Spend the winter and spring at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey learning from climate leaders at the graduate level.

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 International Environmental Policy, Center for the Blue Economy, and connections with hundreds of environmental and non-governmental organizations. 

Academic Structure

Students arrive in Monterey prior to the spring semester for an orientation and J-term course. This will include an introduction to California, its cultural and natural history, and its climate issues, and will be led by two Middlebury College faculty members. The course will include some travel within California. 

When the semester begins at MIIS, students will take four courses:

  1. A core course taught by the Middlebury program director, Professor Dan Brayton, which will provide an integrative approach to climate issues in California through a deep dive into the environmental, cultural, and literary history of the region
  2. An experiential learning course
  3. Two elective courses from the existing curriculum at MIIS

The combined winter and spring terms will grant students a total of five units of Middlebury credit.*

*1 Middlebury College credit=4 semester credits

Sample Electives

Note: this is not a comprehensive list. Use the course catalogue to find details about each elective from the International Environmental Policy degree program. 

IEPG 8507 Governing the Global Commons
IEPG 8591 Applied Conservation Science
IPEG 8606 Contemporary Environmental Campaign Strategy
IPEG 8625 Land Use Planning and Environmental Review
IPEG 8628 Corporate Sustainability Management and Strategy 
IPEG 8663 Ocean and Coastal Economics 
IPEG 9632 Advanced GIS 
IEPG 8609 Environmental Justice 
IEPG 8671 Renewable Energy & Policy 
IEPG 8608 Beyond Plastic: Business Innovation 
IEPG 8519 Foundations in Financial Management 
IEPG 8609 Conservation Finance


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 MIIS elective courses they wish to take.


Application deadlines are as follows:

Middlebury College Students February 1*
Students from other institutions October 1*

Start an application or write to Susan Parsons to request information or assistance. 

*Students interested in the spring 2022 semester may apply as late as November 1, 2021. Any student who wishes to apply between October 2 and November 1 will need to email Susan Parsons to open an application.

Application Materials

  • Completed application, including personal statement
  • Major Advisor (Middlebury students only)
  • Study Away Advisor Approval (Non-Middlebury students only)
  • Transcript
  • $75 application fee (Non-Middlebury students only)


The program will take place from mid-January to mid-May. 

View the current MIIS calendar.


Find updated tuition costs for MIIS here. 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. (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.

Get Started

Applications are due by February 1st

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Contact Professor Dan Brayton with any questions.

Get in Touch

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

(802) 443-5745