COVID-19: Essential Information

Early Arrival

Congratulations on your acceptance to Middlebury!

We invite new international students (including first year and exchange students, U.S. students living abroad, and international transfer students) to arrive on campus almost two weeks before the start of classes to participate in Early Arrival. The Early Arrival program will allow you time to recover from your travels around the world, learn about your U.S. visa status and become familiar with concepts and resources that will help with your transition from home to the U.S.

During Early Arrival, you will be joined by ISSS staff and current Middlebury students who will assist you as you learn to navigate life at the College. Registration for Early Arrival is required in order to participate.  Please use the link in the right side bar to register for Early Arrival. (September entrants by Aug. 1; February entrants by Feb. 1.)

*Arrival Day for Early Arrival is Wednesday, August 26.*

2020 Early Arrival dates for September entrants:

These ISSS-sponsored activities and events will begin Friday, August 28 and will come to a close on Saturday, September 5, 2020.

2021 Early Arrival dates for February entrants:
Tuesday, February 9 -Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
(These are tentative dates that will be confirmed by January 2021.)

For the first time, Early Arrival will not be "early!" Instead, all new students will arrive the same day. Early Arrival and MiddView orientation sessions will take place concurrently. We will offer focused programming for incoming international students and U.S. students from abroad, offered mostly virtually. (Any in-person sessions will be conducted following strict safety protocols and honoring physical distancing guidelines.) This will prompt us to be creative and find new ways to have fun!

  • Arrival Day is Wednesday, August 26.
  • Early Arrival and MiddView orientation sessions will occur between Thursday, August 27 and Monday, September 7.
  • The first official session of Early Arrival is our welcome event on Friday, August 28 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT).
  • Fall term classes will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

During Early Arrival, new students meet this year’s Program Arrival Leaders (PALs) and the ISSS staff. Participants learn more about key topics that affect international students, such as maintaining your U.S. visa status and understanding employment options, while also becoming familiar with campus. International students highly recommend it!

We will also offer a Family Q&A session to provide an opportunity to meet the Associate Dean and Director of ISSS Kathy Foley and other colleagues. They will be happy to answer questions you may have or to direct you to available resources. See the right side bar for more information.

Registered Early Arrival participants are expected to stay in their residence halls beginning on the Early Arrival arrival date. They will be informed of particular health and safety protocols and related guidance before arrival.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with new faces, places and fun to be had. We encourage you to join us!

Last updated 8/27/2020.

We'd like to hear from you!  Send us a postcard from home and we'll add your postage stamp to our online stamp collection. This collection represents the various cultures you'll be sure to encounter at Middlebury.  

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
84 South Service Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802 443-5858
F: 802 443-2063