You want tochange the world

Nuan He


We will
show you how

Garvey McIntosh

Middlebury Institute

International Program
Specialist at NASA

The world needs people who can make an impact.

You’ve got a global focus. You’re socially conscious. You’re motivated by a desire to improve policies, practices, and understanding in the world. You are what this world needs to lead the response to today’s seemingly intractable problems.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies is a graduate school and training ground for developing and implementing practical solutions, a home to some of the world’s leading experts who will be your mentors, teaching you how to take your education and experience and make the difference you want to see in the world.

Around the globe, political, economic, environmental, and social breakdowns mean that now, more than ever, we need people who understand the challenges we face and how to make a positive impact on them. At the Middlebury Institute, you will learn to do just that, as you experience deep collaborative learning, immersive culture and language, and extensive opportunities to acquire and apply practical, professional skills.


Student Profiles

Michael RossAlumnus

Translation and Interpretation

What made the Institute a special experience for you?

I studied education as an undergrad and became a high school language teacher immediately after college. Within a few months, I realized that teaching was not for me! The Institute gave me the opportunity to use my language skills in a new career. That change has truly paid off. With my degree in translation and interpretation, I’m making more money, I have a better quality of life, and I’m much, much happier. What’s more, I have seen how Institute graduates come out of school immediately at the top of their fields. To be honest, there are some unscrupulous people in the language services industry who don’t know what they’re doing, but everyone knows that they can trust Middlebury Institute graduates.

What are you doing now?

I work as a freelance translator and interpreter based in Chicago. Highlights include working as a liaison interpreter for the State Department (where I took on assignments focused on entrepreneurship in Africa, diplomatic security, and fighting terrorism), doing simultaneous interpretation for the UN Capital Development Fund, and translating two published books about video games.

Anna GalbraithStudent

International Education Management

Why did you choose the Middlebury Institute?

I wanted a school that would foster the skills I had learned living abroad into something marketable. The IEM program felt like it was tailor-made for me: I’d be able to continue using Spanish, and I would have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through the practicum. And since I’m from Nebraska, the proximity to the ocean (and sea otters!) was a huge draw.

What makes the Institute a special experience for you?

I get to have class with some of the most dynamic people I’ve ever met, and learn from professors who are generous with their time and knowledge.

What’s next for you?

My experience studying abroad marked a definite “before” and “after” in my life, and I can think of no better way to pay tribute to that experience than by ensuring that other students have the same opportunity. I’d like to maintain my connection with the Spanish language and work to create the best possible study abroad programs in Spanish-speaking countries for students at the college level.

DJ WattsAlumnus

International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

Why did you choose the Middlebury Institute?

I chose the Institute because I wanted to continue my language studies and study subjects that affect the world.

What made the Institute a special experience for you?

It’s pretty wild how a school this small has students from so many different countries. Most of us have lived in and traveled to several countries, and for those who haven’t yet, they get the kind of exposure that will make them want to. I believe this kind of environment helps everyone at the Institute become more globally conscious.

What are you doing now?

Right now I am working in operations for a Japanese tea distributor in Los Angeles. Within the next year I plan on taking the customs broker exam to get my customs brokerage license. After that, I would like to do work involving trade compliance in either the private or public sector. It would also be great if I could keep using my second language (Japanese) wherever I end up working.

Alan LovewellAlumnus

International Environmental Policy

What degree did you pursue at the Institute?

I studied international environmental policy.

What made the Institute a special experience for you?

I got to experience working with several organizations on a range of important projects. The Institute community was very supportive, too—and passionate about creating positive change.

How did the Institute influence your life?

I knew I wanted to work on ocean health and management issues. At the Institute, I realized there was an opportunity in business to solve many of society’s most pressing issues.

What are you doing now?

I’ve started a company called Real Good Fish (formerly Local Catch) based on a business plan a few colleagues and I wrote in our first semester. Attending the Institute exposed me to lots of innovative ideas and solutions. And the community encouraged me to seek out new experiences and gain unique perspectives on the world.

James SlatonStudent

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?

I got my undergraduate degree in French from Auburn University in Alabama. I’m from Washington, D.C.

Why did you choose the Middlebury Institute?

While stationed in Romania with the Navy, I started a nonprofit organization to help local orphans increase their educational and professional opportunities. I wanted to focus on improving their English so they could qualify for more jobs and educational programs. I came to the Institute because I wanted to study both practical and theoretical applications of teaching and linguistics in the foreign language classroom.

What makes the Institute a special experience for you?

I love what a great job it does helping us develop effective teaching practices for our future classrooms, grounded in solid pedagogical theory. Everything we do relates back to the language classroom and how we can become better teachers. And the small class sizes foster a family-like atmosphere, where teachers know your name.

