Program Description

The Online American English and Culture Program (OAECP) is an intensive, 4 week online program provided by the Michigan State University English Language Center (ELC). Students will take part in 2 courses, taught both synchronously (live) and asynchronously (independently and self-paced).

  1. U.S. History and Society
  2. Current Events and Oral Skills

The combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction will be equivalent to approximately 15 hours per week. Students will be emailed program certificates upon completion of all required assignments.

Program Schedule

The Online American English and Culture Program will run on the following dates during Spring Semester 2021 are:

  • January 11 to February 5, 2021
  • March 1 to March 26, 2021 (Accepting applications until February 25)
  • April 5 to April 30, 2021 (Accepting applications until April 1)

Participants can choose a morning program (8:00-9:30 am) or an evening program (7:00-8:30 pm), Monday to Friday.

Students may also be required to collaborate with each other on assignments and small group projects, and they will work together to select times that will work best for their schedules.

Program Placements

After submitting an application for the program, students will be required to sign up to take the online MSU English Language Test (MSUELT). Test results will provide the ELC with information about the students’ English proficiency and may be used to determine eligibility for the program.

The Online American English and Culture Program will be able to accommodate up to 15 students per section.

If a program is canceled due to underenrollment (fewer than 5 students), applicants may defer admission to a later program or request a refund.

Program Costs

The cost of the Online American English and Culture Program is $500 per participant. This cost includes program materials, course enrollment, and access to MSU online instructional tools.

Applications and payments are due by the following dates:

  • December 15, 2020 for the January, 2021 Program
  • February 25, 2021 for the March, 2021 Program
  • March 15, 2021 for the April, 2021 Program

Customized Programs

Please contact Mark Albee at for information about customized OAECP for groups.