News

Middlebury College plans to move several of its language schools to Bennington College in southern Vermont starting in the 2020 summer session.

The deal will enable Middlebury to host all of its 11 language schools in Vermont, and it will enable Bennington to keep its campus busier during the summer season when formal academic programs are not in session.

Currently Middlebury operates three of its language programs on the campus of Mills College in Oakland, California, the Bennington Banner reports. Together, the 11 language schools enroll about 1,500 people.

The students enrolled in the program agree to only use the language they are studying while attending the school.

Middlebury officials said Wednesday that they have not determined yet which of its 11 language schools would be relocated to Bennington.

“The necessity of language education, of cultural proficiency, and of bridge-building across borders is more urgent today than ever,” Bennington College President Mariko Silver said in a statement. “This arrangement is a mutually-beneficial opportunity for Middlebury Language Schools to serve their students and for Bennington to welcome more people to our campus and to the region during the summer.”

Silver says the school is “absolutely thrilled to be entering this partnership.”

The schools signed a five-year contract for the partnership on Wednesday.

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