Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

MIIS students can participate in a wide range of international and domestic immersive learning opportunities during the January term and spring break. View 2015 program flyer.

DPMI Rwanda

January 6-10, 2015 (optional)
January 12-22, 2015 (training)


What: Training covers project planning, facilitation, and partnerships along with social marketing. 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 have the option of arriving one week early and visiting Rwandan government and NGO offices in Kigali.

Who: DPMI Rwanda is open to MIIS students, local Rwandan development professionals, and other qualified applicants interested in a career in international development or social change.

Contact: Find more information on DPMI Rwanda or to apply visit DPMI, or email dpmi@miis.edu.

Cuba: Changing Course for Changing Times

Dates: January 6-17, 2015


What: Cuba has much to teach about the costs and benefits of revolution and the costs and benefits of integrating belatedly a now globalized economy. The nature of the relationship between Cuba and the U.S., the relentless continuity despite dramatic change in the world around them, gives away the predominance in both countries of domestic interests and domestic politics in the design and execution of foreign policy.

Academic Credit: 2 or 4 units

Who: All MIIS Students, no prerequisites required, but IPOL88522 and/or IPOL8688 recommended.

Contact: For more information, contact Professor Jan Black at jblack@miis.edu and cc Carolyn Meyer at cmtaylor@miis.edu.

Check out our ¡Viva Cuba! blog to follow the Cuba practicum adventures.

Watch our video about the 2013 cuba trip!

Peacebuilding in the Mindanao, Philippines

Dates: January 5-20, 2015

India Tour

What: Led by Professor Pushpa Iyer, participants will interacts with NGOs, INGOs, religious leaders, government officials, civil society members and members of peace zones in Mindanao. First hand information gained from these meetings will be analyzed as a group through regular debrief session. Outcomes will be presented through presentations at various forums and publications.

Academic credit: 0-4 units.

Application deadline: October 31st, 2014

Contact and more info: visit 2015 Mindanao (Philippines) or email ccs@miis.edu. Program is sponsored by MIIS Center for Conflict Studies.


Team El Salvador

Dates: January 3-24, 2015


The Team El Salvador Practicum provides a professional, international opportunity for MIIS students from all programs to enhance their development skills, language proficiency, and multicultural competency. Students will work on projects within communities to promote sustainable agriculture, micro-business models, natural resource protection, youth empowerment, organizational capacity building and more.

Check out Team El Salvador blog to learn more.

Team Peru

Dates: January 4-23, 2015


Team Perú aims to develop sustainable programs and projects in collaboration with the indigenous people of the Sacred Valley of Perú. In conjunction with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a professional environment that caters to his or her particular academic area of focus. Based on each individual’s knowledge, interests, and passion, each participant is assigned to a project where, as a group, they are encouraged to take full ownership and responsibility of the planning and implementation of that project.

Check out the Team Perú blog to follow their experience.

View information on the 2015 program.

East Asia: Japan and China (Spring Break)

Dates: March 12-20, 2015

What: Professors Tsuneo Akaha and Wei Lang will offer a 4-credit course on policy challenges facing Japan, China, and other countries in the East Asia and Asia-Pacific.

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.

Contact: Email Professor Tsuneo Akaha and Professor Wei Liang. Find more information.

Far East Russia: Vladivostok and Khabarovsk (Spring Break)

Dates: March 21-27, 2015

What: As part of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies fully funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, four MIIS students traveled with Professor Tsuneo Akaha

Who: Open to all MIIS students with Intermediate to advanced Russian Speaking and Understanding skills.

Contact: Find more information about Russian Initiative in Far East Russia.

The Praxis of Conflict Transformation: Poverty, Homelessness, and Violence in Los Angeles (Spring Break)

Dates: March 15-20, 2015

What: This course is led by Dr. Pushpa Iyer and covers conflict around racial tensions, extreme wealth, gentrification, gang violence, and other structural imbalances in the justice system.

Academic credits: 0-2 units.

Who: All MIIS students encouraged to apply.

Contact: MIIS Center for Conflict Studies or ccs@miis.edu.



International volunteer placements (1-12 months) with Omprakash are now available! Contact an advisor at the Center for Career and Academic Advising Services for more information.

More Practica

Past practica include peacebuilding courses in Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia with Dr. Pushpa Iyer. Rotating practica include a J-Term Chile course on the Mapuche and a spring break course in Bhutan led by Dr. Jan Black.