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Our 2018 Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) application is now open. Priority deadline is March 1

Incoming and current Middlebury Institute graduate students: Please do NOT submit the online application. Instead, you should submit the Middlebury Institute student registration form. Contact us for this form. If you submit an application online and pay the $50 application fee, this fee cannot be refunded.

Step 1: Submit an Application

Application Fee: $50 (non refundable)

If you, a friend, or family member attended SILP or any other Middlebury-affiliated program, you are eligible for a fee waiver. Contact us for the code. 

Step 2: Submit Academic Transcripts

All applicants must submit academic transcripts to complete their application packet. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

Mail official transcripts to:

Summer Intensive Language Program
Middlebury Institute of International Studies 
460 Pierce Street 
Monterey, CA 93940

Step 3: Take the Preliminary Placement Test

Unless you are a beginner (i.e. have no experience in your language of study), you are required to take the online preliminary placement test before your application is considered complete. Each applicant will receive emailed instructions for completing the online test within 2-3 business days of submitting the online application.

Applicants will be notified of an admissions decision two weeks after completing the preliminary placement test.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our intensive program generally requires that students be at least 18 years of age. The Summer Intensive Language Program will occasionally admit students between the ages of 16 to 18. Participants under the age of 18 must provide proof that they are in custody of a legal guardian living in the local area. Under-age participants are also required to submit two letters of recommendation from teachers or advisers that attest to their fitness for intensive language study. All applicants under 18 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us with any questions about this policy.

To apply for a Davis Fellowship for Peace award, you must first submit an online Summer Intensive Language Program application*, which includes:

   1. A $50 non-refundable application fee

   2. Unofficial transcript(s)

   3. Competition of a preliminary placement test (if required)

Once the Summer Intensive Language Program application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the application for the Davis Fellowship (make sure to check your junk mail if you can't find it). This application will ask you to provide:

   1. A brief essay (500-600 words) that reflects your past experience and future aspirations to contribute to more peaceful relationships between people, institutions, or communities. Make sure to highlight the role of language and language study in fostering those relationships and in helping to mediate conflict.

   2. Your CV or résumé

Your Davis Fellows application will not be considered if you are missing any of the above components by the application deadline.

Applications for the Davis Fellow for Peace awards are due by midnight PST, March 1, 2018. If you need to mail items, they should be sent early enough to be received by March 1 to this address: Summer Intensive Language Program
, 460 Pierce Street, 
Monterey, CA, 93940. We will review applications and notify students on or around April 15, 2018.

Contact us if you have not received a link to the secondary application, or if you have any other application questions.

In addition to the requirement above, international students whose home language is not English must demonstrate functional proficiency in English in order to be admitted to the program. After you have submitted your application, our staff will contact you to set up a brief interview to determine your English proficiency level.  

Alternatively, they may submit a recent TOEFL or IELTS score (within the last two years) of a minimum of 80 or 6.5, respectively. In that case, a Skype interview would not be necessary.

The program provides students with F-1 or J-1 I-20s and visa support. All international students must have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa to study.

Though online applications are preferred, applicants may complete a paper application to apply by postal mail or in person.

Mailing Address:
Summer Intensive Language Program 

Middlebury Institute of International Studies 

460 Pierce Street 
Monterey, CA 93940

In-Person Applications:
Language & Professional Programs

419 Pacific Street, Suite 103

Monterey, CA 93940

Contact us for a paper application.

Applicants to the Summer Intensive Language Program may defer application (with deposits) for up to one year. To defer to the following year’s summer program, please contact the Language & Professional Programs office at 831-647-4115 or email us. Deferral is not automatic and MUST be requested by the student.

Please note that classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. Students will be notified of any such cancellations no later than May 6. In the case of cancellation, applicants will receive a full tuition refund, including deposit and application fee.