Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Students can participate in a wide range of international and domestic immersive learning opportunities during January and spring break.


Czech Republic

Where: Vienna, Austria (2 days) and Prague, Czech Republic

When: January 16-27

What: This 2-week course in Prague will allow students to attend lectures at the Department of Nuclear Reactors at the Czech Technical University (CTU), conduct experiments on the research reactor, and go on site visits. There will also be a trip to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. Not only will participants benefit from the facts that many MIIS alums work at the IAEA, CNS has an office in Vienna, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation (VCDNP).

There are 12 spots available for this practicum. Students who complete the J-term class will also be eligible to be considered for a longer internship at the Department of Nuclear Reactors.

Academic Credit: Option for no credit or two (2) units

Application Deadline: Apply online by Oct. 15. Applicants will be notified by Oct. 24.

Contact/More Info: George Moore

DPMI: Certificate in International Development and Social Change


When: January 2-13 (Rwanda)

           January 9-27, 2017 (Monterey)

What: Training covers project planning, facilitation, and partnerships along with social marketing. For the Rwanda cohort, there will be seven days of intensive classroom instruction and 2-3 days devoted to a “real-life” client project for Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Participants will also have the option of arriving one week early and visiting Rwandan government and NGO offices in Kigali on January 9, 2016.

Open to: MIIS students, local development professionals, and other qualified applicants interested in a career in international development or social change.

Academic Credit: Option for no credit, four (4) units, or one (1) unit optional cultural immersion for Rwanda cohort

Early Review Deadline: September 1

Application Deadline: October 31

Contact/More Info: Email DPMI | Learn more from past DPMI participants in Rwanda blog.

FMS: Certificate in Social Impact Investing

When: January 9-20 (Monterey)

What: The Frontier Market Scounts (FMS) Program provides a 2-week training curriculum based in Monterey that introduces participants to the world of social impact investing and social enterprise management. The training also prepares participants for the opportunity to work directly with social entrepeneurs and investors during a 6-month field program in emerging markets.

Early Review Deadline: September 30

Application Deadline: Rolling

Contact/ More info: Email FMS | Learn more by visiting the Frontier Market Scouts blog.

Onsite Perspectives: Education Abroad Management in Spain

When: January 4-25

What: Participants will explore onsite management of international education programs in Madrid, Spain. Middlebury’s Madrid School Abroad, Sede Prim, will serve as the primary case study for the course. MIIS students will engage with Middlebury staff and undergraduate students to better understand the onsite perspectives of managing education abroad for U.S. college students. Participants will also explore a variety of international education models through visits and project work with program providers and Spanish universities hosting U.S. education abroad programs in Madrid.

Academic credit: 2 units

Interest Application Deadline: September 28

Contact & More Info: Professor Paige Butler | Learn more by visiting the IEM Abroad blog

Team Nepal: Using Data to Understand Disaster Relief and Development

When: January 4-27

What: Team Nepal 2016 investigated the effectiveness of different mechanisms for disaster response – Government, International Relief, local NGOs, local volunteer efforts, independent foreign efforts and the Nepali Diaspora. After viewing the resulting report, Accountability Labs – the logistics partner and client in this endeavor – was enthusiastic about the idea of a reprise of the research, with a tighter focus on the usefulness of particular modes of communication that the NGO uses. The second round of research is once again to be conducted primarily through on-the-ground surveys, combined with review of data sets provided by Kathmandu Living Labs and Accountability Lab. The topic will be refined by participating students, in collaboration with the organization. The overarching theme is effectiveness of communication to local aid recipients in Nepal. Though, the research should still correspond with the overall theme of connectivity and its relation to development.

Academic Credit: You may petition for directed study credit.

Application deadline: Students considering this wrap around course must register for (or audit) DPPG 8609 Field Methods during the Fall.

Contact/More Info: Field Manager, Molly McKeon | Field Manager, Amanda Bensel |Learn more by visiting the Team Nepal Blog.

Team Peru

When: January 5-26
team peru practica

What: Team Peru is an all-encompassing experience that allows for students to apply their education and make the most out of their time at MIIS. Starting in the fall semester students will partner with the MIIS alumni-founded organization the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) to design a research initiative around a theme that is currently relevant for the AASD in Peru. Afterwards, students will travel to Peru and implement their research over J-term. The in-country practicum is structured as a multi-dimensional learning experience that will be educational, impactful and rewarding. Additionally, the AASD offers a wide range of opportunities for students to remain involved with the program and continue using the AASD as a live case study in their courses. Leadership opportunities are also available for returning students.

Academic Credit: 2 or 4 units (Audit or no credit option may be requested)

Application Deadline: Students considering this wrap around course must register for (or audit) DPPG 8609 Field Methods during the Fall

Contact/More Info: Prof. Phil Murphy (Academics)| Adam Steiglitz (Logistics)

Check out the Team Peru blog to follow their experience.
View information on the 2015 program.

Team Salinas: Improving Community and Police Relations (paid)

When: TBD

What: This project will work with the City of Salinas and other local groups to improve the relationship between Salinas Peace Officers and the community. Students will evaluate data from the Long Beach program “Why’d you stop me” and work closely with Profs DePaolis and Murphy as well as the Meta-lab.  

Academic Credit: 2 or 4 units (Audit or no credit option may be requested)

Application Deadline: Students considering this wrap around course must register for (or audit) DPPG 8609 Field Methods during the Fall

Contact/More Info: Prof. Phil Murphy | Prof. Fernando DePaolis 

DPMI Client Project Practica

When: January 5-20 (Colombia); January 2-23 (Egypt)

           March 18-26 (Washington, DC)

What: January 2017 will mark the launch of a new concept for DPMI. Participants will consult with a local or international development and SCO for 1-3 weeks and learn the approach to project development that is widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations such as USAID, the World Bank and UNDP. Client projects are available in Cairo and Medellin in January and in DC over Spring Break. In Cairo, participants will be hosted by the American University of Cairo. Distinguished Middlebury Institute professor, Dr. Beryl Levinger, and Prof. Laila Moshneb, Assistant Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at  AUC and DPMI Alumna will support the team remotely and on the ground respectively. In Colombia, participants will be hosted by E2E, an NGO founded by MIIS Alumna Teryn Wolfe, which works toward sustainable development and corporate responsibility.

Early Review Deadline: September 2

Application Deadline: October 31

Contact/ More Info: Carolyn Taylor | DPMI 

Spring Break

East Asia

When: March 18 - 26

What: This is the immersive professional portion of the multi-term curricular sequence on studying Chinese politics, foreign policy and development challenges. It is aimed at robustly deepening the participating students’ understanding and appreciation of China. 

Who: Open to all student at MIIS. We particularly encourage GSIPM students with an interest in East Asia; T&I-J and T&I-C students are also encouraged to participate.

Application Deadline: Students considering this opportunity must register for (or audit) DPPG 8614 Foreign Policy, Trade and Security in East Asia

Contact/ More info: Professor Tsuneo Akaha | Professor Wei Liang | Learn more by visiting the 2015 program blog.

Make Your Own!

What: Want to create your own international program? Do you have an idea for a sustainable international project for you and your peers to tackle? You can apply for MIIS Immersive Learning Funding to offset your costs! 

Contact/More Info: go.miis.edu/immersivefunding


Past practica include peacebuilding courses in Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia with Dr. Pushpa Iyer.