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The German Language Academy is open to rising 8th-12th grade students from beginners to advanced German speakers. No matter if your a beginner or advanced  student, if you are committed to learning the German language and speaking German 24/7, you will dramatically improve your language skills at the Academy.

For the summer, join us at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont for a U.S. based immersion program in German. During the four week program, students take part in small classes, creative projects, sports, and live performances all in German. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be immersed in language with a group of peers at the same competency level as you. The curriculum of the German Academy is organized by themes that help you navigate life in this new environment and is based on the longstanding tradition of immersion education at Middlebury College's Language Schools.

Why Learn German?

Aside from being a world leader in science, technology, and engineering, Germany is the second largest exporter in the world with the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest economy worldwide. German is one of the 10 most spoken languages in the world and is the official language in six economically powerful nations. Germany is also home to many important international corporations, making German a useful language to learn when considering a profession filled with global career opportunities. If you love soccer, music (from classical to metal), cars, and gummy bears, studying German is right for you!

Experience German Culture

At the German Academy, you'll spend the summer with other students gaining an appreciation for German language and culture through cuisine, art, history, dress, dance, and politics. For German language students, cultural exploration may include:

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  • Discovering German cinema, comic book culture, and crafts.
  • Cooking German cuisine and creating specialties like Gingerbread and pastries.
  • Exploring the history of the Berlin Wall.
  • Playing popular games, such as Mau Mau, Kubb, or soccer.
  • Learning traditional German dance.
  • Visiting Middlebury College's German Language School, where you might act or sing in German at a master class, peek behind the scenes at the school’s radio station, or attend a world class performance hosted by the German School.

When cultural opportunities are available nearby, we find a way to engage with the local community as well as bring that community to you.



Saint Michael's College—Colchester, Vermont

June 23, 2019—July 19, 2019

Home to our German Academy for this summer, Saint Michael’s College is located just off the shores of Lake Champlain, near Burlington, Vermont. Campus housing, classrooms, and facilities are all within a short walking distance of each other. At the center of campus is a beautiful green where you'll often see Academy students playing frisbee or soccer, sitting in class outdoors on a sunny day, or just relaxing with friends during free time.

Downtown Burlington is a quick bus ride away. Named by Travel & Leisure as the top college town in America in 2014, Burlington is the perfect area for students to gain a college experience all while enjoying a safe, fun, and engaging summer in Vermont.

Our German programs at St. Michael’s College are open to rising 8th-12th grade students from beginners to advanced students.

Visiting Burlington, Vermont

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Burlington, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, is Vermont's largest city with a population of roughly 42,000 people. Burlington is home to a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Vermont, Burlington College, Champlain College, and St. Michael's College in the neighboring town of Colchester.

Burlington is a vibrant city full of art, diverse restaurants—from Vietnamese to Middle Eastern cuisines—locally owned shops with Vermont made products, and, of course, Ben & Jerry's for a quintessential Vermont experience. Church Street in Burlington—complete with street performers, shops and live music—is a must see for visitors. Most students at the Academy will visit Church Street during off campus excursions and some language Academies will explore Lake Champlain by boat!

Saint Michael’s College Housing & Facilities

Saint Michael’s campus features a beautiful green, a new student center with on-site coffee shop, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, athletic fields, and sports facilities. Academy students will live in dorms on the Saint Michael’s campus where they will also take classes, participate in cultural exploration activities, and enjoy free time. Students will live in Lyons Hall and Joyce Hall and will enjoy meals together in language at the Alliott Student Center.



Group excursions make take you to Burlington’s Church Street—a pedestrian open air mall with shops, restaurants and foods carts, street entertainers and musical performers, and a sprawling farmers’ market each Saturday morning. Just down the hill at Waterfront Park, you’ll find picnic areas, a boat marina, sailing center, skate park, and an eight mile bike path beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Champlain.

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Saint Michael's College Dates & Tuition

June 23, 2019—July 19, 2019

Tuition covers the full cost of instruction, activities, field trips, food, lodging, and shuttle service to and from local airports. Tuition must be paid in full by the dates listed in order to obtain the savings as outlined here:

Pricing Structure TBD for Summer 2020



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“It's so much easier to learn German in an immersion environment where you can begin to think and dream in the language. After awhile, it's not a translating process anymore. It just becomes natural.”

Kalista, German Academy Student