We know that applying to a program of study can be a big decision and challenging process! To help you in your decision and application process, please see common questions and answers below.
How do I apply?
To apply to MLC, complete our online application form.
How can I pay the application fee?
New students will be able to pay the $100.00 nonrefundable application fee when they apply online to MLC. They may pay by credit card via PayPal.
How long does it take to send the Form I-20 to me?
It takes up to 2 business days to process a complete application. If MLC sends the Form I-20 by express mail, there is an express mail fee that needs to be paid in advance. This fee depends on the postal code of the country. It should arrive at its destination within 3 business days. If the I-20 is sent by airmail, there is no additional charge. Arrival time varies by country.
How much does express mail cost?
The potential student should provide MLC with the complete mailing address including a postal code if one exists. MLC will then determine the cost and let the applicant know. The cost is usually between $50.00-125.00.
How long does the application process take?
From the time MLC receives a completed application, including all necessary payments, it will take up to 2 business days to process the application and issue the Form I-20.
When should I apply for an I-20?
We strongly recommend that students apply for a session that is at least 30-60 days away. For example, a student applying for the March session could apply in January for the I-20. This gives the student sufficient time to receive the I-20 from MLC, make a visa appointment and the U.S. Consulate, make travel plans to the U.S., and arrive in time for the session listed on the I-20. If a student must arrive later that the session stated on the I-20, MLC may have to defer the student to the next session, reissue the I-20 and resend it. The student would need to pay a $50.00 reissue fee and the express mail fee again. Applying for a session that is 30-60 days later will help a student to avoid these extra fees.
Can I study part-time with the F1 Visa?
No. A student who has the F1 Visa must study full time. MLC defines full time as 20 hours of class per week.
Can someone with a B1/B2 visa (tourist) take classes at the MLC?
People who come to the US with a B1/B2 visa for the purpose of tourism or to visit someone, may incidentally study non-credit classes for fewer than 18 hours per week. Students whose main reason for coming to the US is to study, should come on an F1 Student Visa.
The U.S. Consulate did not give me a student visa. What do I do now?
If the applicant wants to try to apply for the F1 visa again, they need a new Form I-20 from MLC. The applicant must pay the reissue fee of $50.00 to the MLC for a new Form I-20, and the express mail fee (if applicable). MLC recommends that applicants plan to apply for a session that is two or three months away, to give time for the application process and Consulate visit. When the applicant returns to the Consulate for the visa interview, they should prepare to:
- Show that they have a plan for their time in the United States, and what they will do after they have finished studying. Discuss when they plan to return to your country and how their English language education will help them.
- Bring documentation that shows their finances will be taken care of when they are in the U.S.,, either by their own funding or someone who will help them during their time in the U.S.
- If they have not already, take English classes in their home country. Show course descriptions of the English classes they are taking.
I was rejected for my student visa. Can you contact the U.S. Consulate?
MLC cannot contact or send documents to the U.S. Consulate. MLC is only allowed to issue students the Form I-20 and the acceptance letter.
How much does the program cost?
See a complete list of fees for our programs and offerings on our Fees page.
Does the cost change per level? Is everything the same?
The cost for the Intensive English Program (20 hours/week) is same for all levels.
When do I have to pay for tuition?
A student pays a minimum of $100.00 when applying to MLC. The remainder of the tuition must be paid by the first day of the session.
How can I pay tuition?
Students pay the remainder of the tuition when they register and select classes at MLC in Ann Arbor. MLC accepts credit cards, cash, and checks from a U.S. bank.
How long is one session?
One session is a little less than five weeks in length, or 23 class days. Please take a look at our Session Dates page for our complete calendar of sessions.
Can I take classes for 1 week?
MLC does not offer classes for one week. Each session is 23 days. With special permission, a student may register for a partial session of 15 class days.
Can I take classes for 2 weeks?
MLC does not have classes for only two weeks. With special permission, a student may register for a partial session of 15 class days or 3 weeks.
Can I take classes for 3 weeks?
A student may attend the first 15 class days of a session or the last 15 class days of a session if there is room in the class and a Director gives permission.
Can I take classes for 4 weeks?
A student may attend 4 weeks of a session, but there is no reduction in tuition.
Can you tell me about the class schedules?
Class schedules depend on the level of classes that the student attends. An example of typical class schedules is on our website under our Intensive English Program page.Usually, higher level classes are in the morning and early afternoon while lower level classes are in the afternoon only.
Tell me about the TOEFL / IELTS classes.
Each session, MLC offers a TOEFL Preparation class for Advanced Level students. MLC offers an IELTS Preparation class to Advanced Level students when there is a need. MLC will offer the class if 5 students are interested in attending. If there are fewer than 5 students, MLC can offer a small group class or a private tutorial.
Do you offer housing or homestay?
MLC does not offer a homestay program. We do however have limited housing at University Towers and at student apartments on the University of Michigan campus. Please see our full list of options and recommendations on our Housing Options page.
University of Michigan
Are you part of the University of Michigan?
Michigan Language Center is not part of the University of Michigan. We are a private English language institution located adjacent to the University of Michigan, so MLC students are able to experience campus life in a college town and easily meet University of Michigan students.