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 to be working with you as you begin your Fulbright journey.
The Fulbright English for Graduate Studies Program at MSU is a three-week-long on-campus 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. Higher Education Institutions, Understanding Key Relationships in Academia, U.S. Healthcare, Police Interactions and Rights as Non-U.S. Citizens, U.S. Classroom Culture, and Appropriate Interpersonal Relationships and Sexual Assault
- networking 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, Lake Michigan, the Michigan Capitol, and a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game
- access to MSU campus resources
Arrival Instructions & Orientation
Prior to your arrival in East Lansing, Michigan, the MSU English Language Center will 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 with any questions.
MSU English Language Center program coordinators will pick you up at the Lansing – Capital Region International Airport (LAN) or at the Michigan Flyer bus drop-off point in downtown East Lansing. We will share a pre-arrival survey with you soon which will give you a chance to share your arrival plans with us.
On Sunday, July 17, the day after your arrival in East Lansing, you will have a day of orientation where program coordinators will go over the schedule, residence hall facilities, campus resources, and safety guidelines. Then you will be given a walking tour of campus and directions on where you can purchase items you might need during your 3 week stay at MSU.
During your time at MSU, you will be housed on-campus in double occupancy rooms in McDonel Hall in the River Trail Neighborhood. You can find more information about this residence hall on the McDonel 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 River Trail neighborhood is a short walk (10 to 15 minutes) from the center of campus, but you will also be given a bus pass (cata.org) to help you get where you need to go.
You will be provided with three meals a day, which you can take at The Vista at Shaw Hall. For more information about these dining facilities, please visit eatatstate.com. MSU dining facilities are highly ranked, and you will find a huge variety of food that you will be able to eat as much (or as little) of as you like.
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.
Michigan State University
Michigan 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 is 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.
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 the southern part of 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 Niagara Falls in Canada.
English Language Center
619 Red Cedar Road Room Wells Hall B230
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
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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.