About

Mission

The mission of the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students at Western Michigan University, established in 1975, is to provide instruction in English as a second language for non-native speakers who will use English to study at an American college or university or in their workplaces.

CELCIS accomplishes this mission by offering language instruction
and cultural orientation in:

  • A year-round, intensive English language program.
  • English as a second language bridge courses offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Training and consultation to international teaching assistants and faculty through WMU's Graduate College and Office of the Provost.

CELCIS has three target areas of service:

  • Service to international students.
  • Service to WMU.
  • Service to the southwestern Michigan community.

Accreditation

CELCIS is accredited by the Commission on English Language Programs.

CELCIS complies with the guidelines and regulations of the following professional organizations: CEA, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, University and College Intensive English Programs, American Association of Intensive English Programs, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

CEAEnglish USA: American Association of Intensive English ProgramsUCIEP 1967: University and College Intensive English Programs