News and Events
News from the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad
Avian Flu Outbreak in China
As you have likely read, there has been a recent outbreak of a new avian flu in China, A(H7N9). Please know that Middlebury in China and our colleagues at CET Academic Programs are monitoring the situation and have communicated the following to students on our programs:
- The risk of human infection from avian influenza is generally low, but it is greater for individuals with frequent, close contact with live poultry and/or wild birds.
- Stay away from live birds and undercooked poultry.
- Avoid areas where birds congregate.
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
- There has been no documentation of human-to-human transmission.
Per the World Health Organization, “WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.” For more information on the A(H7N9) virus, please see the World Health Organization announcements.
Please watch this space for any updates.
- The Fall and Academic Year 2013-14 application deadline for the Schools Abroad was March 15th. Application information can be found here.
- The Middlebury summer Language Schools are still accepting applications for summer 2013. More information can be found at on the website.
As you may know, we have closed our programs in Xalapa, Mexico, and Tucumán, Argentina. We still have six programs in Chile, two in Argentina, three in Brazil, and one in Uruguay. Visit the School in Latin America website for more information.
Withdrawal Fee Change
The post-confirmation withdrawal fee has increased from $400 to $500 effective for Fall 2013. As you may know, we eliminated the enrollment deposit effective Spring 2013. Once accepted, students will use the “Commit” function on the on-line application to confirm their participation in the program. When committing, students will now be informed that they will be assessed a $500 withdrawal fee if they withdraw from the program after confirming their spot. If your students are responsible for paying their bill directly to Middlebury, s/he will be sent a bill requesting the $500 payment. If you normally pay Middlebury on behalf of your students, please be aware the this $500 withdrawal fee will be assessed and sent to your institution to pass along to your student.
Studio Art now Available in Florence!
Students at the Middlebury program in Florence who are majoring or minoring in Studio Art may now enroll in courses at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti. Visit the School in Italy website for more information.
Middlebury at Forum Conference in Chicago
Terry Crouch (University Relations), Susan Parsons (Coordinator for France, Uruguay, and Argentina), and David Paoli (Director of the Middlebury School in France) will be in attendance at the upcoming Forum conference in Chicago. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with any of us, please feel free to contact us. We will also be present in the exhibit hall on Thursday, April 4th, and invite you to stop by our table.
Middlebury Schools Abroad and the Office of International Programs & Off-Campus Study is holding a student video contest! The contest is open to all students currently studying at a Middlebury School Abroad. We will award three prizes for the student videos that best capture the relationship to the local culture of their destination and their learning experiences abroad! Watch the teaser for more info.
New Spring Semester Portuguese pre-Session in Brazil: Students who lack the fourth semester of Portuguese (or its equivalent) to study with Middlebury in Brazil can now take a 4-week intensive Portuguese language program in Florianópolis, Brazil each Spring semester. The program will run from early February to early March and will incorporate 80 hours of Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. More information...
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