Intensive English as a Second Language—Mission and Goals

Welcome to the Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program at Michigan Tech!

The IESL program at Michigan Tech was established in 2001. The program provides English language courses for international undergraduate and graduate students in order to prepare them for degree study at Michigan Tech. In addition to formal language instruction, IESL provides orientation, conversation partners, and cultural experiences and activities for participants.  Studying in the IESL program connects students with the approximately 7,000 Michigan Tech students from across the United States and around the world. The university offers students options to “create their future” in more than 120 degree 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