Office of International Programs

4228 Faculty/Administration Building; Phone: 313-577-8968; Fax: 313-577-5666
Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and International Programs: Ahmad Ezzeddine
Director of Operations: Rebecca Journigan
Associate Director: Jaclyn Assarian
Associate Director, Student Programs: Fareed Shalhout
Project Coordinator: Margaret Hall


http://www.oip.wayne.edu

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is responsible for coordinating the University's resources and expertise to support international education on and off campus, to expand the university's global presence, and to facilitate the engagement of students, faculty, and staff with its global agenda. It also connects the metropolitan Detroit community with other university constituencies, locally and abroad. OIP encompasses the followings programs and activities:

  • the Office of International Students and Scholars
  • Study Abroad and Global Programs
  • the English Language Institute
 
 
 

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

416 Welcome Center; 313-577-3422; Fax: 313-577-2962
Director: Kelli Dixon
http://www.oiss.wayne.edu

The mission of OISS is to support and enhance the educational, cultural, and social experiences of the more than 2000 international students and scholars at Wayne State University. OISS is the University's main point of contact for issues related to international students and scholars' immigration regulation compliance.

OISS staff advise students and scholars on immigration regulations and issues of cross-cultural adjustment; provide educational, cultural and social programs and activities, including a comprehensive orientation program and written materials designed to help arriving students and scholars achieve their educational and personal goals; assist University departments in the hiring of foreign national employees, consult and interact with University units, governmental organizations and other agencies.

Academic Progress for International Students

Department of Homeland Security regulations require:

  1. That F-1 and J-1 students maintain a full course of study and make normal academic progress toward program completion at the institution they have been authorized to attend.
  2. Graduate students must successfully complete at least eight credits each semester (excluding continuing students who qualify for an annual vacation semester during Spring/Summer or have been granted an exception to full-time enrollment). Undergraduate students must successfully complete at least twelve credits each semester (excluding continuing students who qualify for an annual vacation semester during Spring/Summer or have been granted an exception for full-time enrollment).
  3. Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants must successfully complete at least eight credits each semester (excluding students who qualify for a vacation semester during Spring/Summer or an approved annual vacation). If GTAs/GRAs need to take less than eight credits, they must complete the OISS Request for Exception to Full Time Enrollment form and obtain approval from OISS. Students should consult an OISS advisor for details on compliance with this and other requirements.

New International Students and Scholars

New International Students and Scholars receive the OISS welcome booklet with their visa document (Form I-20 or DS 2019) before they leave their home country. The booklet provides information on a wide variety of important topics such as housing, health insurance, expenses, immigration status, local climate, and air transportation. New students and scholars from abroad must report to OISS as soon as they arrive and must participate in a comprehensive orientation program. This program is designed to meet immediate needs in terms of housing information and University registration procedures; introduce them to U.S. culture and the University's educational system; and provide information on banking, health insurance, safety, and immigration regulations. In addition, a number of social and recreational programs and activities are planned to assist students and scholars in making a smooth transition to their new environment

Non-Immigrant International Students

Before registering for classes, all non-immigrant international students must report to OISS to complete check-in procedures and have immigration documents reviewed, purchase mandatory health insurance (see below), and obtain an orientation schedule. Transferring F-1 students from other U.S. institutions must have their previous school release their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record to Wayne State University and must complete transfer procedures as provided in the federal regulations within fifteen days of the first day of class. F-1 students must notify the OISS of any change in name, address, program (including changes in level and field of study), and full-time enrollment. OISS must provide this information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). J-1 exchange visitors, including students, may not make a change in level, field, or category without the advance approval of the Department of State, and may be precluded from change of visa status until a two-year home country residency requirement is met.

Commuting Canadian Students

Canadian students (commuters) enrolled less than full time must obtain a part-time I-20 from OISS each semester they are enrolled and should consult with an OISS advisor to determine the impact of their status on future immigration benefits including the availability of practical training.

