The English Language Institute (ELI) at Central Michigan University provides English instruction to students who require language skills and strategies necessary for successful completion of academic classes and acclimation to university life in the U.S.

The ELI offers several programs to meet your specific needs and uses the Michigan State University English Language Test to help determine which program is best for you.

Apply for admission to the English Language Institute only if you are not pursuing a degree at CMU. If you would like to earn a degree at CMU, but first need to improve your English proficiency, please apply to the Undergraduate Bridge Program

If you are interested in attending CMU's English Language Institute, please follow these steps to assure your application for admission is complete and eligible for review. We encourage you to submit all documents directly to the Admissions Office at least three months prior to the semester for which you intend to begin classes. Your application will be reviewed once all documents have been received. 
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Central Michigan University
Attn: Application Processing
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Phone: (989) 774-3076
Fax: (989) 774-3232
Email: apply@cmich.edu

Step 1: Application for admission

Submit a completed application for admission to the English Language Institute online with the accompanying $35 application fee. The fee may be paid by credit card (at the end of the online application), or by check/money order payable to Central Michigan University and written from a U.S. bank.

Step 2: Passport

Please submit a copy of the biographic page of your passport, and visa if you have one. 

Notification of admission

You will be notified of your admission electronically. The Office of International Affairs will then contact you with further instructions regarding  visas and other documentation which may be required.