President's Welcome

Welcome to the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. We are an academic community committed to preparing global professionals to excel in cross-cultural environments and to “be the solution” to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

I invite you to explore our Web site to learn more about our programs in international policy studies, translation and interpretation, business, language learning and education, nonproliferation and terrorism studies, sustainability and the environment, and trade and development.

On our campus today more than 800 students, representing more than 40 countries and speaking more than 40 languages, participate in our international educational community, which currently includes nine Fulbright scholars. We learn from one another, whether in the classroom, at the various symposia offered by our graduate programs and research centers, or through everyday interactions within the unique physical setting of our Monterey, California location. Each day, our dedicated faculty and staff strive to ensure that the Institute continues its focus on academic excellence, fosters a culture of innovation, and remains professionally relevant.

The results of those efforts play out around the world on a daily basis. As you read these words, Monterey Institute alumni are making a difference across the globe, putting their unique expertise to work for organizations as diverse as the United Nations, NASA, CARE, and the World Trade Organization. Institute alums work as diplomats, interpreters, teachers, business leaders and environmental researchers, and Monterey Institute faculty have served as United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq and on national delegations at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

That global vision lies at the heart of the Monterey Institute’s recent integration with Middlebury College. Middlebury, known worldwide for its leadership in undergraduate language instruction and international studies, also offers both summer language immersion programs and Schools Abroad in 16 countries and 37 cities around the globe, and is home to the nation’s oldest undergraduate program in environmental studies.

Monterey and Middlebury share more than a common interest in cross-cultural communication and the environment, though—we share a commitment to making a difference in the world, and have assembled 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.

In this era of unparalleled social, political, and environmental change, individuals have become empowered as never before. Monterey Institute graduates enter their chosen fields as versatile professionals prepared to respond to the myriad challenges faced today by all of humanity. I invite you, too, to be the solution.

Sunder Ramaswamy