I want to change the world.

Nuan He

Student

And I
already
have.

Garvey McIntosh

Middlebury Institute
Alumnus

International Program
Specialist at NASA

The world needs people who can make an impact.

People who can inspire, educate, and innovate. People who can reach across boundaries, and marry principles with real-world engagement.

The world needs people who can understand our greatest challenges, from poverty to climate change, and the connections between them.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies is a graduate school creating the next generation of global changemakers. Our degrees emphasize deep collaborative learning: they immerse you in culture and language, and give you the opportunity to acquire and apply practical, professional skills.

The world needs people like you.

Student Profiles

Kyle Pilutti—Student

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

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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.

Alan Lovewell—Alumnus

International Environmental Policy

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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.

Lisa Li—Student

Translation and Localization Management

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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 Webb—Alumnus

Public Administration

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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.

Hanna Kanabiajeuskaja—Alumna

Conference Interpretation

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What degree did you pursue at the Institute?

I finished my conference interpretation master’s in May 2014.

What made the Institute a special experience for you?

I came to Monterey to strengthen my interpretation skills. But at the Institute, I found so much more: mentors—both professors and my fellow students—inspired me every day. My degree demanded a lot of time and dedication, and it felt like we were all in it together. It meant a lot to me.

How did the Institute influence your life?

In so many ways. I’ve met some great people at the Institute—friends for life. I learned to explore opportunities outside my major and developed a fascination with localization, internationalization, and software development, which is what I do professionally now. The Institute built my confidence to pursue the careers that interest me. Now, I know my hard work and dedication will help me get wherever I want.

What are you doing now?

I live in San Francisco and work with some great people. I’m an associate product manager (in localization) at Box, where I help users in different countries collaborate by making Box products available to them in 17 languages.

James Slaton—Student

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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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.

Anna Galbraith—Student

International Education Management

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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 Watts—Alumnus

International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

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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.

Jorge Silva—Alumnus

International Policy and Development

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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.

Collaborative Learning

Close-knit community

The small and diverse campus community fosters the cross-pollination of ideas with other students and faculty in related degree programs.

Practical skills

Access to worldwide initiatives, research centers, and internship opportunities are integral to your degree so you’ll gain firsthand practical experience in the field.

Full-time faculty

Many of our faculty have international experience in their respective disciplines and often become active mentors to students and remain lifetime colleagues.

Professional opportunities

Graduates pursue fulfilling and meaningful careers around the world—at the United Nations, U.S. State Department, Save the Children, World Bank, Google, Apple, Oracle, and Deloitte.

At the Institute, we break down 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
Student

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

Students have several Institute resources right here on campus to help with all aspects of study.

Digital Learning Commons

Your campus hub for technology, innovation, and peer-to-peer teaching and learning.

META Lab

Our Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab focuses on the rising demand for evidence-based policy evaluation.

Globe Multilingual Services

Professional organization of students who provide translation, interpretation, and localization services.

M-Force

Promoting innovation and the exchange of ideas around the social impact of private enterprise, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship.

The Writing Center

Free one-on-one writing tutoring for all students.

Vibrant Location

Monterey is just south of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area—an international center of innovation and technology—and its coastal location provides easy access to both beaches and mountains. The Institute maintains ties to the East Coast through Middlebury College and our Washington, D.C., campus. And students have access to internationally active research centers and programs:

  • Center for the Blue Economy
  • Center for Conflict Studies
  • Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies
  • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Cyber Security Initiative

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
Alumnus

International Policy Studies

Distance from the Institute

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
Student

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
Student

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

International Focus

  • 725 students from more than 50 countries
  • Foreign language component
  • Cultural studies
  • Real-world research
  • Global engagement and cross-cultural communication
  • Worldwide programs
  • Internships in your field

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
Student

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
Faculty

International Policy and Development

Lifelong Community

You step onto a campus that is a built-in community, right from the start.

Daniel McCarthy
Student

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Meet people who’ve made the most of their Middlebury experience and gone on to bring great ideas and changes to the world.

After two years in Monterey, I am part of a wide-reaching network of professionals and practitioners all over the globe.

Amy Slay
Student

International Education Management

Meeting the Institute alumni in Washington, D.C., who are working in my dream jobs was amazing. Not only am I now part of this incredible network but they also directly helped me secure a great summer internship.

Annathea Cook
Student

International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

Degree Programs

Master’s Degrees

International Policy and Development

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

Master of Public Administration

Identity and help manage international development opportunities for social change.

International Education Management

Prepare for careers in study abroad programs, student services, and government programs such as Fulbright and Education USA.

International Environmental Policy

Develop the critical knowledge and skills to tackle complex environmental challenges, especially those posed by climate change.

International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

Explore policy analysis and trade negotiations with a focus on one of the three tracks—business, government, or civil society.

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Develop the knowledge and skills to address the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and respond effectively to terrorism.

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
Translation and Interpretation
Conference Interpretation

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

Translation and Localization Management

Develop the skills for a rapidly growing industry focused on translation, technology, and project management.

Additional Programs and Certificates

Language Programs
  • Custom Language Services
  • Intensive English Programs
  • Summer Intensive Language Program
Peace Corps Fellows Programs

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows

Professional Development
  • Teacher Training Programs
  • Translation and Interpretation Professional Programs
  • Intercultural Communication Training
Certificates (from one week to two semesters)
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Custom Professional Development Trainings/Executive Education
  • Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation
  • Financial Crime Management
  • Frontier Market Scouts
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Language Program Administration
  • Nonproliferation Studies
  • Spanish Community Interpreting
  • Summer Peacebuilding Program
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching Foreign Language (TFL)
  • Terrorism Studies