Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Summer MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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MIIS Spotlight Tyler Velte Video

Starting from nothing, Tyler Velte is now able to hold a conversation in Arabic.

August 20, 2014

Tyler Velte

Tyler Velte, an incoming graduate student to the Monterey Institute, had never taken Arabic before attending the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP). On the first day when he had to take his placement test, all he was able to do was write his name on the paper (in English!) and hand it in to the instructor.

But after 8 weeks of intensive language training, myriad activities focused around the language, and hours of homework and studying every night, he is now able to write in Arabic and even hold his own in a conversation.

As he says, "I would definitely recommend it to anyone who...wants to jump into a new language."

Tyler received a double bachelor's degree in history and international relations from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

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"The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In these short videos, the students elaborate on topics such as why they chose to come to MIIS, what has surprised them about the Monterey Institute, what kinds of cool things they've been involved in—both on and off campus, and more.

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