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Western Michigan University

Center for English Language and Culture for International Students [Kalamazoo, Michigan]


  • Students use advanced computer and multi-media labs during class and independently
  • Kalamazoo ranked #2 Mid-sized Midwest City by Money Magazine
  • TOEFL Waived from University Application after completing Advanced Level

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The mission of the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS), established in 1975, is to provide instruction in English as a second language for non-native speakers who will use English to study at an American college or university or in their workplaces. CELCIS uses a comprehensive method of language instruction in which students learn not only through traditional textbooks, but also through participating in different types of activities that increase their experience level as well as their English proficiency. This type of learning will provide CELCIS students with the experience and skills necessary to succeed in accomplishing their future goals.

      CELCIS accomplishes this mission by offering language instruction and cultural orientation in:
      • A year-round intensive English language program
      • English as a second language bridge courses offered through the College of Arts and Sciences
      • Training and consultation to international teaching assistants and faculty through the Graduate College and the Office of the Provost

      CELCIS is accredited by the Commission on English Language Programs (CEA); CELCIS complies with the guidelines and regulations of the following professional organizations: CEA, TESOL, UCIEP, EnglishUSA, and NAFSA. Western Michigan University, established in 1903, has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association since 1915.

      ※ View CELCIS' e-brochure for more information: http://celcis.mkttracker.com/index.php?t=c-60
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 1975
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 150
      Average Class Size : 15
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Frequent
      Location : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Michigan!
      We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) on ApplyESL.com. Since its founding in 1975, CELCIS has prepared thousands of students from over 80 different countries to use English to achieve their educational and professional goals. We are proud of our students and pleased that our intensive curriculum and wide range of activities have given so many people the tools they need to succeed. Year after year, we enroll students who have learned about our program from satisfied graduates. We hope that, by making the application process easier with the help of ApplyESL.com, you will allow us to be part of your future, as well.

      Thomas Marks
      Director, CELCIS
    • Western Michigan University
      Center for English Language and Culture
      for International Students

      1903 W Michigan Avenue
      Kalamazoo, Michigan  49008-5223  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (269) 387-4800
      FAX: +1 (269) 387-4806
      E-mail: kim.cho@wmich.edu
      Website: http://www.wmich.edu/celcis
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • Over the past 38 years, CELCIS has hosted an average of over 400 International students each year from a total of over 82 countries
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • All senior classroom instructors are native speakers. All of the full-time instructors hold master’s degrees in English as a Second Language or a related field, have lived and studied or taught in a foreign country, and have extensive experience teaching in intensive English programs at the university level.
    • Housing
    • Assistance is provided to students to live in dormitories, on-campus apartments (must be 23 or older), or off-campus apartments. It is best to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Students can visit the housing website for more information(http://www.wmich.edu/housing/). WMU's housing office can assist students looking for apartments in the Kalamazoo area, but students have to make necessary arrangements on their own. Homestay options may be available. Students should contact CELCIS directly if they are interested.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Western Michigan University is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo is the fifth-largest city in Michigan, with a countywide population exceeding 250,000 residents located midway between Detroit and Chicago, two and a half hours from each city. It is a small, culturally active, friendly city. Kalamazoo, recently ranked #2 in the medium-sized Midwest City category by Money magazine, and is close to many year-round outdoor recreation areas. Commercial transportation includes train, taxi, bus, and airline services.
    • About the College/University
    • One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified WMU as one of only 139 public institutions it considers research universities. In addition, U.S. News & World Report has recognized it as one of the nation’s best universities for the past 21 years. WMU’s campuses encompass more than 1,200 acres and 151 buildings, featuring some of the finest facilities in the Midwest. The main campus, located near downtown Kalamazoo, is able to house nearly 5,500 students. It includes a large, well-equipped student recreation center and state-of-the-art facilities for business, chemistry, science research, health and human services, and visual and performing arts.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. No TOEFL score is required (Undergraduate programs and some graduate programs).
  • Courses
    • Intensive English Program

    • About This Course
    • The CELCIS academic year is divided into two semesters (Fall, Spring) and two sessions (Summer I, Summer II). Every term includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and lab work per week plus weekly extra-curricular activities.

      Fall semester (15 weeks): August, September, October, November, and December
      Spring semester (15 weeks): January, February, March, and April
      Summer I session* (7.5 weeks): May, June
      Summer II session** (7.5 weeks): June, July, August
      *All students studying in Summer I will also be required to study in Summer II.
      **New student admission only

      CELCIS has five levels of instruction: Pre-Elementary, Elementary, Intermediate, Pre-Advanced, and Advanced. Students in the Elementary level usually have studied one or two years of English in high school in their home country. Students in the Advanced level usually have a TOEFL score of 450 to 500.

      The instruction is divided into three classes. Students receive instruction for one hour each day in Speaking/Listening and Grammar/Communication, and two hours a day is dedicated to the study of Reading and Writing. The CELCIS curriculum introduces and gives students opportunities to practice and master both "product-oriented" and "process-oriented" tasks. "Product-oriented" tasks are similar to tasks that will be assigned and evaluated in university classes and "process-oriented" tasks are those that students need to master to be able to perform the "product-oriented" tasks.

      The average class size is 15 with a maximum of 20 per class.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 15 - 20 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 15 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 years old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory, On-Campus Apartment, Off Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2019
      7 WEEKS:
      7/1 - 8/9

      15 WEEKS:
      5/6 - 8/9

    • Fees
      US $100
      TUITION FEE (2019)
      15 WEEKS US $5,685
      15 WEEKS Options available US $4,361-4,803 US $550-1,275
      Airport Pickup Service
      Health Insurance
      US $800-$1,006
      Approx. US $200
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fees include meals.
      A student fee of $270.
  • Location
    • United States Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • Location
      Western Michigan University
      Center for English Language and Culture
      for International Students

      1903 W Michigan Avenue Kalamazoo, Michigan  49008-5223  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Kalamazoo - Battle Creek International Airport:
      The school arranges free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to the school in approximately 20 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.0
      School Environment: 4.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 5.0
      Activities and Social Life: 3.0
      Accommodation: 4.0


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