What’s next for you?

I’d like to return to Romania and expand my nonprofit organization, so we can provide both English instruction and funding for postsecondary educational opportunities.

Kyle PiluttiStudent

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?

I have BA degrees in humanities and Arabic with a minor in mathematics from Michigan State University.

Why did you choose the Middlebury Institute?

The Institute program allowed me to study NPTS while still continuing with my Arabic studies.

What makes the Institute a special experience for you?

The Institute’s exemplary faculty and far-reaching connections are what have made my experiences here amazing.

What is next for you?

I hope to focus on international relations in nonproliferation efforts— approaching the issue from an international position, such as in an agency like the IAEA, or from a national position, such as the State Department or a National Laboratory.

Jorge SilvaAlumnus

International Policy and Development

Why did you choose the Middlebury Institute?

The range of people that choose the Institute—the tremendous diversity of backgrounds and experiences—is what made my time there meaningful. They helped me understand issues from different points of view.

What made the Institute a special experience for you?

I gained valuable knowledge about how policies are developed, and the consequences they carry. This wealth of insight combined with a knowledgeable faculty helped me process complex concepts and be able to communicate them simply to a diverse group of people.

What are you doing now?

After working for Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) for four years and for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, I am now the vice president for communications for the Latino Victory Project. I set the tone and voice for the organization and create message guidance for media consultants and politicians in Washington, D.C.

Lisa LiStudent

Translation and Localization Management

Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?

I studied tourism management at Beijing International Studies University. I’m from Beijing, too.

Why did you choose the Middlebury Institute?

Because of the degree in translation and localization management, a program that combines language studies with technology and offers you a prospective career opportunity as well. For me, it was perfect.

What makes the Institute a special experience for you?

There’s so much diversity on campus—you meet people from all over the world. And everyone’s full of energy, everyone’s dedicated to making a change. Not to mention the beautiful scenery right outside your door.

What are you doing now?

I am managing localization projects for a company that offers online early childhood education solutions.

Scott WebbAlumnus

Public Administration

What degree did you pursue at the Institute?

I received a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

What made the Institute a special experience for you?

I was studying with like-minded people, in a diverse environment, in a beautiful location. Actually, I loved living here so much that after seven years in the D.C. area, I decided to move back. I also liked the Institute’s focused approach—there was nothing unnecessary or outdated in the curriculum. And we were all empowered to help influence and evolve the curriculum ourselves. My degree was a great combination of working and studying.

How did the Institute influence your life?

I definitely found my niche in terms of how I work in a group. I learned more about myself as a collaborator and what people thought I was good at. I learned that I work best when I’m being supportive and helpful, and how rewarding it is to complete something as a team—probably more rewarding than doing it alone.

What are you doing now?

After eight years in international development and humanitarian relief, most recently at Catholic Relief Services, I've returned to the Institute as a career and academic advisor. My goal is to help students with an interest in development connect with potential employers.

Meaningful, Practical Career Preparation


At the Institute, your career and academic advising are customized and coordinated to align your courses with your professional goals. You’ll graduate with a practical degree, fully prepared for a rewarding career. Your course work will meaningfully contribute to your chosen area of study, whether it’s policy analysis, trade, international development, education, global security, sustainability, translation, interpretation, localization, or other essential fields.

You’ll also become part of our extensive alumni network of more than 22,000 professionals around the world. Our graduates work at the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, the World Wildlife Fund, Google, BNP Paribas, Education First, and hundreds of other international organizations.

Collaborative Learning

A Connected Community

You’ll study with a small and diverse community at our campus in Monterey, California, where we foster the cross-pollination of ideas with students and faculty in other critical programs and offer the option to work and study in D.C. or other locations.

Exceptional Faculty

You’ll be taught and mentored by faculty who are both recognized researchers in their fields and experienced practitioners. They’ll be your academic partners in your studies, and you’ll have opportunities to work alongside them in assistantships.

Practical Skills

You’ll gain firsthand practical experience through our research centers and initiatives, immersive learning, and internship opportunities that are integral to your degree.

At the Institute, we break down the disciplinary boundaries and silos of academia to provide the most practical professional education.

The Middlebury Institute campus is big enough to offer many opportunities, internationally and professionally, but small enough to feel like I can have lunch with professors or schedule meetings with them almost any time.

Rafael Hernandez

International Policy and Development

Translation and localization management students experience immersive learning during Localization Practicum, a course they take in their final semester. They create a translation agency and work with a nonprofit organization that needs translation and localization. The goal is to learn from each other and get some content translated in the process.

Max Troyer
Alumnus and Faculty

Translation and Localization Management

Academic Resources

Our extensive Institute resources will contribute to all aspects of your study and professional development.

Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS)

CACS assists you with academic direction, skills development, career exploration, and professional opportunities aligned with your interests, languages, experiences, and goals.

Digital Learning Commons

Our campus hub for technology, creative problem solving, exploration, and peer-to-peer teaching and learning provides expertise in media and technology. You’ll find training opportunities, technological resources, and collaborative spaces to facilitate your learning.

Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab

The META Lab offers expertise in program evaluation and a range of data analysis tools and applications, meeting the growing need for evidence-based evaluation.

Globe Multilingual Services

We have a professional organization of students who provide translation, interpretation, and localization services.


M-Force promotes innovation and the exchange of ideas around the social impact of private enterprise, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship.

The Writing Center

Get free one-on-one writing tutoring.

Dynamic Location

The Middlebury Institute is in Monterey, California, just south of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area—an international center of innovation and technology. The Monterey area is one of the most multicultural and multilingual regions in North America. You’ll have access to internationally active research centers and initiatives:

  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC)
  • Center for the Blue Economy
  • Center for Conflict Studies
  • Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies
  • Cyber Collaborative

The Institute is closely aligned with the East Coast through Middlebury College and our Washington, D.C., campus, and with sites around the world through the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad.

The best way to balance the rigorous academics of graduate school is to get outside, and there’s no better place to do that than Monterey.

Monterey is an amazing place, and it’s so beautiful. I travel to NASA Ames Research Center for work about twice a year and always try to make time to visit Monterey. It’s like being home.

Garvey McIntosh

International Policy Studies

Distance from the Institute

San Francisco120 mi
Los Angeles320 mi
San Diego440 mi
Yosemite180 mi
Big Sur23 mi
The Beach0.25 mi

I’ve never lived on the coast before, and I really enjoy having the beach so close. I’ve also enjoyed getting to know the other students and faculty outside the classroom, whether hiking or just getting together to make s’mores on the beach.

Conner Anderson

Peace Corps Master’s International MPA

I love hiking and backpacking so the Monterey area was a perfect fit! I’m also an amateur landscape photographer, which works out well since Big Sur, Yosemite, and Pinnacles National Park are all so close.

James Slaton

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Global Fluency

To address the world’s most challenging problems, we need understanding across borders, cultures, and languages.

  • The Institute is home to approximately 725 students from more than 50 countries.
  • We pursue language learning through content-based courses, providing you with relevant and timely opportunities to build professional proficiency.
  • We emphasize intercultural competence as integral to achieving effective change.

Learning in language and intercultural studies are integral to an Institute education. These skills are central to achieving effective change around the world.

I’ve been able to take the Russian language skills that I came to the program with and really build them so that I can use them in a professional setting.

Sarah Bidgood

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

As a professor of international policy and development, I find that there is no more rewarding environment in which to teach than a place with students whose sole mission is to make the world a better place. The icing on the cake for a professor at the Institute is the large number of international students who share with us their unique worldviews.

William Arrocha

International Policy and Development

Degree Programs

Master’s Degrees

International Policy and Development

Learn to develop and promote fair and just policy solutions to international social and economic challenges.

Master of Public Administration

Identify and help manage international development opportunities for social change.

International Education Management

Prepare for a career in education abroad, international student and scholar services, language programs, citizen diplomacy programs, and government agencies.

International Environmental Policy

Develop the critical knowledge and skills to become a leader in addressing complex environmental challenges like sustainability and climate change.

International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

Explore policy analysis, compliance, and trade negotiations for careers in business, government, or civil society.

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Prepare for a career in global security, focusing on the challenges posed by terrorism, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and financial crimes.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Become a leader in ESL language education in the U.S. and abroad through our internationally recognized teacher education program.

Teaching Foreign Language

Become a leader in foreign language education in the U.S. and abroad through our internationally recognized teacher education program.

Translation and Interpretation
Conference Interpretation

Build your skills in translation, consecutive interpretation, and simultaneous interpretation to enhance cross-cultural understanding and communication.

Translation and Localization Management

Learn to manage and implement localization projects in the global marketplace.

Online Translation and Localization Management

Advance your career with an online degree designed for working professionals.

Additional Programs and Certificates

Language Programs
  • Custom Language Services
  • Intensive English Programs
  • Summer Intensive Language Program
Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows
Options for Peace Corps Service
Professional Development
  • Executive Training
  • Teacher Training Programs
  • Translation and Interpretation Professional Programs
Certificates and Specializations
  • Blue Pioneers Program
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Financial Crime Management
  • Intercultural Competence
  • International Education Management
  • Language Program Administration
  • Language Studies for Professional Purposes
  • Nonproliferation Studies
  • Spanish Community Interpreting
  • Summer Peacebuilding Program
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching Foreign Language (TFL)
  • Terrorism Studies
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