English Language Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Does NMU have an ESL program?
Yes. Northern Michigan University's English Language Institute offers classes for students at all English language abilities. 

What are the costs of the program?
Click here to see the ELI Program Fees.

When can I take classes? 
Classes begin in August, December, and May each year.

What is the goal of the ELI program?
The ELI helps students improve their English language abilities for everyday conversations and future academic studies. 

Can you tell me a little bit about the ELI program courses?
Certainly! We offer three main classes: Reading & Vocabulary, Speaking & Listening, and Writing & Grammar.
Students study Monday - Friday for 21 hours each week. All classes are project-based.

The ELI has additional classes in TOEFL Preparation and American Culture available on request. 

There are five language levels. Each level takes one semester (16 weeks) to complete.

  • Introduction
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Pre-Advanced
  • Advanced

What if I want to learn how to take the TOEFL Test? 
The TOEFL Test will be in May and December each year. It is free for all ELI students. 

Are all of your courses offered with a real instructor?
Yes. All of our classes are face-to-face, and our instructors offer excellent individualized instruction.

What else does the ELI offer? 

  • Pronunciation Practice: NMU's Speech Pathology and Audiology Department's tutors work with the ELI students one-on-one during the week.
  • Service Learning: ELI students will have an opportunity to volunteer in the community.
  • Activities: ELI students will participate in various activities during the semester. Activities may include attending festivals, visiting museums, shopping trips, etc.

Is NMU a public or private school?
NMU is a publicly funded state university.

Is NMU a safe campus?
Yes. NMU is a safe campus. The university is located in a small rural town where the crime rate is low. Marquette, Michigan is ranked as one of the safest university campuses in the United States by Safewise. https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-college-towns-america/

Do I need a car to attend NMU?
No. NMU is a small university located in a small town. Many students do not have cars.  Students have access to the local bus system or the Wildcat Shuttle, which offers students, faculty and staff free, reliable bus transportation. For more information, go to http://www.nmu.edu/policedepartment/node/226.

How many students are at NMU?
Approximately 7,500 students attend NMU.

Are the International Students at NMU active?
Yes. There are over 100 international students at NMU, and there are several international student clubs. One of the most active organization on campus called the All Nations Club. The club organizes an International Food Festival as well as other fun cultural activities.

Are there other clubs I can join?
Yes! There are over 300 student clubs at NMU

Where is NMU located? 
NMU is located in Marquette, Michigan. Marquette is a small city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, on the southern shore of Lake Superior.
Three major airline hubs serve Marquette: Detroit, Michigan - 750 km; Chicago, Illinois - 640 km; and Minneapolis, Minnesota - 645 km.

Is it cold that far north?
NMU is located in the northern part of the U.S.A., so winters have cold weather and snow. The average winter temperature is approximately 18 degrees F ( -7.8 degrees C). However, the NMU campus has many covered walkways that allow students to move between many buildings without going outside. The winter months also provide opportunities for fun activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

Can I work while attending NMU? 
You may be able to work for the university for up to twenty hours per week during the fall and winter semesters, and 40 hours per week during the summer. Pay rates may vary. Visa restrictions prohibit International Students from working for an employer other than the university.

Does NMU have housing for students? 
NMU has housing on campus for all students. All students under the age of twenty-one must live on campus for two years (four semesters). Students with religious or cultural requirements may request to live off-campus.

Where can I find information on housing at NMU?
Click on this link to obtain housing information.

Who should I contact for the ELI program?
To contact the ELI Program Office, e-mail Diana Vreeland, Director, at dvreelan@nmu.edu

Who should I contact for immigration and/or international information?
To contact the International Program Office, call 1+906-227-2510, e-mail ipo@nmu.edu, or fax 906-227-2533.




English Language Institute | esl@nmu.edu | 906-227-2925
We are located in Whitman Hall on the NMU Campus
1401 Presque Isle Ave. Marquette, MI 49855, USA 


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