Get a head start on what comes next. Spend a semester or a 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 that apply to your undergraduate degree—and get a head start on your master’s with our accelerated degree option. Meet professionals and gain practical experience in your academic concentration, and hone your language skills at one of the world’s finest institutes of international studies.

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 from Middlebury College. Take graduate-level course 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.

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The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey is a community committed to preparing students for professional roles in cross-cultural, multilingual environments.

Enhance your undergraduate degree with graduate courses in the following:

Learn and Work with Industry Professionals

My name is Jake Hulina and I’m a senior Feb at Middlebury College. I am here at the Middlebury Institute, studying with the NPTS program, which is the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program just for a semester doing a study away program. The diversity of experiences that you have in the classroom are really, really helpful. The fact that you have people that have potentially worked for the Department of Defense, worked for the U.S. military, worked, potentially, in the intelligence community, worked for these international, or nongovernmental organizations, and they’re always willing to provide their input, in addition to things that the professor says, and that really gives you a diversity of viewpoints and helps you understand the topics much better.

-This is a step forward in some ways, but at the same time I’ve always had an interest in foreign policy questions, security questions, just the nature of the world and how everything works together. And what I find particularly interesting about this program is, it’s a way that I can pursue those interests while actually having a really, kind of developing skills to have a really important impact on the world. Essentially for the past half century. And then, knowing, especially, that this program was Middlebury affiliated sort of gave me confidence in the logistical aspect of it and be able to sort of tailor those concerns, and I thought that the faculty here, as well as the faculty of Middlebury, were incredibly accommodating and understanding of the requirements of undergraduates. I think that if people are really interested in a future career in a program that is offered here, having those experts in the field be so closely related to an undergraduate institution, it’s an experience that you really won’t get elsewhere.

Admissions Requirements

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.

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Why Study Away

  • Study Away is like a trial run of grad school. I figured out the career I wanted to pursue—and as a Middlebury alum I was able to enter the master’s program on a fast track and with a guaranteed scholarship!

    Meg Sayre Salvo ’18

    Major: International and Global Studies

    Read Meg's Story
  • 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

    Read Shaheen's Story
  • 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

    Read Maria's Story
  • 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

    Read Emmanuel's Story


Fall semester: late August to mid-December
Spring semester*: late January to mid-May

To view the current MIIS calendar, please click here.

*Middlebury students who study at MIIS for the spring semester may NOT be enrolled on the Vermont campus for J-term. These students will earn a Winter Term Equivalent credit (WTEQ) so they’re not behind on credit when they return to Middlebury, assuming they enroll in a full load of courses at MIIS.


Students are expected to enroll in a full load of courses at MIIS, totaling at least 12 MIIS credits, but not exceeding 16 credits. If students enroll in more than 16 credits, they will be charged an overload rate of $1980 per credit over 16 credits in which they’re enrolled. As the Middlebury and MIIS credit systems differ, conversion information can be found 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.

1 MIIS credit = 0.25 Midd credits
2 MIIS credits = 0.5 Midd credits
3 or 4 MIIS credits = 1 Midd credit*

*1 Midd credit = 4 semester credits

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 Middlebury 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, will count as a non-standard grade (NSG). Middlebury students cannot opt to take a course at MIIS using the Pass/D/Fail option.


The Middlebury Institute, as a professionally focused graduate program, does not have on-campus housing. Students live off campus in residential Monterey.

The MIIS Housing Guide is a comprehensive resource on finding housing, including the following:

  • Beginning Your Housing Search
  • Middlebury Institute Housing Facebook Group
  • Other Places to Find Housing
  • Average Cost of Living
  • Utilities
  • Internet, Cable, and Telephone Services
  • Residential Parking Information
  • Understanding Your Lease
  • Furnishing Your Rental
  • Local Apartment Complexes
  • Monterey Peninsula Neighborhoods
  • Property Management Company List

If students live a mile or more from campus, they are entitled to a free on-campus parking permit.

Study Away Cost

The Middlebury Institute Study Away semester tuition cost can be found on the MIIS site. Middlebury students’ financial aid packages travel with them. Students with specific questions about whether their aid travels should reach out to their financial aid office.

Students can anticipate additional out-of-pocket expenses while attending the Institute, which will be factored into your financial aid award:

  • Student Activity Fee
  • Books and Supplies
  • Housing and Food
  • Local Transportation
  • Personal Expenses
  • Health Insurance (All students must have health insurance)

For more information about Study Away, email Susan Parsons in the International Programs Office or call 802-443-5745. 

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356 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-5745