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Monterey Institute of International Studies

Monterey Institute
of International Studies
Motto Be the solution
Established 1955
Type Private
President Sunder Ramaswamy
Academic staff 70 full time; 70 adjunct
Postgraduates 790
Location Monterey, California, United States
Campus Urban
Colors blue      and white     
Mascot Middlebury Panthers
Website www.miis.edu
Monterey Institute Logo

The Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is a graduate school of Middlebury College, located in Monterey, California, USA. Founded in 1955 and formally declared a Graduate School of Middlebury College in 2010, the Institute specializes in international policy, environmental policy, international business, language teaching, and translation and interpretation.

The Institute comprises two graduate professional schools: the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education and the Graduate School of International Policy and Management. In addition to the two graduate schools, the Institute is home to five research centers. The Institute awards Masters of Arts (M.A.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), and numerous certificates across a variety of disciplines. The Institute's mission is to create an academic community committed to preparing the next generation of leaders to "Be the Solution" in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. In 2011, the Institute produced more Fulbright Fellows per capita than any other graduate school in the US.[1]



  Flags representing a few of the home countries of students at the Monterey Institute

  Founding and expansion

The Monterey Institute was established in 1955. Originally known as the Monterey Institute for Foreign Studies, the school rapidly gained international recognition for its pioneering efforts[unbalanced opinion] in promoting global understanding through the study of language and culture.[2]

Over the decades the Institute has grown, adding new programs, faculty, and students to expand its global reach and educational mission. In 1961, the school moved to its current downtown Monterey location, where it presently occupies 17 buildings that house two graduate schools, multiple research centers, and numerous special programs. In 1997, the Institute became the first professional graduate school in the world to offer a master's degree in International Environmental Policy.[3] The Institute is committed to carbon neutrality by 2016.[4]

  Middlebury connection

In June 2010, the Monterey Institute was formally designated a Graduate School of Middlebury College,[5] cementing a relationship that had been in the making since 2005 when the two schools signed an affiliation agreement. The combined entity draws on Middlebury's two hundred years experience in liberal arts and language education and the Institute's professional programs to prepare students to respond effectively to the complex challenges of a rapidly changing global environment.[2]

  Educational philosophy

The Monterey Institute is one of a few higher educational institutions in the US to have an international focus from its conception. Over the years, the Institute has developed its own pedagogical approach to international professional education which it calls the "Monterey Way". This learning model, which mixes rigorous interdisciplinary analysis with second language mastery and immersive learning experiences, ensures that students are developing culturally competent solutions to global issues.[6] The "Monterey Way" is not a detached educational philosophy, but a mission-driven approach that hopes to make a difference in the world - hence the motto "Be the Solution".

  Academic programs

  Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education

The Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education trains translators, interpreters (including conference interpreters), localization experts, and language teachers. It also offers short-term, intensive and customized programs in languages, teacher training, and translation, interpretation and localization.[7]

  • Language and Education trains language teachers who will teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and teach a foreign language. Certificate programs are also offered in these areas as well as in CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) and Language Program Administration.
  • Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management educates language translators and interpreters for careers in international settings, and for court and medical interpreting in the community. MIIS offers four degree programs (M.A. in Translation, M.A. in Translation/Localization Management, M.A. in Translation and Interpretation, and M.A. in Conference Interpretation) in eight foreign languages (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish). It recently added Portuguese as a language for the Translation and Localization Management program.

  Short-term language programs

The Monterey Institute also offers several non-degree programs, including intensive ESL programs year round; Summer Intensive Language Programs,Custom Language Services, English for Diplomats Programs, short term translation and interpretation courses, and international policy certificate programs. The Institute is the only school in the Western Hemisphere offering graduate degrees in conference interpretation and in translation and interpretation between English-Chinese, English-Japanese and English-Korean.

  Graduate School of International Policy & Management

The Graduate School of International Policy & Management offers a combination of graduate degree and non-degree programs. At the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM), about one third of the students are international students and nearly all have a few years of professional experience abroad.[8]

Programs include:

  • International Environmental Policy: is the world's first international environmental policy program.[3] It trains top leaders in the environmental policy field from government, business, and non-governmental organizations. The MA program gives students the option to specialize in issues such as land and marine conservation, sustainable development, and energy and climate change.
  • International Policy Studies: Master’s degree and certificate programs leading to international careers in government, nonprofit organizations, or the private sector. The MA program offers two tracks: Human Security and Development and Trade, Investment, and Development. Certificate programs include Conflict Resolution and Trade Policy.
  • Master of Public Administration(MPA) is a professional post-graduate degree in Public Administration. The international MPA program prepares students to become effective leaders and managers. Through coursework and practical field experiences, students integrate theory, knowledge, and skills. They also develop the personal traits of effective leaders and managers including adaptability, resourcefulness and critical self-reflection.
  • MBA in International Management: MBA advanced professional degree programs leading to careers in international business. The program's diverse student body, comprising 50% international students and 50% women, as well as its 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio makes this MBA program particularly unique and highly personalized. The curriculum prepares students to perform successfully in cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral teams and business environments. The Monterey Institute has been granting MBA degrees since 1982 and has been accredited by AACSB International since 2002.[9]
  • Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies: one of the first graduate programs in the world to combine issues of counter-terrorism and nuclear nonproliferation, its curriculum provides students with the in-depth knowledge and specialized professional skills necessary to address the critical security threats of our time.

