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 degree.

  • Gain practical, professional skills that complement your liberal arts degree.
  • Graduate fully prepared to enter the workforce with a meaningful career.
  • Save time and money by applying your Study Away semester toward your master’s degree.

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.

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

    The Middlebury California Coast and 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.

    The Middlebury Global Security Semester offers students the chance to study nonproliferation, terrorism studies, financial crime, and cybersecurity, and the option to take language classes. Students directly enroll in courses in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program at MIIS.

    The Middlebury Language Education Semester offers students the chance to engage 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.  Students directly enroll in language education courses at MIIS.

    Enhance your undergraduate degree with graduate courses in the following:

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    Students are expected to enroll in a full load of courses at MIIS, totaling at least 12 but not exceeding 18 credits. Part-time enrollment (fewer than 12 credits in a semester) is not permitted. If students enroll in more than 18 credits, they may be charged an overload rate of $1,600 per credit.

    Courses at MIIS are currently offered in different modalities: in-person, hybrid/blended, and remote. All study away students must enroll in courses taught in person.

    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

    MIIS courses that are offered in their entirety as pass/fail will not count as one of the two non-standard grade mode courses students are permitted to take (either under the former Pass/D/Fail option or the current Credit/No Credit option) but will count toward the total of five courses with non-standard grading a student may count toward graduation. The Credit/No Credit grade option is not available for courses taken with the Study Away at Monterey program.

    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


      For more information about Study Away, contact Phyllis Stinson at pstinson@middlebury.edu or 802-443-5745.

      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

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      • 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

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      • 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

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      • 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

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