West Michigan English Language Institute

Program Type: College/University Affiliated
Ferris State University, Office of International Education
1301 S. State St.
IRC 134
Big Rapids, MI  49307- 

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Host Institution: Ferris State University

Host City Size: Up to 50,000

Year Established: 1983

Accreditations: Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

IEP Membership Organizations: EnglishUSA
Phone #: (231) 591-2450

Phone #2: (231) 591-2813

Fax #: (231) 591-2423



Course Schedule:
LevelClass hrs/wkLab hrs/wkCAI hrs/wkOther* hrs/wk

* Other Course Type: Conversation Practicum; Independent Study

Additional Course Info: MyPLACE: My Program Language and Culture Exchange is a structured conversation practice program that is required for all students registered for Listening/Speaking course. Small groups of 5 or 6 IEP students are paired with 2 American Partners (native s

ESP Additional Info: customized or group short-term per request

Test Preparation:
Test Typehrs/wk
unspecified test2
Term Duration in WeeksStart Month

Terms Additional Info: Summer short term programs can be customized according to the needs of the sponsoring agency.

Program Size: 50

Program Size, Summer: 20

Average Class Size: 10

Minimum Class Size: 3

Maximum Class Size: 16

Middle East/North Africa20.00

Full-time Instructors: 5

Part-time Instructors: 1

Average Full-time Hours per Week: 20

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Full-time: 5

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Part-time: 0

Full-time Admin: 1

Part-time Admin: 1

Part-time study option: yes

Part-time Eligibility: permanent residents, students' family members

Tests used by the IEP for admission and proficiency: IELTS, MELAB, TOEFL, Other

Admissions: All Applicants

Admission Conditions: All applicants must meet admission requirements for an academic program at Ferris in order to be admitted to the IEP. Applicants must submit all required admission documents, including official transcripts and a financial guarantee.

Visa Forms Issued: I-20, DS-2019

Pre-academic work completed in IEP eligible for college/university credit: yes

Maximum Credits Eligible: 3

Conditions: IEP students who receive a score of 54 or higher on TOEFL IBT may be eligible to take the Academic Bridge Course for which they receive academic credit.

IEP students can take academic courses at college/university: yes

Maximum Credits Avail.: 0

Degree Levels: Undergraduate

I-20 Includes Academic Admission: yes

Academic Admissions Conditions: Applicants must meet admission requirements for the university and an academic program. Upon achieveing English language proficiency, students will transition into the academic program for which they received conditional admission.

TOEFL Required for Undergraduate Admission: yes

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: IELTS, MELAB, Cambridge, MSUELT, PTE

TOEFL Required for Graduate Admission: yes

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: IELTS, MELAB, Cambridge, MSUELT, PTE

Articulation Agreement(s): no


Fees: $81

Insurance Cost: $450

Insurance Details: Geoblue

Financial Aid Available: Permanent residents are eligible for financial aid, and there are limited scholarships for international students.

Campus Housing Availability: Available year-round

Campus Housing Assistance Available: yes

Housing Costs: $4470

Housing Weeks: 16

Housing Cost Type: Room and Board

Additional Housing Info: Residential halls ,On-Campus Apartments, and Family Housing

Off-Campus Housing Availability: Readily available, moderately priced

Off-Campus housing Assistance Available: yes

Homestay Assistance Available: no

Board Plan Availability: Board plan included in housing

Board Plan Additional Info: Included in the cost of housing

Services Available: Academic Counseling, Academic Placement, Airport Meeting, Campus Orientation, Conversation Partners, Crosscultural Activities, Field Trips, Housing Assistance, International Student Advisor, Personal/Cultural Counseling, Recreational Activities, Visa/Tax Counseling

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