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 Middlebury 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

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.

Fast Facts about the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.


  • 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 with the accelerated master’s degree option.


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:

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

To view the current MIIS calendar, please click here.

*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. As the two 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

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 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). No courses taken at MIIS can be taken as a 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 you live a mile or more from campus, you are entitled to a free on-campus parking permit.

Study Away Cost

The Middlebury Institute Study Away semester tuition cost is slightly less than a Middlebury College semester. Your financial aid package travels with you.

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. 

Upcoming MIIS Events on the VT Campus

Robert A. Jones ’59 House conference room

Lecture by CNS Deputy Director Jessica Varnum: “Ripped from the Headlines: How CNS Experts Use New Tools to Investigate Nuclear and Missile Programs Around the World”

When reports of a mysterious explosion in Russia emerged on August 8th, experts at Middlebury’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) were the first to state publicly that the explosion resulted from Russia’s failed test of a nuclear cruise missile. CNS experts act as “nuclear detectives,” using commercial satellite imagery, 3D modeling, social media analysis, and other unclassified intelligence techniques to investigate nuclear and missile tests and covert facilities worldwide, often in response to news headlines. This work is important from a policy standpoint, because during the 2003 Iraq War debate, when these techniques did not exist or were only available to national governments, policymakers relied on classified intelligence to make the case regarding WMDs in Iraq. Organizations like CNS are now capable of informing similar debates that affect war and peace, thanks to the wider availability of unclassified “new tools and technologies.”


Come learn about study away at MIIS in NPTS

There will be two info sessions following the annual Study Abroad Fair where students can learn more about Study Away opportunities at MIIS, specifically within the Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program.

Axinn Center (exact time and location TBD)

Philipp Bleek, Associate Professor of Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and Fellow of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies: “Biological Jihad: Iranian Threat Perceptions May Be Driving Offensive Development”

Iranian government officials and affiliates perceive key adversaries as not only developing, but employing, biological attacks against them. There is suggestive evidence that Iran may be developing biological weapons capabilities in response. These developments have received little international attention, likely in large part because the primary-source documents are in Farsi.

Sunderland 130

Study Away at MIIS Info Session

Students interested in learning more about the opportunity to Study Away at MIIS as part of their undergraduate experience are encouraged to attend this information session.

Study Abroad
Sunderland Language Center, First Floor
356 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-5745