Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Student Orientation

Student Orientation

The 2016 SILP Orientation will be held on Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th during the first two  days of the program. Program you will receive detailed information and arrival instructions in the months leading up to orientation so that you can plan your arrival to Monterey.

General Orientation

All SILP students are required to attend both days of orientation as we will be covering important program policy information and academic requirements. You will also be given your class schedule, a campus orientation, curriculum details, placement information, and computer login/access information. Orientation also serves as an opportunity to meet other SILP students from your language as well as other language programs.

Language-Specific Orientation Session

On day two (Friday), there will be a Language-Specific Orientation session that takes place just after the Learner Training session. During this session, students will spend time with the Language Program Coordinator, instructors, tutors and activity facilitators for their specific language program. At this time, students have the opportunity to ask questions regarding their program specifics and become familiar with their program faculty.

Placement Test

A very important component of Orientation is the placement process. Although you may have taken a pre-arrival diagnostic test and/or oral interview by phone, unless you are an absolute beginner, you will still need to take the placement test on the first day of Orientation. This test takes place after lunch and will be facilitated by the Language Program Coordinator for your language. Results from the placement test will be posted later that evening and will remain posted throughout the rest of Orientation. Questions regarding placement should be addressed to the Language Program Coordinator for your program.

Important Forms and Policies

All SILP students will receive a letter by email prior to Orientation which will include the Orientation Day schedule, a campus map, refund policy, and general academic policies. Grading and Attendance Policies, Pass/No Pass forms, transcript information, tuition refund schedule, along with other important program information will be included in your orientation folder to be picked up on the first day of Orientation. Your orientation folder will also include your student ID number and can only be picked up if tuition has been paid in full. Please arrive at Orientation early if you have an outstanding balance, so you can finalize your paperwork. Information about the time, date, and location of SILP Student Orientation will be included in your Orientation Day schedule.

Orientation Schedule

Day 1: Thursday, June 16

8:30am – 9:30am: Arrival Check-In (McCone Building Foyer)

Upon arrival, you’ll check-in at your respective language program’s desk and pick up your orientation packet with your Student ID number. If you haven’t fully paid your tuition, now is the time to do so. While you wait for other students to arrive and general orientation to begin, refreshments will be served and this is your opportunity to mingle with your future classmates. 

9:30am – 10:15am: General Orientation (Irvine Auditorium -McCone Building)

The General Orientation is designed to familiarize you with the official SILP academic and administrative policies relevant to the program. These policies will be also be included in your Student Orientation Packet and in the Student Handbook.

10:15am – 11:15am: Welcome Center (Samson Center Patio)

Welcome to Monterey! During this hour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit local venders from all over Monterey and learn about everything from gym memberships during the summer to bike rentals and food options in the area.

11:15am – 12:00pm: Student Life Policies Information Session (Irvine Auditorium -McCone Building)

During this session, you will receive important information on our Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy, our Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking  and our Student Code of Conduct. This session is mandatory for all students.

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch Break

There are plenty of great options for lunch just blocks from campus, and we’ll make sure that you’re armed with a list of local restaurants and cafes before heading downtown.

1:00pm – 5:00pm: Placement Tests

Although you may have taken a pre-arrival diagnostic test and/or oral interview by phone, unless you are an absolute beginner, you will still need to take the placement test on the first day of Orientation. This test takes place after lunch and will be facilitated by the Language Program Coordinator for your language.

Day 2: Friday, June 17

9:00am – 10:00am: Learner Training (Irvine)

Learning a language is hard work! It’s even harder in an intensive environment like SILP. Learner training is designed to help you develop strategies to maximize your language learning this summer at SILP. Knowing the best practices of language learning will set you up for success and decrease stress, resulting in a more positive overall experience.  

10:00am – 11:00am: Language Specific Orientation

During your language specific orientation, you’ll get to know your Language Program Coordinator, instructors, tutors and activity guides. You’ll also learn more about your particular language program and have the opportunity to ask questions.

11:00am – 11:30pm: Campus Tour

Led by our awesome Activity Coordinators and staff, this tour will introduce you to all the essential places on campus where you'll end up spending most of your time during the summer.

11:30am – 1:00pm: Monterey Photo-Scavenger Hunt and Lunch Break

The most fun part of Orientation in our opinion! Get out into town, grab a bite to eat, and discover Monterey through our photo-scavenger hunt. Check out some of the photos from last year here.

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Classes Begin

This first meeting will be an introduction to the course, and your teacher will go over the syllabus and other important information specific to your class and level.

Click here to download the 2016 Orientation Schedule