To students applying to study abroad in fall 2020 or academic year 2020-21:
As you are well aware, COVID-19 has disrupted life around the world, including here at Middlebury. While we cannot predict if and how study abroad will be impacted in the fall, we wanted to reach out to you with information and recommendations given the current situation:
- At this time, we are moving forward with normal planning for study abroad during the 2020-21 academic year and continue to suggest students do the same. If you have been approved to study abroad, we encourage you to commit to your program. Be sure to pay attention to deadlines for housing forms, visas, etc. so you do not miss any pre-departure requirements, even if you are not 100 percent sure of your plans.
- With several hundred Middlebury students planning to study abroad next year, we cannot accommodate requests for switches from fall to spring semester at this time.
- If you have been approved to study abroad, as your acceptance or approval letter stated, you have been placed “on leave” for the semester(s) you will be abroad. This “on leave” status means that you will not be allowed to register for classes or participate in room draw for the semester(s) you will be abroad. If you have to abandon your plans to study abroad, you should be aware that the deadline for readmission to Middlebury is June 15 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.
- For Middlebury Schools Abroad, we hope to be making announcements about any program changes for fall by early June, prior to the re-enrollment deadline for Middlebury College (knowing, of course, that programs could still be canceled after that time, should the situation change).
- Middlebury students applying to study abroad at externally sponsored programs should pay attention to programs’ application and withdrawal policies. Many programs are offering flexible payment and refund schedules. If you are applying to directly enroll in a university, you may want to consider applying through a program provider (e.g., Arcadia, IFSA) where possible, as the provider may be able to offer suitable alternatives should your intended study abroad destination be impacted by a travel ban.
- International Programs continues to operate, and our advisors are available for appointments via phone or Zoom (appointments can be scheduled through our online system as usual).
More information on COVID-19 from Middlebury International Programs can be found here, and College-wide information about COVID-19 can be found here.
We will continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, make decisions, and keep you informed as the situation evolves. We remain hopeful that the spread of the virus will begin to stabilize and it will become easier to plan for future study abroad programs. As always, the safety and health of our students is Middlebury’s top priority. Please share this message with your family, and should you or your family members have any questions, please reach out to our office.