Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

MIIS students can earn credit towards their degree while significantly enhancing the international dimension of their educational experience.

Middlebury Schools Abroad provides students with academically rigorous and culturally immersive experiences all over the world. Relevant internships may also be taken during the Schools Abroad semester.

Application Process: Steps Before Applying

  1. Attend an information session on the Middlebury Schools Abroad program, if available. Sessions are generally held prior to each semester’s deadline. Note that for the purpose of the application application process, our deadlines align with those noted for “Outside Applicants.” Students can apply in Fall for the Spring semester and in spring for the following Fall semester.

  2. Determine whether a Middlebury Schools Abroad program may be right for you.

    Considerations:

      1. Schools Abroad programs may be challenging to incorporate into MIIS degree programs that are highly structured and sequential, such as the Translation and Interpretation programs and joint degrees.

      2. Note that the language requirements may vary from those required for admission to MIIS.

      3. You can take up to all twelve of your language credits during a Schools Abroad semester.

      4. The credit transfer limitations in the Policies and Standards Manual apply to Schools Abroad credits.

      5. One Middlebury credit transfers as three credits at MIIS. Most, though not all, Schools Abroad courses are one Middlebury credit each. The number of credits that will transfer to your degree program will be confirmed by the Records Office during the course pre-approval process.

      6. Note that whenever possible, you should plan to apply Schools Abroad credits towards language and elective requirements of your degree rather than degree-specific requirements.

      7. Course grades will be incorporated into your overall Grade Point Average (GPA).

      8. Study abroad is limited to one semester only per student.

  3. Schedule appointments via Zócalo with Jen Holguin, Director of Fellowships, Exchanges and Study Abroad, and your CACS advisor to discuss your options and confirm whether this program is a good fit with your degree plan. A joint appointment with Jen Holguin and your advisor could be very useful; simply schedule an appointment with your advisor at a time when Jen is also open, and then email Jen to let her know you’d like to do a joint appointment.

  4. Send an email to Susan Parsons, our contact in the International Programs and Off-campus Study Office at Middlebury, with a copy to Jen Holguin to alert her that you plan to apply. She can connect you with the appropriate advisor in her office and perhaps the Country Director in the program to which you plan to apply to begin discussing requirements and program/school/course options.

  5. Schedule a meeting with the Office of Student Financial Planning to discuss the financial implications of going abroad.

    Considerations:

      1. In most cases, Middlebury Schools Abroad tuition is less than Middlebury 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 Schools Abroad country. Living costs, which are generally not included in tuition, can be estimated on the School Abroad's Program Fees pages for each country’s program.

      2. All scholarships and federal financial aid will apply towards your Schools Abroad program if at least six credits will count towards your degree. Your scholarship will be prorated if you are taking fewer than full time credits (12).

      3. Schools Abroad semester cannot factor into your credit overage count. This means that if you overload in your other semesters (more than an average of 16 credits per semester), underloading in your Schools Abroad semester will not “even out” your overloads.

      4. Costs for students who will be less than full time status will be similar to per-credit charges at the Institute.

      5. Currently, the US Department of Veterans Affairs will not fund Middlebury Schools Abroad programs. Students receiving VA funding to attend the Institute may need to seek federal financial aid or other outside funding to support a Schools Abroad semester.

Applying

You can begin an application on Middlebury's website. At the bottom of the page, you will see a link that reads, "Begin your application by selecting a program here." Find your program, click "Apply Now", and click the button indicating you are a Middlebury Institute student to access the internal application. The entire application process is online.

Materials Needed

As a Middlebury Institute student, the application materials you will be required to complete include:

  1. Brief essay.

  2. Passport copy.

  3. Language evaluation—to be completed by your language faculty or the program coordinator of your language department.

  4. Major advisor approval—to be completed by Jen Holguin in consultation with the relevant Degree Program Chair and Dean/Assistant Dean.

Once Accepted/Course Planning

Because you will be registered for Middlebury Schools Abroad courses, not MIIS courses, during your semester abroad, you will need to fill out a Leave of Absence for Schools Abroad form, available on the Records Office webpage. The standard Leave of Absence fee is waived.

You will begin working on the process of obtaining your visa and other pre-departure processes with the Middlebury International Programs Office.

If you are accepted to the program, you should begin the process of finalizing your specific program within the country and begin to work with the advisors and the country program staff to determine which courses you’ll plan to register for. Note that you will not be formally registering for your courses until the beginning of the semester. However, you should do your best to develop a likely list of courses and have them pre-approved in advance of your departure.

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 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

All Schools Abroad courses taught in the target language can count towards your language requirement. They do not require pre-approval. Remember that you may take up to all twelve credits of your language requirements in one semester of a Middlebury Study Abroad 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 to Fulfill Degree-Specific Requirements

For students in GSIPM degree programs, to meet degree program electives or degree-specific requirements, you have three (3) 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 Schools Abroad faculty member or country director, who will help the student identify a) additional class work 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 class work 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 the 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.

Contact

Jen Holguin
Career & Academic Advisor
Director of Fellowships, Exchanges and Study Abroad
Center for Advising & Career Services
jhamblet@miis.edu
831.647.6676