MiddCORE Immersion at Middlebury

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 class meets 8:45 – 4:30 Monday-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 absences) and 110% effort. MiddCORE is a full-time commitment so if you have significant obligations during this Winter Term, this would not be a good time to take the course.

At this time, MiddCORE’s January Immersion program at Middlebury is for Middlebury Students only.  If you are not a Middlebury student and you are interested in MiddCORE, please learn more about MiddCORE’s Summer Immersion Program in Tahoe.  

Due to increased demand and in order to ensure a diverse class, acceptance into MiddCORE’s January 2017 Immersion program is by approval only.

Applications for our Jterm 2017 class will become available in September 2016.


MiddCORE Immersion is intense.

Working over 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 Immersion 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 Immersion 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)

In short, they leave prepared to lead.

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


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