Welcome Message

President John M. Dunn

President John M. Dunn

Hello, and welcome to the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students at Western Michigan University, where we offer an amazing English language learning experience on a campus dedicated to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged.

Since its founding in 1975, CELCIS has become an international leader in preparing students for academic and professional success through traditional and short-term English as a second language programs at WMU—one of the top-100 public universities in the United States.

CELCIS offers a proven path to language proficiency for non-native English-speaking students in preparation for university programs through a curriculum that is accredited by the Commission on English Language Programs and a dedicated faculty and staff. CELCIS also offers short-term courses on WMU’s campus—and abroad—to improve the language skills of student groups or professionals already working in their chosen field.

Studying in the CELCIS program will give you the academic knowledge you need to succeed when you enter a degree program or enter the workforce. Additionally, you will gain important personal skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively and to present an idea clearly and concisely. A full menu of cultural, recreational and service-learning opportunities are hosted by the program year round, which can help you practice what you have learned in the classroom and gain self-confidence.

CELCIS offers you the opportunity to study with experienced faculty in small classes in a safe, college-friendly community, where we welcome students from around the world, from all cultures, and at all levels of proficiency.  With nearly 1,700 international students on campus representing 105 countries, WMU offers a richly diverse student body, taught by dedicated faculty who do research around the world.

Along with our highly experienced faculty and staff, I invite you to come to Kalamazoo to improve your English, to develop a fuller understanding of America’s diverse cultural mix and to discover the excitement of being a Bronco!

President John M. Dunn
Western Michigan University