How to Apply

MiddCORE held at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, June 30–July 28, 2018


MiddCORE is for highly motivated college students and recent college graduates who have a desire to build leadership and communication skills while developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Students should be comfortable in collaborative settings and be prepared for 40 hours a week of intensive project-based learning. 

MiddCORE Dates

Summer 2018 Dates: June 30th – July 28

Application Deadline:

ED 1 November 15, 2017, accepted students save $500
ED 2 February 15, 2018, accepted students save $250
Regular Decision Last Chance! April 19, 2018 (pending space availability)

Program Cost

Tuition, room, and board $9,500
Because of the fully-immersive nature of the program, students are required to live on campus.

College Course Credit

MiddCORE graduates gain first-hand experience of life’s essential skills as well as one Middlebury College course credit (or the equivalent of 3 semester-hour credits).

Middlebury College students are encouraged read the Middlebury College handbook policies on summer study credit and how it affects the 36 credits required to graduate.


In order to apply to MiddCORE, you will be redirected to a Middlebury secure login page and asked to create a first-time user account.

There are 2 components to the MiddCORE Summer Program Application

1. Written Application

Provide contact information for two references
In 30 words or less tell us what motivates you
Respond to two of the four questions below, 150 words each

Tell us about a time when you observed leadership you admired. What was it about this leadership style that stood out to you? How did the leadership style affect others?

Using a mason jar, blue ribbon, mud, and one object of your choice, create something that would amaze a 2nd grader. Why would this amaze the 2nd grader?

Tell us about a time in your life when you failed and what you learned from that failure. How have you approached things differently after that failure? How do you think differently about taking risks that may involve failure?

Tell us about an innovative accomplishment that you are most proud of and why it would not have happened without you. What community was impacted by the accomplishment and what did you learn from that experience?

2. Two Reference Forms
To be filled out by the references you list in your written application

To continue your application in progress click here.
You will need your username and pin.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Limited financial aid for the summer 2018 program is available according to Middlebury College’s need-based criteria, as funds permit. As of March 1, all available financial aid resources have been awarded. 

Middlebury students on financial aid are eligible for financial aid for the summer program as funds permit.

Non-Middlebury students may apply for scholarship funding by submitting their financial aid award letter from their home institution upon acceptance to the program. They are also encouraged to inquire about funding opportunities at their home institution. 

For International Students

Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. visa status that allows full-time study during the dates of the MiddCORE program to be eligible to apply. (Please note: Students cannot participate in our program with a tourist visa status (B-1/B-2) or through the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) because neither allows for full-time study.)

U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible to attend.

International students who already have F-1 student status from a U.S. college or university that they attend during the academic year may apply to MiddCORE as long as they will maintain their F-1 status throughout the dates of the MiddCORE summer session.

Middlebury College is currently seeking authorization to issue visa documents to be able to bring international students from outside the U.S. to our MiddCORE’s summer program of 2019. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue visa documents for our Summer 2018 program.


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