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.
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.
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.
You will need to submit the completed application including diagnostic score and your language background information, the application fee, and official academic transcript(s). Please note that the summer program application is separate from the graduate school application and must be completed and turned in by all SILP participants (incoming MIIS students do not have to pay the application fee a second time).
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.
Online diagnostic tests are available under the specific languages described in the SILP program under the Diagnostic text box. You will need to download the tests with an answer key to determine your score. The Diagnostic Test Score will also be included on the completed application. You may also be contacted for an oral diagnostic assessment. These tests have been designed to give you and the program a preliminary idea of your language level; however, they do not replace the Placement Exams that you will be required to take on the first day of the program during orientation.
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.
Your 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.