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Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Intensive ESL Program [Monterey, California]


  • Expert and caring teachers who all have Master’s degrees in Teaching English
  • Small class sizes focused on each student’s needs and extensive support outside of class including free tutoring, guided weekend activities, conversation partners program
  • Beautiful, safe town next to the Pacific Ocean
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The Intensive ESL Program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is a 60-year-old program designed to help students improve their English language skills for daily life, academic study, and career. With a diverse group of students, small class sizes, many opportunities to interact with native speakers and a safe location, MIIS is an ideal learning environment for international students. MIIS students come from all over the world and work together in the program to build confidence to use English. Students will improve their TOEFL scores and prepare to study at an American college or university. Overall, the MIIS program helps students meet their academic and professional goals.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private University
      Establishment : 1955
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 100-150
      Average Class Size : 6-8
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Hello student! We are looking forward to welcoming you to beautiful Monterey, California. From the time that you arrive at our school, you will receive individual attention and help reaching your learning goals. You will have excellent, highly qualified teachers who care about their students. Your teachers will meet with you during and after class to help you improve all your English skills, and reach your life goals. You will also have access to free tutoring services and free assistance planning trips and learning about the community. We also have an activity guide who plans fun, educational activities for you to attend on the weekends. You will also have the chance to get a native speaker conversation partner through our Conversation Partner program. From the first day, you will have many opportunities to practice English both in class and in the community. We can’t wait to meet you.

      Rogers Walker
      Associate Director, Intensive English Programs
      Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
    • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

      460 Pierce Street
      Monterey, California  93940  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (831) 647-4115
      FAX: N/A
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • MIIS provides housing search assistance with off-campus residences and homestays. For students who prefer an independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the school environment. The school also gives students information about local homestay providers for those students who want to experience local culture first-hand as a member of a family and practice their conversational English. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Private off-campus apartments may also be available; however students must make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Monterey is located on the Pacific coast of California and features beautiful scenery and mild weather. Located 1 to 2 hours south of San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, and San Jose, Monterey is a quiet, safe, and friendly community. The Middlebury Institute campus is one block from historic downtown, which means students are in the center of everything here! Restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, and the beach are a 5-minute walk from where classes are held.
    • About the College/University
    • The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey is a prestigious school that has been a leader for preparing graduate professionals for global careers in the private, public, nonprofit and educational sectors since 1955. Located in Monterey, California, the Institute offers advanced degrees in international business, environmental policy, translation and interpretation, international policy studies and language teaching, as well as a variety of specialized certificates and programs. In 2010 the Institute, whose approximately 750 students come from more than 50 countries, became a graduate school of Middlebury College.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. No TOEFL score is required.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive ESL Program / English Preparation for Graduate Studies

    • Overview
    • Students attend four classes for a total of 21 hours per week. Classes are Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:00am and ending at 3:30pm. Sessions begin four times a year in January, April, June and September. All levels of proficiency are offered from beginning to advanced. During the two-day program orientation, students take tests to evaluate their level and plan their class schedule. The Intensive ESL Program focuses on writing & grammar, reading & vocabulary, oral communication and TOEFL iBT preparation.

      If you plan to attend an American university or college in the United States, MIIS also offers specialized courses suited to your needs. The English for Academic Purposes courses will prepare you for the American university classroom. For students pursuing English for business or professional reasons, advanced-level electives focus on the language skills and strategies that will help you succeed in your career. Curriculum emphasis is on English for communication, business, and academic studies. All students have access to the campus library, computing centers, and student services.
      Class sizes average from 6-8 students, which is an ideal size for effective English language instruction.

      English Preparation for Graduate Studies

      Students prepare for American graduate school in this intensive, seven-week course over the summer. All course work is conducted in English at an advanced level and is based upon authentic materials extracted from newspapers, journals, magazines, broadcasted speeches, and films and videos, or provided by guest speakers. Topics are selected for their relevance to American university life and academic study. Courses offer extensive practice in the following areas:

      - Academic research and writing
      - Public speaking for academic purposes
      - Reading strategies and vocabulary development
      - Active listening strategies
      - Graduate life skills
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 6 - 8 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8, 10 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 16 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: One Year of English
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Homestay
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      9/7 - 10/29
      Apply by 7/12
      11/1 - 12/22
      Apply by 7/12

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      8 WEEKS US$ 4,385
      10 WEEKS US$ 4,385
      US$ 350 (Homestay ONLY)
      8 WEEKS US$ 900-1,200 Per Month N/A US$ 600-1,600 Per Month
      10 WEEKS US$ 900-1,200 Per Month N/A US$ 600-1,600 Per Month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged (Airport Shuttle Available)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Monterey, California
    • Location
      Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

      460 Pierce Street Monterey, California  93940  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From San Francisco International Airport:
      It is the students’ responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.6
      School Environment: 4.6
      Helpfulness of Staff: 5.0
      Activities and Social Life: 4.8
      Accommodation: 4.0


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • Rida
      [ Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Age 22, Female ]
      4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      Great Experience
      I can say I like all my teachers in the ESL program. I learned a lot from them. I also had a great time with new classmates from around the world. I made many wonderful friends!
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      A Former Student
      [ Shanghai, China ]

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      [ Sogamoso, Colombia, Age 27, Female ]
      16 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
      Perfect place
      Excellent school! This school has the best teachers. The ESL program is challenging, but you learn a lot. If you want to improve your English, MIIS is the best place!

      [ Changhua, Taiwan ]

      [ Jecheon, South Korea, Age 28, Female ]
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