While each student comes to the Middlebury Schools Abroad with her or his own set of academic and/or personal goals for their term abroad, the Schools Abroad have adopted the three goals below as core to their mission.
1. Students, through active engagement in courses and with the local environment, demonstrate measurable improvement in their communication skills: the ability to speak, understand, read, and write effectively in the host country’s language.
2. Students acquire the intercultural competence that enables them to recognize and respect cultural differences and value systems allowing them to engage in and analyze interactions with people from the host culture.
3. Students will be able to interpret and understand the commonalities and differences between the educational systems of the US and the country in which they are studying, including the expectations placed on students.