Frequently Asked Questions
All the answers to your questions about the Summer Intensive Language Program.
You will need to submit the completed application including diagnostic score and your language background information, the application fee, and official academic transcript(s). Please note that the summer program application is separate from the graduate school application and must be completed and turned in by all SILP participants (incoming MIIS students do not have to pay the application fee a second time).
Housing is not available at the Monterey Institute. The Institute does not have dorms. However, if you are registered in SILP, you may contact our Office of Student Services and receive information on the available housing in the area. You may contact the Office of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-647-4128.
Participants who complete the program can receive 8 semester units of undergraduate credit. However, it is required that students check with their advisors at their home institution regarding the acceptance of credits. It is also the responsibility of the student to request transcripts online through the Records Office.
Are textbooks included in the SILP fees, and which textbook do I order if my diagnostic scores place me between levels?
No. Textbooks are not included in basic SILP fees. If your score on the diagnostic test is between levels, it is best to order both texts and return the one you do not use after the program has started. MIIS does not have a bookstore on campus. All texts must be ordered online. It is imperative to come to SILP with your textbooks on the first day of the program. Please contact the Language Coordinator for your specific program for more information.
The Monterey Institute does not have on-campus housing or dormitories available for students. This can cause some dismay for Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) participants, but not to worry! There are several options available for summer housing.
- Option 1: Summer sublet
Many of the Master’s degree candidates spend their summers traveling, completing internships, or working for organizations related to their program and sublet their apartments or rooms during that time.
- Option 2: MIIS Housing Website
The Monterey Institute now maintains an Off-Campus housing website for all of its enrolled students. There are many local property owners who list their apartments, studios, and rooms-for-rent with the Institute. Due to the nature of housing at MIIS and the landlords’ familiarity with the flow of our student body there is typically a good assortment of short-term rentals available in the summer.
- Option 3: Hotel Accommodations
Another option for summer students is to arrange hotel accommodations for the duration of your stay in Monterey. There is a list of hotels that have accommodated MIIS students during the summer months with special rates for extended stays available on the website. Some good hotels/inns to start with are the Vagabond Inn, Howard Johnson Express, and El Adobe Inn. Please see the website for the complete list.
Applications for SILP employment will be accepted through our on-line application process starting December through March before each summer program begins. Please apply on the Human Resources webpage.
Participants in the Summer Intensive Language Program have to be at least 16 years of age by the start of the program. Participants under the age of 18 must provide proof that they are in custody of a legal guardian living in the local area. Under-age participants are also required to submit two letters of recommendation, one from a language teacher and one from an advisor or counselor, attesting to their fitness for intensive language study.
Since the program takes place at the Monterey Institute, we do recommend that you reside in Monterey or in the surrounding area during your participation in the program. It is not necessary to stay in Monterey over the weekends unless there is an excursion or activity that has been planned with the class that you would like to attend.
All instructors are native or near-native speakers of the language and are highly experienced language instructors.
Since the program is very intensive requiring 4.5 hours in class per day and 4-5 hours of homework each night, it is not feasible for student to attend SILP while working or attending other classes.
Instructors will have five office hours per week and will be available to answer students' questions. Each language program will have a tutor who will also be available for help outside of class.
Cultural activities will be arranged on the weekends and occasional weeknights, providing students with the opportunity to speak with native speakers of the target language of their course. There is also a Conversation Partner Program, but it is limited to space and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Classes are scheduled Monday - Friday for 4.5 hours, mornings from 9:00AM to 12:00PM and afternoons from 1:00PM to 2:30PM, with a lunch break between 12:00PM and 1:00PM. Please remember that students may receive 4-5 hours of homework per night.
Online diagnostic tests are available under the specific languages described in the SILP program under the Diagnostic text box. You will need to download the tests with an answer key to determine your score. The Diagnostic Test Score will also be included on the completed application. You may also be contacted for an oral diagnostic assessment. These tests have been designed to give you and the program a preliminary idea of your language level; however, they do not replace the Placement Exams that you will be required to take on the first day of the program during orientation. Language coordinators will place you into the appropriate level according to your Placement Exam results.
Admission into the Summer Intensive Language Program is based on interest in and motivation for language study. Our goal is to make language and culture study accessible to everyone who is interested in it and we assume that applying to the program is evidence of this interest. Thus, all applicants who submit the required materials are accepted into the program if space permits. However, submission of application materials after the deadline has passed can result in a student not being admitted to the program.
Your progress will depend on a variety of factors: your effort, hours of homework completed (4-5 hours per night including weekends), language background, facility with learning languages, etc.
Many of the program participants apply for alternative education loans through our Office of Student Financial Planning in order to cover program cost and other expenses. Federal student loans are only available to Monterey Institute students required to take the summer program as part of a prerequisite to their graduate program. Further information is available by contacting the Financial Aid Office directly at email@example.com or by phone at 831-647-4119.
Participants are from many different backgrounds. Many are undergraduate or graduate students at universities around the US while others are teachers, business professionals, travelers, and other language enthusiasts.