The Center for English Language and Culture for International Students at Western Michigan University offers many service-learning, cultural, and recreational activities and trips to help international students engage with the campus and local community.

Conversation Circles—partner up and practice language skills.


  • Trip to Reindeer Ranch


  • Kingsman Museum
  • Shipshewana, Indiana—Amish village


  • Service learning at Friendship Village Retirement Community

image of hello in various languagesConversation Circles

The Conversation Circles program is open to all WMU students. It was designed to help CELCIS students make connections with other students and practice conversational English. For WMU students, it is a great way to learn about different cultures. For everyone, it's a great way to meet new people and have fun.

Participants are put into groups of five or more people. The group meets at least once a week to chat in English about various topics. The conversation can be about campus life, culture, food, or anything else you find interesting. Groups meet during the fall and spring semesters. Meeting times are determined by you and your group. Meetings are held in public places on campus.

If you are interested, complete the Conversation Circles application form below and submit it to the CELCIS office located on the Garden Level of Ellsworth Hall. You may email the application form to or sign up for Conversation Circles online now.

Conversation Circles application


Each semester, CELCIS provides opportunities for students to volunteer in the Kalamazoo community. This is a great opportunity for students to give back to their community, practice English, and make new friends.

Contact information

CELCIS Activities Coordinator
0530 Ellsworth Hall
(269) 387-4800