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

Once admitted into the Master in Chinese, you have the flexibility to choose one of two options.

Option 1: Middlebury Only

Complete the master’s 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 master’s 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. Students should submit their application through Middlebury Language Schools for this option as well. 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 federal loans to help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses at the Middlebury Institute, students must complete the FAFSA (school code 001241) and the Institute’s financial aid application. For questions, email miisfinaid@middlebury.edu.

  • The Institute offers housing options including limited on-campus housing, and 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, master’s 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.