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. 

Past Programs

Cuba’s National Freeway and the Road to Revolution

January 2-24, 2020 (15 provinces in Cuba)

Led by Dr. George Henson, this course focuses not only on the historical and geographical roots of the Cuban Revolution, but also its present-day political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural realities, as they relate to education, healthcare, tourism, international relations, and trade. Correlative topics of race, gender, LGBT activism, the arts, and sports will also be treated. Spanish not required. 

Czech Republic Nuclear Research Reactor Practicum

January 9-25, 2020 (Prague, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria)

Led by Dr.George Moore in partnership with the Department of Nuclear Research Reactors at Czech Technical University, students conduct experiments on the research reactor and visit other plants before departing for one day of meetings at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. 

France International Education Management Abroad Practicum

January 2-22, 2020 (Paris, France)

Participants will observe and participate in onsite orientation sessions and tour French universities, study abroad program centers, and American universities Paris campuses. Students will work in pairs with a professional partner to complete a project in English or French that addresses partner organization’s needs. Contact Prof. David Wick for more information. 

Team Peru with Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development

January 6-24/31, 2020 (near Calca, Peru)

Students will work on a community project with MIIS-alumni founded Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development. This program is not-for-credit, however students can petition a faculty member to oversee a directed study during the month of January. Intermediate Spanish required. 

International Development and Social Change Training (DPMI)

January 6-22, 2020 (Monterey, California)

Course is led by three expert practitioners and covers program design, evaluation, strategic partnering, and facilitation skills needed to launch a career in international development. Participants hone proposal development skills. Contact Immersive Professional Learning Director Carolyn Meyer for more information. 


March 14–22, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)

Students will visit the fractured former state of Yugoslavia with Dr. Thor Sawin to explore topics of language learning, linguistic justice, human rights, and peacebuilding. Opportunities for primary research by students and site visits throughout several Balkans states will be overseen by faculty. 

Washington, D.C.

Spring Break-March 2020 (Virtual due to COVID-19)

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


Rural Depopulation in Spain

May 17-31, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

This onsite course is a multidisciplinary immersive program in Northwestern Spain that offers students the opportunity to gain linguistic and cultural skills while they research and explore first-hand the rural depopulation phenomenon in Spain. It is intended for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in sustainable development, environmental studies and/or public administration. We will address the causes, effects and possible innovative sustainable solutions to this global challenge. The course will include Spanish language classes as well as experiential learning through real world activities to supplement theoretical knowledge with practical experience. Contact: Prof. Maria-Jesus Iglesias Barca

Indigenizing Monitoring, Evaluation and Design for Social Change (á xandei yaan.too át)

August 5-14, 2020 (Sitka, Alaska)

This course is offered as a partnership between MIIS and Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA), a federally recognized tribal government serving 4,400 Tribal Citizens in Sitka, Alaska through its mission to “exercise its sovereign rights and powers, preserve the integrity of Tribal society, and improve the lives of individual Tribal Citizens.” Seminar participants will work with Sitka Tribe of Alaska staff to develop original monitoring and evaluation designs that allow them to apply critical course concepts to a real-life project, and to support the strengthening and indigenization of STA’s monitoring, evaluation, and federal reporting capacity. The course will be led by Dr. Beryl Levinger and key staff at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Contact: Immersive Professional Learning Director Carolyn Meyer 

Summer Peacebuilding Program

July-August, 2020 (Monterey and Watsonville)

The 2020 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 about Summer Peacebuilding

  • Who: Open to students, professionals, and current practicioners
  • Contact: Dr. Pushpa Iyer

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? Schedule an advising session with Immersive Learning Director Carolyn Meyer on Zocalo. Review the Immersive Learning and Study Abroad Manual for more information. You can apply for Immersive Professional Learning funding to offset your costs!

  • Immersive Professional Learning Funding Contact: Barbara Burke  

Prior Programs

China’s Development Challenges

Students will conduct research on China, a country that has achieved unprecedented success in growing its national GNP at a record-high rate for three decades and alleviating one billion people out of poverty. Course will be led by Profs.  Wei Liang, Yuwei Shi, and Jessica Teets. Due to COVID-19, this program is cancelled for 2020. 

Immersive Design Bootcamp (DPMI Kenya)

April 27-May 8 (Mombasa, Kenya)

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) will partner with MIIS DPMI to offer a Design Bootcamp to train current staff in the Aga Khan Development Network and MIIS students in Human-Centered Design, Appreciative Inquiry, Stakeholder Analysis, and Theory of Change. Students are encouraged to stay in East Africa for a summer internship if available. Contact Immersive Professional Learning Director Carolyn Meyer for more information. Due to COVID-19, this program is cancelled for 2020. 

East Asia (Tokyo and Beijing)

March 2019 (China and Japan)

Students will explore foreign policy, trade, and security in East Asia through a seminar course that includes a field research trip to Beijing and Tokyo. By engaging with local experts, students will develop their familiarity with this dynamic and diverse region. 

International Development at Partners in Health (Rwanda)

January 2018 (Rwanda)

Students learn about international development proposal development and behavior change strategies for public health projects. 

International Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Sustainability (Colombia)

January 2018 (Medellin, Colombia)

Students learn about international development proposal development, impact measurement, and environmental sustainability with E2E in Medellin. 

IEM Abroad (Spain)

January 2016 and 2017 (Madrid, Spain)

Participants explore onsite management of U.S. Education Abroad programs in Madrid, Spain. Middlebury’s Madrid School Abroad, Sede Prim, will serve as the primary case  study for the course.  MIIS students will engage with Middlebury staff and undergraduate students to better understand the onsite perspectives of managing education abroad for U.S. college students.  Participants will also explore a variety of international education models through visits and project work with program providers and  Spanish universities.