As stated by the VDOE and paraphrased below, the purposes behind the residential, three-week language programs are:

To provide an intensive experience and unique challenge for those students who have excelled in language study and wish to continue their study of that language in a total immersion environment which is generally unavailable in the regular school setting.

To introduce these students to a less-commonly taught language, such as Japanese, Greek, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.

To honor excellence in world language learning and teaching (the students, those who have prepared them for the experience, and those selected to teach them in the academies).

Learning Vietnamese, German Academy 2021 (Virtual)