If you are located outside the U.S. and will join the program from abroad, you will not need a U.S. visa status to enroll in courses offered remotely (online or via other distance education methods).
If you are currently in the U.S. and hold a non-immigrant visa status, you will need to confirm with your visa sponsor, or a U.S. immigration lawyer, as to whether your current status allows enrollment in an online program. Please also verify with your visa sponsor whether you can pursue online courses part time and/or full time under your current U.S. visa status.
If you choose to enter the U.S. while enrolled in your online program, you must ensure that you enter the U.S. in a status that would allow you to participate in part time and/or full time study during the period in which you intend to be in the U.S. This is for your protection so as not to violate your U.S. visa status.
If you are pursuing a hybrid program at the Middlebury Institute, i.e., a program that has both online and on-site components, you will receive instructions from your program upon admission about acquiring the appropriate visa or waiving a visa for the on-site component.
For some international students living in other countries, technology issues may make it difficult or impossible to complete online degrees through Middlebury.
For instance, Canvas, Middlebury’s online learning system, does not work in certain countries due to export control restrictions (more information can be found here). Additionally, some online resources, such as Google Docs, Google Drive, YouTube, etc., are not accessible in all countries. Because your ability to successfully complete courses remotely depends on access to these resources, you must ensure that you can meet your program’s minimum computing requirements from your location before you register for online classes.
Middlebury is committed to protecting all students’ online privacy and data; for our international students, this means we follow international regulations governing the handling of online data. For example, we are currently working to ensure that our privacy policies comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
If you are admitted to one of our remote programs, you will find these resources for all online students helpful.