Welcome to the Michigan State University English Language Center and congratulations on your decision to improve your teaching abilities. Whether you are new to teaching or have been in the classroom for years, we welcome you to join us in East Lansing, Michigan when you are ready. We always work hard to provide the best possible experience for you as you begin your teacher training journey at MSU.

Program Description

The ELC offers a wide variety of programming for aspiring or seasoned teachers. Our programming varies in length and includes English language study and practice in Teaching English as a Foreign Language methodology, as well as exposure to U.S. culture and society.

Program Schedule

Each program is unique and customized to fit you and your group’s needs. We offer multiple week programs, hybrid models, as well as fully online experiences. 

Housing Information

If you choose to join us in East Lansing, there are a number of housing options available. Depending on the time of year, you can stay in either single or double occupancy rooms in our residential dormitory system. You can watch a virtual tour of a residence hall on the Owen Hall website. As a special program participant, the residence hall will provide you will bed linens and towels, so you do not have to bring these items from home.

Meal Information

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You can be provided with a range of meal plans, which you can use at any of the 10 dining halls on campus. For more information about these dining facilities, please visit eatatstate.com. For example, Brody Square is an award winning university dining facility, and at all 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.


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During any on campus 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

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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. 

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.

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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

Contact Information

MSU English Language Center



Mark Albee

Mark Albee, External Programs Coordinator


517-884-4322 (office)

517-703-4600 (emergency contact number)

Kim Benedicto

Kimberly Benedicto, Special Programs Coordinator