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This fall we're welcoming three new staff members to our team:
Heather Sitkie is the new Program Assistant, and she will be responsible for front office reception and billing among many other tasks.
Vikas Budakoti has taken on a new role for Middlebury College as the first ever Global Operations Manager. He will work across multiple international initiatives at Middlebury to ensure compliance regarding taxes, contracts, in-country registrations, etc.
Mikaela Taylor will soon begin as a new University Relations Associate. She and Catherine Pierattini will both be representing Middlebury through campus visits, so we hope many of you will get to know her.
Scholarships for China
We are pleased to announce a new scholarsip available through the Fund for Education Abroad. Students studying on the Middlebury School in China are eligible for an Access Partner scholarship of up to $5,000 for a semester and $10,000 for an academic year. For the fall 2020 cycle, the scholarship application will open on November 11th.
The Schools Abroad are now offering two new counseling services accessible to students while abroad. One is a 24/7 counseling support line for mental health emergencies (through ProtoCall), and the other SilverCloud, an interactive, self-guided online program.
Beginner Track in Russia
The Middlebury School in Russia will soon offer a program in Moscow for students with no prior Russian study. Beginner students will take a combination of Russian language and content courses, which will begin in English, and will earn the equivalent of a full year of Russian in a single semester. This program will be offered for the first time in Spring 2020.
New Partnership in India
Starting in the fall, we will be working with a new host institution, Indraprastha College for Women, part of the University of Delhi. Female students on the Middlebury School in India will be able to pursue Humanities, Social Sciences, Music, and some STEM fields in English alongside Indian students while taking Hindi intensively, at any level.
Digital Community Spaces
Several of our Schools Abroad have developed web spaces to support their students before and after going abroad and to share stories from current and past participants. The School in Brazil is one of several options for language immersion among Middlebury's Portuguese programs. The School in Germany offers pre-departure resources and an introduction to intercultural communication development.
GPS in Irkutsk
In collaboration with the Baikal Interactive Ecological Center, our students in Irkutsk, Russia, will be able to participate in a new Global Partnerships for Sustainability (GPS) program. They'll learn about the ecological issues of the Baikal region and work on projects with local citizens, school children, and students at Irkutsk State University.
To celebrate our longstanding partnership, Irkutsk State University has awarded the title of Honorary Professor to Dr. Nana Tsikhelashvili, the director of the Middlebury School in Russia. We applaud the well-deserved recognition for her hard work and contribution to the academic cooperation we enjoy in Irkutsk.
Using footage that our students took while abroad, we have developed new videos highlighting their experiences in Japan and Uruguay. You can see all of our recent student videos on our YouTube channel.
New Resident Directors
This fall, we're pleased to introduce new directors in three of our programs. Li Rong (李戎) is the new Director of the School in China's Kunming site. Guy Perry is the new Principal of the Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program. Juan Pastene has been promoted to the Director of the School in Chile.
Beijing Traveling Seminar
This semester, for the first time, Middlebury's program in Beijing has begun incorporating a week-long traveling seminar to Xi'an into the curriculum. Students will be learning about China's political, economic, and historic globalization through the sites of the Silk Road and the One Belt One Road initiative.
New Study Center
The headquarters of the School in Italy has a new location in Florence, at the Sede Capponi. This site is closer to the academic heart of the city, and further removed from the English-speaking activity of the historic center.
Intermediate Track in China to be Discontinued
The Intermediate Track of the School in China in Hangzhou, which has been open to students with just two semesters of Chinese, will be offered for the last time in the fall of 2019. After that, we will continue to run only the original Advanced track, designed for students with a background of four semesters of college-level Chinese.
This application cycle, we have filled our program in Oxford to capacity, and have had to implement a waitlist. For future semesters, we want to encourage interested students to complete their applications as early as possible. As a reminder, our applications are rolling, and the application portal opens about one year before each of the deadlines, October 1st and March 15th.
Refugee Resettlement Pilot Program
A program in Connecticut matches Arabic language students with Arabic-speaking families for linguistic and cultural exchange. The Jiran program is open to students with Arabic fluency, who have participated in a language-intensive study abroad experience, or who have at least three years of Arabic at the college level.
New Requirements in Florence
The Advanced track on the School in Italy's Florence program is now open to students with just four semesters of Italian. Students with 0-3 semesters of language study may also attend the program on our Beginner and Intermediate tracks, and our staff will tailor the curriculum to fit each student's Italian proficiency
New STEM Track in Poitiers
STEM majors with four semesters of French are invited to take part in a new track of study in Poitiers, France. Full year or spring students may apply for independent research in a university lab.
School of the Environment Moving to China
The Middlebury School of the Environment, which was based in Vermont for its first four years, has moved abroad. Based in Yunnan Province, China's most biologically and culturally diverse region, the program runs for six weeks in the summer and combines interdisciplinary Environmental Studies coursework with leadership training.
Funding for Italian Graduate Studies
Middlebury is pleased to offer a new fellowship, the Premio Famiglia Fiducia Fund, which funds a significant portion of a master’s degree in Italian through the Middlebury Italian School for three students. Students attend one six-week summer session on the Mills College campus and one academic year at the School in Italy. Please feel free to share this opportunity with any returnees with a strong background in the Italian language.
Middlebury Affiliation Scholarship
The Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, which offers graduate programs in International Education Management, TESOL, TFL, Translation, and more, is now offering scholarships to alumni of Middlebury’s non-degree programs. Past attendees of the Schools Abroad, Language Schools, Ambassador Corps, or School of the Environment are guaranteed a $5,000 scholarship for each program, in addition to other merit and/or need-based scholarships.