Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Is there an English proficiency requirement?

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Institute with sophisticated language backgrounds. Terms like "native-speaker," "fluent," or "bilingual" often do not accurately reflect the rich backgrounds of our students.

In order to maintain the quality and integrity of the Institute experience, we recommend that non-native English speaking candidates have a high English language proficiency.

Recommended minimum language test scores:


  • Internet-based test: 80
  • Writing sub-score: 23
  • No sub-scores below 19


  • 6.5 Overall
  • No Sub-score below 6.0

Note: Test scores are not required. 

Please contact Carolyn Meyer at cmeyer@miis.edu if you are a non-native English speaker and have questions about your English proficiency and participation in this training.