International Faculty and Research Scholars

The University provides foreign professors and research scholars with opportunities to engage in research, teaching, consulting, and lecturing with colleagues at Wayne State; to participate actively in cross-cultural activities; and to share their experience as well as increase their knowledge about the United States, Wayne State University, and the metropolitan Detroit community. OISS provides centralized support services necessary to enable and assure the employability of such non-U.S. citizens within government regulations. Offers of employment to foreign nationals must be authorized by OISS, and only this Office may sign immigration forms and petitions related to employment on behalf of the University. All foreign national employees must complete USCIS Form I-9, 'Employment Eligibility Verification' and present evidence of their identity and employment eligibility at OISS before commencing employment at Wayne State University.

Health Insurance (International Students and Scholars)

416 Welcome Center; 313-577-3422; Fax: 577-2962
Health Insurance Advocate: 313-577-0724

International students and scholars, and their dependents holding F1/F-2 status and J-1 exchange visitors and their dependents holding J-1/J-2 status are required  to comply  with the health insurance requirements of the University. Commuting Canadian students may waive the health insurance requirement by providing proof of OHIP coverage prior to each semester of enrollment. The mandatory international insurance program is designed to provide international students, exchange visitors, and their eligible dependents with continuous insurance protection and access to quality affordable health care services. The University is mandated by federal law to terminate from its program all exchange visitors and their dependents who do not meet minimum insurance requirements. For additional information or to purchase health insurance please access the OISS website or contact the Health Insurance Advocate in OISS; telephone: 577-0724 or e-mail oissmail@wayne.edu

Cross-Cultural Activities

The OISS provides cross-cultural activities in order to provide exposure to American society, culture, and institutions. Activities include: International Education Week, new international student learning community, a free international coffee hour held every two weeks on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coffee hour provides opportunity for dialogue with and among international students and scholars, American students, and the WSU community. Other activities include monthly sessions on employment options, internships, cross cultural adjustment and more.

 

Study Abroad and Global Programs Office

906 W. Warren Avenue; 131 Manoogian Hall; 313-577-3207
Director: Kelli Dixon
http://www.Studyabroad.wayne.edu

Study Abroad and Global Programs coordinates international educational activities at Wayne State University. Key activities include:

  1. the management of WSU faculty-led study abroad programs and exchange agreements;
  2. the administration of the Hostelling International Travel Award for students to encourage international study, research and internship abroad initiatives;
  3. the administration for the NSEP - David Boren Scholarship;
  4. the administration of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program;
  5. the coordination and support of internationally-themed events; and
  6. the development and management of international outreach activities and off-campus programs including agreements between Wayne State University and universities outside the United States.

Study Abroad programs are offered in collaboration between academic departments and faculty of both U.S. and foreign institutions, in order to combine academic study with a cross-cultural learning experience in a foreign environment. A variety of program options have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.

The office provides a full range of support services to students on such issues as program selection, academic planning, registration, credit, financial aid, and cultural adjustment. In addition, program materials have been designed specifically to assist students in preparing for their study abroad experience. Books, brochures, catalogs on academic and travel/study programs in foreign countries are available at the Study Abroad Resource Center, including information on Wayne State’s thirty-three study abroad programs and other programs sponsored by American and foreign institutions.

For a complete and current list of WSU Study Abroad programs, learning experiences, and services, please contact the Study Abroad and Global Programs Office.

Arabic Language and Culture at the Lebanese American University, Beirut

This program provides opportunities for WSU students to study Arabic language and culture abroad. During the summer, WSU students may take a variety of language and culture classes while living abroad in Lebanon. 

Japan Center for Michigan Universities

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a consortium consisting of the fifteen State-supported Michigan public universities, the Michigan Japan Foundation, and Shiga Prefecture. JCMU offers semester- and year-long study opportunities in Hikone, Japan.

The Center’s academic program is designed for students interested in acquiring knowledge about Japanese language and culture, including those not majoring in Japanese studies. It provides semi-intensive Japanese language courses and several core courses on Japanese culture to Michigan and other American university students. Academic credit may be granted by a student’s home institution upon  successful completion of JCMU courses;  independent study is also available. The program also features home-stays in a Japanese community, field trips, and participation in cultural events. 

