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Larisa Konovchenko: Connecting the World through English and Tourism

As a student at Far Eastern State Transport University studying Social and Cultural Services and Tourism, I always knew that I needed to know English as my second language. Working in tourism, one not only communicates with Russian customers but also with people from around the world. Plus, you never know which part of the world you will be in and which culture you will meet. To learn every language is impossible, so we have a common global language – English.


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Visa Requirements for International Students

Most students are curious what type of documents they will need, especially if they are applying for a visa. Upon acceptance into the program, you will get detailed instructions on how to obtain your visa. Below are the general rules for the most common immigration situations. If you do not see your situation below, please contact the International Student Advisor at for more information.

Sharing the American Tradition of Giving Thanks with International Students

When Patricia Szasz, Director of the Intensive English Programs (ESL) at the Monterey Institute brought forth the turkey she had woken up at 5 am to start roasting it was like a rock star had arrived.  Many of the international students participating in the annual ESL Thanksgiving party took out their cameras and cellphones and started taking photos of the star - the traditional American Thanksgiving turkey.

Milliken Foundation $500,000 Gift to Support MIIS Recruitment, Scholarship, Marketing

The Monterey Institute of International Studies has received a $500,000 gift from the Milliken Foundation to support student recruiting and retention, as well as general promotional efforts of the Institute. The gift was made on behalf of one of the foundation’s directors, a member of the Middlebury College class of 1965.

Local High School Students Introduced to Different Languages, Cultures at MIIS Event

Monterey Institute students, faculty and staff embrace every opportunity to engage with the local community and introduce them to the fascinating world that is to be found in our campus community. For four years the Institute has invited local high school students to participate in a series of workshops in connection with International Education Week.

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Francis Makamu: From Congo to Oklahoma by Way of Monterey

I came to the United States because of my job as a teaching assistant in Congo-Kinshasa. In my country, I took English classes at the American Cultural Center. Understanding English is uncommon in my country, so knowing a little bit sometimes gives you a big opportunity. My knowledge in English allowed me to pass the paper-based TOEFL and to get a scholarship to study for a master’s degree in economics at Oklahoma State University. This was my big opportunity.


Congo (Kinshasa)
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MIIS Celebrates International Education Week All Week Long

Although every week could be considered an international education week at the Monterey Institute, staff, faculty and students embrace the opportunity each November to participate in the official International Education Week, welcoming local community members and high school students to a host of events on the Institute’s downtown Monterey campus.

MIIS Students Land More Fulbright Awards Per Capita than Students at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton

Good things can come in small packages. According to data released this week by the U.S. Department of State, students from the Monterey Institute landed more Fulbright awards per capita than every top ten university in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, and had a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools.