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Join us for the spring 2024 Preview Days on April 12–13. Experience firsthand how our in-person and online master’s programs will transform your global career. Explore our beautiful Monterey, California, location and meet the faculty, staff, and students who will help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Please note that some of the faculty showcase sessions and all the program breakout sessions will be available in person and online; all other sessions will be in person only.

Friday Schedule (April 12)

9:00–5:00 p.m. Check-In 

Admissions Office (400 Pacific Street)

Connect with the admissions team to learn about the application process, scholarships, and more.

9:00–4:00 p.m. Financial Aid Drop-Ins

Case Fuente 435

Meet with our Student Financial Services team to better understand, manage, and finance the costs associated with your graduate program. Discuss the following topics:

  • Loans (federal and private)
  • Work-study
  • Veteran’s benefits

9:00–4:00 p.m. Student Life Drop-Ins

Connect with our Student Life team to learn about Middlebury Institute life outside the classroom, from health and wellness to student organizations and professional development funding.

1:00–5:00 p.m. Faculty Showcase

McGowan 100

Presentations by Middlebury Institute faculty showcasing their teaching, research, and professional engagement. Some sessions are available in person, on Zoom, or in both formats. Interpretation into Chinese is available on Zoom. Each session is 20 to 30 minutes long. See the detailed faculty showcase schedule.

  • Faculty Success Program
  • China/U.S. Relations
  • Water Conflict and Conflict Transformation in Thailand and Vietnam
  • Urban Forests as a Tool for Adapting to Climate Crises
  • Peace, Poetry, and Policy
  • The Role of Language in Social Change
  • From Problem-Focused to Solution-Driven
  • Teaching Modes and Student Connections 
  • Incorporating AI into a Course
  • The Impact of COVID on Money Laundering Methods 

5:00–6:00 p.m. Campus Residential Hall Tour

Location: The tour will leave from the McGowan Building (Pacific Street entrance) and walk to our residence hall at 787 Munras Ave.

After the tour, we will show you several great locations for dinner and evening exploration.

Saturday Schedule (April 13)

8:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast

McCone Atrium

9:00 a.m. Welcome

McCone Atrium

Middlebury Provost Michelle McCauley welcomes you to our Preview Days and shares key insights on how the Middlebury Institute will help you launch or accelerate a career with purpose.

9:30–10:30 a.m. Program-Specific Hybrid Sessions (1 of 2)

McCone, CNS Building, and Online

Faculty and advisors (career, academic, and enrollment) will guide you through the curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and career outcomes for your program of interest (available both in person and online).

  • Translation, Translation and Interpretation, Conference Interpretation (join online)
  • Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (join online)
  • Environmental Policy and Management (join online)
  • International Education Management (join online)

10:30–11:30 a.m. Program-Specific Hybrid Sessions (2 of 2)

McCone and Online

  • Translation and Localization Management, Online Localization Project Management (join online)
  • International Policy and Development, MPA in Social Change, International Trade (join online)
  • TESOL, Online TESOL, Teaching Foreign Language (join online)
  • Online MPA in Sustainability (join online)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Expert Discussion: AI and Nonproliferation

McCone Irvine Auditorium

Join Dr. William Potter and current graduate student Yanliang Pan for a discussion of the peril and promise of artificial intelligence for limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. We will also explore the Middlebury Institute’s pioneering use of “open-source” tools such as satellite imagery and 3D modeling to monitor nuclear and missile developments.

  • Dr. Potter is a professor in our MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program and founding director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)—the largest NGO devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. He is the author of over 20 books in the field.
  • Yanliang Pan is a current student in the NPTS program, a research associate at CNS, and a widely published expert on global energy issues. 

12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch 

Samson Student Center

1:30–3:30 p.m. Campus and Library Tours

Leave from the Samson Student Center

Our campus is conveniently located in downtown Monterey, California, a beautiful, safe, and historic city that is home to coastal beaches, scenic hiking trails, and dozens of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and grocery stores, all within a short walk of our pedestrian-friendly campus and student housing.

3:30–4:30 p.m. Closing Reception

Samson Student Center

Meet current students from your programs who are participating in a wide range of class and extracurricular activities

  • Center for the Blue Economy
  • Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Nuclear Reactor Experiential Learning Trip
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ)
  • Conflict Transformation Fellowships
  • Fulbright
  • Sustainability Council
  • JEDI
  • Slavic Culture
  • Balkans Experiential Learning Trip
  • Washington, D.C., Career Week
  • United Nations Association Monterey
  • Soccer Club
  • Queers and Allies at MIIS
  • Student Leadership Task Force


We offer discounted accommodation at our preferred hotel, The Stevenson. If you book a room using the code in your email, you will only pay $100 for a night (April 12 to 13).

You can also visit to learn more about the area and check out Monterey-area hotels.


You will see signs for parking at the following locations:


The Institute is located in central California in the city of Monterey, approximately 130 miles (210 kilometers) south of San Francisco and 350 miles (560 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. 

Get directions.

Campus Map

Please use this interactive campus map to help orient yourself.

Download or print a PDF of the campus map (updated April 2023).

Upcoming Preview Days

Our summer 2024 Preview Day will be in person (with some online options). Please save the date and we will provide registration information soon.

  • Summer 2024: July 12, 2024

Why Preview Days?

Check out these quotes from past attendees:

“The faculty and current students were so welcoming and informative. It definitely solidified my decision to apply.”

Ashton D.

“It was a great way to get a taste of what it’s like to be enrolled in a program. We met faculty and staff and newly graduated students in our field of study.”

Heejung L.

“Attending Preview Days moved the Institute to the top of my grad school preferences. The faculty and students did a great job differentiating it from other programs.”

Sam H.

“This is a great opportunity to network with faculty and staff and to meet fellow potential students.”

Cameron H.

“My session with the advisor was great! She thoroughly explained what I wanted to know about my degree of interest and answered all my questions.”

Julio T.

“I was on the fence about applying and whether or not the Institute was a good fit for me, but now I’m ready to apply. I want to be part of this community of world changers!  

Emily J.

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