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The Middlebury Institute master’s in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) trains students to be highly skilled professionals in a rapidly changing global marketplace.

Why the Institute: Career-Focused Learning

The three-semester International Trade and Economic Diplomacy curriculum—two semesters in Monterey, California, and a final semester in Washington, D.C.—allowed Loren Hall to smoothly transition into his current position at D.C.’s Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), where he designs and implements trade facilitation in emerging economies.

My name is Loren Hall, I’m a graduate of the International Trade and Economic Diplomacy degree. Currently employed as a trade and logistics officer with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. Which is comprised of three organizations, the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Economic Forum and the third organization which is where I sit here in Washington D.C., is the Center for International Private Enterprise.

The role of the Center for International Private Enterprise within that framework is to design and implement the trade facilitation projects that the alliance does in developing and emerging economies.

[Speaking in Portuguese:] ”Do you think we’ll be speaking with SECEX [Brazil’s Secretariat of Foreign Trade] tomorrow?”

In this role I get to actually travel to these developing and emerging economies.

I get to listen to all the different stakeholders in the country. I get to listen to their problems, their issues with trade and I get to work with them to figure out a solution and I’m there from start to end. It really is a great space for me to work that touches on the international development world and it really utilizes trade as a lever for that development.

The job that I’m in now is absolutely what I wanted when I went to MIIS, and what I had in mind when I wanted to go and get that education. The ITED program itself is really unique, they actually offer the first two semesters in Monterey, California, and then you transition to D.C. for the final semester.

And for my role, the professional world is Washington, D.C. So that transition in the final semester was extremely beneficial. The confluence of trade and development has been a passion of mine for quite some time. But I really wanted to take that to the next level and the MIIS education was what allowed me to do that.

Our graduates work with businesses, government, IGOs, and NGOs on the world’s most pressing international trade and diplomacy matters.

Students begin with two semesters of intensive training and courses on our Monterey campus and have several options for hands-on professional opportunities in the third semester. These experiences provide real-world experience and networking opportunities for postgraduation careers.

Final Semester Options

This final semester is meant to be combined with an internship in a trade-related organization. Most students complete this final semester in Monterey or our Washington, D.C., location, but some students pursue opportunities in other locations in the U.S. and abroad. Evening classes allow you to continue your summer internship into your final semester, so you can be back in the workforce after just one year.

Visa restrictions limit international students to Monterey, Washington, D.C., or a location outside of the U.S., such as their home country. 

Prospective students should discuss their opportunities with their enrollment advisor and current students should speak to their career and academic advisors.

A Rich Heritage

ITED revitalizes a program that was developed at the Institute in the late 1990s to train a new generation of rising stars in government, business, and civil society, who are now in leadership positions in the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, U.S. Department of Commerce, government ministries, embassies, Fortune 500 companies, and global consulting firms, as well as foreign trade agencies and international organizations. 

Working Paper Series

The Working Paper Series showcases research by students in the ITED program ranging from China’s digital trade to NAFTA. Check out the working paper series.

Learning Goals

  • Acquiring knowledge and skills to assess major trade issues and institutions, draft policy documents and negotiate for government, international organization or corporate sector
  • Explore economic and commercial decision making, current and future trade issues and developments
  • Gain insight into trade compliance, international finance and export promotion strategies from national and regional to global level

Tuition and Fees

ITED is a three-semester program. Students pay the full-time tuition fee for all three semesters. Visit our tuition and fees page for detailed information.