by Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson

Updates in Chinese on the Middlebury Institute’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dean Laura Burian Update in Chinese on the Middlebury Institute Response to COVID-19












Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Dear Middlebury Institute Students and Families,

Warm greetings from sunny Monterey, California. We are writing with an update about how the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is responding to the rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic. Please rest assured that we are following state and local guidelines, which are more stringent than the U.S. as a whole. The MIIS Administration responded early and proactively, before official guidelines were published, with several important measures.

When the decision was made to move all courses to remote instruction, we realized the importance of acting decisively to cause as little disruption as possible, especially with the interests of our international student population in mind. This was not a decision we made lightly, but at the forefront of our decision was the health and wellbeing of our community.

By committing immediately to offer all courses remotely for the rest of the semester we ensured that students had the chance to decide for themselves where they wanted to be located. While many students opted to stay in our small and friendly city of Monterey, others sought the comfort of family and friends, either elsewhere in the United States or back home.

We took great care to offer faculty training and technical assistance to successfully transition their classes and we are fully committed to the continuity of studies for all students, held to the same outstanding standards MIIS is known for.  All faculty and staff are working remotely and are available to students via video calls, phone calls and emails. Staff are continuing to offer excellent services in innovative ways, including career advising, health and wellness support, and library services. The Administration meets several times a day to review new developments, and as always, the guiding light in all decisions is the safety and health of our students and the community.

The Middlebury Institute community prides itself on the diversity of its population—with students, staff, and faculty from all over the world. That is at the heart of who we are and is what makes learning here such a rich and rewarding experience.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on our response to the outbreak, you’re welcome to follow us on WeChat “MIIS1955”, Weibo or visit our COVID-19 website.


Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Institute