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Flexible Online Learning at Middlebury Institute

No matter where you are in the world and in your career, online learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey offers the opportunity to expand your educational horizons. Our online students benefit from the same expert instruction and rigorous coursework that on-campus Middlebury Institute students receive with the added flexibility of classes that can be completed on unique schedules from anywhere in the world. At the Middlebury Institute, you’ll network with students with diverse backgrounds and gain the mentorship of instructors at the top of their respective fields, all in the comfort of a virtual classroom designed to work for you and your life.

Meet Your Middlebury Institute Support Team

Below is a look at the support staff that will support you as you enter and complete a Middlebury Institute online program.

Your career advisor will help you develop and manage your professional skills while targeting your job search to meet your career goals.

Our admissions team will help you gather your documents and apply to the program of your choice.

Our technical support team is ready to help you get comfortable with our learning management system and more.

Our financial services team is ready to help you figure out the best way to finance your degree.

You’ll be assigned an academic advisor to help you plan a degree path that meets your specific situation and needs.

Student Resources

Online students have access to a variety of resources that ensure their success in Middlebury Institute’s programs. Take a look at some of the options available to you.

Student Services

Offerings that Help You Succeed as an Online Student

Explore some of the student services available to online learners at Middlebury Institute.

Positive Wellness Programming

We offer a number of online programs and self-guided resources, including:

  • Health Coaching
  • 21-Day Sleep Challenge
  • Drug Misuse and Abuse Support


As an enrolled Middlebury Institute student, you have access to TimelyCare for the duration of your program. TimelyCare offers you 24/7 access to virtual care, self-care, and well-being tools.

Disability Services

The Institute recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. The Institute is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities as required by law.

Health101/Campus Well E-Zine

Campus Well is a bi-weekly online magazine on health and wellness topics sent to Middlebury students via email. Each edition includes custom written articles from colleagues at Middlebury and Campus Well health writers to support overall well-being and positive mental health for college students.

Career Services

Grow Your Career with the Help of Middlebury Institute

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies is committed to helping our students and alumni succeed both in their degree programs and professionally. We offer lifelong support through the Center for Advising and Career Services. By combining career and academic advising, we help you ensure your studies align with your professional goals. Explore some of our available services below.

Career Management Platform

We use Handshake to house career resources, an employer directory, and listings for job opportunities.


Our career and academic advisors offer personalized support to help you choose the right courses, prepare for job interviews, and more.

Alumni Network

We have an extensive network of alumni–more than 22,000 worldwide–who are passionate about connecting graduates with resources and opportunities in California, Washington, D.C., and beyond.


Our career and academic advisors offer personalized support to help you choose the right courses, prepare for job interviews, and more.

Why Choose The Middlebury Institute?

Intercultural Competence

We foster students’ ability to effectively listen to, communicate with, and take action in communities with a range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, a vital skill in today’s global landscape.

Expert Faculty

You’ll work closely and collaboratively with faculty who combine a passion for teaching with years of real-world experience in their specialty areas.

Experiential Learning

Build your expertise through hands-on projects with organizations around the world.

Global Alumni Network

Connect with a network of engaged and influential Institute graduates who are excited to help you advance your global career.

Technology Requirements

To succeed in an online environment, it’s extremely important to have the right technology. Review the recommendations for Middlebury Institute online learners.

Hardware and Equipment
  • Laptop or desktop computer. Tablets may also be used to access course sites and activities via the installed web browser. Some tablets such as Chromebooks may struggle with assignments that require intensive video use
  • Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.15 or higher, Windows 10 or higher
  • Webcam: built-in or external
Mobile AccessYou may choose to use your mobile device to access course materials.
  • Canvas Student is a mobile app that can be installed for phones or tablets
    Download from the Google Play or Apple App Store
  • Mobile OS requirements: Android 9 and higher, iOS 14 and higher
  • We do not recommend using a mobile device for recording audio or video
Internet Recommendations
  • Broadband internet access (Cable, DSL, Fiber, or LAN). This will give you an optimal experience with streaming video and participating in synchronous video conference sessions
  • Browsers: Chrome and Firefox. Make sure your browser is updated to the most recent version
Software Considerations*Your instructor may require the use of online tools and software, including:
  • Canvas learning management system
  • Zoom video conferencing platform
  • Panopto video recording and editing tool
  • Microsoft Office suite and/or Google Applications
  • Adobe Acrobat reader

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ page to find answers to questions you may have about the online programs.

Yes! You’ll be held to the same high standards as our students on campus.

In terms of rigor, instructors, or the physical degree you receive, there’s no difference between online and in-person programs. Online degrees offer working professionals the flexibility and support to continue working while they earn their degree. Students can study where and when it’s best for them so they can balance their obligations with schoolwork and achieve their ultimate goals. You can learn more about online learning here.

Students and their instructors can interact through discussion posts, and instructors keep office hours to chat via phone or video conference. Many students also find it easy to communicate with instructors over email. You can learn more about online learning here.

Yes, absolutely. Online programs at the Middlebury Institute are explicitly designed for busy working professionals, including those with personal and professional responsibilities. The asynchronous format lends itself well to the flexibility you need to succeed in the program you select.

Yes. Before you register for courses, you will go through a Getting Started at the Middlebury Institute self-paced, online course. This course will prepare for using our LMS and other important resources.

Yes! Check out our remote student resources provided by the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry. If you are having technical difficulties you can contact the ITS Helpdesk. There is also built-in support on Canvas.

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*Note: These software applications are available free of charge to enrolled students.