Spend time at the English Language School and you’ll experience the single most effective method for rapid language acquisition: a total English language immersion environment with the Language Pledge®—a promise to read, write, listen, and speak only in your language of study.

Please note, to apply to the English Language School, log on to the online application, select Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and then select Start Application to begin.

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English Program Overview

The English Language School is located in Monterey, California at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Sessions are open to four levels of students who want to learn English—from intermediate to advanced. Our students are undergraduate applicants, current undergraduates, graduate students, professionals looking to succeed in their careers, and lifelong learners from all over the world.

Students can choose from the following sessions (2022 Dates):

  • Fall: 8-week or 16-week sessions
  • Spring: 8-week or 16-week sessions
  • Summer: 8-week session

Middlebury also offers a 6-week English Preparation for Graduate Studies program (admitted MIIS students only).

Live in Language

Students read, write, listen, and speak English 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you were to choose one thing that sets us apart, it would be the dedication of students and faculty to making great strides in language learning, embodied by the Language Pledge.

You don’t merely learn the English language, you learn about literature, history, politics, art, film, music, food, and dance, because we don’t separate language and culture. During the English language classes, you’ll make rapid gains in speaking English and your language proficiency.

Outside the classroom, you’ll participate in organized cocurricular activities—including volleyball, cooking, and movie nights—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. Summer students have the opportunity to live in on-campus housing at a newly renovated space.


CEA is the accreditation for the English Language School.

The English Language School is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).