Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

All courses you wish to apply towards your MIIS degree must be pre-approved prior to the start of your study abroad program semester to the extent possible, with the understanding that registration will take place when you arrive in your country of study. You should work with the program-specific Schools Abroad (SA) advisor and the Country Director for your program to obtain as much information about course options as possible. Pre-approval forms must be submitted before the start of the semester, though changes can be made once you register. If any changes to your schedule are made after the initial pre-approval process, it is critical that you submit these changes as soon as possible using the pre-approval form. See below for the appropriate links.

Courses to Fulfill Language Requirements

You may take up to all twelve credits of your language requirements in one semester of a Middlebury SA program. To transfer credits for language credit, they must conform to all regulations in the Policies and Standards Manual. This includes receipt of a letter grade of B or better for each course. 

Courses taken on a Middlebury Schools Abroad program, whether it is a language course or a content-course taught in the target language, can count towards your language requirements at MIIS. No pre-approval process is necessary. 

Courses to Fulfill Degree-Specific Requirements

For students in GSIPM degree programs, to meet degree program electives or degree-specific requirements, you have three options:

  1. You may take program-relevant courses at the graduate level if such courses are available and your language level is high enough to allow you to function at that level in the target language.

  2. You may take program-relevant courses at the undergraduate level. Additional work in English or the target language (if student’s language level allows) will be designed for each course that brings the level of work to the graduate level, to be supervised and evaluated by a relevant SA faculty member or country director, who will help the student identify a) additional classwork needed to bring the class up to graduate level, and b) appropriate deliverables that are of graduate quality and rigor. The supervisor should hold a PhD and/or significant real-world experience in the subject area. This work must be completed and evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis and must receive a grade of “Pass” in order for coursework to be transferred to the student’s degree program (note that the course itself must have a letter grade assigned).
  3. You may take program-relevant courses at the undergraduate level. Additional work will be designed for each course that brings the level of work to the graduate level. If there is no qualified SA faculty or Country Director to supervise graduate-level work, the student can seek the supervision of a MIIS faculty member, who will help the student identify a) additional classwork needed to bring the class up to graduate level, and b) appropriate deliverables that are of graduate quality and rigor. The additional work will be in English unless the relevant faculty member at MIIS can evaluate the work in the target language. This work must be completed and evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis and must receive a grade of “Pass” in order for coursework to be transferred to the student’s degree program.

Approvals for coursework and additional projects will be required from the GSIPM administration and degree program chairs. Note that to the extent possible, approval should be obtained prior to departure for the SA program, or as soon as is feasible after arrival in-country.

To transfer credits for degree-specific credit, they must conform to all regulations in the Policies and Standards Manual. This includes receipt of a letter grade of B or better for each course.

Pre-Approval Form

Please utilize this form to begin the pre-approval process for degree-specific coursework, including any additional coursework required. The form will automatically be submitted to the GSIPM administration and Jen Holguin. If you are taking undergraduate-level courses and need to develop a plan to bring the courses up to graduate level, you can submit the form with just the course information as soon as you have it, and then again once you have a plan worked out with one or more professors. 

Post-Completion Form

Upon completion of any additional coursework done to bring a course up to the graduate level, the supervising faculty member should use this form to confirm the completion of satisfactory work. This confirmation will prompt the Records Office to transfer the course towards your degree program.