Enrich Your Summer with MIIS Custom Language Programs


CLSWhether you are mastering Mandarin for an upcoming career move, brushing up on your French before a summer trip, or diving into Arabic for diplomats, the Monterey Institute is proud to promote our unique and effective Custom Language Programs. Programs are catered to the specific needs of each client and customizable to fit your schedule, budget, and proficiency level.

Learn more about Custom Language Programs at the Monterey Institute campus, and also new Hybrid Learning programs to fit your needs.

For more information on languages and curricula options, please fill out the Inquiry Form or contact the Custom Language Program Office at language@miis.edu


Where in the World are MIIS Students?


MIIS students  work and learn all over the world. They are global movers and shakers, engaged in some of the most critical social change and cultural exchange work of our time. Immersive Learning opportunities at MIIS, as well as an internationally-connected Center for Advising and Career Services contribute to our ever expanding network of MIIS students and alumni.

36 MIIS Students on Immersive Learning and International Professional assignments at organizations like the United Nations, the Nature Conservancy, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank, and the National Renewable Energy Lab.


Thailand alumni – all part of the diplomatic corps – and their families gathered for a group photo.

Trade and Development students spent spring break visiting the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. They met local policy makers, learned from guest lectures by industry professionals and scholars, and explored the impact and policy implications of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ).

Alumni continue to connect across the globe with fellow MIIIS grads, like these alumni who find each other while working at the International Labour Organization, and U.S. Embassies in Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, and Germany.

MIIS Students Innovate Around Monterey County Water Issues


miis_community_innovation_challengeLast week, MIIS hosted the Finals of the Monterey Community Innovation Challenge. Close to 40 students from the Monterey Institute and several from California State University Monterey Bay jumped at the opportunity to participate in the first challenge, “Nor Any Drop to Drink,” focused on finding innovative solutions to Monterey County’s water issues.

The winning team consisted of five Monterey Institute students from the International Environmental Policy degree program: Matthew Nichols (MAIEP ’14), Emily Cluff (MAIEP ’14), Nereyda Montaño (MAIEP ’14), Nate Maynard (MAIEP ’14) and Malcolm Johnson (MAIEP ’14). In their view, Monterey County’s water problem, like most fresh water issues, amounts largely to a problem of communication.

The main goal of the group’s proposal is to achieve communication, collaboration, and coordination via the creation of a community-based organization called the Water Science Trust (WST).

Read more at the MIIS Newsroom

Trade Conference on US – China Agriculture at MIIS


shanghai-hdr-bay-china-city-modern-port-stylish-768x1280It is with great enthusiasm that we extend to you a special invitation to attend this year’s TRADE CONFERENCE at the Monterey Institute of International Studies to be held on the MIIS campus Friday April 4, 2014. This is an amazing opportunity to be an active participant in the dialogue on key trade issues with China. We have assembled an amazing group of experts to interact with you and MIIS faculty throughout the day. The call for the conference is:


Conference AbstractU.S.-China trade in Agriculture is one of the most rapidly growing trade relations in the world.  As a result, it will be one of the most complex and potentially problematic economic relationships for the next decade.  It is a relationship for which economic statecraft and careful economic diplomacy will be critical to successful partnership.

This conference targets key issues constraining trade. Experts and practitioners from government, industry and the academy. will explore the framework of economic diplomacy needed for an expanding trade relationship for the next decade.  

REGISTER NOW to reserve your slot

For more information, contact Kathy Joyce
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Planned Giving and eMIISsaries
Monterey Institute of International Studies

MIIS Report on US Coastal Economies Lauded by Congressman Farr



National Ocean Economics Program Director Dr. Judith Kildow, Congressman Sam Farr, and Center for the Blue Economy Director Dr. Jason Scorse, who also serves as program chair of the Institute‘s International Environmental Policy program.

Presenting the 2014 State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies report at a press conference in Monterey on Monday, Dr. Judith Kildow, director of the National Ocean Economics Program at the Monterey Institute‘s Center for the Blue Economy, noted the imbalance between the economic importance of coasts and coastal oceans and the federal support for stewardship of these resources. According to the report, coastal states supply over 81 percent of American jobs and contribute $13 trillion to the economy, or 84 percent of GDP.

