| by Guy Perry and Carlos Vélez


Greetings to you all from Oxford,

We know that you’re all following the news about coronavirus and public health around the world. Most of you are likely away from your campus communities for the remainder of the semester, and all of us are wondering when life will return to normal.

We have remained hopeful that the COVID-19 situation would improve quickly and not continue into the summer months. However, with the news reports and medical alerts coming from the UK and the US State Department among other international agencies, we cannot make any kind of assurance. At this point, travelers from the US are banned from entering the UK, and museums and other public spaces have all been closed.

Therefore, Middlebury has been forced to make a very difficult decision. We will not run our program in Oxford this summer. This is extremely disappointing to us, but we simply are not confident that we can provide the academic experience we hoped for, given the uncertainty of this situation.

Looking forward, Middlebury Museum Studies in Oxford plans on resuming our program in the future. We hope you can join us next year, and we will automatically transfer your application materials over for 2021. If you would like to withdraw your application for 2021, please let us know, and feel free to get in touch if you have questions about what next year’s program might look like.

We sincerely thank all of you for your interest in our program and we hope to see you next summer.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Best wishes,
Guy Perry, Associate Professor and Principal, Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program
Carlos Vélez-Blasini, Dean of International Programs