International student support

Recognizing the unique experience that international students face, the University of Michigan and UMSI provide multiple resources to support international students.

The English Language Institute
The ELI provides language, academic and intercultural support to members of the University of Michigan community.

The core of their offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international graduate students. They also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), ESL/EFL teacher education courses for undergraduates interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad, and full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions of higher education.

Additional ELI support services include writing and speaking clinics which provide international graduate students and GSIs with one-on-one language and academic support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and post-docs; and a volunteer Conversation Circles program which provides opportunities for international students to practice speaking English in an informal setting and for domestic U-M students to learn about other cultures.

U-M International Center
The International Center is a great resource for international students as they transition to life in the United States.  They also work with American students as they plan to study, work or travel abroad.

Sweetland Center for Writing
Sweetland Center for Writing located on the first floor of North Quad provides support for all international and multilingual students who are making the transition into the U-M community. Small class size, credit-bearing courses, appointments with experienced instructors to discuss writing, peer writing centers at several campus locations, lab experiences and conversation groups that address oral language issues--these are some of the ways Sweetland serves international and multilingual students.

Language Resource Center
Located on the first floor of North Quad, the Language Resource Center (LRC) is a computer lab, study and meeting space, as well as a library for foreign language materials.

Diversity at UMSI
The School of Information actively works to increase the diversity of the school and to create a welcoming environment for everyone who chooses to share their unique strengths here at UMSI.