Education and Travel Programs
Through our lifelong learning programs, you can explore new subjects and new places in the company of Middlebury faculty, alumni, and friends. See beautiful sights, engage in meaningful discussions, and broaden your horizons!
Middlebury Faculty on the Road
Middlebury faculty are often on the road and may be in a city near you. Also, many of our lectures, readings, and talks are open to the public. Check out our events page for faculty lectures and other lifelong learning opportunities at Middlebury or in your area.
The President's Course, Spring 2017
Water in an Insecure World: Symbol, Resource, or Commodity?
We invite you to join in a new learning venture. President Patton is convening this course, taught by faculty from Middlebury, MIIS, and beyond. Alumni and friends of Middlebury are welcome to follow along. Videos of all lectures are available, as are select readings. You may also sign up for a course newsletter. Get all the information on the course website.
Years of Upheaval: Diplomacy,War, and Social Change, 1919–1945
Participate in this rich, multifaceted course taught by Russ Leng ’60, the James Jermain Professor Emeritus of Political Economy and International Law, and expand your knowledge about World Wars I and II and the important interwar years.
Alumni Travel Program
When you think of vacation travel, think of Middlebury. Middlebury provides opportunities for alumni, parents, and other friends of the College to travel the world, experiencing different cultures, appreciating different world views and savoring the beauty and history of our world. The trips are most often led by Middlebury faculty members who speak the language and are experts in the destination's geography, history and culture.
Canadian Rockies Parks & Resorts
July 27–August 2, 2017
Tucked away in the most breathtaking corners of the Canadian Rockies are the legendary resorts of Lake Louise, Jasper, and Banff. Join Professor of Geology David West and venture north to experience the stunning scenery of Canada’s mountain landscapes. Revel in the opulence, history, and graceful hospitality of its most celebrated lodges.
Alumni Bicycling Vacation, California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast
August 14–19, 2016
A delightful bicycling vacation with award-winning tour operator VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, which is based just north of Middlebury in Williston, VT. Bike through stately redwood groves and rolling hillside vineyards, as well as scenic routes along the rugged Californian coast. When not biking, guests explore lively towns like Healdsburg and Sonoma, visit local wineries for tastings, and even enjoy a private group tour of a local olive mill.
Inside China: From Shanghai, Pearl of the Orient, to Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces’ Colorful Ethnic Minorities
April 13–27, 2016
With Professor John Berninghausen
Today’s China is a country of contrasts, extremes, and juxtapositions. Once home to emperors, the showpiece of a revolution and now, reinvented again, it is a happening, 21st-century global powerhouse. Although many of China’s bicycles have been replaced by cars, and the wave of modern architecture is astounding, the country still retains a stately, larger-than-life demeanor.
Flavors of Northern Italy
September 26-October 4, 2015
A 9-day infusion of wine, cuisine and culture. Where else, but in Northern Italy–where passion for local foods and soul-satisfying cuisine easily rivals the other famous love affair from Verona.
Tanzania Migration Safari
February 5-16, 2015
Experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey encompassing incredible wildlife excursions to Arusha and Tarangire; Ngorongoro Crater; Olduvai Gorge and the acacia-dotted savannah of the Serengeti National Park.
Australia & New Zealand Exploration
March 18-April 8, 2015
From the Great Barrier Reef to the historic Sydney Opera House and breathtaking Milford Sound, Australia and New Zealand offer visitors a wealth of spectacular scenery and cultural diversity.