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English as a Second Language

317 King Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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ESL Summer Institute 2019

July 15–August 9, 2019
Application deadline is May 15, 2019
Register for classes by June 28, 2019

The application is now closed.

If you would like more information, please click here!

The ESL Summer Institute is a four-week intensive English program for International students to improve their English skills and American cultural knowledge.

The Summer Institute includes classes on EMU's beautiful campus four days a week. Students can choose to live on campus for the full American college experience, or they can find their own housing. All Summer Institute students have access to all university resources. Students also have the option to attend weekend events and day trips with EMU ESL staff members (see Program Events option).

  • Costs

      Option 1* Option 2* Option 3* Option 4*
    Tuition $3,900.00 $3,900.00 $3,900.00 $3,900.00
    Registration Fee (non-refundable) $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
    New Student Fee (one time) $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00
    Health Insurance $593.00 $593.00 $593.00 $593.00
    Program Events   $500.00   $500.00
    Housing     $675.00 $675.00
    Dining (estimated)     $960.00 $960.00
    TOTALS $4,743.00 $5,243.00 $6,378.00 $6,878.00


    *Students seeking an F1 visa must submit financial documentation of $6,378.00 USD for I-20 issuance.

    All costs subject to change.



    $4,743 for the full program, or $1,300 per class + $50 nonrefundable registration fee + $200 one-time new student fee (new students only).


    $500 per student includes transportation, admission, and two to three staff guides for all Friday and Saturday events each week. See Program Calendar below for specific events and dates.

    Health Insurance


    Health insurance is required for all international students.



    Housing includes furniture, bedding and towels. Move-in is on July 11, 2019 and move-out is on August 11, 2019. For additional days, add $20 per day (the latest move-out day is August 15).

    Pots and pans can be checked out at the front desk. 

    The rooms are in the Village residence hall on campus. They are single bedrooms with a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom between four students.

    Click here for more details about the Village residence hall.



    Dining includes approximately $10 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 32 days ($30 per day). Students can purchase Flex dollars for on-campus dining when signing up for housing. We recommend purchasing $500 in Flex dollars to start. More can be added later if needed. Flex dollars can not be refunded.


    $6,878 ($6,378 without events)

  • Summer Institute Calendar

    Summer Institute Calendar
  • Daily Schedule

    • 9–11:45 a.m.: American Culture (ESLN 037)
    • 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.: Lunch Break
    • 1–3:45 p.m.: Study Skills (ESLN 038)
    • 4–6 p.m.: International Lounge *
    • 6:30–8:15 p.m.: Community and Current Events (ESLN 039)

    * The International Lounge will be open during the evening break. EMU students will be invited to hang out with ESL Program Summer Students. Practice your conversation skills and make friends with EMU students from the US and other countries!

  • Course Descriptions

    ESLN 037: American Language and Culture II

    Students explore themes in American society and pop culture. Using reading, media, and oral assignments, international students develop American cultural capital to help them better understand America’s people and society. The focus is on building the four linguistic communicative competencies through practice and application.

    ESLN 038: Study Skills for the English Language Learner II

    The purpose of this course is to provide international students with the information and skills that help make the transition to an American college more successful. Students learn how to effectively use their syllabus, determine their own learning styles and study techniques, how to manage their time and prioritize tasks based on individual goals, and to live and learn in a multicultural environment.

    ESLN 039: Community and Current Events II

    This course provides students with practice in the English listening/speaking skills necessary to succeed in the American university. It also will provide students with the chance to combine critical thinking with practical experience as they make an active contribution with community-based projects. Students will learn about themselves and their community.

  • Registration

    You must register for classes by June 28, 2019 to register for summer housing.

