Language Schools

Many Carleton students participate in programs offered by language schools or institutes abroad and in the United States. Study at these institutions is not eligible for Carleton credit. Language schools and institutes have several features that make them an attractive choice for a winter break or summer intensive course designed to focus on and improve language skills – they offer flexible, a la carte schedule of classes, can provide different types of lodging, airport pickup, and volunteer opportunities. When choosing one of these institutes, either in the U.S. or abroad, look for:

  • small classes
  • amount of classroom interaction per day (minimum 4-5 hours/day)
  • daily practice with instructors and students
  • instruction in cultural context
  • language assistants/tutors
  • out-of-classroom activities with native speakers using target language
  • homestays or dorm arrangements with native speakers

Language Schools Outside the United States (year-round opportunities)

National Registration Center for Study Abroad

Clearinghouse organization with school listings for 23 languages in 42 countries. 

Summer Language Programs in the United States

Middlebury Language Schools

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Beloit Summer Language program