For International Students

Middlebury takes seriously its role as a marketplace of ideas. We are and will remain unwaveringly committed to providing educational opportunities to students without regard to nationality, place of birth, immigration status, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Each year, students from more than 70 other countries, as well as all 50 states in the U.S., come together to share the diverse backgrounds and experiences that make learning here so rewarding, and life here so rich. Currently, 15% of our students carry an international passport or have grown up outside of the US. We invite you to consider what you might gain from coming to Middlebury, and what you might contribute to others who, like yourself, seek the lessons that can be offered by a truly international community.

Here are some quick facts about international students at Middlebury.

The Application

Middlebury requires all applicants to file either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. The Transcript Request and Mid-Year Report forms provided with our application package may not pertain to all international educational systems, so candidates should ask their secondary school administrators to forward all appropriate transcripts, standardized tests and recommendations to the Admissions Office.

Standardized Tests

Please submit the results of one of the following:

  • the ACT
  • OR the SAT
  • OR three SAT Subject Tests in different areas of study. If you choose this option and your native language is not English, please also submit scores from one of the English proficiency tests listed below.

For more information, read Middlebury's policy regarding Standardized Tests.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

In addition to the Standardized Tests policy stated above, if your native language is not English or your entire secondary education has not been at a school with English as the primary language of instruction, you are required to demonstrate your proficiency in English. Middlebury will consider either the TOEFL or the results from a number of other standardized assessments, including the SAT, ACT, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, CPE, MELAB and the Pearson Test of English Academic. Predicted grades in IB English A courses will also be considered.  

Middlebury has no minimum score that would automatically eliminate an application. The average internet-based TOEFL score for matriculating students is 109. For IELTS, successful candidates typically receive a score of 7.5 or higher. We do not “superscore” English proficiency tests. Instead, we will consider your highest aggregate score and the subscores from that particular test administration.

Financial Aid

Middlebury meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need of any student we admit, US or international. Middlebury is need-aware in its admission of international students. International students seeking financial assistance must apply for aid at the time of applying for admission to Middlebury, and by the deadlines indicated on our website. Applications for financial assistance from international students submitted after admission to Middlebury will not be accepted, nor will they be accepted for any of their four years of enrollment at Middlebury.

Middlebury's fees can be found here. Students should plan on additional funds to cover the cost of books, student activity fee, travel to and from campus, and a reasonable amount of spending money. 

The Office of Student Financial Services has additional information and resources regarding financial assistance for international students


An interview is not required and represents one of many factors taken into consideration in our admissions decision.  A limited number of alumni representatives are available outside of the United States, and candidates may be contacted at our discretion by a local representative once an application is filed.

Candidates in China

Applicants to Middlebury from mainland China are strongly encouraged to contact InitialView or Vericant directly to complete an interview that can be included in your application. Please note that there is a fee for these interview services but they will allow you to send your interview to a number of schools. If the interview fee is a financial burden for your family, please contact our office to request a fee waiver. 

Middlebury Admissions
Emma Willard House
131 South Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: 802-443-3000
Fax: 802-443-2056