Unique English Language and Culture Program at MIIS Highlighted by Monterey Herald

Every year in August, the Monterey Institute hosts a group of about 40 undergraduate students from University of Shimane in Japan for a unique English language learning experience. Longtime MIIS Professor Tsuneo Akaha spearheaded the development of this four-week program, which places a strong emphasis on immersing the students in American culture.

Many MIIS Students Spent Summer in Monterey Learning New Languages

“We had an amazing summer,” says Alicia Brent, director of Intensive and Custom Language Programs at the Monterey Institute, of the annual Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP). She adds that both “students and faculty kept the bar very high this year, giving 150% of themselves, Olympic-style! They should be very proud of their accomplishments, as I certainly am!”

Language Programs

Intensive English Programs (ESL)

You can pursue full-time English language studies in our Intensive English Program. We do not require Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for admission.

Most international students need F-1 immigration status to attend our programs. After we process your application, you will receive an I-20 document that allows you to apply for a student visa at the local US embassy or consulate.

Application Process

To start the application process, please be sure to take the following steps:

  1. Read the application instructions which outline all materials - including transcripts, recommendations, statements of purpose, and language proficiency assessments.
  2. Review our admission requirements before applying, particularly the foreign language proficiency requirements.

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Mailing Address:

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Admissions Office

460 Pierce Street

Monterey, California 93940 USA

Pioneering Author & Advocate Myra Goodman of Earthbound Farm to Speak at Commencement

Myra Goodman, co-founder with her husband Drew of Carmel Valley’s Earthbound Farm, one of the world’s leading organic growers, will be the featured speaker at the Monterey Institute’s spring 2012 commencement ceremony. The ceremony—scheduled for Saturday, May 19 on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in downtown Monterey—will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the traditional processional, featuring flag-bearers marching down Pacific Street carrying the flags of each of the 33 countries represented in the graduating class of 309 students.
 

Professor Peter Shaw Wins Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award

The recipient of the seventh annual Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award is Professor Peter Shaw, a longtime faculty member in the Institute’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program. In the May 10 announcement, Provost Amy Sands noted Professor Shaw’s record of excellence in teaching and his ongoing, inspiring commitment to providing Monterey Institute students the highest quality education possible.

Record Number of MIIS Students Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history. This surpasses last year's record of five, which had MIIS students landing more U.S. Fulbrights on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, with a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools. A seventh Fulbright applicant from the Monterey Institute is an alternate and may still be selected.

“Babel No More” Author Michael Erard to Lecture on Language Super-Learners

We all learn at least one language as children. But what does it take to learn six languages, or twenty, or seventy?

The Monterey Institute, one of the world’s leading centers for language training and teaching, will play host to a leading authority on language learning when Michael Erard, author of “Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners,” delivers a free public lecture in the Irvine Auditorium from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on May 2.

25th Annual International Bazaar Showcases Diverse Cultures and Flavors of MIIS

For 25 years students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies have joined together in groups to prepare and offer food representing their cultural heritage at the International Bazaar. Traditionally held in April, this cherished event always draws a large crowd, and this year was no exception, as over 300 Monterey Institute faculty, staff, students, friends and family members gathered for an event that truly showcases and celebrates the diverse cultures of MIIS.