The growth of study abroad and international education programs has fueled a demand for professionals with advanced education management training. 

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) is designed specifically to help you find a career in this rapidly growing field.

Our 43-credit, three-semester curriculum includes a four- to six-month professional practicum in the U.S. or abroad.

Find out if IEM is right for you

Guaranteed $10K Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all IEM students who request scholarship consideration in their online application. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.

If you qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships, please visit our tuition page for details on how your scholarship will be awarded.

Career-Oriented Course Work

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 IEM students take several content courses in their chosen language of study and/or courses in intercultural competence.

See the curriculum for more details.

Faculty: Professors and Practitioners

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

Professional Practicum

Students gain professional experience through the required practicum, working with study abroad programs, colleges and universities, youth exchange programs, ESL or language programs, and government agencies around the world. Through a partnership with Middlebury Schools Abroad, interested students can assist in their worldwide programs. Many students convert their practicum semester into full-time offers, while others successfully leverage this valuable work experience in interviews.

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.

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.

Career Outcomes

Employed within one year of graduation
Secured summer internships in 2019
Different employers of recent graduates

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Next Application Deadline

August 15