SILP 2021 UPDATE: Due to uncertainty related to COVID-19 we have decided to suspend SILP for the summer of 2021. We encourage you to attend our sister program in Vermont. The Middlebury Language Schools, located in Vermont, offers 12 languages for complete beginner to advanced level. Please apply directly to the Middlebury Language Schools. To apply, log on to the online application and select Middlebury Language Schools–Language Pledge®. 

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)

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

Attention all 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 2: Submit academic transcripts

All applicants must submit academic transcripts to complete their application packet either directly through the online application or emailed to separately. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

If you would like to mail your transcripts:

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 very beginner, 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 two to three business days of submitting the online application.

Applicants will be notified of an admission 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. Underage participants are also required to submit two letters of recommendation from teachers or advisors 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 the following:

   1. A $50 nonrefundable application fee

   2. Unofficial transcript(s)

   3. Completion 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 the following:

   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 Fellows for Peace awards were due by Friday, February 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time. If you need to mail items, they should be sent early enough to be received by February 15 to this address: Summer Intensive Language Program
, 460 Pierce Street, 
Monterey, CA 93940. We are now reviewing applications and will notify students on or around March 15, 2020.

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 requirements 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, you may submit a recent (within the last two years) TOEFL or IELTS score 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.

Visa-related questions can be directed to 


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 Language and Professional Programs at (831) 647-4115 or email us. Deferral is not automatic and must be requested by the student.


We do not require any letter of reference to apply to the program. We only ask for the contact information of an academic or professional reference; however, that person will only be contacted if we have concerns about your academic readiness for the program. 

Please note that classes in any language at any level may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In the case of cancellation, applicants will be notified no later than May 11, but we will do our best to keep you updated on any potential cancellations before that time. In the case of cancellation, applicants will receive a full tuition refund, including deposit and application fee.