Monterey Institute of International Studies

Why MIIS: Student Life

Think surfing, wine tasting, hiking, sight-seeing, SCUBA diving, golfing, whale-watching, and kayaking! You will love Monterey because it is the perfect place for all of these activities year-round.

Why MIIS? Student Life

We love living here, and you will, too. Boasting breath-taking cliffs, sandy beaches, and lush forests, Monterey is a small historic city located on the central coast of California, 130 miles (210 km) south of San Francisco and 345 miles (555 km) north of Los Angeles. The weather is moderate—not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter so you can comfortably do outdoor activities all year round.

Our campus is located in the heart of downtown Monterey, just a short walk to the beach and other attractions that add to a vibrant student life.

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Attractions in Monterey

Close to Monterey

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Carmel Valley 
  • Silicon Valley

Nearby Educational Institutions

All of the following contribute to an enriching educational environment, often finding ways to share resources to strengthen the Monterey Institute’s offerings.

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