Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Learning in Language

Language and intercultural communication are central to all degree programs at the Institute.

Language Shapes Our Culture

Language and intercultural communication lie at the very heart of the Institute's mission. We teach students to view language as a way to connect and facilitate dialogue between different peoples and cultures.

Our graduate degree programs integrate language into their core curricula, enabling students to reach across cultural and linguistic barriers towards more global career opportunities. Our language and intercultural studies program focus on professionally-relevant content areas such as politics, business, policy, environment, and social issues.

Languages Offered and Faculty

We offer the following languages as a component to all International Policy and Management graduate degree programs. You can also find information on each language's faculty at the links below:








Upon request at the time of admission, other language study may be arranged to fulfill your degree requirements. For example, additional language courses offered in the past include Portuguese, Korean, German, Persian Farsi, and Turkish. For more details, contact your enrollment advisor or email info@miis.edu.

Improve Your Language Proficiency

Summer Language Programs and Scholarships

If you do not have proficiency in a language, don’t let that discourage you. We may ask that you work on your language skills through our Middlebury language programs or through a customized language plan. Scholarship opportunities are also available for our Summer Intensive Language Program, English Preparation for Graduate Students, Intensive English Programs (ESL), or Middlebury Language Schools.

Language Placement Testing

New students are required to complete an online language placement test prior to orientation week.

Degree Requirements

Each of our graduate degree programs has its own language and intercultural competency requirements:

MA in International Education Management

MA in International Environmental Policy

MA in International Policy and Development

MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

MA in Teaching Foreign Language

Master of Public Administration (MPA)