Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Find tips on how to use this document as well as policies and procedures that apply to all immersive learning and study abroad programs.

Academic Conduct

All students will be held to policies and procedures listed in the most current Policies and Standards Manual (PSM). This includes but is not limited to our Student Code of Conduct and being in good academic standing.  

These policies are subject to change at the discretion of the Institute. This section includes links to the Policies and Standards Manual (PSM) so as to not restate a policy that is already posted in the PSM. This manual is largely dedicated to off-campus courses and opportunities, however, many policies and procedures would also apply to local or regional projects in the Monterey-area.

Degree Planning and Immersive Learning and Study Abroad

Immersive learning at MIIS is part of almost everything we do. It is the Institute’s approach to applied learning and it takes many forms on- and off-campus, from team projects for a client in Monterey to semester-long credit-bearing internships and study abroad. View an illustrative list of immersive learning and study abroad opportunities. Some Immersive learning programs and courses are geared towards specific degree programs. Consult your degree map and speak with your career and academic advisor as well as faculty and staff managing these programs to discuss which options will work best for you.

How To Use This Manual

This manual is designed as both a menu of most of our immersive learning and off-campus programs and a step-by-step guide to applying for those programs. Key policies and requirements for these programs are outlined on this site. You should use this manual as needed in conjunction with your advising sessions with key faculty and staff.

International Students

Visa Considerations

It is recommended that any F-1 or J-1 student, who is sponsored by MIIS, and planning on participating in a short or semester long practica, exchange program or fellowship, meet with the international student advisor to discuss how participation in one of the above activities may affect their nonimmigrant status, including whether work authorization would be needed and how future benefits associated with their status may be affected.

Students in the F-1 or J-1 status, who are not sponsored by MIIS, will need to contact their sponsor to determine how participating in one of these experiences may affect their status. View information on maintaining visa status.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board exists to protect people who participate in original research conducted at Middlebury College or by a member of the College community, including faculty, staff, and students. This might be research conducted on a fellowship supported by MIIS or work done in the field while on a semester-long practicum. View the policy, application, and contact information.