Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

About MIIS

Students Carrying Flags at Graduation

Our students come to the Institute from around the world.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey is a graduate school for people who want to make a positive change in the world.

Mission Statement

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey provides international professional education in areas of critical importance to a rapidly changing world, including international security, human rights and social change, language and culture, sustainable development, and global management. We prepare students from all over the world to make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields through degree programs characterized by immersive and collaborative learning, and opportunities to acquire and apply practical professional skills. Our students are emerging leaders capable of bridging cultural, organizational, and language divides to produce sustainable, equitable solutions to a variety of global challenges.


The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey was founded in 1955 as the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies by foreign language instructor Gaspard Weiss, in collaboration with his wife Louise Weiss and co-founders Frank Elton and Sybil Fearnley. Key early supporters of the Institute included Remsen Bird, the Countess of Kinnoull, Dwight Morrow Jr., and Noel Sullivan. Weiss and his colleagues envisioned a graduate school that would promote international understanding through the study of language and culture. While the Institute’s name and programs have evolved, its core identity as an innovator and leader in international professional education has remained constant.

Over the decades the Institute has grown, adding new programs, faculty, and students to expand its global reach and educational mission. In 1961, the school acquired its first building at 425 Van Buren Street, just three blocks up the hill from downtown Monterey. The structure, today known as the Segal Building, was originally built in 1911 to house the Monterey Public Library. Now commemorated on the Institute’s shield, the Segal Building has housed the office of every leader of the Institute since 1961. In 1979, the Institute’s name was changed to the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Middlebury formally acquired the Institute in 2010 following a five-year affiliation agreement. One of the leading liberal arts institutions in the United States, Middlebury is known worldwide for its leadership in language instruction, environmental studies, international programs, and innovations in experiential learning. It operates Schools Abroad programs in 16 countries and 36 cities around the globe. The Middlebury Language Schools, which celebrate their centennial in 2015, educate 1,500 students each summer in Vermont and California. The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, founded in 1920, offers summer classes in Ripton, Vermont; Oxford, England; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In January 2015, the Institute was renamed as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The Institute’s rich heritage as a leading international professional graduate school continues to inform its mission and curriculum as it moves forward as part of a truly global network of programs for future leaders in areas from translation and interpretation to environmental policy, economic development to language education, conflict resolution to sustainable business.

The Institute Today

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey offers graduate programs that prepare professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. Practical skills, collaborative processes, and innovative approaches are defining features of a Middlebury Institute education. Middlebury Institute learners are problem solvers and process masters, building sustainable, equitable solutions for a global community through our interdisciplinary blend of business, policy, and language.

The non-profit Institute's Graduate School of International Policy and Management and Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education offer degrees in international policy studies, translation and interpretation, language education, and international business that have propelled alumni into international careers that address the critical challenges of this century.