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Gain the practical experience and advanced management training you need to launch your career in international education.

Practitioner-Focused Learning for International Careers

Prepare for the professional world with practical learning and hands-on experience in the field. Our students graduate with specialized skills and understanding, and a built in network of opportunities. 

The Middlebury Institute is quite different from other schools because it has a very practitioner focus. We’re a professional graduate school and a Master’s Degree institution. Our curriculum’s shaped around the needs of the field and the needs of the profession, and it’s what we emphasize for our students.

The International Education Management Program was very appealing to me because of how hands-on it is, and how practical it is for what I want to do. I had such a great experience being an international student and studying abroad in Germany that I really want to help facilitate other experiential learning experiences for new generations of students, and the International Education Management Program is the perfect way to achieve that goal.

If you’re going to work in a non-profit or a study abroad program, it’s different from the standpoint that much of your revenue is going to be coming directly from participants in your program.

So, my favorite class is Marketing and Recruiting class and the Program Design Assessment class. Because those class allow us to work with a real client, and not only help us to build a relationship with our supervisors in the future, but also allow to get some hands on practice skills.

Through immersive learning funding, my partner and I were able to go to Spain this summer in order to do a site visit with the school. And that was an amazing opportunity because we were able to really get a sense for the unique components of the school itself and really get a better idea seeing first hand what the school had to offer. We continued that into the semester for our other required course which is Marketing and Recruiting. And we’re working with that same school in southern Spain to market and recruit the program that we designed originally last semester.

We will be sending our full time counselor, Katelyn Lampton, to attend a pre-conference training. And after she attends this training she will be qualified to give a-

You’re on campus for two semesters doing academic coursework. And then your third semester you’re still doing academic course work, but you’re in your practicum, so it’s a work opportunity.

They’re working as an employee or as an intern with an organization, and they’re doing projects where they use their on campus learning and apply it in that work place setting, in the organizational setting.

Right now, I’m interning at the Berkeley International Office. I am working with the international students advisors. For the programming for international students, we want to ensure international students have a holistic experience at the US, so both academic but also personal growth.

The faculty are always available to help with anything, whether it be assignments for class or right now I’ll be looking for my practicum, so an internship or work experience.

I really see the professors not only as educators, but also as colleagues and as mentors, and really there to help facilitate the learning that you’re here trying to get.

If you’re interested in really getting into the field and getting the experience necessary for starting a career in international education, then this program is definitely for you.

The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in International Education Management (IEM) prepares you for a rewarding career in a growing field. Our 48-credit, three-semester curriculum includes a four- to six-month professional practicum in the U.S. or abroad, which means you will be back in the workforce just one year after starting your degree. Many of our students turn their practicum semester into full-time job offers.

We offer both fall and spring admission for this program.

Find out if IEM is right for you


The term “international education” means different things in different programs. Some focus on policy while others emphasize research. Our master’s curriculum is specifically designed to give you professional experience before you graduate so that you’re better prepared for your career.

You will work closely with professors and international education organizations on real-world consulting projects, including marketing, recruiting, program design, and assessment. You’ll also develop a website to showcase your work and build technical skills like budgeting and survey design. Electives help customize your studies to your professional interests.

Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers is key to a successful career in international education, so you will take content courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence.

See the curriculum for more details.

Customize Your Degree

The flexibility in our curriculum gives you opportunities to customize your degree through studying a second language or intercultural competence, optional specializations, professional practica, and joint degrees. Check out the program details for your options.

Faculty: Professors and Practitioners

Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience. Together with your career and academic advisor, they mentor each student to ensure that you receive the academic and professional experience you need to realize your career goals. Meet our faculty.

Launch Your Career

Rebounding from the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on international education but our students and graduates are still in high demand from employers. Students in our fall 2021 practicum cohort have secured meaningful career-related positions in record time this year. In addition to securing developmentally beneficial positions, this cohort secured more permanent positions than in previous years with the highest pay rate to date. Our practicum students will be working at schools in the University of California system, Northeastern University, Class2Class, Verto Education, Cultural Vistas, International Rescue Committee, and many others. You may also be interested in our recent webinar on careers in international education beyond study abroad.

Career and Academic Advising

Your career and academic advising are integrated, ensuring you align your course work with your career goals. The same advisor will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating your employment offers.

Professional Practicum

In your third and final semester, while supported by faculty and your peers, you will gain professional experience through a four- to six-month practicum, which can be a job or internship, in the U.S. or abroad. Learn more about your practicum.

International Focus

The program offers immersive learning opportunities to gain deeper perspectives of international education outside of the U.S. and to practice language and intercultural skills. In the past, our students have taken courses in countries including Spain, France, Rwanda, and Cuba. These international opportunities vary from year to year. You may also choose to pursue your practicum abroad.

Education and Development

Students interested in a career at the intersection of education, development, and international exchange can choose a Joint MPA and Master of Arts in International Education Management, which provides a multidisciplinary approach to education in international development.


You will gain professional experience before you graduate, which you can convert into full-time offers or showcase to land other jobs. Our graduates often find employment quickly after graduation—many even have jobs lined up before. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.

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IEM Career Outcomes

Our graduates find international careers in multiple fields, including study abroad, ESL and intensive language programs, international student services, and government programs, such as Fulbright and Education USA.

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