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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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.
Mission Statement: To be successful and make excellent progress, students learn the language and study skills essential to be successful as university students and professionals. We are committed to providing rigorous English language instruction that prepares admitted international students for successful undergraduate and graduate study.
Students will be able to deliver a comprehensible oral presentation to an academic audience.
Students will be able to identify main ideas and supporting details of academic lectures.
Students will be able to formulate and respond to peer and faculty questions.
Students will be able to participate actively and mediate communication breakdown in academic classroom discussions and small group settings.
Students will be able to monitor speech features that contribute to comprehensibility.
Students will be able to compose texts appropriate to various academic contexts.
Students will be able to craft research papers of appropriate length (2000-3000 words).
Students will be able to develop complex rhetorical modes coherently and cohesively.
Students will be able to demonstrate language formality and conventions.
Students will be able to demonstrate a variety of syntactical structures and correct syntax and mechanics errors.
Students will be able to read and comprehend academic texts by applying text processing strategies.
Students will be able to produce summaries that mirror the structure of texts and be able to paraphrase the main ideas of a text.
Students will be able to read critically by identifying common types of support in arguments, common logical fallacies and opposing points of view.
Students will be able to identify implied main ideas, author’s purpose, tone and targeted audience.
Students will be able to infer the meaning of new vocabulary and figurative language using word forms, grammar, affixes, and contextual clues.
Students will be able to locate relevant and reliable sources using library resources, online tools, and academic databases.
Students will be able to incorporate and synthesize sources into writing and oral presentations by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing and documenting them in APA style to avoid plagiarism.
IESL Program (Accredited by CEA): The Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program prepares students for academic study. Applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to be considered. Courses in this program are offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters—each of which is 14 weeks long. These courses meet 18-24 hours per week.
The Graduate Orientation and Language (GOAL) program: The program is designed to assist international graduate students to succeed in their academic programs by providing intensive English language instruction and cultural immersion opportunities. GOAL is offered prior to Fall classes.
Foundational English Program: The Foundational English Program offers courses that focus on the different skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Writing, & Reading as well as special topic areas. It is designed for English language beginners who would like to enroll in our regular IESL curriculum and/or become professionals.
Tutoring Help program: Customized tutoring help is available and taught by our professionally trained IESL instructors. Tutoring session packages are customizable based on number of hours you would like to study and payment plans are available.
University Preparation Program: The University Preparation Program will prepare international high school students for university studies in STEM fields and other disciplines with a specifically tailored program for IESL students. Students will also prepare important materials for undergraduate admissions, including their college application and essay, and will have the opportunity to meet with Career Services and campus advisors. In conjunction with this program, students can also choose to spend one week in a hands-on pre-college exploration through Michigan Tech’s renowned Summer Youth Programs, which focus on preparing students for STEM fields.
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.
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:
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!
“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
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.