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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. 

January Term

Czech Republic Nuclear Research Reactor Practicum

January 12-25, 2019

Led by MIIS Prof. 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

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 2019 (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. 

International Development and Social Change Training (DPMI)

January 7-25, 2019 (Monterey)

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 October 31. 

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

Frontier Market Scouts Social Enterprise and Impact Investing (FMS)

January 7-18, 2019 (Monterey, CA)

Participants learn key players in impact sector, how to design an impact-focused business model, and what it takes to implement a scale a social venture. 


East Asia (Tokyo and Beijing)

March 15-24, 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. 

Washington, D.C.

Spring Break-March, 2019

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

DPMI Kenya

April 22-May 3 (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. 

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 

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 about China Dream

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

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 about Summer Peacebuilding

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