Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The International Trade and Economic Development (ITED) program allows students to complete course work in both California and Washington, D.C.

The central coast of California offers opportunities to learn and intern with companies and organizations in the Salinas Valley, Silicon Valley, and Bay Area.

The D.C. offices provide immediate access to international policy and trade resources in the nation’s capital.

In addition to exposing students to a multicultural and global perspective in trade and policy, our bicoastal locations let them network and explore job markets in two of the world’s largest hubs for global trade.

In Monterey

ITED students enter in the fall and form a cohort team that works together throughout the program. During the first two semesters, students take an intensive program of academic course work in Monterey, covering trade policy, theory and practice, quantitative methods for trade policy, economic diplomacy and negotiation simulations, and trade laws and institutions, as well as advanced foreign language.

Central California is the dominant import/export region in the United States. It is home to major agricultural firms, the international economic hub housed in San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. There is ample opportunity for real-world impact on academic studies.

In Washington, D.C.

During the final fall semester in Washington, D.C., students focus on practical training and hands-on experiences to sharpen their knowledge, skills, and capabilities for a career in international trade and economic diplomacy. Students attend congressional hearings, administrative and regulatory meetings, and sessions at think tanks, as well as conferences, courses, and workshops with professionals and experts in U.S. trade policy and international trade policy.

The Washington experience provides an extraordinary opportunity for students to work on projects with professionals in their chosen field. They can connect with high-level officials and trade practitioners from across major trading nations and regions, as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Finishing in Washington puts students on the same footing as students at competitor schools. The highly influential Middlebury alumni network is ready to help.

Students who prefer to complete their final semester in Monterey or another location will have the option to complete their degree requirements via remote class attendance pending approval from the program chairs. Please note that most international students will have to complete the final semester in D.C. (or their home location). Also note that remote coursework may adversely affect some living allowance benefits for students on VA assistance.