Study Away at Monterey on the Middlebury International Studies Semester

Spend a semester at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) learning from experts in international policy, trade, intercultural study, and global security. Undergraduate students can access the extraordinary resources at MIIS, enhancing their undergraduate degree with a customized semester of classes available at Middlebury’s Monterey campus.

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Academic Structure

With the International Studies Semester, students take up to 18 credits, choosing courses from various MIIS programs based on areas of interest:


Sample Classes

  • Global Politics
  • Power, Social Change & Organizations
  • Introduction to Trade Policy & Institutions
  • Public Policy & the Environment
  • Trust Across Cultures
  • Introduction to Intercultural Competence

Note: Use the course schedule to find details about each course. This is not a comprehensive list and may change from semester to semester. 

Sample Language Classes

Students are invited to take content-based language classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. Students need to be at the second-year college level (minimum) and will be required to pass a language placement test offered just before the semester starts.

  • Arabic: Islam in Central Asia
  • Chinese: Three Kingdoms & International Affairs
  • French: Security & Development in the Francophone World
  • Japanese: Modern Japanese Society
  • Russian: Russian from the Source
  • Spanish: US Foreign Policy in Latin America

Note: Use the course schedule to find details about each course. This is not a comprehensive list and may change from semester to semester.


The program runs both fall and spring semesters.

The Middlebury International Studies Semester spring 2024 move-in date/time: January 18, 2024 12-5:00pm. The program runs January 22 - May 17.

Click here for the 2023-2024 MIIS calendar.

For Middlebury College students: If you study away at Monterey 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.


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Get a head start on your master’s degree and a scholarship too!

Head Start

Apply your Study Away at Monterey (SAAM) semester toward a master’s degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Reach out to Ms. Toni Thomas, Associate Dean, about how these courses would apply toward your degree (


MIIS guarantees $10,000 scholarships for alumni of any Middlebury degree program and their extended family members.

Past participants in nondegree Middlebury programs such as Study Away, Study Abroad and the Language Schools are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship.

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