Intensive English as a Second Language—Mission and Goals

The Intensive English as Second Language Program at Michigan Tech provides high-quality instruction and support to strengthen language and academic cultural skills. In addition to intensive English language instruction that prepares international undergraduate and graduate students for academic degree study, IESL provides orientation, conversation partners, and cultural experiences and activities.

Established in 2001, the IESL program is fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Applicants must submit International English Language Testing System or Test of English as a Foreign Language scores to be considered. Studying in the demanding but rewarding program is vital to earning a degree in one of the University’s more than 120 programs in arts, humanities, and social sciences; business and economics; computing; engineering; forestry and environmental science; natural and physical sciences; and technology.

IESL offers courses in intensive English for academic purposes. Applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to be considered.



To provide rigorous English language instruction that prepares conditionally and provisionally admitted international students for successful undergraduate and graduate study; to model exemplary language teaching practices for TESOL certificate candidates; and to enable Michigan Technological University to attract highly qualified international students.



To provide evidence-based instruction in English for Academic Purposes that prepares international students for study at the undergraduate and graduate levels; to provide academic support in ESL for undergraduate and graduate students; to provide orientation, advising, and other assistance that prepares international students for academic study; to provide model practices and experiences for candidates in the TESOL certificate program; and to prepare students to “create the future” they desire.

  • Intensive English as a Second Language Program
    Walker Arts & Humanities Center
    Michigan Technological University
    1400 Townsend Drive
    Houghton, MI 49931-1295 USA
  • Telephone: 906-487-3229
    Fax: 906-487-3559