by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Dear Prospective Students,

Thank you for your patience while we finalized our fall 2020 semester plans. As I mentioned in my last email to you, this fall will not look like previous semesters, but you will still receive the hallmarks of a Middlebury Institute education. You will be prepared to engage in the critical issues the world is facing.

In light of the evolving guidance from public health authorities, general travel concerns, and the challenges that many international students face obtaining visas before the start of the semester, the 2020–21 academic year at the Middlebury Institute will start with remote instruction throughout the fall. We know you have a host of decisions to make on your next steps, so while the situation across the world is rapidly changing, we want to give you certainty now so that you can make concrete plans for the upcoming semester. We are actively working on a phased reopening of our campus in coordination with local guidelines and Middlebury health experts. Students will return to campus in 2021 if we can welcome them safely.

You can learn more about our overall 2020–21 academic year plans, including our approach to remote instruction, additional financial support, accommodations for those based abroad, our gradual return, and your next steps, on our announcement website.

We have learned new ways to teach, learn, and work. The world and the challenges we train you 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. If you still have questions after reviewing the announcement website, please contact your enrollment advisor.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Middlebury Institute. We look forward to your becoming part of our global community this fall.


Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Dean of the Institute and Vice President for Academic Affairs