Teaching English in Bhutan

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at the Monterey Institute is known for producing leaders in language learning across the globe.

"MIIS really does produce experts in this sort of thing," said Matt Robinson (MATESOL '08). "It’s rewarding to recognize how much you really do know about this sort of thing when you are out there."


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Traveling the World for Education

Since graduating from the Monterey Institute in 1983, Jay Ward (MA in International Policy Studies) has spent the majority of his career in the field of international education. During that time, he has held various positions in international admissions, recruitment, international student advising, and international education administration at several universities.


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Hard Work, Love, Hard Work

Since graduating in 2010 with a MA in Translation & Localization Management, life has been a whirlwind tour for Dustin Brumley. He's started his own business, moved around the world and married fellow MIIS alum Amaia Zaballa Zarzosa (MA in Conference Interpretation).


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MIIS Student Finds “Amazing” Internship -- With a MIIS Alumna

When MIIS alumna Mary Graham Bliss (MAIPS ’04) was a summer intern in Mali, she was told that the only thing that worked were “les petits projets pratiques” or the “practical small projects.” She listened, founded a non-profit organization focused on solar-energy projects, and named it “Practical Small Projects (PSP).” 

Joel and Maiko Bacha: A MIIS Match Following Their Dream and Making a Difference

Many students at the Monterey Institute find that their time here has a lasting effect far beyond the education they receive. Many make friends for life and some find their life partners at MIIS. We celebrate those special connections and the stories that follow as so-called “MIIS Matches.”

MIIS Alumna Shares Her Kabul Experience in NY Times

Jaala Thibault (MATESOL ´07) was one of only two U.S.-sponsored English Language Fellows (ELF) in Afghanistan in 2010; the other was fellow MIIS alumna Tara Bates (MATESOL ´07). Being selected into the U.S. State Department English Language Fellows program is “one of the most prestigious positions a recent MA graduate in TESOL or TFL can receive,” according to MIIS TESOL professor Kathleen Bailey.

MIIS Alumni Make Waves with Launch of “Local Catch Monterey Bay”

The week of January 16 saw Alan Lovewell (MAIEP ’10) and Oren Frey (MAIEP ’11) successfully launch “Local Catch Monterey Bay” – their new venture combining their love for the ocean with a penchant for practical solutions to real world problems. Local Catch Monterey offers weekly “shares” of fresh, sustainable seafood to members.

Alumni Gifts Bolster New Scholarship Fund in Honor of Professor Stephen Garrett

The Monterey Institute community mourned the loss of long-time professor Stephen A. Garrett last summer.  Professor Garrett joined the faculty at MIIS in 1974, and specialized in teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, ethics and international affairs.  He was a beloved member of the MIIS faculty, inspiring students with his knowledge and wonderful spirit for over 37 years.

MIIS Sends Call Out for Alumni Achievement Award Nominations! Deadline is January 20th

The Monterey Institute of International Studies Alumni Achievement Awards Program is back and there is an open call to our whole MIIS community for nominations.

Jennifer Cho: Interpreting for the State Department

Jennifer Cho graduated with a MA in Conference Interpretation from the Monterey Institute last May. After graduating, she landed two prestigious internships. The first was a Translation and Terminology Fellowship with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Jennifer translated patents for WIPO, which is a UN Organization.


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