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Learn more about the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) at Western Michigan University, established in 1975.

The Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) is the intensive English language learning program of Western Michigan University. Established in 1975, CELCIS provides high-quality English-language instruction for non-native speakers who will use English to study at an American college or in their workplaces.

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Benefits of studying English at CELCIS

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All full-time CELCIS faculty have master's degrees in ESL, linguistics or a related field.

Studying English at the WMU Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) has many benefits that include: 

  1. Students who complete CELCIS are admitted directly into the Western Michigan University and are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission.
  2. The CELCIS curriculum teaches students valuable skills such as research, writing and presenting that will help students succeed in the university.
  3. Full-time faculty have master's degrees in ESL, linguistics or a related field. 
  4. Most CELCIS students go on to study in WMU undergraduate or graduate programs. 

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Application Requirements and Guide

The Center for English Language and Culture provides a step-by-step application guide as well as the option to apply in students' native language. 

Application Requirements 

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Deadlines to Apply

Application deadlines vary by semester and term dates. 

CELCIS Application Deadlines
Semester Deadlines Term Begins
Spring Nov. 1 Early January
Summer March 1 Early May
Summer II only May 1 Early July
Fall July 1 Early September

If your application deadline has passed, you may email oiss-info@wmich.edu. We cannot guarantee late-admission to the desired semester but we will do our best to process the application.

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