Other International Opportunities: Numerous short-term special international study trips for credit are available to Wayne State students. 

International Students requiring information on study at Wayne State University should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Resource Center 

Books, brochures, catalogs and advising on travel/study programs in foreign countries are available at the Resource Center, including information on Wayne State sponsored study abroad programs and programs sponsored by U.S. and foreign institutions. Course credit is available on approval for many study abroad programs; credit approval usually must be obtained prior to entering a study abroad program.

Honors College
The Irvin D. Reid Honors College has study abroad experiences; for information, see the Honors College section in the WSU Undergraduate Bulletin.

Fulbright Grants and other grants for graduate study abroad

The U.S. Fulbright student program is designed to give recent B.S and B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal growth and international experience. Each year the Fulbright Program allows Americans to study or conduct research in over 100 nations. Application deadline depends on the specific program but generally it must be submitted to the campus Fulbright advisor by September of the year prior to the foreign study experience. 

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program: Provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. 

 
 
 

English Language Institute (ELI)

351 Manoogian Hall, 313-577-2729
Director: Bruce Morgan
http://www.Eli.wayne.edu

As the only intensive English language program in the metropolitan Detroit area, the English Language Institute (ELI) has specialized in teaching academic preparation skills, English communication, and cultural orientation to non-native speakers of English from all over the world for more than forty years. The ELI is committed to assisting individuals at all levels to develop their communication skills in the shortest possible time by using the newest language-teaching methodology and the most up-to-date audio, video, and computer technology available. Small classes and highly trained instructors make it possible for students to improve their English rapidly and effectively.

Programs

Intensive Program: For students interested in improving their academic skills in a relatively short period of time, the ELI offers up to twenty hours per week of instruction at varying levels from beginning to advanced. While beginning levels focus on basic communicative skills, advanced classes emphasize mastery of the academic skills needed to succeed in the university such as essay writing, note-taking, and presenting information to an audience.

In addition to attending class, ELI students are encouraged to participate in weekly extracurricular activities in order to become integrated into the English-speaking community. Each semester the ELI offers field trips around the metro-Detroit area, conversation partner practice with native speakers, and socio-cultural activities while at the same time encouraging students to take advantage of all university facilities and services.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Testing and Reporting: To ensure international students will be successful in the University, all must meet Wayne State's English proficiency requirements or complete the highest level of ELI. The ELI administers the TOEFL ITP® monthly on the main campus. Scores are then reported to the applicants as well as Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training and Testing: All prospective GTAs whose native language is not English must pass the SPEAK® test, rated by ELI faculty, with a score of at least fifty (out of sixty) to be cleared for teaching. A score of forty-five allows a person to teach while enrolling in ELI 0520, a course taught by two ELI faculty members. The final exam, also rated by ELI faculty as well as a faculty member from the academic department, is a teaching demonstration in the GTA's field of study. The SPEAK® test is offered at various times throughout the academic year. ELI 0520 is offered fall and winter semesters.

Scholarly Writing for Graduate Students: Non-native English speaking Ph.D. candidates who need to publish in scholarly journals and meet other professional obligations can take a course designed specifically to meet their needs. ENG 5850 is a course supported by the Graduate School and taught by ELI faculty each semester.

English Language Institute Courses (ELI)

The following courses, numbered 0100-0999, are not offered for degree credit. For registration in any of these courses students should contact the English Language Institute.

