​English Language Institute

Students pursuing a college degree in the U.S. who are unsure of how they will communicate in a foreign culture can receive the assistance they need by becoming one of many students from countries throughout the world who are studying the English language at CMU. CMU's English Language Institute offers courses in English as a second language for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as non-degree seeking students.

With multiple program options, the English Language Institute evaluates student needs and provides them with cultural training and the language skills necessary to succeed in a university community, as well as in American society.
Available Programs:
  • Intensive English Program
  • Dual Program
  • Summer Language Study
  • Conversation Partner Program
  • Field Trips and Events
CMU is committed to providing students with disabilities the academic accommodations and auxiliary aids necessary to ensure access to all university services, programs and activities. In addition to the university’s campus wide efforts to promote access and inclusion, students with disabilities are further accommodated based on specific individual needs. The Office of Student Disability Services is responsible for determining these accommodations and providing services and assistance to enrolled students who are either permanently or temporarily disabled. The SDS office is located in Park Library, Suite 120, and is part of the Office of the Dean of Students.
CMU has many services for students, offered by various offices. Decisions regarding disability specific accommodations are made on a case by case basis. Determination of accommodations through Student Disability Services typically takes 7-10 business days once a request for accommodations and verification of documentation has be received. Start the process now. The "Register as a Student with a Disability" page on the SDS website will walk you through the process.
Student Disabilities Services office website: (https://www.cmich.edu/ess/studentaffairs/SDS/Pages/default.aspx)

University Library

Productive and successful students need sufficient resources, and graduate students can get what they need through the CMU Libraries. The Park Library offers a quiet atmosphere for study, computers and access to printing and scanning, access to journals and books, and librarians trained to help students with research.


The library building is open more than 100 hours per week and includes access to more than 350 computer workstations with printing capability. Wireless access (including printing) is available for laptop users.


The Libraries’ collections offer a vast amount of materials for research and learning, including almost 1,000,000 print books and journals as well as electronic access to more than 30,000 journals and 50,000 electronic books. Copies of items not available at CMU can be obtained (at no cost to the student) from other libraries through the library’s Documents on Demand office.


Most of the library’s resources are available online, meaning you don’t need to be in the library to use the library. Accessing the library after logging into CentralLink allows graduate students round-the-clock access to the library’s electronic resources, including online journals, ebooks, streaming videos, and article databases.


In addition to the collections, the library provides a wide array of services for graduate students. Reference librarians are available to answer questions from students and to assist with research. They can be contacted by email, chat, telephone, or at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library. If more specialized assistance is needed, a consultation can be scheduled. In a consultation, a librarian works one-on-one with a graduate student on a particular research assignment, providing help with locating the materials needed and answering any other questions. Many graduate students have found consultations very helpful.  


The library also houses the CMU Writing Center and the Mathematics Assistance Center on the 4th floor as well as the Test Proctoring Center and the Statistical Consulting Center on the 3rd floor.


For more information and library hours visit the library website at http://library.cmich.edu/.

Writing Center

Writing is a skill that students will use as a professional in any field, and it is important that you write well. But not everyone has a gift for writing so it is important that help is available when you need it. Students can perfect the art of writing through the CMU Writing Center. The Writing Center is dedicated to supporting a culture of writing in the university community and to providing a collaborative environment that assists writers in developing writing strategies and skills across disciplines. No matter what degree you're pursuing - the Writing Center is free to all CMU students and can assist you with any writing project. With three locations on campus and extended hours, writing assistance is more available than ever.
Center services include one-on-one consulting, online, for-credit classes, workshops, and outreach. One-on-one consulting resulted in approximately 16,000 sessions during the past fiscal year, both on-site (face-to-face) and online. During the academic year, the Center is open over 125 hours weekly among the four sites: Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. While the on-site hours are substantially reduced for summer (approximately 30 hours/week), the online service operates 24/7, 51 weeks of the year.

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