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

We recognize that many of our international students come to the 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 Institute experience, we recommend that non-native English speaking candidates have a high English language proficiency.

Recommended minimum language test scores:


8. Is there an English proficiency requirement?

While test scores are not required, non-native English speaking FMS candidates should be proficient in English to fully benefit from the certificate training. 

Recommended Minimum: TOEFL 

  • Internet-based test: 80
  • Writing sub-score: 23
  • No sub-scores below 19

Recommended Minimum: IELTS

  • 6.5 Overall
  • No Sub-score below 6.0

Please contact Carolyn Meyer at cmeyer@miis.edu if you have questions. 

Will my writing tutor edit or “fix” my English for me?

Never. Writing tutors will help you become independent, resourceful writers. By editing or “fixing” your English you will not learn how to become a better writer, rather you will just become dependent on having someone else do your work for you. You can expect your instructor to discuss organization and give you strategies for structuring your paper. They will also help you with grammar, word choice, cohesion, paraphrasing, and citations. In certain cases, your tutor might model several different ways you might rephrase an idea.