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Have a Coffee & Promote the Monterey Institute!

coffee1Introducing Coffee Chats!

The Recruiting Office would like your participation in expanding awareness about the Monterey Institute and reaching out to prospective students in other parts of the country and throughout the world by hosting a Coffee Chat.

Who can help?

Continuing students and new graduates who plan to travel or return home during the winter break. The Coffee Chats may take place from January 6 until the beginning of the spring term.

How can you help?
We are looking for students who would like to meet and host a small group of prospective students (usually 3-8) at a coffee shop or similar establishment and share their experiences about what it is like to be a student here at the Monterey Institute. We are calling these meetings “Coffee Chats.” Arrangements will be made by and expenses covered by the Recruiting Department.

Why is this important?
Prospective students exploring graduate schools want to heave directly from current students; who better to help them understand the Monterey Institute experience than you!? This is any informal and meaningful way to increase the visibility of the Monterey Institute, show your school pride and encourage another person to make the same decision you did!

Please indicate your interest in learning more by emailing Alice will send you specific details and answer any questions you have.


09.15.08: Spring Entrance to MIIS

The fall semester has just begun…Students have scheduled their classes, bought their textbooks, and made fast friends. But that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to apply to the Institute’s programs, make some changes in your life, and embark on a journey to Monterey.    

The Admissions Office’s would like to remind you that they’re currently accepting applications for the 2009 Spring Semester. The application deadline for scholarship consideration is October 1st. Click here to begin your online application now!

09.01.08: Orientation Festivities!

The Monterey Institute kicked-off Orientation Week for new students last Monday, welcoming in the largest incoming class ever! Students from around the globe came, conquered the housing search, registered for fall courses, met their advisors, and mingled with each other during Thursday night’s New Student Welcome Reception.

Orientation Week Activities

Orientation Week also featured a series of team-building activities, including a campus-wideScavenger Hunt. These were designed by returning MIIS students to encourage the incoming class to socialize across the graduate schools, cultures, and languages and to begin building their global professional/social network…invaluable resources for years to come!

Stayed tuned to ‘Spotlight on MIIS” in the coming weeks for more stories about the new student class and their MIIS experiences!!

Grand Opening: MIIS Online Bookstore

That’s right! We have a bookstore.

Open 24 hours, seven days a week, The Monterey Institute’s Virtual Bookstore can now be found at Buy and sell your textbooks online with access to convenient, low-rate shipping offers.

What’s that you say? Nobody told you that California was foggy and cold? No problem! Stay warm AND stylish with awesome MIIS logo gear, and don’t worry about waiting in long lines in orientation week – you can do it all from your computer, anytime and anywhere!

Cool huh? How should you celebrate? How about by spending someone else’s money? Whether you’ve got student loans or a corner office – that’s always fun!

Along with Middlebury College we are giving away 20 gift certificates for $50 each, redeemable at both the Monterey and Middlebury online bookstores! Don’t tell me you couldn’t use a free book or some stylish new MIIS gear.
It’s easy to enter – Whether student or alum just follow these simple steps:

1) RSVP to the promotion event: (Say you’re coming!)

2) Visit the Middlebury College Bookstore page (link below) and do 2 things:

  • Become a fan of the Middlebury Bookstore
  • Become a friend of Robert Jansen (the manager of both bookstores) – he’s a friendly guy, he’ll accept your request right away!

There’s a link on the right hand side to do both:

That’s it. You’re done. You are now entered to win. How easy was that?

The winners will be announced on Friday September 5, 2008; each winner will receive a personal email.

In the meantime figure out what you’re gonna buy So many choices!

08.18.08: The “MIIS Casa” Debut!

MTV has “Cribs” and now at long last MIIS has “Casas”. It’s the long awaited debut of the MIIS Casa series (MIIS Casa-One Bedroom) with a look into Kabir Archuletta’s awesome pad. Whether you’re an incoming or returning student of The Monterey Institute, everyone needs a place to live, and the time to secure housing has arrived! In order to ease yourself into this process, check out Kabir’s pad on ourYouTube Channel. And don’t forget to read last week’s MIIS update from the Student Affairs Officeon helpful housing tips
YouTube Video: Student lifestyles at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. For the first episode of MIIS Casa, check out Kabir’s one bedroom apartment in New Monterey, three blocks from the Aquarium and Cannery Row.
Go to: to watch now!
Good Night & Good Luck!

08.11.08: Tips for your Housing Search!

Greetings New Students!     

We recognize that finding housing can be one of the most challenging aspect of relocating to Monterey. Here are a few tips to help facilitate this process!

1 Attend one of our Housing and Insurance Information Sessions from August 12th through August 22nd (Tuesday-Friday), 10am-11am in the Holland Center.
2 Allow for at least 3-5 days to find housing.
3 Access housing resources from the Student Affairs Office on a daily basis to receive the most current rental information.
4 The most helpful housing resources to utilize are: our student housing database, Craig’s List, rental listings with property management companies, and the classifieds section of the local newspaper.
5 This rental market in Monterey may be quite different than what you are accustomed to. Many of the rentals are older and may not have new carpet, an updated kitchen, etc. So, if you find something that you like but it’s not the “ideal” place, you may still want to consider taking it. Rentals go quickly, and if you wait to find that “perfect” place, you may find yourself still looking for housing after many days!
6 Looking for housing is a “full time job,” so it is important that you devote enough time to this process!
7 Please come to the Student Affairs Office if you have any questions or need assistance. We are located at 440 Van Buren Street, and we are open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.


Our housing website is:

Our email is:

Good luck in your housing search and welcome to the Monterey Institute!

07.14.08: Calling All New Students!

About to begin your Master’s degree and The Monterey Institute this fall? Still have questions about student services, the housing search, or health insurance? Follow this link to learn about the online INFO sessions offered by Student Affairs during July and August. It’s the perfect opportunity to inquire about important issues in person (through web conferencing technology!) before you relocate to Monterey!   

The MIIS Facebook Team

If you missed it, here’s the link one more time…