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English as a Second Language

317 King Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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The ESL Program offers three choices for admission.

ESL Summer Institute

For students who seek a short, summer program that focuses on overall language development, American culture and test preparation.

Graduate ESL Pathway

This program is for Graduate students with an F-1 visa who do not meet minimum English proficiency for graduate degree admission, but only need a few ESL courses.  

Intensive English Program (IEP) Admission

For students who wish to study English as a second language (ESL) in an intensive program.

An English test score is NOT required to apply to the IEP program. Students with an F-1 student visa must enroll in 18 hours per semester.

Watch this video for Arabic instructions on how to apply.
Watch this video for Chinese instructions on how to apply.

To apply:

  1. Complete the online IEP application. This application includes uploading a copy of your passport.
  2. International Transcripts

    Effective January 22, 2018, all international, post-secondary transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be submitted directly to one of the following four approved evaluation services for a detailed, course by course report. Applicants should allow 2-6 weeks for the evaluation to be completed.

    These evaluation services are accredited through NACES, an association of independent, nongovernmental organizations providing credential evaluation services to individuals who have completed part or all of their education outside the United States.

    Once the transcript evaluation is completed, both the transcript evaluation report and the international credentials required for the evaluation must be submitted to Eastern Michigan University. These documents must be submitted directly from the transcript evaluation company or through Digitary Core, a secure method of transcript submission. If the student decides to use more than one transcript evaluation service from the approved list, the university will only use the first one received for making the admission decision and for transfer credit purposes. If your highest level of education is from an international secondary/high school, send your original, official transcripts directly to the ESL Program in a school-sealed envelope. Transcripts must include an official English translation and cannot be translated by the student. Students can use the same transcript evaluation for the IEP application and for degree program applications.

  3. Pay the $35 application fee (nonrefundable).
  4. Complete the Financial Statement for International Applicants and send original financial documents to the ESL Office.
  5. After you are admitted to the IEP, the IEP will send your admission letter, I-20, and arrival information!

IEP Application Priority Deadlines:

Fall (September–December): Apply by July 1.

Winter (January–April): Apply by October 30.

Tuition:  IEP students enroll in 18 hours of ESL instruction per week for 15 weeks. The tuition for one semester (15 weeks) is $7800 (USD).

Admission Forms:

Third Party Proxy Release    
Financial Affidavit     
International Student Advisor Letter (FLET)     
Financial Statement for International IEP Applicants

Questions? Contact us by phone, email, Skype, or Facebook:


[email protected]

Skype: esl.emich


EMU degree program admission: If you would like to be admitted to a degree program, but your English test score is not high enough, you can study in the Intensive English program (IEP) before starting your degree program. When you meet all admission requirements for the degree program, EMU staff will help you update your admission and I-20 to a degree program.   

EMU's Notice of Non Discrimination

"Eastern Michigan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status or other non-merit reasons, in admissions, educational programs or activities and employment and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act." Read more about this notice.