What is the purpose of this program?

The seven-week summer intensive English Preparation for Graduate Studies (EPGS) program provides advanced language enhancement courses in English for Academic Purposes customized for students who have been admitted to master's degree programs. This unique, intensive program has two main goals: to give students the language skills and strategies necessary to succeed in an American graduate degree program, and to acclimate participants to graduate student life.

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What are the program dates for 2015 and how much does the program cost?

EPGS will run June 15 - July 31, 2015.  Tuition and fees for 2015 will be confimed by October 1. All students must also show proof of health insurance coverage. If you do not have your own Insurance policy, you can purchase coverage through the Monterey Institute. These fees do not include living expenses.

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What is the weekly EPGS schedule like?

EPGS is a rigorous program which aims to prepare students for their graduate-level coursework. Students attend English content and skills classes 5 hours each day. These classes are designed to hone the language skills you specifically need to succeed in graduate programs and focus on English for Academic Purposes. You will work on reading and listening strategies, note-taking, research and report writing, and public speaking. You will also meet weekly with a writing tutor for personalized feedback on your assignments. Additionally, Graduate Life Skills workshops will introduce you to various campus and community resources with the intention of addressing additional needs outside of the academic needs covered by your coursework. 

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Who can I contact for more information about EPGS?
Language & Professional Programs Phone: 1-831-647-4115
460 Pierce Street Fax: 1-831-647-3534
Monterey, CA 93940 USA Email: languages@miis.edu
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Do I need to apply for this program? / How can I apply for this program?

If you have already applied to a master's program at the Monterey Institute, no additional application is necessary. However, students who have been required to attend EPGS must complete three items no later than May 1, 2014 to indicate they plan to come to the summer program:

  1. Submit a signed EPGS 2013 Acknowledgment FormEPGS 2013 Acknowledgment Form to Intensive English Programs.
  2. Submit a completed Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) to the Office of International Services.
  3. Pay a $500 tuition deposit to the Cashier’s office.

If you plan to attend a different graduate school (other than the Monterey Institute), please contact Language & Professional Programs at 1-831-674-4115 or languages@miis.edu to apply.

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    I applied as a graduate student at the Monterey Institute. Why have I been asked to attend EPGS?

    In most cases, the results of your TOEFL or IELTS exam indicate that your English language skills need additional improvement in order for you to succeed in our rigorous master’s programs. The admissions committee has decided that you could benefit from more English language exposure and instruction. Successful completion of the EPGS program is a pre-requisite to admission into your graduate school program.

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    Are scholarships available to cover the tuition and fees of my summer program as a Monterey Instiute graduate student?

    Yes, funding for incoming Monterey Institute students may be available through the Betty & David Jones Language Scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be admitted to a degree program in International Policy Studies, International Environmental Policy, Public Administration, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, International Business (MBA), or Teaching Foreign Language, for fall semester at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. To learn more about or to apply for a Betty & David Jones Language Scholarship, visit this link.

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    Is there an exam that I am required to pass at the end of this program?

    While there is not a formal exit exam in EPGS, all students must successfully complete their summer English program by receiving passing grades in all of their classes and by meeting attendance requirements.

    For students who will be attending graduate programs at the Montery Institute, successful completion of the EPGS program is a pre-requisite to admission into their graduate school program. Students should note that they will be required to take written and oral English placement exams at their master’s degree program orientation in August. As an international graduate student, you will be required to place into at least the 300-level of English for Academic & Professional Purposes courses. Successful completion of EPGS does not ensure placement into the 300-level degree requirement courses. Students who fail to place at the graduate level will be required to continue taking non-degree English language courses. These courses will not count toward your graduate program and incur additional tuition charges.

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