  Immersive learning programs

  Frontier Market Scouts Program

The Monterey Institute of International Studies, in partnership with Sanghata Global,[10] has founded and developed this program. The Frontier Market Scouts Program transforms compassionate and capable young professionals into talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and weak-capital regions of the world. The Scouts provide business development assistance for local entrepreneurs and due diligence for investors with the goal of generating high-quality deal flows and supporting portfolio companies at a low cost.

  Winter practica

During the January term, the Monterey Institute regularly organizes opportunities for students to gain real world experience and practice their languages of study in-country. Currently, the Institute offers four programs in Chile, El Salvador, Nepal and Peru.

  Research centers

  James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is the largest nongovernmental organization in the world devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and is the only organization dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research on nonproliferation issues.[11]

In October 2010, the Austrian Foreign Ministry selected the CNS as its partner in the establishment of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation. In a public announcement, the Austrian government said that it selected CNS from a large number of candidates to manage and operate the new center “because of its distinguished record of leadership in the field and its shared vision” for the new center.[12]

  Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) sponsors research, lectures, and seminars on subjects relating to East Asia. Projects include research, conferences, and curriculum material development. In these projects CEAS collaborates with researchers and research institutions in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and the U.S.[13]

CEAS also hosts visiting fellows who conduct research on topics of interest to the Center. Past visiting fellows include professors/researchers from the Economic Research Institute (Khabarovsk), the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (Niigata), Renmin University of China (Beijing), the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Ethnology of the Far Eastern Peoples (Vladivostok), the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (Seoul), Moscow State University, and the University of Maryland.[13]

  Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE)

The Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE) provides education, consulting and research in the area of business globalization and localization. Faculty and student teams at the Center develop business plans for companies requesting localization assistance, and provide consulting and research services. Faculty and student teams at the Center help companies assess their globalization or localization needs, develop strategies and facilitate implementations through the Center's executive development, consulting and research services.[14]

In addition, the Center develops curricula in globalization and localization for the Fisher International MBA Program courses and training programs, and customized business courses for students enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Translation and Localization Management program in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education (GSTILE), as well as for students in any of the Institute's other graduate programs.[14]

  Monterey Terrorism Research & Education Program (MonTREP)

The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP) is a research and educational component of the Graduate School of International Policy & Management that conducts in-depth research, assesses policy options, and engages in public education on issues relating to terrorism and international security. The focus of the program is on the study of violence-prone extremist groups and their historical evolution, ideological motivations, organizational structure, demographic profile, operational methods, and potential interest in carrying out mass casualty attacks (including through the acquisition and use of so-called "weapons of mass destruction" [WMD]).

  Center for the Blue Economy

The mission of the Center for the Blue Economy is to educate the next generation of leaders to sustainably manage the world's oceans and coasts. Launched in fall 2011, the Center will complement the achievements of the International Environmental Policy program by offering coursework in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in Fall 2012 – the first program of its kind in the entire state of California. The program will focus on conservation biology, environmental and natural resource economics, energy policy, and sustainable development.[15]

  Notable faculty

  Student life



The Monterey Institute is one of the facilities (along with the Defense Language Institute just a few blocks away) making Monterey the Language Capital of the World. At any given moment you can hear more than 50 different languages on campus grounds. The flags at the main building are not just decorative but represent the nationalities of students currently enrolled.

About one third of the 700 students are from foreign countries and nearly all the Americans enrolled at the institute have lived, worked or studied abroad, in such programs as the Peace Corps, AFS Intercultural Programs or Rotary International.

  Student clubs


Beyond yoUrself In Language Development (BUILD) is a student-run organization that provides free low-level language classes in thirteen languages to the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) community. Classes are taught by students enrolled in the TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language programs at MIIS.

  Notable alumni


  1. ^ Students Land More Fulbright Awards Per Capita than Students at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton. Oct. 27, 2011
  2. ^ a b About MIIS-History
  3. ^ a b http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2010/aug/26/east-meets-west/
  4. ^ http://rs.acupcc.org/cap/300/
  5. ^ Integrating the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Middlebury College
  6. ^ The Monterey Way
  7. ^ About GSTILE
  8. ^ About GSIPM
  9. ^ All Member Schools - AACSB
  10. ^ Sanghata Global
  11. ^ Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  12. ^ CNS and Austrian Foreign Ministry launch Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
  13. ^ a b Center for East Asian Studies
  14. ^ a b Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports
  15. ^ Center for the Blue Economy
  16. ^ Interview with Katharine Daniels Kurz

  External links

Coordinates: 36°35′59″N 121°53′49″W / 36.59972°N 121.89694°W / 36.59972; -121.89694



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