MiddCORE Jterm

Academic Year 2019-2020
MiddCORE J-term Dates:
January 6 through January 31, 2020

MiddCORE’s mentor-driven leadership and innovation immersion program builds skills and confidence through collaborative, experiential, impact-focused learning. Through daily, weekly, and month-long challenges, students gain experience in leadership, strategic thinking, idea creation, collaboration, persuasive communication, ethical decision-making, cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution, empathy, and crisis management.

The Winter Immersion class meets 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a few mandatory evening activities and/or group dinners every week. Although it is a Pass/Fail course, passing the course requires 95% attendance (i.e., you may miss one class for sickness or other excused absence) and 110% effort. MiddCORE is a full-time commitment so if you have significant obligations during Winter Term, please consider applying for MiddCORE’s Summer Immersion Program.


At this time, MiddCORE’s Winter Immersion program at Middlebury is for Middlebury College undergraduate students only. If you are not a Middlebury student and you are interested in MiddCORE, please read more about MiddCORE’s Summer Immersion Program.  

How to Apply

Due to increased demand and in order to ensure a diverse class, acceptance into MiddCORE’s Winter Immersion program is by approval only.

Applications for J-Term 2020 is now live and is due on Nov. 1, 2019.

You can apply using this application form.

Note: You must log in to Google using your Middlebury username and password to access the application. If you receive an error message, log out of any personal Google account, then log back in using your Middlebury username and password.

Applications are due by 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Decisions will be emailed by 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.


When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
All students who apply will receive an email notifying them of our admissions decision by 8 p.m. on Sunday, November, 3rd. J-Term registration begins Monday, Oct. 1st. If you apply and are accepted, you will also need to register during J-Term registration.

Is there a course fee to take MiddCORE during J-Term?
No. J-Term MiddCORE costs are covered by your Middlebury College tuition payment.

Is financial aid available for J-Term?
A limited amount of financial aid is available to students who might otherwise be unable to enroll due to work-study or other financial obligations. Indicate on your application that you are interested in receiving information about financial aid, or email middcore@middlebury.edu.

MiddCORE J-term is intense.

Working more than 40 hours a week for one month, students face daily, weekly, and month-long challenges designed to build the CORE strengths needed to become effective leaders and creative problem solvers.

MiddCORE J-term is experiential.

Students learn by doing. They learn to think strategically by addressing real challenges posed by partner organizations. They learn to innovate by developing and testing the feasibility of their own ideas in the MiddCORE Innovation Challenge. They learn to communicate persuasively by engaging in improvisation exercises, idea pitches, and story-making workshops. They learn to negotiate by practicing conflict resolution. They learn to handle the unexpected by managing crises. And they set their own moral compass by generating best responses to ethical dilemmas.

MiddCORE J-term is collaborative.

Working in small groups, students learn to listen, create, collaborate, and lead. Through formal and informal interactions with dynamic, engaging, and successful mentors, students learn to take calculated risks, be more resourceful, identify opportunities, and deal with ambiguity.

MiddCORE students arrive with curiosity and ambition. They leave with a valuable set of skills, a network of supportive peers and mentors, and a newfound confidence in their ability to impact the world. (View our Testimonials)

MiddCORE was awarded The 2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award which recognizes high impact in education innovations.


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