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About the MSU Exams
The MSU Exams

The MSU exams have been administered in Greece since 2009. There are two levels of exams: MSU-CELC at level B2 and MSU-CELP at level C2 on the CEFR scale. The exams are recognized by ΑΣΕΠ and have been supported by the Fulbright Foundation since 2010. In 2013, MSU-CELP holders were granted Επάρκεια Διδασκαλίας by the Ministry of Education but suspended the awarding of Επάρκεια Διδασκαλίας to holders of all foreign language C2 certificates not long after. Currently, the MSU tests are offered in over 45 test centers around Greece.


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. The university accepts, as an English language requirement for admission to its programs, the MSU-CELP with a total score of 65 points and above. 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 regions 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.

A message from Susan Gass

As Director of the English Language Center at Michigan State University, I am honored that the English Language Center has been part of a long collaboration with Anatolia College in Thessaloniki and DEREE-The American College of Greece in Athens. The English Language Center continues to bring to this project a long and distinguished history of excellence in English language instruction and testing. Since the inception of our collaborative project, there has been steady growth of the MSU exams and interest has increased. We have received significant, helpful feedback from administrators and others involved in the MSU tests. We continue to welcome all aspects of feedback and have made changes when warranted as we strive to make the MSU English language exams satisfy the language certification requirements of a growing number of educational and other institutions.

Susan Gass
University Distinguished Professor
Director, English Language Center
Director, Second Language Studies Program
Michigan State University

Anatolia College

Since being founded in 1886 in Merzifon in Asia Minor, Anatolia has been synonymous with quality education. Based in Thessaloniki since 1924, Anatolia College is a private, non-profit educational institution imbued with the highest ideals of Greek and American education.

Today, Anatolia comprises three academic divisions, offering education of the highest standards to young people as well as adults from Greece, the US and the Balkans: Anatolia Elementary School (Pre-Kindergarten - 6th Grade), Anatolia High School (Gymnasium and Lykeion High School and IBDP), and ACT, the NEASC accredited and Open University, UK validated American College of Thessaloniki, which offers various graduate and postgraduate programs. Anatolia College is the only American educational institution in Europe that serves all levels of education, while at the same time it boasts the largest number of American study abroad students in SE Europe.

In 2014, Anatolia College was selected by the Johns Hopkins University to operate CTY Greece (Center for Talented Youth), with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation serving as its founding donor.

DEREE- The American College of Greece

The American College of Greece (ACG) was founded in 1875 in Smyrna by American missionaries from Boston and relocated in Athens in 1923. ACG is the oldest and largest accredited American institution of higher education in Europe. It is an independent, non-profit, nonsectarian, co-educational institution accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and validated by Open University, UK. In 1986, the College was honored by The Academy of Athens for its contribution to education.

There are three levels of education: PIERCE College (Gymnasium- Lyceum and IB Program), DEREE College (undergraduate and postgraduate education) and ALBA (postgraduate Business School).
The Aghia Paraskevi Campus offers modern classrooms, an expansive library, and Olympic-quality athletic facilities. In addition, the College has a convenient Downtown campus in the heart of Athens. ACG represents the finest in the American tradition of higher education in an international setting, currently offering 25 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and 19 graduate degree programs.