Is there an English proficiency requirement?

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Monterey 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 Monterey Institute experience, candidates will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the application process.

Who are the instructors / faculty?

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

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).

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 Monterey Institute 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

Can I attend part of the program?

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

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.).

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.

Is housing available?

The Monterey 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.

How does this program relate to degree programs offered at the Monterey 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 Monterey 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.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, applicants must have: