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Western Michigan University

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


  • Online and in-person study options
  • Pathway (dual enrollment) programs available
  • Kalamazoo ranked #2 Mid-sized Midwest City by Money Magazine
  • 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:
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1975
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 150
      Average Class Size : 15
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : 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 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, you will allow us to be part of your future, as well.

      Eva Copija
      CELCIS Chair
    • 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
  • More Details
    • 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( 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).
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • CELCIS offers in-person or online ESL courses 45 weeks of the calendar year in two semesters (Fall, Spring) and two sessions (Summer I, Summer II). In-person instruction is available for all proficiency levels, while online instruction is available for students with a higher level of language proficiency. CELCIS helps students meet University English proficiency requirements while studying on the WMU campus or while studying online in their home country.

      The Western Michigan University (Dual Enrollment) Pathway Program enables international students to take English as a second language courses while also taking academic courses that count toward an academic degree program. The Pathway Program includes an International Student Success seminar that provides assistance in cultural adjustment, an extended orientation to the University and general academic support.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 15 - 20 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 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
    • 2021
      7 WEEKS:
      6/29 - 8/14

      15 WEEKS:
      8/25 - 12/10

      15 WEEKS:
      1/7 - 4/30

    • Costs
      US $100
      TUITION FEE (2021-2022)
      7.5 WEEKS US $2,842.50
      15 WEEKS US $5,685
      7.5 WEEKS Options available US $2.371 US $550
      15 WEEKS Options available US $4,742 - 5,229.50 US $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 $390.
  • 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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