Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Summer Intensive Language Program

Where will your language skills take you?

About the Summer Intensive Language Program 

Since 1955, the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies has offered motivated foreign language students an intensive and supportive environment that creates opportunities to gain a solid foundation or improve overall proficiency in a language. Our SILP instructors are highly committed and seek to instill in their students an appreciation of the target language and culture.

  • June 11 - August 5, 2015
  • Beginning, intermediate and advanced level programs*
  • Average class size is 8; classes range from 6-12 students
  • 8 week session
  • 4.5 hours per day of classroom instruction (9:00AM to 12:00PM and 1:00PM to 2:30PM)
  • 3-5 hours of homework per night
  • Weekly activities and tutoring designed to increase learning outside of the classroom

Co-curricular Activities

All of our language classes emphasize language acquisition in a cultural context and have a strong focus on communication. In addition to in-class instruction led by native or near native speakers with extensive teaching experience, the program also gives students access to tutors who provide additional opportunities for language practice.

In order to enable students to learn more about the language and the culture of their target language, the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) provides students with a wide variety of co-curricular activities. These activities, which often include field trips, give students the chance to experience the culture and practice the language in an authentic setting.

Academic Credit

It is possible to receive up to 8 semester units of undergraduate credit for the program, and MIIS graduate students can potentially satisfy 4 units of graduate-level language requirements. Levels are assessed in accordance with the proficiency guidelines of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Program Dates

June 11 - August 5

Apply by: April 15, 2015

Life after a Summer of Language in Monterey

We believe that the true measure of our success lies in the number of students who continue studying their target language after they graduate from our summer program.

Participants use the language skills acquired during their summer study in a number of ways:

  • Return for additional study in a graduate degree program at the Institute
  • Study or travel abroad to deepen understanding of language and culture
  • Use the language to advance professionally
  • Fulfill language requirements at other educational institutions

All summer language students walk away with a new found or deepened understanding of language and appreciation of culture.

*All levels are determined based on enrollment. Certain levels are guaranteed while others remain tentatively offered until sufficient enrollment is reached. For more information, please contact languages@miis.edu.