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Studying in Michigan

Michigan offers a diversity of experiences to international students. With more than 100 colleges and universities from small, private institutions to some of the biggest state universities in America, there's something for everyone in the nation's eighth largest state. After class and on weekends, students can enjoy the outdoor beauty of "The Great Lake State," with more than 3,126 miles of shoreline and 11,000 miles of inland lakes.
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Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan 49931
(906) 487-2009

Why Enroll in our ELI Program?

As an ELI student, you will:

  • Develop strong English and intercultural skills for academic study at Michigan Tech.

  • Benefit from well-designed courses.

  • Learn from excellent and experienced teachers with strong professional training.

  • Receive careful attention from teachers. Class sizes are small to ensure valuable interaction.

  • Enjoy access to Michigan Tech learning and recreational facilities Be invited to participate and practice new skills at fun social events within the ELI program and across Campus.

  • Live and learn in a friendly, small, college-town community.

Michigan Tech Fast Facts

  • University Type: Public
  • Established: 1885
  • President: Glenn D. Mroz
  • Campus Size: 925 acres
  • Ford Center (Alberta, MI): 3,700 acres
  • Faculty: 477
  • Staff: 1,153
  • Students: 7,270
  • Undergraduates: 5,827
  • Graduates: 1,443
  • Student Organizations: 220+
  • Total Alumni: 67,441
  • Research Expenditures: $72.5M
  • Sponsored Programs Awards: $51.7M
  • Major Research Centers: 19
  • School Colors: Metallic Silver and Gold
  • Nickname: Huskies
  • Other Names: Michigan Tech, Tech, MTU
  • Mascot: Blizzard T. Husky


  • Forbes Ranks MTU 12th in the nation whose graduates earn the highest mid-career salaries

  • Money Magazine: MTU ranked No. 90 out of 706 Best Colleges for Your Money (and 46th among public universities)

  • Money Magazine: MTU ranked No. 2 on the list of 11 Public Colleges Where Grads Make Six Figure salary

  • Safewise: Houghton/MTU ranked No. 20 on the list of 50 Safest College Towns in America

  • Brookings Institution: ranked MTU No. 1 in Michigan, No. 4 in US in “value-added” factors such as the kinds of majors offered—particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), graduation rates, student loan repayment rates, and the difference between predicted earnings and graduates’ actual earnings at mid-career and over a lifetime. (May 2015)

  • We are ranked among the top twenty universities in the US in the proportion of research that is sponsored by industry. Nearly 25 percent of our invention disclosures include the names of students as inventors.

Housing & Health Insurance Options

Housing Options

  • On-campus housing is available to ELI students through the university housing office. Students have different housing options, including 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments for families with children.


  • Michigan Tech offers health insurance to all ELI students throughout their enrollment.



All admitted students are automatically considered for most merit-based scholarships; a special application form is not required, except for the Michigan Tech Leading Scholars Award and career interest scholarships. For international students, the following scholarships are available:

  • International Ambassador Scholarships
  • Alumni Legacy (ALA)
  • Athletic Grants
  • Sponsored Scholarships

Outdoor Adventure

Michigan Tech is on the shores of the Keweenaw Waterway with Lake Superior just minutes away. Our world-class Tech Trails offer opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing.

Michigan Tech owns and operates Mont Ripley, our very own ski and snowboard hill, and Portage Lake Golf Course; both are just minutes from campus. Our world-class Tech Trails offer opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Our Outdoor Adventure Program offers guided excursions, workshops, equipment rentals, and clinics. Learn more how you can explore Michigan!

Student Testimonies

“GOAL was really helpful in making me academically prepared for graduate school. Now, I can read articles more quickly and write proposals and literature reviews. In just six weeks, I am already better prepared and skilled in English than other international students who are already taking university classes.” -Yinqi, graduate student

Kyle, undergraduate MTU student, on the ELI Conversation Partner Program: "Meeting with [my partner] was a very enjoyable experience for me. I’m happy to have met such a great guy, I learned many new things about China that I could not have known otherwise, and I’m glad that we will remain friends after this semester." -Kyle

About Michigan Technological University English Language Institute

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, technology, engineering, and math; forestry; business and economics; health professions; humanities; and social sciences. Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

Conditional admission is offered to students interested in undergraduate study at the university but who do not have the required English language test scores. ELI at Michigan Tech helps students who want or need to improve their English skills. ELI is a helpful tool to prepare for academic classes at the university level. We hope you will be part of this successful learning experience.

Our ELI (English Language Institute) will help you excel in your academic and professional goals. When you successfully complete the IESL program, you will be proficient in listening/speaking, writing, reading, and conducting research. The program focuses on academic English, in particular the language tasks required of STEM and business majors. Our curriculum will also prepare you to engage in campus and community life.



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