Oakland, CA–October 5, 2008. Beginning in summer 2009, Mills College will host more than 300 language students enrolled in the Middlebury College Language Schools program.
The summer residential program will offer undergraduate-level courses in French, Italian, and Spanish. Mills College will also house Middlebury's only Arabic program. The College joins the Monterey Institute of International Studies as one of Middlebury's California language sites.
Middlebury's almost 100-year-old language program is known for its high quality and effective teaching method that requires students to commit to speak only the language of study for the entire summer session. "As the United States sees the importance of second or third languages as necessary in a more globalized world, more people are turning to intensive language instruction," said Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz.
In selecting a new California language school site, Middlebury was attracted to the similarities between Middlebury and Mills. "Both institutions share longstanding reputations as respected liberal arts colleges, strong interdisciplinary curriculums, and beautiful campus facilities," said Mills College Vice President for Operations Renée Jadushlever, who visited Middlebury this summer.
The Mills campus also offers students studying a particular language to live, eat, and study within their individual language community.
"We are delighted with this partnership to teach modern languages with Middlebury College. This will be a service to the Bay Area community and a wonderful opportunity for Mills students," said Sandra Greer, Mills provost and dean of the faculty.
For details about Middlebury Language Schools and admission information, please visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/.
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is named one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Best 368 Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks 75th among America's best colleges by Forbes.com. Visit us at www.mills.edu.
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