Frequently Asked Questions
Classes start August 24. Check our academic calendar for other important dates, including add/drop dates.
A key objective for our newly designed virtual orientation program is being successful as an online student. This topic will be introduced in our Getting Started at MIIS summer online course, be amplified during Welcome Week, and continue with an ongoing series offered throughout the fall semester. All content on this topic will be available to continuing students as well.
You will also be supported by the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ), which has a number of resources to support remote students and a team of interns available to consult with students on developing digital fluencies.
Last, you can reach out to Information Technology Services (ITS) for help getting connected to Middlebury networked tools and services.
Yes! Welcome Week (August 17–21) will include sessions led by program chairs as well as other faculty, advisors, and continuing students. Each program will provide a variety of ways for you to engage with your faculty. Additionally, class community building is part of the curriculum design structure that we use for our online courses. You will be able to interact with faculty and your academic advisors across a number of channels, including email, phone, online meetings, and Canvas (our learning management system).
The fall 2020 course schedule is currently available. Faculty are making some ongoing changes over the summer. We expect to have most changes finalized by August 1. You will receive more information about your degree requirements, course options, and registration during Welcome Week (August 17–21), and you will register for courses on Friday, August 21.
We will review your degree map in detail during Welcome Week; in the meantime, you can visit your program’s curriculum page for details and a sample class schedule.
Course registration always occurs on the last day of Welcome Week, which is Friday, August 21, for fall 2020. During Welcome Week (August 17–21) you will spend time with your faculty and advisors getting clear introductions and insights to your degree map and the different courses offered so you will be able to make informed decisions once registration opens.
Many classes will have asynchronous content, giving you the flexibility of learning at a time that works for your time zone and schedule.
Any content that needs to be synchronous will be offered at a time that works for the majority of the students in the course. For example, synchronous activities in our Chinese translation and interpretation courses will be offered at an appropriate hour for students based in East Asia. If a student cannot attend a live class, they should alert their faculty as early as possible and work with them to make an alternate plan e.g. check if the class will be recorded for them to watch at a later time.
Yes, you can! There are many variables that influence your ability to learn or to maintain a target language. Time is the most important; try to find time to work on your target language every day. Connect your hobbies and your profession with your language.
For staff, faculty, and students residing in the local area, no-contact checkout and pickup of physical resources will be available during the summer and fall. You will also have access to the library’s electronic resources.
Otherwise, at this time, our campus common areas remain closed, in compliance with local and state guidelines. We will update you as we open campus and make facilities available on-site.
Our Information Technology Services (ITS) department is available by phone or via the online Helpdesk. After you have activated your Middlebury credentials, getting technology assistance is as easy as logging a ticket at go.miis.edu/help. ITS support staff are also available by phone within the United States at 802-443-2200 in Vermont or 831-647-6656 in California from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
Canvas (our learning management system), Zoom, and Panopto are some of the most popular platforms used by faculty. The Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) provides guides to accessing and successfully using these platforms.
Only students in the MA in International Education Management program will have the option to complete their degrees remotely or return to campus when re-open.
Once we are able to return to campus, students in all other on-site programs will move to on-site instruction.
We are implementing a return-to-campus protocol under which students can return to campus for in-person instruction when state and county guidelines, as well as our campus capacity, allow us to do so. We will make further announcements about the dates for students’ return to campus, including possibilities for J-term and spring, during the fall semester.
For students who cannot take classes full time in the fall but want to maintain progress toward their degrees, we are reducing our per-credit cost from $2,030 per credit to $1,777 per credit for those who take 11 or fewer credits in the fall. Students taking 12 or more credits will be charged the comprehensive fee. Please note that if you move to part time, your scholarships and grants will be prorated. If you take fewer than six credits, you will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid.
Please be sure to contact your academic advisor if you are considering taking courses part time this fall.
Many of our students work while attending school to offset the cost of their education and cover living expenses. If you are working in a federal or Institute work-study position, you may only work a maximum of 20 hours per week. If you are in a non-work-study position, you will not have this limitation.
You should also keep in mind that in addition to the hours of classroom experience, you will also need to allow time for readings, group work, presentations and research paper development, and language/translation/interpretation practice. Good time management skills are essential to your success in graduate school.
Courses may be set up for letter grade or pass/fail format, depending on the instructors’ learning goals and deliverable assignments. The syllabus should stipulate the grading format and the evaluation criteria for each course.
If you are unavailable at any point during the semester please notify us by contacting the following people:
- your professors for each of your classes AND
- your academic advisor OR
- Ashley Arrocha (Associate Dean of Student Services) OR
- Toni Thomas (Associate Dean of Academic Operations)
Depending on the severity or expected length of your absence, various options may be considered. If it is short term, i.e. you can resume classes after a few days or a week, you will work directly with your faculty to catch up on the missed assignments.
If it is a longer-term absence, i.e. several weeks or more, then Ashley Arrocha and Toni Thomas will work with your faculty members to see if a make-up plan for missed assignments is appropriate. If not, then they will determine if a Withdrawal with Permission should be used for some courses. If you need to withdraw from the entire semester, the associate deans will also discuss the implications of that in terms of your degree progression, tuition refunds, financial aid, visa status, etc.
What happens if a faculty member is unavailable during the semester due to illness or another emergency?
We deal with faculty absences on a case-by-case basis. If the faculty member is merely missing a few scheduled meetings, they will either assign readings or deliverables for students to do in lieu of meeting or hold make-up session(s). If necessary, we will use relevant guest lecturers for a session or two.
If it is a longer-term issue, we will see if another professor can take over the course or find an alternate way for students to receive credit for the course. We always look to determine the best course of action to minimize any negative impact on students.