English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Michigan Technological University helps you excel and communicate inside and outside the classroom — wherever your career may take you. After successfully completing our Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program, you will be proficient in speaking, writing, reading, and reporting on research. The program focuses on academic English but also assists with communication in everyday life.

We exist to serve Michigan Tech international students and faculty and their families by supporting their language needs and connecting them to the broader community. 


The IESL program is closed until further notice. In order to be accepted into the university and receive an I-20, prospective students are required to provide official English language proficiency scores of a minimum TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5.  Other scores such as Pearsons (PTE) will be considered. 

Why Enroll in the ELI at Michigan Tech?

As an ELI student, you will

  • Develop strong English and intercultural skills useful for academic study.
  • Benefit from well-designed courses and learn from excellent and experienced teachers with strong professional training.
  • Receive careful attention from teachers and valuable interactions due to small class sizes. 
  • Enjoy access to Michigan Tech learning and recreational facilities.
  • Be invited to participate and practice new skills at fun social events within the ELI program and across campus.
  • Live and learn in a small, friendly college-town community.


"Being a graduate student at MTU, I have authored research papers and project reports. The ELI program has given me the right direction to sharpen my writing skills with professional coaching and one to one mentoring."  
Sandesh More, graduate student
"ELI at Michigan Tech is a helpful tool for students to prepare for the actual academic classes. The program helped me a lot during my first year."
Daniel Wu, undergraduate student