Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Monterey, California, United States
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey is an academic community committed to preparing innovative professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments.



The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey was founded in 1955 as the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies by foreign language instructor Gaspard Weiss, in collaboration with his wife Louise Weiss and co-founders Frank Elton and Sybil Fearnley.


The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey offers graduate programs that prepare professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. Practical skills, collaborative processes, and innovative approaches are defining features of a Middlebury Institute education. Middlebury Institute learners are problem solvers and process masters, building sustainable, equitable solutions for a global community through our interdisciplinary blend of business, policy, and language.


The Institute is home to a number of important research centers and initiatives. Our faculty, research center staff and graduate students adopt original approaches to pressing issues on the international scene.

  • Center for the Blue Economy (CBE)
  • Center for Conflict Studies (CCS)
  • Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL)
  • Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS)
  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
  • Cyber Initiative


Student services

The Office of Student Services strives to create a positive student-centered environment, dedicated to providing the Institute students with the necessary resources, advising and caring support to enhance their student life experience. Fostering a multicultural environment conducive to meeting the needs of the MIIS community.

Housing services

You are moving to Monterey! Congratulations! Here are some helpful links to get you started in finding housing and getting settled in. MIIS does not offer housing but we do have resources that can assist you in the process of securing housing. Planning ahead will help!

Library services

  • Library Catalog
  • Databases, E-journal & E-book Packages
  • E-Reserves / Print Reserves
  • Full Text Finder (Find Journals Magazines and Newspapers)
  • BrowZine (Read Library Journals on Your Device)
  • Research Guides
  • Faculty Publications
  • MIIS Research Centers and Initiatives

ICT services

  • MIIS iLearn 2.8

Medical services

Due to the experiential nature of our academic programs and for your personal health and wellbeing, we require all students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours during the fall/spring terms or 4 or more credit hours during the summer term to have health insurance. To meet the MIIS health insurance requirement, you must either:

Student Life

Campus life

  • Meet our students and faculty by visiting our campus in Monterey, California.
  • We are located in downtown Monterey, just blocks away from historic Fisherman's Wharf. The Institute campus consists of 18 buildings, some of which are listed on the Monterey historical register.
  • Choose to schedule a campus visit or attend Preview Days: Campus visits are available for individuals and small groups.
  • Your visit includes a tour led by a current student followed by a meeting with an enrollment adviser. During the academic year, you may also observe a class of your choice.

Student clubs

  • MIIS Climbing Club
  • MIIS Futbol Club - Globadores
  • The MIIStery Machine Volleyball Club
  • MIIS Ping Pong Club
  • MIIS Softball Club - The MIISFits
  • Monterey Flyers
  • Tabletop Club
  • The Feminine MIIStique (Women's Soccer)
  • Yoga Club

Monterey, California, United States