Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Intensive English Programs

The Middlebury Institute's Intensive English Programs offer English courses for school, business, and everyday life.

Intensive English Programs (ESL)

Come to California and join our intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students attend 21 hours of class per week and focus on reading & vocabulary, writing & grammar, oral communication, integrated skills, cultural topics, and TOEFL iBT preparation.

If you plan to attend an American university or college, we offer specialized courses suited to your needs. Our English for Academic Purposes curriculum prepares international students for the American university classroom. Topics include listening and reading strategies, vocabulary development, discussion & presentation skills, and academic research and writing. For those 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.

Program Highlights

  • Sessions begin four times a year in January, April, June, and September
  • Beginning to advanced levels
  • Professional teachers & small class sizes
  • Quiet, safe community
  • Emphasis on English for communication, business, and academic study
  • Access to campus library, computing centers, and student services
  • Immigration and transfer assistance available
  • Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) approved

Specialized Group & Summer Programs

The Middlebury Institute also provides specialized programs tailored to students’ needs. English Preparation for Graduate Studies is offered each summer for students who have been accepted into English-taught graduate programs in international relations, law, MBA, international policy and other liberal arts graduate programs. Custom programs are available for small groups, diplomats, executives, and international travelers. We also offer study abroad programs on our campus for groups of 20 or more students.

Living in Monterey

Monterey is located on the Pacific Coast of California. Students here enjoy the quiet, safe town and friendly people. Homestay with local families is available, but many students share apartments within walking distance of our campus. Monterey features beautiful scenery and mild weather. The campus is close to Fisherman’s Wharf, beaches, and bicycle and hiking paths. Monterey is conveniently located only 125 miles (201 km) south of San Francisco, 65 miles (104 km) south of San Jose and Silicon Valley, and 345 miles (555 km) north of Los Angeles.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey has been 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.


$5,000—$10,000 Quarter

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Top Programs

English Language (ESL), Intensive English as a Second Language, TOEFL and University Preparation

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Type of School

Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    Small/College town
  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

Monterey CA
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