Language and Intercultural Studies

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

Language Shapes Our Culture

Language and intercultural communication lie at the very heart of the Monterey Institute's mission. To "be the solution" is to view language as a way to connect rather than a barrier, and to use it to 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

We offer the following languages as a component to all International Policy and Management degree programs:

Arabic

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Chinese

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English

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French

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Japanese

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Russian

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Spanish

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Additional Languages

Upon request at the time of admission, other language study may be arranged to fulfill your degree requirements. The non-regular language courses offered in Spring 2014 were: Portuguese, Korean, German, Persian Farsi and Turkish. For more details, please contact Professor Naoko Matsuo at nmatsuo@miis.edu.

Test Your Language Proficiency

As a Monterey Institute student, your language proficiency level is important.

Diagnostic Test

Self-assess the level at which you read, write and understand your target language of study.

Placement Test

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

Prepare for Enrollment: Intensive Language Courses

Students wanting to improve their language skills prior to enrollment may take advantage of our Summer Intensive Language Programs or English Preparation for Graduate Students. Review our language proficiency requirements for more detail on this component of your degree.

Language Scholarships

We offer two great language scholarships, the Kathryn Davis Fellowship and Betty & David Jones Language Scholarship, that support students' summer language study.  

Language and Intercultural Studies Requirements

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

Requirements by degree:

MA in International Education Management

MA in Teaching Foreign Language
MA in International Environmental Policy Master of Public Administration (MPA)
MA in International Policy Studies

One Year Advanced Entry MBA Program

MA in Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies

Two Year MBA Program