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Conflict Transformation Grant Opportunities
Thanks to generous funding through the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation, we are rolling out a series of initiatives across our Schools Abroad, with projects already beginning in Argentina, Cameroon, Japan, and Uruguay. The School in Cameroon has $4,000 stipends available for students doing research projects, which we plan to offer in future semesters. Learn more about those funding opportunties here.
Kazakhstan has changed the name of its capital, previously Nur-Sultan, back to Astana. We have made this change in our materials and look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students on the new Russian language immersion program.
Some of you may have met or worked with Jeff Cason, who was our Dean of International Programs for many years before becoming Middlebury’s Provost. Jeff passed away this summer, and we are feeling his absence deeply across the college and in our Schools Abroad network. Jeff was a beloved member of our team and was instrumental in developing our programs in Jordan, Israel, Morocco, Japan, Brazil, Cameroon, Egypt, India, and the United Kingdom. You can read more about Jeff’s life and career here.
We announced our first Caribbean site, the School in Puerto Rico this spring, and we now have partnerships with three host universities on the island: the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Santurce, San Juan), Universidad de Puerto Rico (Río Piedras Campus, San Juan), and Universidad de Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus). Applications are open and we look forward to seeing our first students in the spring of 2023.
While operations at the School in Russia are on hold, we will be opening a Russian immersion program in Kazakhstan beginning in the spring of 2023.
We are rethinking our program model in India and are taking some time to confer with colleagues and students about what shape the program should take moving forward, and where. We are open to your input and are seeking responses to this student survey. Please feel free to pass the survey along to any students who are interested in studying in India. In the meantime, we have suspended the program in Delhi until our relaunch in 2024.
We have made the difficult decision to suspend our program in Ferrara, but will continue running in Florence and in Rome. Rome, however, will become a spring-only option.
In Florence, we will continue to offer Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced tracks for students at varying levels of proficiency. Advanced students can now either take 1 course at the Middlebury center and 2 courses at the host university or 2 center courses and 1 university course.
While we hope to have students in Beijing and Kunming again soon, we have decided to sunset our program in Hangzhou, which was the School in China’s first location.
New Intermediate Tracks in Argentina and Russia
For students with 3-4 semesters of Spanish or 2-3 semesters of Russian, Middlebury now has new Intermediate Tracks in Buenos Aires and Moscow. Students will adhere to the Middlebury Language Pledge and take both language and area studies courses.
We are pleased to announce some new programs at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) , where students can spend a semester or year getting graduate experience in Monterey, California. In addition to the regular study away program from the Institute’s globally-focused master’s degrees, undergraduates can apply to the California Climate Semester, the Global Security Semester, and the brand new Language Education Semester. The Center for Nonproliferation Studies also offers paid summer fellowships.
Sciences Po Partnership
While the Sciences Po Paris campus has announced a suspension of exchange students for the 2021-22 year, we have been informed that students on the Middlebury School in France may continue to study there next year. As always, spots are limited and there is an additional application process for prospective students.
The School in Argentina has developed a new track called Tango and Identity, which combines coursework on culture, identity, the arts, literature, anthropology, philosophy, and history with a credit-bearing internship and introductory dance classes as well as other activities outside the classroom.
We have a new video with an overview of the Middlebury Schools Abroad, featuring a few of our resident directors and Dean of International Programs Carlos Vélez!
We have begun creating interactive content so students can explore our sites in greater detail. While we will be adding more images and videos over the coming semester, you can get a sense of what we’re building by looking at the School in Cameroon’s page as an example. Let us know if you would like a map created for your institution with the programs you approve for your students.
We now have several STEM-focused tracks which combine university coursework with practical experience through internships or community engagement.
- Public Health in Argentina
- Applied Studies in Health in Chile
- STEM in France
- Neuroscience in Uruguay
At many of our other programs, students can take STEM courses at our host universities, some of which have especially strong programming in these areas (such as Engineering in Getafe, Spain).
Site Changes in Latin America
This year, we will be closing our sites in Córdoba, Argentina, and in La Serena, Chile. However, we are opening new options! The Middlebury School in Chile will have a presence in Villarrica, a small town in the southern Araucanía region. This will be a new site for the Sustainability and Society track. Another brand new track in Chile is Social Movements, which will be based at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.