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The Summer Peacebuilding Program explores the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence, or war.

The three-week summer course is designed for undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals, and attracts students from diverse backgrounds and experiences to study with scholars and practitioners who work on some of the most difficult social challenges our world faces today. Participants successfully completing all three weeks of the program will receive a Summer Peacebuilding Certificate.

As part of the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Conflict Studies, the program benefits from a network of scholars, practitioners, and policy makers who are actively involved in the multidimensionality of peacebuilding.


The program focuses on three key parts that are integrated throughout the session:

Part I: Conceptual Inputs

Covers the following subject areas:

  • Peacebuilding

  • Critical Development

  • Security

  • Justice

  • Governance

  • Gender

  • Culture

  • Trauma Healing

  • Reconciliation

Part II: The Praxis of Peacebuilding

  • Practical skills training in peacebuilding, nonviolence, and media

  • Field visits to organizations working to reduce gang violence in the Salinas, Soledad, and Oakland areas of Northern California

Part III: Applied Practice

Participants apply their new knowledge, skills, and theories to a real-world problem. Their recommendations are evaluated by organizations that are dealing with or have dealt with a similar problem.


The program faculty consists of scholars and practitioners from various academic institutions, policy think tanks, NGO leaders, and social activists. Dr. Pushpa Iyer, director of the Center for Conflict Studies and associate professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, is the lead coordinator.


  • Proficiency in English

  • Appropriate academic standing or equivalent work experience

  • Clear personal and career goals

  • Ability to meet the program’s financial requirements

Tuition and Fees

  • Total cost: $3,500 (includes lodging for three weeks, meals for one week, and all course-related expenses)

  • For Middlebury College students: $3,000 

  • For Middlebury Institute students: $2,500 


  • An early bird discount of $250 for those applying before midnight on February 15.

  • A merit scholarship of $500 for highly qualified and deserving candidates. Candidates must send in a letter along with their application addressing the scholarship criteria. Deservedness will be decided using the following criteria:

    • High GPA/strong academic record

    • Work experience in the field of conflict studies

    • Displays strong motivation to work in the field of conflict studies

    • Financial constraints

  • For Davis-UWC students, a few full scholarships available. Contact us or your local school if you have questions.


Apply online.

Contact us with any questions.