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  • English Language Center

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  • University Profile & Center Description

    Michigan State University, founded in 1855, is one of the top research universities in the world. MSU offers over 200 degree programs for undergraduates and graduate students, taught by more than 5,000 academic faculty members in seventeen

    degree-granting colleges. 

    Over 38,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students pursue degrees at MSU. Approximately 14% of the student body is international students. MSU is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

    The English Language Center at MSU provides instruction to international students who need to improve their language skills before beginning academic coursework. It also serves individuals who are not seeking a degree at MSU but who want to develop their English skills. The ELC provides English language instruction against a backdrop of American life and academia.

  • Intensive English Program

    The Intensive English Program is designed for international students who wish to improve their language skills and seek admission to Michigan State University or another US university; or return to their home countries after program completion. 

    The IEP includes:

    • All levels, from beginning to advanced
    • Instruction in English grammar, reading,

       writing, speaking, and listening
    • Content-based courses
    • 18 classroom hours per week over the

       course of a 15-week semester
    • Cultural enrichment activities and field



    New students are given a placement test, the Michigan State University English Language Test (MSUELT), to ensure that they start their language program at the correct entry level. Future placements for continuing students are based on continuous assessment, attendance, and overall performance in their language classes.

  • Semester Schedule

    Summer 2017

    MSU’s provisional admissions policy makes it possible for students who are close to meeting the English language requirement to come to MSU to complete their English and, if qualified, to concurrently begin an academic program. 

    International students who have provisional status from MSU can take the MSUELT to fulfill the university’s language requirement, one of the conditions for admission to full-time academic study. Students can also meet the university English requirement by achieving an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). (
    See MSU website for current language proficiency requirements.)


    Provisional Admission to MSU

    Semester Schedule

    May 15 - August 18

    Fall 2017

    August 30 - December 8

    January 8 - April 27

    Spring 2018

    May 14 - August 16

    Summer 2018

  • English for Academic  Purposes

     academically-bound students who need to improve their language skills prior to full-time academic study at MSU. This program:
    • Offers credit-bearing courses at an advanced

       level: ESL 220 (Writing and Grammar), ESL 221

       (Writing), ESL 222 (Speaking and Listening),

       ESL 223 (Reading). 
    Helps prepare international students for

       university-level work in English.
    • Reflects the language demands of the

    • Allows qualified students to take academic

       coursework while enrolled in this program.

    ELC courses are taught by a dedicated teaching staff, who have at least a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or who are working towards such a degree. The majority of teachers have had extensive teaching experience abroad and are knowledgeable in, and sensitive to, the cultures of international students. They provide regular feedback and evaluation and of students’ progress and work closely with the ELC’s full-time student advisors to ensure all students work toward their goals.

    The EAP is designed for advanced


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  • Housing 

    MSU has the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 23 undergraduate halls, one graduate hall, and three apartment villages. Students under the age of 21 live in the campus residence halls. 

    Total housing costs include a variety of meal plan options. Students who are over the age of 21 may live in Owen Graduate Center, which offers single rooms and a special meal plan.  
    All residence hall accommodations include basic furniture (bed, dresser, desk, chair) as well as:
    • High-speed Internet access
    • Telephones with voicemail and caller ID
    • Recreational facilities
    • Lounges with television sets
    • Quiet study areas
    • Free use of laundry facilities
    • Friendly, helpful staff

  • Student Life



    Campus facilities provide access to swimming

      pools basketball courts, tennis courts,

      running tracks, fitness rooms, a hockey rink,

      and a golf course. For those students who

      prefer to be spectators, MSU has numerous

      men’s and women’s varsity sports teams.

      The name for the MSU sports teams and fans

      is “Spartans”. The school mascot is “Sparty”.


    There are over 500 student, professional,

      recreational, athletic, international, religious,

      academic, and social groups at MSU. These

      groups frequently sponsor speakers, films,

      entertainment events, and trips.

    MSU has many unique cultural opportunities.

      It is the home of the Broad Art Museum,

      Kresge Art Museum, the Michigan State

      University Museum, the Bug House, and

      Abrams Planetarium. Students can also

      enjoy plays, dance performances, and

      concerts at the Wharton Center for

      Performing Arts, the Breslin Student Events

      Center, and through the activities of the

      Department of Theater and Department of


    The MSU campus is a botanical delight!

      The gently flowing Red Cedar River, which

      runs through the center of campus, offers

      beautiful views in any season. The Beal

      Botanical Garden, the Butterfl y House, the

      Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, and

      MSU Farms are all open to the public. 


  • Testimonials

    “The three semesters in the English Language Center was not just learning English; it was preparation for the academic study life and to adapt in the American environment. In the ELC, we were not only studying English; rather it went beyond that. We were learning the American culture, how to deal and treat people in the community, and how to be a successful student in your specific major. Furthermore, meeting people from many different backgrounds from around the world teaches you that diversity is great.”

    – Marwan Al-
    Khalidy, Iraq

    “I actually have a hard time speaking English, but since I’ve taken ESL class, I have more confidence in speaking English. I like the small classroom atmosphere where teachers can focus on their students more. I also like the curriculum in the reading class where we read a novel for the semester and write a report about it. I had a really good time in my ESL class!”

    – Joohyun Park, South Korea

    “My speaking and listening class at the English Language Center helped prepare me for my academic courses in the university. I learned valuable skills in giving a presentation in English, something I will have to do a lot as a graduate student. We also practiced a lot of notetaking for academic lectures in class. Taking notes during a long lecture used to be really hard for me, but now I have strategies  I can use to keep up. Thanks to my ELC class, I’m confident that I will be able to be successful in my academic courses.”

    – Firat Cakir, Turkey

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