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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

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

Fall 2020

September 2 - December 11

January 6 - April 24

Spring 2020

May 11 - August 6

Summer 2020

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: AAE 220 (Writing and Grammar), AAE 221

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

   AAE 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




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. 



“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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