The Middlebury Institute is returning to primarily in-person instruction starting in fall 2021 with some remote options for students who cannot get to campus.
Note: The information below does not apply to students in our online MA in Translation Management and Localization, which continues to be delivered online.
We will require all students, faculty, and staff living, learning, or working on campus in the fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except for those with an approved medical or religious exemption.
Students who have not been vaccinated prior to arriving in Monterey will be provided with resources on locations convenient to campus where the vaccine is available. In Monterey, the vaccine is readily available to everyone who is 12 years of age and older and some locations do not require an appointment to get a vaccine—we are confident that any new student who needs one will be able to easily get their free vaccine in a timely fashion.
To accommodate students who need to get their vaccine in Monterey and who are only able to arrive in August—which will be the case for many of our international students—we will have remote options for any key activities early in the semester—including welcome week and classes. This will allow these students to still participate while they meet our vaccine requirement and then join in-person activities and classes.
Learn more about our vaccine requirements including how we came to this important decision, exactly what we mean by “fully vaccinated”, which vaccines are accepted, exemptions, and more.
Our International Student and Scholar Services will help incoming students, not already in the U.S., to secure the documentation needed to enter the country to begin their in-person studies in Monterey. Please contact email@example.com with related questions.
Course Schedule: In-Person, Hybrid, and Online Courses
Our fall 2021 course schedule now shows the “instruction mode” for each class. We have three instruction modes:
- IN-PERSON: In-person courses that do not allow students to participate from remote locations. Only students on campus can take these courses.
- HYBRID: In-person courses that allow students to participate from remote locations. All students can take these courses.
- ONLINE: courses that are offered online to all students regardless of location.
International students who enter the U.S. to begin their F-1 or J-1 status must enroll in at least one in-person course to maintain their status under current regulatory guidance from the U.S. government. Hybrid courses, if attended in person, will count toward this requirement.
If you are an international student currently in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status and intend to transfer your SEVIS record to the Institute for fall 2021, please contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible for guidance specific to your situation.
- Click on the department link at the top of the page to see the relevant course schedule.
- IPD and MPA students should click Development Practice & Policy to see your courses.
- Note that some classes in a particular department are available to students in multiple programs so consult your program of interest’s curriculum page for guidance.
If you are interested in starting your graduate degree this fall, we strongly encourage you to submit your application and supporting materials at your earliest opportunity so that we have time to work with you to plan your next steps. Apply now.
We have a dedicated Return to Campus Strategy team working hard to ensure we are ready for a safe and productive return to campus. Here is an update on our progress as of June 7, 2021 (we will update this section as further progress is made).
- California eases restrictions: As of June 2, Monterey County has officially entered the Yellow/Minimal tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is a good indicator that our case numbers and hospitalizations are decreasing.
- The full reopening of California: Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans for moving beyond the current COVID blueprint to a full reopening, effective June 15. Additional details note that all industries across the state will be able to return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures, such as masking and vaccinations. Institutions of higher education will be allowed to conduct full-time, in-person instruction, in compliance with Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards and public health guidelines.
- Expanded vaccine eligibility: Effective May 17, everyone in Monterey County, 12 years of age and older is eligible for the COVID vaccine. The Monterey County Department of Health and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula are both good resources for finding sites and appointments for the vaccine.
- We have installed Wi-Fi access points for outdoor spaces around campus to strengthen wireless reception.
- Plexiglass shields have been installed in most forward-facing offices and reception areas.
- We have installed MERV 13 air filters in HVAC systems on campus to increase the filtering of circulated air. Ventilation and air circulation in indoor spaces has been assessed, and plans are underway to make improvements where needed.
- We have secured large quantities of masks, hand sanitizers, and protective gloves for members of the campus community who may need them.
- To be prepared for the unlikely case of an outbreak on campus, personal protective equipment (PPE) will be distributed to the Emergency Response Team, Security, and Facilities.
- To allow for socially-distanced, on-campus work, study, and meetings, you will be able to reserve appropriate spaces through our online reservation system.
- We have notified faculty that they are free to convene small groups off campus (for now) when state and county guidelines allow and when wearing masks and social-distancing is practiced.
- Classrooms have been designated for small group meetings and one-on-ones. Some of these classrooms have already been made available to faculty, staff, and students currently in Monterey.
- Special lanyards are being designed and will be used as part of our plans for a safe return to campus.
- For students who need a quiet place with reliable Internet for job interviews or special projects, we will be offering limited temporary use of campus offices.
- Certains groups of current students living in Monterey County can sign up for an appointment to receive the vaccine.
- No-contact checkout and pickup of physical resources from the library have been in place since summer 2020, in addition to the wide range of electronic resources.
Returning to the World
Getting you back to campus is only one part of our “return.” While a growing list of remote immersive experiences are available to you as an Institute student, we are working with our external partners and employers to get you back into the field, with in-person internships and immersive learning, fieldwork, and study abroad. The timing of these will vary by the partner or employer and the location of the opportunity.
The New Norm
We are excited to say that, even when this pandemic is over, we will not simply be returning to the way we used to operate. We have learned new ways to teach, learn, and work. The world and the challenges we train our students to address have changed. We will continue to adapt to prepare you to advance understanding, promote peace, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world.
Insights from alumni, students, faculty, and staff
During these uncertain times, we know there is much to consider. Middlebury Institute alumni, students, faculty, and staff share their experiences and respond to some of your most commonly asked questions.
Our faculty work closely with our Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) to optimize their curricula to make the most of the technology available, ensuring we deliver the highest-quality in-person and remote instruction.
We also leverage feedback from our current students to continually improve the learning experience.
Whether in-person or remote, the hallmarks of a Middlebury Institute education endure:
- Your career development and success are our focus from your first day of class.
- Our immersive approach allows you to apply practical skills in your field of study before you graduate.
- We prepare you to engage the world’s greatest challenges and needs.
Financial Support and Affordability
For students who cannot take classes full time this academic year but want to maintain progress toward their degree, we have reduced our per-credit cost from $2,030 per credit to $1,777 per credit for students who take 11 or fewer credits. Students taking 12 or more credits will be charged the comprehensive fee. We will not be increasing any tuition costs for the 2021–22 academic year—both the comprehensive fee and per-credit cost will remain the same. Learn more about tuition costs.
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.
Remote learning may also offer you cost savings with respect to relocation and rent, depending on your situation. In addition, U.S. citizens and permanent residents may consider taking advantage of the lowest interest rates ever for federal loans. Irrespective of where you are based, you can use those loans to offset your living costs while you study.