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Fulbright English for Graduate Studies Program (EGSP)
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Welcome to the Michigan State University English Language Center and congratulations on being chosen to take part in the Fulbright English for Graduate Studies Program! We are thrilled that you will be coming to East Lansing, Michigan this summer, and we are working hard to provide the best possible experience for you as you begin your Fulbright journey. Over the next several weeks, we will continue to provide program updates to the website, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Program Description

The Fulbright English for Graduate Studies Program at MSU is a three week long program. The goal of the program is to help you prepare for your graduate studies in the U.S. by providing you with:

  • coursework to help you refine your oral and written communication skills that you will need for academic success
  • seminars on the following topics: U.S. Academic Culture, U.S. Academic Resources, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination policies, U.S. Healthcare and Mental Health Resources, and others
  • access to MSU campus resources
  • social and professional opportunities to orient you to your graduate studies and the Fulbright organization
  • cultural immersion activities to assist with your adjustment to and understanding of U.S. culture, some of which will be trips to Chicago, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Saugatuck and Lake Michigan, the Michigan Capitol, and a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game 

*All courses, seminars, and activities will be provided and chaperoned by qualified, full-time MSU faculty and staff.


Program Schedule

July 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday


Program Orientation

Campus Tour


English Classes

Welcome Dinner



Fulbright Orientation

U.S. Healthcare Seminar



Michigan Capitol & Historical Museum

Chicago Planning Meeting



English Classes

Library Seminar


English Classes

Baseball Lesson

Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game


Chicago Day Trip






English Classes

U.S. Higher Educations Institutions Seminar

Lake Lansing Picnic


English Classes

Library Seminar


English Classes

Graduate Student Forum


English Classes

Online Classroom Tools Seminar


English Classes

Police Seminar

Home Visit to Local Families


Mackinac Island Trip




English Classes

Understanding Key Relationships Seminar


English Classes

U.S. Classroom Culture Seminar


Henry Ford & Greenfield Village Trip


English Classes

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Seminar


English Classes

Farewell Dinner




Fulbright EGSP July 2019 Daily Agenda

Arrival Instructions

Prior to your arrival in East Lansing, Michigan, the MSU English Language Center will send you a link to a pre-arrival survey to obtain your travel itineraries. We will also provide you with access to the program Facebook page so that you have opportunities to communicate your questions and concerns to ELC coordinators. In addition, you may contact the ELC program coordinators at the email addresses and phone numbers provided below at any time.

MSU English Language Center program coordinators will pick you up at the local airport, Capitol Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing, MI. We will try to meet you with a Fulbright sign at the bottom of the escalator, but if you don’t see us there, we will meet you in the baggage claim area. The Capitol Region International Airport (LAN) is a 25 minute drive from MSU. 


Contact Information

MSU English Language Center




Mark Albee, External Programs Coordinator


517-884-4322 (office)

517-703-4600 (emergency contact number)


Kimberly Benedicto, Special Programs Coordinator




David Krise, Group Coordinator




Matthew Rynbrandt

Instructor, Oral Communication Class



Alissa Cohen

Instructor, Writing and Culture Class


Housing Information


During your time at MSU, you will be housed on-campus in double occupancy rooms in Butterfield Hall in the Brody Neighborhood. You can watch a virtual tour of the residence hall on the Butterfield Hall website. The residence hall will provide you will bed linens and towels, so you do not have to bring these items from home.

The Brody Neighborhood is a short walk (15 to 20 minutes) from the center of campus, but you will also be given a bus pass (cata.org).

Meal Information

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You will be provided with three meals a day, which you can take at either Brody Square or The Vista at Shaw Hall. For more information about these dining facilities, please visit eatatstate.com. Brody Square is a highly ranked university dining facility, and at both facilities, you will find a huge variety of food that you will be able to eat as much (or as little) of as you like.

Orientation Schedule

On Sunday, July 14th, the ELC program coordinators will provide a program orientation. In addition, the MSU graduate assistants who will be participating in many of your extracurricular activities will give you a tour of MSU’s campus, one of the largest in the U.S., and they will also introduce you to downtown East Lansing. 



During the three week program, you will have an MSU ID and will have the same access to university facilities as MSU students.  These facilities include: MSU libraries, Intramural (IM) sports facilities, MSU computer labs, health care and counseling centers, etc. 

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Michigan State University

Sparty_Summer.jpgMichigan State University is located in East Lansing, Michigan in the Midwest of the United States, and its campus is one of the largest in the U.S.  East Lansing a quiet but active college community, and it is a very safe and relatively inexpensive area to live in compared to larger cities. Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (MSU) is a research-intensive land-grant university that offers more than 200 programs of study for undergraduates and graduate students, taught by more than 5,000 academic faculty members in seventeen degree-granting colleges. About 50,000 students attend MSU, which is one of the leading universities in international research, education, and outreach programs.



The English Language Center

The English Language Center (ELC), established in 1961 in the College of Arts and Letters, serves the English language needs of MSU's international students, scholars and visitors. In particular, the ELC serves two types of students: those admitted directly for intensive English study and those provisionally admitted who need to take intensive English courses in order to meet minimum language requirements. Currently, the ELC has several graduate students and 25 full time faculty, all with master's degrees in TESOL or a related field and many years of teaching experience in country and abroad. 

View the ELC brochure to learn more about our Center



The English Language Center is situated in Wells Hall, which is located in the center of the Michigan State University campus.


MSU is in the city of East Lansing, which is in mid-Michigan. It is a short car ride from other cities such as Ann Arbor and Detroit, and it is surrounded by lakes and natural beauty. It is also conveniently situated for excursions to popular tourist attractions such as Mackinac Island, the city of Chicago, and Detroit, MI.


English Language Center
619 Red Cedar Road Room Wells Hall B230
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

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Sponsoring Organizations


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This activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.

For more information, please visit the Fulbright program website.

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This activity is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information, please visit the Institute of International Education program website.


Michigan State University Campus

The English Language Center is situated on a centrally convenient location on the Michigan State University campus. 

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