Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies
Does the Institute have on-campus housing or dormitories for SILP students?

The Institute does not have on-campus housing or dormitories available for students. This can cause some dismay for Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) participants, but not to worry! There are several options available for summer housing.

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How can I seek employment as an instructor for the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)?

Applications for SILP employment will be accepted through our on-line application process starting December through March before each summer program begins. Please apply on the Human Resources webpage.  

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Who are the instructors in the program?

All instructors are native or near-native speakers of the language and are highly experienced language instructors.

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Who are the participants in the program?

Participants are from many different backgrounds. Many are undergraduate or graduate students at universities around the US while others are teachers, business professionals, travelers, and other language enthusiasts.

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Can I work or take other classes while I am in the program?

Since the program is very intensive requiring 4.5 hours in class per day and 3-5 hours of homework each night, it is not feasible for student to attend SILP while working or attending other classes.

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Are textbooks included in the SILP fees, and which textbook do I order if my diagnostic scores place me between levels?

No. Textbooks are not included in basic SILP fees. If your score on the diagnostic test is between levels, it is best to order both texts and return the one you do not use after the program has started. MIIS does not have a bookstore on campus. All texts must be ordered online. It is imperative to come to SILP with your textbooks on the first day of the program. Please contact the Language Coordinator for your specific program for more information.

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Can my child/teenager participate in the program? What are the age requirements?

Participants in Language & Professional Programs at MIIS have to be at least 16 years of age by the start of the program. Participants under the age of 18 must provide proof that they are in custody of a relative or legal guardian living in the local area. Under-age participants are also required to submit two letters of recommendation, one from a language teacher and one from an advisor or counselor, attesting to their fitness for intensive language study.

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Are tutors available to help with homework and assignments outside of class?

Instructors will have five office hours per week and will be available to answer students' questions. Each language program will have a tutor who will also be available for help outside of class.

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Is financial aid available?

Many of the program participants apply for alternative education loans through our Office of Student Financial Planning in order to cover program cost and other expenses. Federal student loans are only available to those MIIS students required to take the summer program as part of a prerequisite to their graduate program.  Further information is available by contacting the Financial Aid Office directly at finaid@miis.edu or by phone at 831-647-4119.

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In addition to class instruction, what opportunities for language practice are available to me?

Co-curricular activities will be arranged on the weekends and occasional weeknights, providing students with the opportunity to speak with native speakers of the target language of their course. Activities are designed to provide real-world opportunities to apply concepts that are learned in the classroom. There is also a Conversation Partner Program, but it is limited to space and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Weekly tutoring is available and encouraged, free of charge, to all participants.

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