    Set Up Instructions

    Note: If you did not activate your account, you must do so before registering. Here are the instructions to set up your account:

    1. Visit the My.emich site.
    2. Click “How do I activate my account (Obtain NetID/Password)?”
    3. Click “Activate Account” at the bottom of the page.
    4. Enter your NetID and your EID number found in your admission letter.
    5. Click “Activate.”
    6. Create your password and make sure to follow the rules carefully.
    7. Click “Create New Password.”
    8. The next screen explains about an alternate email address. Read the information, then click “I agree.”
    9. Enter an alternate email address as a backup.
    10. Use your NetID and your new password to login to

    Registration Instructions

    There is a $50 registration fee. After you register, you must pay this fee, even if you withdraw later.

    1. Login to with your Emich user name and password.
    2. Click the Student tab at the top of the page.
    3. Click Registration.
    4. Click Add or Drop Classes.
    5. If the menu shows the semester you want to register for (Summer 2019), click Submit. Or, change it to the correct semester and click Submit.
    6. If it is your first time registering, or it has been a year since you registered, you must agree to the financial statement. This statement says that you are responsible for paying your EMU bill, and EMU will hold you responsible if the bill is not paid.
    7. If you agree, click “I agree” and click Submit.
    8. Enter the CRN numbers for the courses that you want to register for (the ESL Advisor will send the numbers to you). Click Submit.
  • Health Insurance

    All EMU International students are required to have health insurance. You will be enrolled for EMU Student health insurance when you register for classes. Find more information about health insurance and waivers and recommended vaccines.

  • Housing

    Living in EMU’s campus housing is very convenient. You won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot, and you will have more opportunities to practice English!


    Summer Institute students will live in the Village residence hall. They are single bedrooms with a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom between four students. You can read more about the Village here.


    Housing includes furniture, bedding and towels. Pots and pans can be checked out at the front desk. Move-in is on July 11, 2019 and move-out is on August 11, 2019. For additional days, add $20 per day (the latest move-out day is August 15).


    Please read the Housing contract details HERE before you apply for housing. You are responsible for reading the terms and conditions of the contract.  Know what you are agreeing to. 


    If you are not 18 years old when you start the application, you must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign the contract agreement. You will download and submit this in the application portal.


    There is no release from the contract after a student moves into their assigned space.


    Please read about these policies for living in campus housing. Please note that there is no alcohol allowed in the residence halls.


    Here’s how to apply for on-campus housing. The deadline to register for summer housing is July 1, 2019.  You must register for classes by June 28, 2019 before you can register for housing and dining.

    1. Register for classes. You must be registered for classes first, and you must wait at least 1 day after you register for classes to apply for housing.
    2. Go to the Housing Application Portal and log in with your NetID and Password.
    3. Pay $150 non-refundable prepayment can not be waived or charged to your student account with a credit card. This will be applied to your housing cost.
    4. Read and agree to the terms of the contract (translate to your first language with Google translate, and have a parent or guardian read the contract before you agree).
    5. Complete your personal profile.
    6. Select your meal plan (we recommend adding $500 of Flex dollars to start. You can add more later if you need it, but Flex Dollars can not be refunded).

    Visit the Housing FAQ page HERE for answers to common questions.

    You can also read the Guide to Campus Living HERE.

    You can also email [email protected] for help with Housing questions.

  • Arrival

    Arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The airport is located in Romulus, Michigan, only an 18-minute car ride away from Ypsilanti and EMU. Shuttle, taxi and car rentals are available at the airport. Taxis cost about $60 plus tip. We recommend you have cash to pay the taxi.

  • Staying for Fall 2019

    Note for F1 visa holders planning to continue studies in the Intensive English Program (IEP) for Fall 2019: the information below must be on submitted to our office (email us at [email protected]) for processing before you can register for Fall 2019 IEP classes.

    To complete your IEP admission materials, please submit the following:

    • your original financial documents showing proof of at least $29,087 USD and an additional $6,325 for your spouse and $6,325 for each child. (Copies of financial documents are not acceptable.)
    • your course by course evaluation, as listed below. Or, 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.

    Note, course by course evaluation: 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.

  • Dependents

    Additional finances of $1,635 per spouse and/or child are required.