ELI 0100 Level 1: Oral Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to develop students' basic listening and speaking skills necessary for everyday life. They will learn basic listening strategies, interact with others about simple topics, and produce simple sentences and questions with target vocabulary. Students will practice articulating consonant and vowel sounds correctly and produce accurate stress and intonation patterns. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0110 Level 1: Written Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to introduce basic writing and grammar skills. Students will produce simple sentences on topics related to their personal needs. Timed and multi-draft writings will include simple sentences, correct use of capital and lower case letters, legible handwritten letters, and appropriate vocabulary. Basic grammatical structures will be introduced. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0120 Level 1: Reading and Vocabulary Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to increase students' ability to read and comprehend simple material and to increase their ability to recognize familiar words in everyday contexts. Students will use a picture dictionary and develop vocabulary associated with simple topics. Students will read short texts from basic readers and ELI library books. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0200 Level 2: Oral Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to develop students' abilities to carry on short, sustained conversation. They will apply listening strategies to discuss simple passages. They will interact with classmates. Students will use high-frequency vocabulary to produce simple and compound sentences with correct verb tenses. Students will use connected and reduced speech. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0210 Level 2: Written Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to introduce paragraph writing and to develop basic grammatical understanding. Students will produce paragraphs in a variety of rhetorical modes. Timed and multi-draft paragraphs will include a topic sentence, simple transitions, three main points with some supporting details, and a concluding sentence. Basic grammatical structures will be introduced. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0215 Level 2: Intensive Reading and Vocabulary Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to increase students' comprehension of printed material and acquire high-frequency vocabulary. Students will read simplified texts and apply reading skills, such as identifying main ideas and details, inferencing, and understanding sequence. Students will acquire vocabulary by using definitions from the text, interpreting from the context, and using dictionary skills. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0220 Level 2: Communicative Grammar Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to build students' communicative competence, or their ability to communicate effectively and appropriately. To that end, basic grammar points will be studied and practiced in ways that simulate everyday conversations and scenarios. Students will engage in a variety of communicative activities that focus on speaking and writing. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0300 Level 3: Oral Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to develop students' emerging academic listening and speaking skills. Students will apply listening and speaking strategies. They will also give short presentations. Emphasis will be on generating compound and complex sentences using simple academic vocabulary. Students will pronounce English sounds accurately and follow intonation and stress patterns appropriately. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0310 Level 3: Written Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to produce well-developed paragraphs in a variety of rhetorical modes on academic topics. This course will culminate in an introduction to essay writing. Intermediate grammatical structures, such as complex sentences, adjective clauses, and the present perfect, will be introduced. Error-correction tasks, peer evaluations, and self-evaluations will develop self-editing skills. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0315 Level 3: Intensive Reading and Vocabulary Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to increase students' vocabulary and comprehension of longer and varied reading passages. Students will also be able to understand the structure of a text with transition words and the relationship between the main point(s) and supporting examples. Strategies to discern meaning of words from context will also be practiced. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0320 Level 3: Extensive Reading Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to increase students' reading fluency by reading large quantities of texts. Class Readers will give the teacher the opportunity to help the students acquire the art of extensive reading, to improve their skills, and to monitor their progress closely. Students will choose their own texts for independent reading. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

ELI 0400 Level 4: Oral Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to develop students' academic listening and speaking skills needed for successful extended academic discourse. Students will demonstrate detailed understanding of academic listening passages. Students will use speaking strategies for academic discussions and to summarize information. They will give speeches using visuals, transitions, and grammatically-correct sentences with academic vocabulary. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0410 Level 4: Written Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to develop students' essay writing skills and improve accuracy in grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Essays will be produced in a variety of rhetorical modes on academic topics that include some authentic sources. Students will also be introduced to summarizing and citing authentic sources. Complex grammatical structures will be introduced. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0415 Level 4: Intensive Reading and Vocabulary Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to increase students' academic vocabulary and comprehension of academic reading passages. Students will identify the structure, purpose, and connection between ideas in texts. Students will use strategies to discern meaning of words from context. They will acquire knowledge of word forms and will use dictionary skills to build vocabulary. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0420 Level 4: Extensive Reading Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to increase students' reading fluency by reading large quantities of texts. Class Readers will give the teacher the opportunity to help the students acquire the art of extensive reading, to improve their skills, and to monitor their progress closely. Students will choose their own texts for independent reading. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0500 Level 5: Oral Integrated Cr. 2,4

The focus of this course is to develop students' academic listening and speaking skills needed for successful extended academic discourse. Students will use listening strategies to show detailed understanding of lengthy academic listening passages. They will apply speaking strategies to share information and communicate with automaticity. Concentration will be on consistently speaking intelligibly and fluently. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0510 Level 5: Written Integrated Cr. 2,4

