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. Proof of second language proficiency: see below for your specialization and language.
  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 and Management specializations: 

Each require at least Intermediate High level of proficiency in a second language.

  • If your second language is Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, or Spanish you will take an online test of your proficiency. You will receive access to the online test within a few days of submitting your online application. 
  • If your second language is English, you will need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • If your second language is Russian or another language not mentioned above, you will submit a writing sample as part of your online application and complete a phone interview after you submit your application. Our language faculty will contact you by phone or email to arrange the interview.
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:

  • Experience with at least one desktop CAT tool, such as Trados Studio or memoQ
  • Familiarity with typical workflows such as website, brochure, software, and/or subtitle localization
  • Two or more years’ experience as a translator or translation project manager

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.