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

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Monterey 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 Monterey Institute experience, candidates will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the application process.

Non-native English speaking PTD candidates may provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations.

Suggested Minimum TOEFL Scores:

  • Internet-based test: 79
  • Writing sub-score: 23
  • No sub-scores below 19

Please note that we do not require your TOEFL or IELTS Scores. We recommend the TOEFL Score to be at 79 or above in order for the student to fully grasp the program curriculum.

Suggested Minimum IELTS Scores:

  • 6.5 Overall
  • No Sub-score below 6.