Frequently Asked Questions


For Middlebury students, most credits transfer back to Middlebury as general credit. To earn departmental credit for major/minor/distribution requirements, students need approval from the department chair.

Students from other institutions should consult with their study abroad and/or registrar’s office.

The MIIS credit system is different from Middlebury College. See the conversion information below.

See Academics for more information on credits.

MIIS Credit Middlebury College Credit
1 0.25
2 0.50
3 or 4 1*

*1 Middlebury College credit=4 semester credits


For Middlebury College students, financial aid travels to Monterey. Additional out-of-pocket expenses and travel to MIIS will be factored into your financial aid award. 

Students from other institutions should contact their financial aid office. Generally speaking, your federal aid should travel.  Institutional aid may or may not travel depending on your school’s policy.

See Dates and Fees for more information on fees and financial aid.


Students will live in Munras Residence Hall – recently renovated, fully furnished housing for up to 87 students.

Study Away students can stay in double or triple rooms. There are shared kitchens, bathrooms, study spaces, and common areas.

Housing in the residence hall is guaranteed for fall students who apply by March 15th and for spring students who apply by October 1.

Note: There is no dining hall or meal plan. Students have access to the kitchens in the residence hall.

See Housing for more information on housing.


Daily! You’ll be in classes alongside graduate students and living with them in the residence hall.

You will be part of a diverse and close-knit community:

  • 30% of MIIS students are international students
  • MIIS students have an average of 4 years of professional experience before enrolling at MIIS
  • MIIS is a top-enrolling school for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Click here for more about the graduate students at MIIS. 


Yes! Many students have successfully participated in both Study Away and Study Abroad.

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.


MIIS Student Services can help you find the health-related resources you need while in Monterey.

You will have access to TimelyCare for physical and mental health services.

Click here for more on health and wellness at MIIS.


Student clubs and organizations are a major part of student life, offering recreational, professional and academic networking activities, as well as opportunities to build connection and belonging.

Click here for more on extracurricular activities.

Click here for more on living in Monterey.


“Being in classes with graduate students who have so much life and work experience was fantastic.”

“Being in Monterey! The location is right on the coast. It’s beautiful. Past students have learned to surf, get certified in SCUBA, teach sailing, and more.”

“Access to a big network of professionals – faculty, fellow students, and staff are all happy to connect you to immersive opportunities.”

“Getting outside of my Middlebury comfort zone and trying something really different.” 

“There are so many opportunities to engage with the wider community in Monterey – volunteer, teach, play sports, etc.”

Watch a recent info session!

Join study away advisor Phyllis Stinson, academic director Dr. Megan McKenna, and current students to learn more about Study Away at Monterey program, student life, and the application process.