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

Cultural 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. There is also a Conversation Partner Program, but it is limited to space and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Do I have to live in Monterey? Do I have to stay in Monterey over the weekends?

Since the program takes place at the Monterey Institute, we do recommend that you reside in Monterey or in the surrounding area during your participation in the program. It is not necessary to stay in Monterey over the weekends unless there is an excursion or activity that has been planned with the class that you would like to attend.

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When do I have classes?

Classes are scheduled Monday - Friday for 4.5 hours,  mornings from 9:00AM to 12:00PM and afternoons from 1:00PM to 2:30PM, with a lunch break between 12:00PM and 1:00PM. Please remember that students may receive 4-5 hours of homework per night.

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What application materials do I have to submit?

You will need to submit the completed application with the accompanying $50 application fee, academic transcript(s), and complete an online preliminary placement test. Instructions and links for completing the preliminary placement test will be emailed to applicants within 2-3 business days of submitting the online application. Your application packet is complete only after submitting the online preliminary placement test.

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Do I receive credit for participating in the program?

Participants who complete the program can receive 8 semester units of undergraduate credit. However, it is required that students check with their advisors at their home institution regarding the acceptance of credits. It is also the responsibility of the student to request transcripts online through the Records Office.

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How do I know what level I am?

An online preliminary placement test must be submitted by each applicant to complete your applicaiton packet. You will need to follow the instructions for completing the online test, which will be emailed to you after submitting an online application.

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When and how do I find out if I have been admitted into the program?

Admission into the Summer Intensive Language Program is based on interest in and motivation for language study. Our goal is to make language and culture study accessible to everyone who is interested in it and we assume that applying to the program is evidence of this interest. Thus, all applicants who submit the required materials are accepted into the program if space permits. However, submission of application materials after the deadline has passed can result in a student not being admitted to the program.

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What level of proficiency will I achieve after one full summer session?

The 8 week program is the equivalent of one academic year of study. With adequate time spent outside of class on homework, with the language tutors, and participating in co-curricular activities, a significant amount of progress is expected. Individual progress will depend on a variety of factors: your effort, hours of homework completed (4-5 hours per night including weekends), language background, facility with learning languages, etc. If you have further questions about progress, levels, or proficiency, please contact languages@miis.edu.

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