A group of Chinese MA graduates celebrate completion of their degree.

Once admitted into the graduate degree program, you have the flexibility to choose one of two options.

Option 1: Middlebury Only

Complete the degree entirely in Middlebury, Vermont over four summers. Courses are taught in Chinese. All course requirements must be completed within ten years. All courses are taught in Chinese, and focus on teaching Chinese as a second language.

Option 2: Academic year at the Middlebury Institute

Complete the degree during two summers on the Vermont campus with one academic year at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in the Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) program. Students must complete introductory and final coursework in Middlebury. To participate in this option, students must first apply and be accepted to Middlebury. Courses in Monterey are mostly taught in English.

  • Students who choose the Institute option will register for 18-20 credits (roughly 6-7 courses) during the academic year.

  • To apply for financial aid, students must complete the FAFSA (school code 001241) and the Institute’s financial aid application. For questions, email finaid@miis.edu.

  • The Institute does not offer on-campus housing, but will provide a proprietary list of off-campus housing available in the community. For an estimate of costs for housing, books, and other living expenses, please visit the Institute tuition page.

Transfer Credits

After the initial summer, MA degree candidates may transfer up to three courses toward the degree. A transfer course must meet certain requirements and be approved in advance (before the course is taken) by the director and registrar.