Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Middlebury Schools Abroad

Middlebury Schools Abroad

Participants in the Middlebury Schools Abroad don't just study a language - they live it.

Academic rigor, deep involvement in another culture, and the freedom to explore on their own terms: these are the attributes that appeal to students who enroll in the Middlebury Schools Abroad program.

Program Overview

Middlebury Schools Abroad programs provide students with academically rigorous and culturally immersive experiences in numerous cities all over the world. Institute students can earn credit towards their degree while significantly enhancing the international dimension of their educational experience. Students will build on their already-existing global contacts, establish new ones, deepen their understanding of a particular subject area, and strengthen their language skills.

Immersion Opportunities

A semester with Middlebury Schools Abroad can take the format of an internship, language training, relevant coursework or any combination of these three formats.


Through the networks that Middlebury has established, Institute students may be able to participate in semester internships, an internship alongside other coursework, or a stand-alone shorter-term internship. Internship opportunities will need to be identified and developed collaboratively with the appropriate Middlebury Schools Abroad advisor, Institute student, and CACS advisor.

Language training

Students are eligible to earn up to 12 units of language credit by studying through a Middlebury School Abroad for a semester. The format for this language study will vary, depending on the student’s language level and the host university structure. In some cases, students will take courses in the Middlebury program, and in others, you may take language courses through our university partners.


In some countries, coursework is taught through a Middlebury center. In other countries, students are able to take coursework at partner universities during the academic year. Some country programs are a hybrid of the two models. Middlebury Institute students are thus able to significantly expand the overall curriculum available to them, including coursework that is not available in Monterey.

Combined Format

Students may also be interested in combining some of the three elements above, by, for example, engaging in a combination of language training and internship, or coursework and internship. The appropriate combination will be worked out through coordination between the Institute student’s advisor and staff in the Middlebury International Programs office.

Learn more about how to apply for Middlebury Schools Abroad.

Program Cost

In most cases, the Schools Abroad programs only charge for Middlebury Schools Abroad tuition, which is generally less than the Institute tuition. Students will pay this tuition to the Institute, in addition to the study abroad fee, as indicated on the Program Fees web page for each school. Living costs, which are generally not included in tuition, can be estimated on the School Abroad's Program Fees webpages for each program.

Students may receive financial aid if taking at least six degree-relevant credits. Costs for students who will be less than full time status (equivalent to 12 MIIS credits) will be similar to per-credit charges at the Institute.