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.

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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:

    Dates 2022-23

    Fall Semester August 29 - December 16*
    Spring Semester January 23 - May 19**

    *The Middlebury Language Education Semester is only offered during the fall semester.

    **The Middlebury California Coast and Climate Semester, which runs only in the spring, follows a different calendar, as there is a January term component. Please refer to the MCCCS 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.


    2022-2023 Academic Year

    Program Fee: $25,583 tuition*, $85 student activity fee per semester, and $65 fee for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund^

    *Please note that if students choose the student dorm option, an additional housing charge will be applied.
    ^This fee is to comply with California state laws.

    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 will stay in a Middlebury Institute dormitory. This is a brand new residence that will be available to all undergraduates studying away in Monterey. Housing in the dorm can be guaranteed for fall students who apply by March 15th and spring students who apply by October 1.



    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 March 15 October 1

    We will consider late applications if space is available (space in the dormitory might no longer be guaranteed). 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 18 credits. If students enroll in more than 18 credits, they may be charged an overload rate of $1,600 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


      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

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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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