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.

English as a Second Language (ESL) will help you excel in your studies and communicate effectively and enjoyably outside the classroom now and wherever your career may take you. When you successfully complete the ESL program, you’ll be proficient in speaking, writing, reading, and reporting on research. The program focuses on academic English, but will also assist you with clear and comfortable communication in everyday life.

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1400 Townsend Dr · Houghton, MI, United States 49931


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Intensive English

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14 Weeks

English as a Second Language

  • 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.

Academic English

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0-4 Weeks

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.

General English

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0-4 Weeks

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.

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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.

College Pathway/Bridge

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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.

Housing Options

Michigan Tech Dorms

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

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