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The English Language Center provides instruction to international students who need to improve their English language skills before beginning academic course work. The ELC also serves the international community by providing English language instruction against a backdrop of American life and academia.

The ELC has a number of different language and culture programs for students who want to improve their English skills by studying in an English speaking environment.

Intensive English Program  

This program helps international students improve their English language abilities through full-time course work within the English Language Center. It provides instruction in English grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and special content-based courses.

English for Academic Purposes

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses at Michigan State University help international students improve their English language abilities through credit-bearing language courses taught by English Language Center faculty.

Online Academic English Program

The Online Academic English Program (OAEP) is an online version of the English Language Center English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. These courses are designed to prepare international students for the language demands of university-level academic work, as well as to socialize them to US academic practices, culture, and expectations.

International Teaching Assistant Program

The International Teaching Assistant Program helps prepare non-native English speaking international graduate students to function effectively as teaching assistants in their departments.  The program facilitates an understanding of the cultural norms of the American educational context as well as the English language skills necessary for effective classroom communication.

Special Programs

The English Language Center hosts several different special programs for participants sponsored by universities and governments from all over the world. The ELC will design an academic language program and cultural immersion experience based on the group’s requests. 

Online Academic Training

This short online course helps international students make the transition to American academic life.

Preparation for Academic Life

This program is designed for academically bound students with regular or provisional admission to MSU. This three-week intensive summer program helps international students prepare for academic course work at MSU.

Fulbright English for Graduate Studies Program (EGSP)

This goal of this program is to prepare new Fulbright scholars for graduate studies in the United States.