Choose to study for a summer at our Vermont, Oxford, or California campuses.

Find your place at Bread Loaf - in Vermont, Oxford, California, or through our remote independent study option. Each summer, discover new kinds and ways of learning at any of our three distinctive campuses or from your own location. You can enroll at different sites in different summers. We expect degree candidates to attend the Vermont campus for at least one summer.

New Mexico Campus Currently Closed for Renovations

Bread Loaf will not be running its New Mexico program in summer 2022, since our host institution, St. John’s College, will be closed for renovations.

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The original Bread Loaf Inn has been updated and renovated and still serves as a summer residence for Bread Loaf students.

Bread Loaf/Vermont

Bread Loaf/Vermont, the main campus, is located in the Green Mountain National Forest, near Middlebury College.

The program enrolls about 260 students and offers our broadest curriculum. Home to the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble and a full-scale letterpress operation, the campus integrates opportunities to learn from actors and on-site master printers. Activities include Friday workshops and film nights headed by faculty, outdoor excursions, dances, live music and sports, and readings and panels.

Students have access to the Middlebury College campus and its resources.

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The neoclassical style of the iconic Radcliffe Camera stands out in the Oxford skyline.

Bread Loaf/Oxford

Based at Lincoln College and centrally located within the city and University of Oxford, Bread Loaf/Oxford enrolls approximately 75 students.

The curriculum consists of one double-credit course requiring extensive independent research, as well as seminars and one-on-one tutorials for collective and individual work. Students have access to the Bodleian Library, the finest research library in the world.

Activities include lectures by renowned Oxford faculty, class and school excursions to London and Stratford theaters, and trips to nearby country houses and museums.

Water crashing against rocks on the beach in Monterey, CA

Bread Loaf/California

Located at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, Bread Loaf’s California campus is home to its intensive, three-week Summer Institute in Global Humanities.

The program features small-group, double-credit tutorials and interdisciplinary, project-based interrogation of global issues, using literature and other humanities as its base. The Institute draws extensively on resources of the area and MIIS.

Bread Loaf/California enrolls approximately 45 students.

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The iconic bell tower at St. John’s sets the scene for a dipping sun.

Bread Loaf/New Mexico (currently suspended)

Housed at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, Bread Loaf/New Mexico has a student population of about 65, making for a tight-knit and inspired campus community.

Panels on writing and research, and workshops on publication, PhD programs, and job applications provide a valuable overview of the graduate study world. The Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble brings texts to life in classes, and students can explore the tri-cultural environment and enjoy field trips to the open-air Santa Fe opera, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Tent Rocks and Bandelier National Monuments, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, among other sites.

All Campuses

At all Bread Loaf locations, most students live on campus. The majority of rooms on the U.S. campuses are doubles, and Lincoln College provides singles with en suite bathrooms. Bread Loaf is family friendly, but students who bring families to a U.S. campus or who wish to live off campus at any site must make their own arrangements. Some family housing is available at Lincoln College. All students have access to the Middlebury College library system, as well as the library of the host campus.

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