Academic Year at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

A graduate school of Middlebury College, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) is dedicated to preparing professionals for work in fields ranging from diplomacy and science to business, environmental research, and teaching. Its faculty includes some of the foremost instructors of second-language acquisition, pedagogy, and applied linguistics.

MIIS provides you with an additional route to earning your MA in Chinese—by completing an academic year on the Monterey campus between your initial and final summers on the Middlebury campus. With this option, you can earn your MA in Chinese in just over one full year.

During the year at Monterey, the students will be enrolled in 18-20 credits of coursework. (Students on international student visas and Yellow Ribbon veterans will enroll in 24 units, 12 units maximum each semester, to meet requirements of their programs of study.) Typically, the coursework will consist of courses in language pedagogy, curriculum development, language assessment, language analysis, sociolinguistics and second language acquisition.

Program participants will gain the skills and expertise to become flexible and innovative educators, able to effectively respond to learners’ needs, cultural differences and language program requirements.

Although classes are primarily conducted in English, students design language lessons, develop curricula, and create assessment tools in Chinese.

Monterey offers participants in the Monterey program a 50% per unit tuition discount.

To participate in this option, students must first be apply and be accepted to Middlebury and then be accepted to MIIS. Interested students must complete just the Middlebury application requirements; once accepted, application materials will then be forwarded to and reviewed by Monterey.

Learn More

For more information, please visit MIIS or email 

The Chinese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5520
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Chinese School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Mimi Clark, Coordinator