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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.

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.

Click here for the 2024-2025 MIIS calendar and check out the following pages for more information about Dates and Fees, Admissions, and Housing.

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.

Study Away + Study Abroad

Many SAAM students have successfully combined Study Away with a Study Abroad program, spending one semester in Monterey and one semester abroad. It is important to keep academic calendars and visa requirements in mind. Middlebury students should click here to schedule a meeting with an advisor to discuss options. Students from other institutions should speak with their study abroad advisor to determine if they could participate in both Study Away and Study Abroad.

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

Head Start 

Apply your Study Away at Monterey 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.