Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Follow these steps to apply for fall or spring admission and join our diverse global community in Monterey, California.


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Application Checklist

  1. Online application, which includes:

  2. $65 application fee
    Application fee waivers are available for students affiliated with our partner organizations or schools.
  3. Undergraduate transcripts
  4. One letter of recommendation (two preferred)
  5. Interview in person or via Skype
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores: Required only for non-native English speakers.
  7. GMAT or GRE Scores: We do not require GMAT or GRE scores. 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.
  8. Second language proficiency: Varies by program.
  9. Language and Skills Test: Required only for Translation, Translation and Interpretation, Conference Interpretation, and the translation specialization in the Translation and Localization Management degree program.
  10. Scholarships
  11. Financial aid
    Financial aid is also available, including federal and private loans, work-study, and U.S. veterans' benefits. To learn more, visit our Financial Aid section.

Application Instructions

We require a few essays highlighting your career objectives and how your background fits with the program and the Institute. To find out the specific questions, please start your application.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
Your résumé or curriculum vitae should highlight your educational background and professional experience in one or two pages. Most of our graduate programs do not have specific professional experience requirements.

Personal Scholarship Statement
To receive priority consideration for merit and need-based scholarships, please include a Personal Scholarship Statement with your online application. To find out the details of the scholarship statement, please start your application.

Application Fee
Through our online application, you will be able to pay the non-refundable $65 application fee with a credit or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit or debit cards. Application fee waivers are available for students affiliated with our partner organizations or schools.

Undergraduate Transcripts
We can use unofficial transcripts to review your application but if you are admitted we will need official transcripts. Official transcripts for your undergraduate degree and/or previous graduate degree (if applicable) should be sent directly to the Admissions Office in sealed envelopes from all of the academic institutions you have attended:

Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Attn: Admissions Office
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA

If you are currently attending a bachelor’s degree program, we can grant you admission with the condition that you satisfactorily complete your degree and provide final official transcripts.

If your college or university does not provide original transcripts, we will accept certified copies. Please provide certified English translations for non-English language transcripts.

One Letter of Recommendation (two preferred)
Although we only require one letter of recommendation for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit two letters of recommendation. We accept recommendations from both academic and professional references, such as university professors, employers, supervisors or commanding officers.

Please provide the contact details for one or two recommenders through your online application. Your references will receive an email requesting that they submit the letter of recommendation through an online form.

Click here to listen to our podcast on how to ace your admissions interview.

We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs. 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.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations. Your scores are valid for two years after the test date. Please check your degree of interest for more details on specific preferred minimum scores. If necessary, you may have the opportunity to improve your English language skills through our English Preparation for Graduate Studies program (only available in the summer). Scholarships are available.

Proof of Second Language Proficiency
The second language is a language other than English. Requirements vary by program as follows:

  • Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management (Translation Specialization)
    If you are applying to a master’s degree in Translation, Translation and Interpretation, Conference Interpretation or the Translation Specialization in the Translation and Localization Management degree, you will submit an Language and Skills Test to demonstrate proficiency in your first and second languages. The program requires that you have native or near-native abilities in each of your languages of study. We also highly recommend that you have a minimum of 6 months of in-country experience using your second and/or third languages.
    • Optional 3rd Language
      A third language [C language] option is available for the MA in Translation, the MA in Translation and Localization Management (Translation Specialization) or the MA in Conference Interpretation. This option is not available for the MA in Translation and Interpretation. You will also need to submit a Language and Skills Test for your third language.

  • Translation and Localization Management (Localization Specialization and Management Specialization)
    • 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.
  • TFL - Teaching Foreign Language
    If the language you would like to teach differs from your native language, you will need to submit a writing sample and complete a phone interview to demonstrate your language proficiency. The writing sample should be a 2-3 page document on any topic in your language of instruction. Our language faculty will contact you by phone or email to arrange the interview.
  • TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    No second language proficiency requirements.
  • All Other Programs
    Proficiency in a second language is a requirement in our degree programs. Students have to be at the 200-level or higher in that language in order to enroll in any of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management degree programs. Languages regularly offered include Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Other languages may be available upon inquiry.

    While many of our students come to the Institute proficient in a second language, others build their second language skills prior to enrollment. We will work with you to help you meet the minimum recommended proficiency level in your chosen language of study. Part of this may include our summer language programs, for which scholarships are available.