International travel has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Middlebury Schools Abroad have been interrupted since spring 2020. We are making decisions about reopening on a case-by-case basis, with the understanding that the number of cases, response, and infrastructure is different in each of the locations where we have programs. The Middlebury Schools Abroad staff have been monitoring the circumstances on the ground and, in many cases, redesigning program models to safely deliver academic experiences.
Please use this guide to view Middlebury’s policies and protocols, as well as the program-specific changes and expectations for this semester.
General Schools Abroad Policies
These apply to all of the Schools Abroad in operation. Please note that policies are subject to change.
Because of the uncertainty around COVID-19, the withdrawal fee is waived for spring 2022 semester. Students who withdraw after committing, may still be subject to non-recoverable expenses.
All of our Schools Abroad students will be required to sign a Health Pledge as a part of their participation in our programs next semester. The pledge includes provisions such as agreeing to receive the flu vaccine (unless there are documented religious or medical exemptions), complying will all local, in-country guidelines surrounding health and safety protocols, performing daily health checks and maintaining a contact tracing journal, not traveling outside of the host country for the duration of the program, and that violation of any part of the pledge may result in immediate removal from the program.
Middlebury will require students studying at a Middlebury School Abroad to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to their application portal.
Testing and Contact Tracing
Middlebury will not require ongoing testing for students throughout the semester. If local authorities and/or host universities require this, students will need to abide. Students will be required to do daily health checks. This will be implemented as a “by virtue of showing up to the center/class, I have done a health check, and have no COVID symptoms.” Students will be strongly encouraged to maintain a contact journal, including timeframes, locations, and individual (if known).
Students are responsible for all expenses related to quarantine (hotel, food delivery, taxis), testing, and unplanned departure. Please see country-specific information in the links below to find estimated expenses.
Our health insurance plan (GeoBlue) will cover symptomatic testing while abroad.
Asymptomatic testing is covered when prescribed by a physician, ordered by a local authority due to contact tracing, or after coming into contact with a positive COVID-19 person or environment. Testing must be medically necessary, performed in order to diagnose, and consistent with the CDC guidance.
In most countries, a doctor’s prescription is still needed when a patient is symptomatic in order to receive the actual test and the student would need to follow any local health authority protocols. Any required COVID testing for travel to a country would not be covered under the GeoBlue plan as it is deemed preventative and not medically necessary.
The GeoBlue medical plan would also cover any medical costs associated with someone becoming ill or injured and being quarantined in a hospital/medical setting for a diagnosed illness/injury. It would not cover preventative self-quarantine in a hotel or any other location and the related expenses like meals etc.
Traveling During the Semester
International travel is strongly discouraged and may be prohibited by the local government or your program depending on the destination. In-country travel will likely be limited; see program-specific information below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit our FAQ page.
Fall 2021 Programming
|The following Schools Abroad have been suspended for the Fall 2021 semester:||The following Schools Abroad are running in the Fall 2021 semester|
|School in Argentina||School in Cameroon|
|School in Brazil||School in France|
|School in Chile||School in Germany|
|School in China||School in Italy|
|School in India||School in Jordan|
|School in Japan||School in Morocco|
|School in Russia||School in Spain|
|School in Uruguay||School in the United Kingdom|
Below you can find Covid protocols for the programs which are currently running.