Find information about upcoming events for international students and scholars along with news and headlines! Scroll down to find information for Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute as well as ISSS General Announcements.

Middlebury College in Vermont

Important Reminder about Summer Housing

Summer Housing Application is due THIS SUNDAY, April 28, 2024 at 11:59 PM. The summer housing application is available in the housing portal. Please refer to emails sent to students on April 1 and April 22 for more information, and/or contact Res Life at


Upcoming Programming

All Students:

Friday, May 3 Express, 3-4:30 pm, Service 209
Summer planning & semester sendoff; advisor available, signatures, questions

International Seniors - 2024 and 2024.5

ISO International Senior Celebration for ‘24 and ‘24.5

May 12th 4:30-6:00 pm | Coltrane Lounge 

To the coolest seniors on campus: we would like to invite you to join us for a celebration on May, 12th with food (Sabai, Tindia, Rice), dessert (Otter Creek), music, and memories, with special gifts too! Please RSVP through this link to reserve a spot and get an ISO stole at the event. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Off-campus training/employment authorization sessions

  • For F-1 students:
    • General Curricular Practical Training (CPT) sessions—off-campus training/employment authorization

      International students intending to apply for summer CPT must attend one of the information sessions to be eligible. 

      Registration in Handshake; see specific links below.

      Monday, April 29, 11:00am-12:00pm (noon) Eastern Time (EDT); registration via this link for Monday

    • General Optional Practical Training (OPT) sessions—off-campus training/employment authorization 

      Wednesday, April 24, 4 PM (EDT)
      Thursday, May 2, 4 PM (EDT)
      Friday, May 10, 3 PM (EDT)

      The Zoom link is the same for all sessions:
      Zoom link:
      Meeting ID: 993 5054 7507
      Password: 415032 


Important Housing and Selected Academic Calendar Dates

Spring Term
  • February 6, 2024: New spring international students arrive for ISSS Pre-Orientation. 
  • February 10, 2024, at 9 a.m.: Residence halls open for returning students to move on campus.
  • February 12, 2024: First day of Spring semester courses.
  • March 15, 2024, at 3 p.m.: Spring break begins at 2:00 p.m.
  • May 22, 2024, by 12 p.m.: Residence halls close, and non-graduating students must be moved out (including those who live with graduating seniors). Students are required to leave campus within 24, hours of their last final and no later than 12pm on May 22. 
  • May 26, 2024, by 11 p.m.: Graduating seniors must be moved out.

Break Housing
  • The residence halls stay open for Thanksgiving, February and Spring breaks, and students staying will be asked to complete the break form. No approval is needed to stay for these breaks, but students must sign up to stay on campus. Thanksgiving break registration will be available in late October.
  • Winter recess housing will be limited, and an application will be available later in the semester. You must be approved to stay over the winter break, and there are no dining services available. 
  • Facilities and Residential Life staff may enter rooms during breaks to conduct safety checks, perform work needed, and ensure the building is closed appropriately. 


Middlebury Institute in California

Upcoming Programming 

Off-campus training/employment authorization sessions
  • For F-1 students:
    • General Curricular Practical Training (CPT) sessions—off-campus training/employment authorization

      Monday, April 15, 4 PM (PDT)
      Tuesday, April 30, 1 PM (PDT)
      Thursday, May 9, 12 PM (PDT)

      The Zoom link is the same for all sessions:
      Zoom Link:
      Meeting ID: 986 4261 8703
      Password: 494204

    • General Optional Practical Training (OPT) sessions — off-campus training/employment authorization

      Thursday, April 11, 12:30 PM (PDT) Date change
      Wednesday, April 24, 1 PM (PDT)
      Thursday, May 2, 1 PM (PDT)
      Friday, May 10, 12 PM (PDT)

      The Zoom link is the same for all sessions:
      Zoom link:
      Meeting ID: 993 5054 7507
      Password: 415032

  • For J-1 Students:
    • Academic Training Information Session (for off-campus employment authorization) 

      No sessions are scheduled at this time.

      Note: J-1 students need ISSS authorization to work on campus. Email ISSS before working.

General Announcements

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) & International Programs and Off-Campus Study (IPOCS) represented Middlebury well at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators-Region XI Conference held in Manchester, NH from Oct. 18-20, 2022. See highlights below. 

1. As NAFSA Region XI Chair for 2022, Assistant Director of ISSS Christy Fry oversaw the first in-person regional conference for international educators in New England since fall 2019. With 276 attendees (42% were first-time participants), it was a resounding success! Two pre-conference workshops and more than 45 sessions and events took place over the three days. Christy led the 22-person regional team in offering an engaging conference that provided opportunities for professional development, networking, plus social and self-care events. Two of three regional awardees were from Middlebury! (See the PIE News post about the conference and see below for photos.)

2. Data Systems, Engagement & Operations Manager Loren Scott was recognized with the Rising Professional Award for his engagement in and contributions to the field of international education, which range from offering conference sessions at the regional and national level, being selected as a RISE Fellow and NAFSA Academy participant, providing input to articles, webinars, and trainings for Peace Corps and other organizations, assisting at a week-long intensive English program for children in Costa Rica, and more.

3. Associate Dean and Director of ISSS Kathy Foley was nominated by colleagues who represent many different institutions and was chosen for the Sally M. Heym Award. This recognition celebrates the many ways Kathy has elevated her staff, the field, and peers across the region. A leader and mentor who is trusted for her astute and compassionate guidance and support, Kathy joins this select group of 25 leaders in our region who are making (or have made) a difference in international education since the award’s creation in 1996.

4. Middlebury’s Christy Fry and Loren Scott co-led a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Roundtable session. Fifteen participants actively engaged in dialogue and discussion about lived experiences and best practices for making our field and our offices more attentive to DEI principles. The conversation also focused on identifying effective ways within Region XI and NAFSA to operationalize the many ideas generated.

5. Middlebury C.V. Schools Abroad showcased our 37 sites abroad and our 13 language schools at the Exhibit Hall. Assistant Director of University Relations Catherine Pierattini and Director of our School in Puerto Rico Teresa Peña-Jordán met with conference attendees to discuss opportunities for students to participate in our programs.

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