Middlebury School in China: Kunming

Overall rating: 0 based on 0 reviews

Program Description

The Middlebury School in China offers an exceptional academic program to undergraduates at U.S. colleges and universities. Students who have completed two years of Chinese language training are invited to participate in the program under the Middlebury Language Pledge®, a commitment to speak exclusively the target language for the duration of their time abroad.

Kunming, located in Southwest China near the borders of Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, is known as the "City of Eternal Spring." Kunming's parks - combined with the temperate climate of Southeast Asia - make it a very livable city with a strong "outdoor" culture. Kunming is also a very multicultural city, clearly demonstrating the influences of the 25 ethnic minorities residing in Yunnan Province. The host institution, Yunnan University, is centrally located in Kunming's charming and bustling downtown area, adjacent to the Green Lake and its adjoining park.

Students take a combination of the following types of courses:
1. Kunming Impressions core course
2. One-on-one tutorial
3. Electives in advanced language, environmental studies, anthropology and Southeast Asian studies
4. Credit-bearing internships or direct enroll courses for qualified students in the second semester

Linguistic development and cultural understanding are at the core of the Middlebury Schools Abroad, and students have many opportunities for immersion, from coursework entirely in Chinese to housing with local students.


All course work is conducted entirely in Mandarin
Students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge
Curriculum designed for high intermediate and advanced Chinese language students, featuring one-on-one, and small elective classes
Intensive January program in Beijing through CET Academic Programs
Housing with a Chinese roommate in dormitories
One group excursion per semester
Cocurricular activities: cooking, ping pong, martial arts, hip hop, bamboo flute, watercolor, etc.
On-site staff in Kunming
Qualified students in their second semester may elect to directly enroll in one course at the local university alongside Chinese students or pursue an internship for credit

What`s Included

Semester tuition, program director, shared dormitory room with Chinese roommate, excursions, cultural reimbursements, insurance, orientation, and textbooks


Business, Chinese Language, Classical Studies, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Language, Intensive Language, Languages / Linguistics, Political Science/Politics

Program Locations

Kunming, China

Overall rating 
Program Administration
Living Conditions
Cultural Immersion
Social Life
Health and Safety
Review This Program

Program Details

Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
  • China: Kunming
School Term:
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
American, WorldWide
  • Dear applicants, we encourage you to leave a personal review if you have ever taken part in this program. Leaving a review will help fellow travelers to decide where to go and which program to go with as they plan their trip abroad.
    Review this program

About HelpGoAbroad

We showcase the best programs, countries and institutions in the world, so whether you are interested in interning abroad, studying abroad, working abroad or simply traveling or living abroad, we have your back.

More about us »

Subscribe to the Newsletter