Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

How to Apply

To apply, visit our online application portal and sign in with your username and password.

Application Checklist

  1. Online Application:

  2. $65 application fee.
  3. Undergraduate transcripts: Please mail these directly to the Admissions Office.
  4. One letter of recommendation (two preferred): Please include contact details for your academic or professional references on the online application.
  5. Interview: In person or via Skype.
  6. Language and Skills Test (LST): Please plan ahead as this language proficiency test may take several hours to complete. The LST is only required for students applying to the translation specialization. Students will receive access to the LST once their application is submitted.
  7. Language proficiency writing sample: Only required for students applying to the localization or management specialization.
  8. In-country experience: We highly recommend that your in-country experience exceeds six months (only for translation specialization).
  9. TOEFL or IELTS Scores: Only for nonnative English speakers.
  10. GMAT or GRE Scores: We do not require GMAT or GRE scores for this program. However, your scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

Second Language Proficiency

All Applicants

Translation specialization: You will submit a Language and Skills Test (LST) to demonstrate proficiency in your first and second languages. This specialization requires native or near-native abilities in each of your languages of study. If you wish to pursue a third language you will need to take an additional LST for this "C" language.

Localization specialization: Requires at least Intermediate High level of proficiency in a second language.

Management specialization: Requires at least Intermediate High level of proficiency in a second language.

Nonnative English Speakers

Please submit TOEFL or IELTS scores from the past two years:

TOEFL preferred minimum: 100 Overall 
IELTS preferred minimum: 7.5 Overall

Advanced Entry Opportunities

You may be eligible to complete the degree in only two semesters through advanced entry if you meet these requirements:

  • You already have a master’s degree from a recognized translation and interpretation program or at least two years of full-time professional experience in the field of translation and/or interpretation.
  • For the translation specialization only you need to test out of your first year of course work by taking the First Year Final Exams. These exams will be administered after you're admitted to the program.

Please indicate that you would like to be considered for advanced entry on your online application.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

To apply for merit or need-based scholarships, submit your online application for our Translation and Interpretation programs by the next priority deadline. Both U.S. and international students are eligible.

We give preferential scholarship consideration to members and alumni of our partner organizations, such as Peace Corps, Fulbright, JET, AmeriCorps, WorldTeach, and many more.

Financial aid is also available, including federal and private loans, work-study, and U.S. veterans' benefits. To apply, visit our Financial Aid section.