Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our students develop and integrate foreign language and intercultural communication skills for professional purposes.

We Value Language and Intercultural Communication

Language and Intercultural studies are an essential component of our degree programs, demonstrating our commitment to facilitating cross-cultural dialogue and bridging linguistic barriers. With over 50 countries represented by our student body and nearly all of our students and faculty proficient in a second language, our campus is the quintessential environment for strengthening and expanding upon language and communication skills.

Content-Based Language Courses

Through our unique content-based language courses, students develop language skills while acquiring specific terminology and content knowledge of their professional fields and career interests. All course materials, lectures, discussions and assignments are authentic and given in the student's target language, providing immersive language opportunities for building proficiency.

Our Intercultural Competency courses focus on exploring the complexities of international communication. Students explore their own beliefs and practices while learning how to effectively communicate in the multicultural situations in which they work -- and learn!

The Monterey Model

We are renowned for our signature Monterey Model courses, which are interdisciplinary courses taught simultaneously in multiple language sections. These sections explore topics such as Challenges of Globalization, Human Security, or Green Business (to name just a few!), each in their assigned language and from regional and cultural perspectives. During the semester, all participating students meet in two or three plenary sessions to share their research findings in their target language. Conference Interpretation students interpret these sessions and language students learn how to work with interpreters.

Learning Outcomes

Through the Language & Intercultural Studies courses, we hope that students will:

  • Develop learning strategies for autonomous learning
  • Develop strategic and critical awareness of language to perform needed communication tasks in different contexts and with different audiences
  • Improve ability to communicate in multiple genres, such as the familiar, the academic, and the professional
  • Increase multi-disciplinary knowledge and analyze current key issues
  • Capitalize on the diverse academic and cultural backgrounds of their peers to cultivate cross-sectorial capability