Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Combine your master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Peace Corps service through the Peace Corps Master's International Program (PCMI).

Last Chance

The Peace Corps is retiring its Master’s International graduate school program. Students beginning PCMI by fall 2016 will still be able to participate. If you are interested, please apply to the Institute before July 10, our final deadline for a fall 2016 start.

Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI)

Available to Fall and Spring incoming students, the PCMI program uniquely prepares students to fulfill challenging Peace Corps field assignments in developing countries. While attaining a degree from the Institute and carrying out the Peace Corps mission, students will apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to real-life teaching and teacher training settings.

How It Works

  1. Peace Corp Master's International (PCMI) students enroll for two semesters at the MIIS campus to complete core TESOL courses.
  2. PCMI students then fulfill 27 months of Peace Corps service (3 months of training in country followed by 24 months of service).
  3. Upon completion of service, TESOL PCMI students return to the MIIS campus for one final semester.

The Peace Corps Assignment

TESOL Peace Corps volunteers work in secondary school or university English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes and EFL teacher training positions. Teaching or teacher training constitutes volunteers primary responsibility. Secondary assignments or projects (generally obligatory in Peace Corps assignments) are dependent upon volunteers’ skills and interests as well as particular community needs. Some examples of secondary projects include:

  • Writing grant proposals for a variety of community needs
  • Working in an orphanage
  • Fund-raising
  • Running youth summer camps
  • Starting a library
  • Translating and interpreting for local organizations

MIIS will work with the student and the Peace Corps to ensure that the assignment supports the degree studies and the mission of the Peace Corps.

Scholarships Available to PCMI Students

Returned PCMI students are guaranteed a half-tuition scholarship for their final semester of study. The scholarship is dependent upon successful completion of the Peace Corps assignment. Students may also apply for merit scholarships and financial aid for their studies at the Institute prior to Peace Corps service.

Admission Requirements & Applications

Prospective students need to apply to the Institute and Peace Corps separately.

1. Apply to the Institute:

2. Apply to the Peace Corps.

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