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University Profile & Center Description
Intensive English Program
Semester Schedule
English for Academic  Purposes
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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 trips


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

Provisional Admission to MSU

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.)

Semester Schedule

Summer 2017 May 15 - August 18
Fall 2017 August 30 - December 8
Spring 2018 January 8 - April 27
English for Academic Purposes

The EAP is designed for advanced

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 university.
• 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.
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 Music.


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.

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