Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to your questions about studying English in Monterey.
We have provided some answers to the most commonly asked questions below. For more details on our program, please take a look at our Intensive English Programs Student Handbook.
What will I study as an ESL student?
- Full-time students attend English classes 21 hours each week.
- There are two core classes in Oral Communication and Reading & Writing.
- Beginning-level students choose elective classes in American Culture and Integrated Skills.
- Intermediate and advanced students may also choose elective classes in TOEFL Preparation, Academic English, Business English and Advanced Language Skills.
What is the Intensive English Program schedule?
- There are four study sessions each year in January, April, June and September. For specific details, please view our program dates.
- Many students attend more than one session, and some students stay up to one year.
What is the cost?
- The tuition for an 8-week session is $3,350.00 and for a 10-week session is $4,175.00.
- All students are required to have health insurance. You must show proof of insurance when you register or buy the school insurance. For updated insurance pricing information, please visit the Tuition & Fees page.
- Housing, food and other personal expenses are estimated on the Tuition & Fees page. Housing is not included in the tuition.
- Click here for a detailed list of program and living expenses.
Will you help me get a visa?
- Yes! Most students will require a student (F-1) visa.
- When we receive your application, $50.00 application fee, and $150.00 tuition deposit, we will prepare an I-20 and a letter of admission for you. You will also need to pay the I-901 fee of $200 to the Department of Homeland Security prior to your interview at the American embassy or consulate nearest you. With these documents, you can apply to the embassy or consulate for a visa.
- We will give you more detailed information on the visa application process after you apply.
How do I apply?
- You can complete the Intensive English Programs application online.
- Or download a paper application and send it to our office.
Language & Professional Programs
Monterey Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940-2658 USA
Do I need to take a test to enter the Intensive English Program?
- No entrance exam is required for the Intensive English Program. Students take placement tests when they arrive to determine which classes will be most appropriate for them.
- The TOEFL iBT is offered on a regular basis for an additional fee.
Where will I live?
On-campus housing is not offered at the Monterey Institute. Please take a look at the Housing in Monterey Reference Guide to familiarize yourself with housing options in Monterey.
- Our Student Services office can assist you with your housing search.For more information on local housing, visit the Student Services' housing page.
- Most students find an apartment on their own or to share and take care of their own cooking and cleaning.
- Some students stay with a host family and share American daily life and customs.
- If you need a temporary place to stay for the first few days, please visit: go.miis.edu/lodging
What kind of city is Monterey?
- Monterey is a small town on the Central Coast of California, about 190 kilometers south of San Francisco.
- There are about 75,000 people on the Monterey Peninsula.
- This area is famous for its beautiful scenery and rich history, and it is very popular with tourists.
- For more information on Monterey, go to Life in Monterey.
What kind of school is the Monterey Institute?
- Most students at the school are graduate students. About 800 students study here for international professional careers. Other students study language only.
- The graduate students and language students are preparing for professions that require high language skills and experience with other cultures.
- About 60% of the students come from the United States, and 40% are from 70 different countries.
- The small size and international student body make this school a very special place to study.
What is the relationship between your school and Monterey Peninsula College?
- The Monterey Institute and the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) are partner schools.
- If you are conditionally admitted to MPC and need to improve your English language skills, you can study English at the Monterey Institute.
- Studying English at the Monterey Institute will help prepare you for your community college studies.
- For more information, visit the MPC website.