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Who is this program for?

Students with regular or provisional admission to MSU or another U.S. university or permission of the English Language Center

What is this program like?

  • is designed for academically bound undergraduate and graduate level students.
  • helps students who may have concerns about studying in the USA.
  • includes the following topics: Integrating into Campus Life, Classroom Culture, Understanding Spoken English, Essay Writing and Written Communication, Formal Oral Presentations and Pronunciation, and Campus and Community Resources.

Course Description

*This course does not apply towards eliminating 'Provisional' Admission Status at MSU.

 

Program Details

Dates: Monday, July 30- Friday, August 17, 2018 (75 hours of classes)

Applications due by 8/1/2018.

*We have extended the application due date, but housing is no longer available through Owen Hall. If you have signed a housing contract for Fall Semester 2018, it may be possible to move in early, but the ELC will have to look into this for you.

Costs: $1,600 (Includes tuition, mandatory insurance, and fees) Books and housing are not included.

Housing: You may arrange on-campus housing at Owen Hall through us. The cost will be $38 per day, which includes a single room with a shared bath. The cost of this will be billed directly to you through your MSU account.

See flyer for more details and student comments

Download the application form

 

Student Testimonials

Graduate student, 2016

I didn’t feel ready for my study in the U.S. and PAL helped me with understanding the culture, MSU, the resources, and the proper way to communicate with professors or colleagues. Thanks to the program, I could be more versatile or resilient academically and socially. I like MSU and feel a sense of belonging about MSU because of the program.

Undergraduate student, 2016

The best part of the program was that I was comfortable with many aspects of MSU, while my other friends struggled amidst chaos during move-in, orientation, and fall semester. PAL made me aware of various resources on campus, and it reminds me of the class whenever I use them.

Undergraduate student, 2014

PAL made me connect with Michigan State life. It made me feel more confident and prepare to start the school year. We were able to learn more about the resources the university offers, which was a really important thing for me as an international student. During the course I was also able to meet friends that I carry by my side until today.

Undergraduate student, 2014

PAL is a place where we can be ourselves, while also getting out of our comfort zone and reaching an objective of using our second language. PAL creates a safe atmosphere to bond with others.I felt understood at all times in that classroom. I got wiser, stronger, more confident, and, hopefully, as advised, I can let my light shine through. I felt like I had the full American experience to the best of its extent.

 

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No-Show or Withdrawal from PAL

Should the course participant fail to show up for the language course once it has begun or withdraw from the course, he/she shall not be entitled to claim any reimbursement of payments already effected.

 

Contact

If you have questions about PAL, please contact External Programs Coordinator Mark Albee at malbee@msu.edu