Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Find what you need to do to successfully participate in each program.

Winter (J-Term) and Spring Practica

MIIS offers 2-4 week international practica in locations around the world during January Term, Spring Break, and Summer. These practica fulfill the following three requirements: (1) coverage of a pressing global issue; (2) relates to or is integral to MIIS degree program learning objectives or course requirements, and (3) builds relevant professional skills.

Program Sites

Program sites for January and Spring Break programs are announced by September 1. Summer programs are announced by October 1. View the list of current and past practica.


If you are interested in participating in a short practica, you should take the following steps:

  1. Fall Semester: Attend an information session or speak with the faculty and/or staff leading the program.

  2. Fall Semester: Consult your degree map to ensure course aligns with requirements.

  3. Fall Semester: Apply for program (if applicable) and register for practica course during spring course registration.

  4. October-November: Visit financial aid to request additional funding (if applicable).

  5. Fall Semester: Apply for immersive learning funding (competitive and limited)

  6. November: Attend pre-departure non-credit Intercultural Competence (ICC) workshop (non-credit) designed specifically for J-term and Spring Break practica participants.

  7. November-December: Prepare for travel (vaccinations, prescriptions, etc.); travel registration, and ensure sufficient international insurance coverage if not on MIIS student plan.

  8. Fall Semester: Attend pre-departure group meetings.

  9. Spring Semester: Attend re-entry meetings and ICC debrief schools abroad

  10. Spring Semester: Submit immersive learning deliverable (if awarded funding) and voucher/receipts for reimbursement of travel or program fee costs.

  11. Spring Semester: Participate in community presentation (as planned by each practica).


Short practica courses are normally offered for 2 or 4 units. Students must select a specific number of credits prior to participating in the course and complete specified deliverables for the credits selected. Students cannot change credit levels after the program has started. Each faculty member determines if the course will be offered for a letter grade or Pass/Fail. Select practica may qualify as an Intercultural Competence Course (ICC). Consult the course listing for more information.


MIIS offers a competitive process for students to apply for immersive learning funding to help offset travel and program fee costs associated with these practica. See funding section in Section I.

Other Applied/Immersive Learning Courses

Courses involving work or client projects off-campus require completion of a domestic waiver (US placements) or if abroad—completion of an international activity form and travel waiver.