Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (MSU), an American public research university and a pioneer land-grant institution, is a member of the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Big Ten athletic conference. MSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The university has more than 200 programs of study offered by its 17 degree-granting colleges, with a student body of more than 45,000 made up of students from all the states in the USA, and nearly 130 other countries around the world. There are over 460,000 MSU alumni living around the world, and among them, there are at least five Pulitzer Prize winners. Approximately 4,800 faculty and academic staff and close to 6,000 support staff are employed by the university.
Today MSU's study-abroad program is the largest of any single-campus university in the United States, offering more than 200 programs in more than 60 countries on all continents including Antarctica. MSU is recognized as one of the top public research universities in the USA.
About MSU English Language Center
The mission of the English Language Center (ELC) is to provide English language instruction and testing to international students. In addition, the ELC is involved in teacher-training programs for English language teachers.
Established in 1961 as a unit of the Department of English in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, the ELC offers English language courses against the backdrop of American life and institutions for students who are preparing for academic coursework at MSU as well as those who only want to improve their English language skills for purposes of professional development. The ELC has an active testing division and has offered tests in many areas of the world.
The ELC is a member of the consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP). It is also accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.