Rep. Farr lauded the NOEP report and said it was a very important contribution to the policy debate because it placed real economic value to our coastal resources. He said he was particularly happy that this important work was being done at the Monterey Institute, where he “went to study Spanish before joining the Peace Corps and going to Colombia.” Farr said there simply was “no place like MIIS anywhere.”

The press conference was covered by leading local news station KSBW and the Monterey County Weekly, and also mentioned in the Monterey Herald. For more on the the State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies 2014, visit oceaneconomics.org. The report can be downloaded here.

Read more at the MIIS Newsroom



Donor Pledges $2 million to Immersive Learning for MIIS Students



Students in the Monterey Institute’s unique immersive learning programs have the opportunity to work on real-life projects such as local development efforts in Peru.

The Monterey Institute has received a $2 million gift pledge from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift will be divided equally between support for the Institute’s unique immersive learning programs, which provide real-world professional opportunities for students as part of their academic experience, and the school’s endowment, which provides general support for all Institute activities.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous and visionary gift, which will allow us to expand opportunities for both students and faculty at the Monterey Institute,” commented President Sunder Ramaswamy. “Immersive learning is one of the signature elements of a Monterey Institute education, and this gift will allow us to explore new opportunities for our students to learn in the field as well as the classroom while enrolled here.”

Read more at the MIIS Newsroom.



Stop by the MIIS Roundtable Booth at Career Fair on Friday


During the Career Fair + MIIS Roundtable event on Friday, February 28 – stop by the MIIS Roundtable booth to learn more about your registration/membership benefits from MIIS Corporate Relations Director Kathy Joyce. Come and meet some of the experts whose programs and opportunities will be offered to our MIIS Roundtable membership as part of YOUR benefits.
Special guests at the table will be:
Katharina Breme - Strategic educational consultant to top academic institutions and global organizations (left)
Peter Fordos - Intercultural expert who specializes in global leadership development (middle)
Peter Robertson -  Executive Coach, Researcher, Teacher in the field of Leadership and Organization Ecology (right)
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Monterey Beach WelcomeOur students and alumni are excited and preparing for Career Fair 2014. Using the MIIS career platform, Zócalo, students have RSVP’d to the Fair, submitted their resumes for your viewing, reviewed positions for which you may have indicated that you are hiring, and have expressed their interest in specific companies like yours. To view which students are interested in your organization or to review student resumes, log into your own Zócalo account at go.miis.edu/zocalo.  Your username is the email address we have on file for you.  You can view additional instructions here. After you have scanned your Zócalo account, and pinned down your logistics, your job will be to engage with uniquely qualified students and see productive results.


MIIS Students Work on Microcredit and Planning Projects in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador


el_salvadorSince its inception in 2006, Team El Salvador has provided 105 Monterey Institute students with the opportunity to hone their development and language skills while making a meaningful contribution to the lives of people in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador. This January, nine MIIS students were joined by two Middlebury students and, for the first time, a student from California State University, Monterey Bay. Topics of several projects undertaken in El Salvador this year included photojournalism, microcredit, and public spaces. Read more about Team El Salvador in the MIIS Newsroom.




Already Registered for Career Fair? Complete the Pre-Arrival Checklist


ChecklistThe Monterey Institute is gearing up for the  annual Career Fair. If you have already registered for the 2014 Career Fair, please take a moment to make sure you’ve completed these THREE ITEMS on your pre-arrival checklist.

Please make sure you’ve sent us these items:
1. A short, 2-3 sentence statement about your organization that we will place in our interactive directory that students reference.
2. A jpg image of your logo for use on programs, signage, and promotional materials.
Send these two items to Kathy Joyce, at kjoyce@miis.edu, with CF2014 in the subject line, and start to connect with our students all year long.

Also, you’ll need to register the participants from your organization, so we can ensure we’ve met logistical needs of your staff.
3. Register attendees from your organization.

If you have not yet registered as a participating employer, there is still time! Learn more about Career Fair Registration and Roundtable Membership today.