There are many opportunities for students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

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.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is Middlebury’s California-based, globally focused graduate school and training ground for developing and implementing practical solutions for the world’s most urgent problems.

Study Away at MIIS

Students can spend a semester or a year studying away at MIIS, taking courses that apply to their undergraduate degree. They can also get a head start on a master’s degree.

Middlebury California Coast and Climate Semester

Students spend a winter and spring in California, studying the climate while also learning about the environmental, cultural, and literary history of the region.

Middlebury Global Security Semester

Through this program, students study nonproliferation, terrorism studies, financial crime, and cybersecurity, with the option to take language classes. There are also exciting professional opportunities at MIIS through this program.

Middlebury Language Education Semester

Students spend the fall semester engaging with key principles and practices of language teaching in today’s diverse educational contexts, with an emphasis on intercultural competence, social justice, and service learning.

Middlebury School of the Environment

The Middlebury School of the Environment will spend the summer of 2023 in Monterey! Learn more about this year’s program.

Center for Nonproliferation Studies Fellowships

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) offers paid summer fellowships where you work in close collaboration with CNS staff members on different nonproliferation issues.


Other exciting opportunities are in the works, so check back here for more information!


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