Spend a semester or year of study at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and start your master’s degree before you graduate from college.

Take graduate-level courses at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) that apply to your undergraduate degree—and get a head start on your master’s with our accelerated degree option.

Meet and work with professionals while gaining practical experience in your academic concentration, and hone your language skills at one of the world’s finest institutes of international studies. Check out these fast facts about the Middlebury Institute.

Get a Head Start on What’s Next

With the Study Away program, you can spend a semester or a year at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies—before you graduate. Take graduate-level courses in your area of interest and get a head start on a master’s degree with expert faculty and field professionals.

My name is Rae, I am a Senior Feb at Middlebury College, studying international politics and economics. And I’m spending the semester at the Middlebury Institute in Monterey. I chose to come to MIIS for my study away because I was looking for an experience that would serve as an insight into what careers I might want to pursue after Middlebury.

And also get an experience that was similar to the quality of the Middlebury classes. But in a different environment, with new faces and different faculty. MIIS is a very small community but similar to Middlebury, it’s not somewhere you just end up. People seek out these specific programs because they’re interested in what MIIS has to offer.

Which is really unique to Middlebury as a whole. I’ve enjoyed the classes here because grad students, they know what they’re doing. So it’s less getting accustomed to a topic as it is just jumping in and really getting into the nitty gritty. I have gotten to really dive into the Middle East as a region and learn about the different dynamics as far as international security.

Which is a major interest of mine. There are so many connections between what I was studying at Middlebury and what I’ve been doing at MIIS. That I kind of can’t imagine just having left Middlebury with a general knowledge, and not the more in-depth experience that I’ve gotten at MIIS.

Coming to MIIS as a senior has been a really good way to take what I’ve learned at Middlebury, and transition toward my goals in international studies and where I hope to go after Middlebury. I would recommend coming here to any student who’s looking for a new opportunity. There’s so much happening here that really adds on to your Middlebury experience.

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The Middlebury Institute of International Studies prepares students for professional roles in cross-cultural, multilingual environments.

The Middlebury California Climate Semester offers students the chance to study climate and the environment in California. Students take core courses designed uniquely for this climate program and directly enroll in courses in the International Environmental Policy program at MIIS.

Enhance your undergraduate degree with graduate courses in the following:

Dates 2021-22

Fall Semester August 30 - December 17
Spring Semester January 24 - May 21*

*The Middlebury California Climate Semester, which runs only in the spring, follows a different calendar, as there is a January term component. Please refer to the MCCS webpage for details.

For Middlebury College students: If you study at MIIS for the spring semester, you may not enroll in J-term on the Vermont campus. You will earn a Winter Term Equivalent credit (WTEQ) if you enroll in a full load of courses at MIIS.

View the current MIIS calendar.


2021-2022 Academic Year

Tuition and Fees Per Year Per Semester
Tuition $42,634 $21,317
Student Activity Fee $170 $85

For Middlebury College students, financial aid packages travel with them. Students from other institutions should contact their financial aid office.

Students can anticipate additional out-of-pocket expenses, which, for Middlebury students, will be factored into your financial aid award. In addition to the posted out-of-pocket expenses, students can anticipate travel costs associated with getting to Monterey, and therefore Middlebury students who are financial aid recipients can expect a travel allowance to be calculated into their aid award. (Again, students from other institutions should contact their financial aid office.)



Students must have achieved an average of B or better in their major courses, and an overall average of B- or better. Students are expected to have completed relevant course work for the academic program to which they’re applying. Students must have junior or senior standing when they participate on the program, unless given special permission.

Application Materials

  • Completed application, including essay
  • Tentative course selection (if applicable)
  • Major Advisor (Middlebury students only)
  • Study Away Advisor Approval (Non-Middlebury students only)
  • Transcript
  • $75 application fee (Non-Middlebury students only)


Final deadlines for complete applications are as follows:

  Fall or Academic Year Spring
Middlebury College Students February 1 February 1
Students from other institutions May 1 October 1

We will consider late applications if space is available. Once the deadline has passed, students will not be able to access the application without first calling our office at (802) 443-5745 or emailing Susan Parsons.

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Students are expected to enroll in a full load of courses at MIIS, totaling at least 12 but not exceeding 16 credits. If students enroll in more than 16 credits, they are charged an overload rate of $1,777 per credit.

Weekend workshops may be taken for credit; however, all courses are individually evaluated to determine eligibility for undergraduate degree credit. Many weekend workshops are offered only on a pass/fail basis. If a student enrolls in a course where pass/fail is the only available grade option for the course, the course may be considered for undergraduate degree credit and, if approved by your institution, will count as a nonstandard grade (NSG).

For Middlebury College Students

See the conversion information below for MIIS and Middlebury credits. Since the credit equivalent assigned to each course is a matter of policy, not assessment, students may not appeal the determinations of credit values.

MIIS Credit Middlebury College Credit
1 0.25
2 0.50
3 or 4 1*

*1 Middlebury College credit=4 semester credits


Students will stay in a Middlebury Institute dormitory. This is a brand new residence that will be available to all undergraduates studying away in Monterey.


For more information about Study Away, contact Susan Parsons at sparsons@middlebury.edu or 802-443-5448.

Why Study Away

  • Study Away is like a trial run of grad school. I figured out the career I wanted to pursue in Study Away, and as a Middlebury alum I was able to enter the master’s program with a guaranteed scholarship!

    Meg Sayre Salvo ’18

    Major: International and Global Studies

    Read Meg's Story
  • With my career interest in international development, this was a perfect opportunity for me to get access to higher-level electives tailored to my interests.

    Shaheen Bharwani ’19

    Major: Economics

    Read Shaheen's Story
  • The Institute’s International Environmental Policy program emphasizes both practical and theoretical study. I really appreciated this professional development approach.

    Maria Celes Abragan ’18

    Major: Environmental Studies

    Read Maria's Story
  • The Institute is focused on language learning and its role in all the degree programs offered, so I was able to continue my language studies while exploring professional fields.

    Emmanuel Duran ’19

    Major: International Studies, French

    Read Emmanuel's Story

Study Abroad
Sunderland Language Center, First Floor
356 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

(802) 443-5745