Spend a semester at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey developing foundational knowledge, skills, and identities associated with language teaching.

Samara and Haegan's Experience

Through this program, students have the chance to access the extraordinary resources of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), which features a Master of Arts in TESOL and a Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language (TFL).

For students who decide to return to MIIS to complete the M.A. degree in TESOL/TFL, many of the credits earned during the study away semester will count toward the M.A., which may shorten the time to degree completion.

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Applications are due beginning February 1st

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Contact Phyllis Stinson with any questions.

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Samara Scharf

I strongly recommend the Language Education semester at MIIS. The hands-on, experiential opportunities offered in this program are unique, and have made me confident that language education is a field I would love to pursue. And getting to do it all in beautiful Monterey is a huge added bonus!

—Samara Scharf

Academic Structure

Students directly enroll in language education classes at MIIS, taking 15-17 credits during the semester. Students may also consider enrolling in electives that complement their language education studies.

Note: this is not a comprehensive list. Use the course schedule to find details about each course from the TESOL/TFL, Intercultural Competence (ICC), International Education Management (IEM), and Language Studies programs.


Language Analysis OR Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 credits)

Introduction to Intercultural Competence (2 credits)

Principles & Practices of Language Teaching I (4 credits)

Service-Learning in the Monterey Bay Region (2 credits)

Language Teaching for Social Justice (2 credits)

Electives (2-4 credits)

Sample elective classes

●            TESOL/TFL

  • Teaching of Listening & Speaking (2 credits)
  • Leadership in Language Education (2 credits)
  • Educational Research Methods (4 credits)

●            ICC

  • Power & Identities in International Contexts (2 credits)
  • Trust across Cultures (2 credits)
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics (2 credits)

●            IEM

  • Principles & Practices of International Education (3 credits)
  • Social Issues, Justice, & Change in International Education (3 credits)
  • Education & Development (3 credits)
  • International Student & Scholar Services (3 credits)
  • Services for Student Development (3 credits)

●            Language Studies (content-based language courses; 200-level and above)

  • Arabic (4 credits)
  • Chinese (4 credits)
  • French (4 credits)
  • Japanese (4 credits)
  • Russian (4 credits)
  • Spanish (4 credits)


The program runs in the fall semester only. It will take place from the end of August to mid-December. 

View the current MIIS calendar.

Get a head start on your master’s degree and a scholarship too

Apply your Study Away semester toward a master’s degree in TESOL or TFL at the Middlebury Institute. It is recommended that you talk with Dr. Jason Martel, Program Chair, about how these courses will apply toward your degree and which courses you can take at the College to shorten the length of the MA. His email is jmartel@middlebury.edu.  

The Middlebury Institute guarantees $10,000 scholarships for alumni of any Middlebury degree program and their extended family members. Past participants in nondegree Middlebury programs like study abroad and the Language Schools are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship.

What comes next? 

Participation in this program will give students an advantage when seeking teaching and service opportunities post-graduation, including:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages outside the U.S.
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (or other Fulbright programs)
  • Peace Corps service
  • Teaching language at a private school in the U.S. (NOTE: This program does NOT lead to a K-12 teaching credential. For more on public school credentials visit Middlebury’s Education Studies page.)

For more information on Admissions, Fees, Credit, and Housing, please return to the main Study Away page.

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