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Students can participate in a wide range of international and domestic immersive learning opportunities and on-site courses in January, during spring-break, and in the summer. 


China Dream

May 21-June 4, 2018

The course aims to inform students of the legacy, reality and aspiration of the China Dream as seen by stakeholders inside and outside China. Students will further understand and appreciate the growing significance of the China factor in the regional and global economic, political, social and ecological affairs. Learn more

  • Who: Open to all students. 
  • Contact: Wei Liang, Professor

International Development and Social Change Training (DPMI)

May 21-June 1, 2018 (Monterey)
June 4-15, 2018 (Washington, DC)

Course covers program design, evaluation, strategic partnering, and facilitation skills needed to launch a career in international development, becoming part of a global network of more than 1,000 alumni tackling the world’s most pressing problems. Applications for summer programs due April 1. Learn more

  • Who: Open to students, professionals, and current practitioners
  • Contact: dpmi@miis.edu; 831-647-6417

Summer Peacebuilding Program

July 29-August 17 (Monterey and Watsonville)

The 2018 SPP will focus on efforts made to build peace in post-war and post violent societies. Using the gang-violence in Salinas as a case study, the program will endeavor to link the theory and practice of peacebuilding. Learn more and apply by April 25. 

  • Who: Open to students, professionals, and current practicioners
  • Contact: Professor Pushpa Iyer, piyer@miis.edu

January Term (J-Term)

2019 programs to be announced in September 2018

Spring Break 

2019 programs to be announced in September 2018

Make Your Own

Want to create your own international program? Do you have an idea for a sustainable international project for you and your peers to tackle? Review the Immersive Learning and Study Abroad Manual for more information. You can apply for Immersive Professional Learning funding to offset your costs!

Prior Programs


March 16–25, 2018

Students will visit the fractured former state of Yugoslavia with Professor Black to explore topics of reconciliation, human rights, and peacebuilding. Opportunities for primary research by students and site visits throughout Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia will be overseen by faculty. All students will be expected to contemplate and address the causes of conflict and means of prevention; the processes of peacebuilding; the reconciliation of adversaries; and the reweaving of social fabric.

  • Explore more details on our website.
  • Who: All students, alumni, faculty, and staff. No prerequisites, but priority will be given to IPD and MPA students with prior experience in the cultivation of development, human rights, or conflict resolution.
  • Academic Credit: Option for two or four credits
  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Contact: Carolyn Taylor Meyer, Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs 

Washington, D.C.

March 19–23, 2018

The Center for Advising and Career Services will be leading a professional networking and career exploration trip to Washington DC. 

  • Who: Open to all students.
  • Contact: Bryce Craft, Center for Advising and Career Services