Students will develop critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and classroom discussion. Students will write well-developed five- to eight-paragraph essays and relate assigned readings to their own experience. Students will learn how to incorporate outside sources into their essays and use appropriate citations. Advanced grammatical structures will be reviewed and expanded as necessary Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students; enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in English Language Institute.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0515 Level 5: Research Skills Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to introduce skills essential to conduct academic research at the university level. Students will learn how to search for and evaluate academic sources in the library and online databases as well as how to read, analyze, and use the information gathered. The course also focuses on paraphrasing and summarizing. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0520 English for Teaching Assistants Cr. 2

American English language skills to improve teaching effectiveness of non-native speakers of English. Pronunciation, stress, intonation, speaking rate; oral presentation practice; cultural factors in U.S. university classroom. Not offered for degree credit. Offered Every Term.

Repeatable for 4 Credits

ELI 0530 TOEFL/Timed Essay Writing Preparation Cr. 1-2

Class designed to enhance student's ability to understand and perform on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for the paper-based and iBT(Internet)-based formats. Offered Yearly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students; enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in English Language Institute.

ELI 0540 Level 5: Media & Culture Cr. 1,2

The focus of this course is to gain a greater understanding of American culture and current events via extensive reading from print and digital media, leading to written assignments, oral presentations, and discussions. In addition, TV and radio programs, as well as podcasts and documentaries, will provide input for written and oral assignments. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 6 Credits

ELI 0699 Directed Study Cr. 1-4

Meets the needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) students in their last stages of preparation for matriculation. Based on students' particular needs, instruction will be provided to strengthen various academic preparation skills, including listening and note-taking practice in an academic context, extensive and intensive reading, and expository and research paper writing. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students; enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in English Language Institute.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

ELI 0700 Written Communication Cr. 1,2

Through reading and writing of complex texts, students improve their understanding and use of American English grammar and mechanics (punctuation and capitalization) for academic and professional settings. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0705 American Pronunciation and Clear Communication Cr. 1,2

Course addresses the communication needs of advanced-level, non-native English speakers who want to reduce the amount of pronunciation errors produced in their speech. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

Repeatable for 2 Credits

ELI 0800 Writing Skills I Cr. 3

This course integrates reading, writing, and grammar and focuses on comprehending main ideas and details, inferencing in simplified reading texts, and understanding This course integrates reading, writing, and grammar and focuses on comprehending main ideas and details, inferencing in simplified texts, and understanding vocabulary in context. Students will learn to organize and write paragraphs with simple grammatically correct sentences. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

ELI 0810 Oral Skills I Cr. 3

This course integrates listening and speaking in English and introduces culturally appropriate interaction in speech. Students listen to dialogues, newscasts, and short lectures; give presentations on a variety of topics; and receive individualized feedback on pronunciation. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

ELI 0820 Writing Skills II Cr. 3

This course integrates reading, writing, and grammar and will emphasize how reading and writing are related. Rhetorical modes of essay writing will be introduced, authentic texts will be read, and more advanced grammar points will be covered. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

ELI 0830 Oral Skills II Cr. 3

This course integrates listening and speaking in English and focuses on refining students' abilities to understand academic and informal spoken language by listening to academically-themed lectures and extended dialogues. They will develop critical thinking skills for responding to questions and giving presentations. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

ELI 0840 Writing Skills III Cr. 4

Course integrates reading, writing, and grammar; focuses on reading authentic materials and writing essays. Students work to improve their understanding and use of American English, grammar, and mechanisms for academic settings. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

ELI 0850 Oral Skills III Cr. 4

Course integrates listening and speaking in English and will help students increase their aural/oral fluency through participation in academic/content-based discussions and various other forms of speech in formal, informal, and academic settings. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.

ELI 0860 Communication and Culture Cr. 4

This course will involve writing and oral presentations based on academic readings and cultural experiences. Additional instruction in grammar and sentence structure will be provided based on students' needs. Offered Spring/Summer.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to English Language Institute level students.