Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Frequently Asked Questions

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All you need to know about the Peace, Trade & Development Program

When is the application deadline?
  • Applications will be a reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1 2014.  Apply today to ensure you have a spot!
  • Davis UWC fellowship should apply by February 15.
How much does it cost?

Fees for this program are $4,500 and include tuition, accommodation, all breakfast meals, special events meals, diverse faculty instruction, academic support, course materials, and career guidance.

Current MIIS and Middlebury students and alumni can participate in the program for $3,800.  

Local participants have the option of paying the $2,200 tuition only fee

Airfare and visa fees are additional and the responsibility of the student.

Interested students will be provided with furnished housing conveniently located near the Institute. Local transportation and food are not included and are the responsibility of the student. 

How long does the program run and how many hours will I spend in class?

The PTD classes will meet Monday, July 7 through Thursday, July 31. Classes will run from 10am-12pm and from 2-4pm unless otherwise noted.

The program will include four weeks of intensive class and group work, with four days of field exposure to international trade experts working in agriculture and technology industries in Central California. The program also includes a 3-day weekend trip to San Francisco (lodging provided).

Field exposure includes trips to technology, agriculture, government and finance organizations on the Central Coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area area (including Silicon Valley). Past site visits have included Ebay, Wells Fargo, Driscoll's, Matsui Orchid Nursery, Cisco, Hub Ventures, Kiva and Google as well as a visit to the Economic Development department of the City of San Jose. Further details will be given to accepted students with their schedules.

Can I attend part of the program?

No.  Due to the integrated format of this program, partial attendance is not possible.

How does this program relate to degree programs offered at the Institute?

The program is largely-based on coursework presented through the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM), more specifically from the trade policy curriculum. Overall, it serves as an introductory course for undergraduate or prospective graduate students.

The program is not geared towards Institute students studying trade policy, but rather it may be of interest to MBA candidates or BA and MA students specializing in development, conflict resolution and human rights.

Is housing available?

The Institute does not have on-campus housing; however, we do provide conveniently located accommodations for the duration of the program. Detailed information is provided to students accepted to the program.

Is there scholarship or other funding support available?

We are limited to a select scholarship program at this point, which is specifically designated for Davis UWC Scholars.  However, we are continually exploring additional funding opportunities.  We actively encourage applicants to consider applying for other scholarships through outside sources. 

To date, we have had several students that have been successful in securing such funds through other school affiliations, local community organizations and/or previous volunteer service (i.e. Americorps, Peace Corps, etc.).

If I am not a US citizen or Green Card holder, do I need to apply for a student visa?

Yes, all participants in MIIS non-degree training programs have to maintain a visa status that allows for study. Please contact visas@miis.edu to discuss the J-1 and F-1 student visa options. 

All accepted and deposited applicants, will be contacted by the Institute Office of International Student Services to begin the I-20 application process. 

Can this program help me find a job?

This program will likely give you an "edge" in establishing your next career. One unique feature is the multicultural, hands-on learning environment. Through our faculty and a designated career office, we have many available resources for students where you can receive help with resume building, job prospects, career advice and interviewing tips.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • Completed (or will complete) at least sophomore year of undergraduate study with high academic achievement
  • Completed an introductory course in micro and macro economics by the July prior to start of program
  • Show an interest in peace, trade and development issues such as trade and the environment, trade and poverty alleviation, the WTO and trade negotiations.
  • Be proficient in English
  • This program is particularly geared towards juniors and seniors in undergraduate programs and recent graduates (less than 2 years out) of BA and BS programs.
Who are the instructors / faculty?

This unique program is taught by a dynamic team of practitioners with expertise in trade, finance, economics, development and environmental issues. See the "Instructors" tab for a sampling of faculty biographies.

Who typically attends this program?

The Peace, Trade & Development program (PTD) is custom designed for upper-level undergraduates, prospective graduate students, and new professionals.

All applicants who have completed (or will complete) at least their sophomore year of undergraduate study and who have completed an introductory course in economics by June of 2014,* are eligible.

*Note: The economics requirement can be met in a variety of ways. Should you have any questions about this requirement, please contact us at peacetrade@miis.edu or 831.647.4645.

Is there an English proficiency requirement?

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Institute with sophisticated language backgrounds. Terms like "native-speaker," "fluent," or "bilingual" often do not accurately reflect the rich backgrounds of our students. In order to maintain the quality and integrity of the Institute experience, candidates will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the application process.

Non-native English speaking PTD candidates may provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations.

Suggested Minimum TOEFL Scores:

  • Internet-based test: 80
  • Writing sub-score: 23
  • No sub-scores below 19

Please note that we do not require your TOEFL or IELTS Scores. We recommend the TOEFL Score to be at 80 or above in order for the student to fully grasp the program curriculum.

Suggested Minimum IELTS Scores:

  • 6.5 Overall
  • No Sub-score below 6