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Provisionally Undergraduate Students Information

Frequently Asked Questions for Provisionally Undergraduate Students

What does it mean to be provisionally admitted?
Provisional admission for English means that you have not met the minimum proficiency requirement in English for full academic admission.  You can review MSU's minimum English requirement at http://admissions.msu.edu/admission/international_requirements.asp (http://admissions.msu.edu/admission/international_requirements.asp).

Provisional status will continue until you attain the minimum language proficiency (regular admission proficiency), generally through enrollment in English Language Center (ELC) courses; however, you must reach the language proficiency within 3 semesters for you to remain enrolled at the university.

How will my class schedule be determined?
You will receive your class schedule after you take the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT).  At the MSUELT, you will receive instructions regarding how to get your results and course schedule.

How do I sign up for the MSUELT?
To sign up for the MSUELT, log into the Be a Spartan Portal at http://beaspartan.msu.edu (http://beaspartan.msu.edu).

How many chances do I get to take the MSUELT?
You get only one chance to take the MSUELT per semester.  The first time you take the test will be when you arrive in East Lansing, at the MSU Campus.  After this, you will take the MSUELT at the end of each semester you are in the Intensive English Program.

How can I prepare for the MSUELT in advance?
The MSUELT is a proficiency test.  It is not necessary to prepare for the test.  However, you can become familiar with it by using test preparation materials such as that for the TOEFL.

How do I become eligible to enroll in academic classes?
You can review MSU's minimum English requirement at http://admissions.msu.edu/admission/international_requirements.asp (http://admissions.msu.edu/admission/international_requirements.asp).

When can I meet an academic advisor?
Once provisionally admitted students become eligible for academic classes, they can meet with an academic advisor in their College during the Advising and Enrollment Sessions. 

Can I attend the Advising and Enrollment Sessions?
Students who are completely or partially eligible for academic coursework are eligible for and required to attend the Advising and Enrollment Sessions. 

Can I submit a TOEFL/IELTS/SAT score before classes begin and gain regular academic admission?
Yes. If the MSU Office of Admissions receives your official test score directly from the appropriate organization (ETS, British Council, etc.) before the first day of classes, you may gain regular admission for that semester. Students who are currently attending the ELC must receive a passing grade in all classes for the current semester.

Can I submit a TOEFL/IELTS/SAT score after classes begin and gain regular academic admission?
You may submit a standardized test score at any time.  However, official test scores from the appropriate organization (ETS, British Council, etc.) which are received after the first day of classes will not be applied to the current semester. They will be applied on the Friday of Finals Week in the semester in which they are received, as long as you have attended the ELC and received a passing grade in all classes for the current semester.

What are the consequences if I don’t attend or pass English Language Center classes?
Poor attendance usually results in failing the course.  Your course failure will be recorded on your permanent academic record.  Your GPA (grade point average) may be affected.  A poor GPA may result in not being admitted to your major.

In addition, you must meet the minimum requirement for language proficiency within 3 semesters of enrollment in order to remain enrolled at the university. Students who do not do so will be recessed from the university.

How long do I have to take English Language Center courses?
Provisional status will continue until the minimum language proficiency (regular admission proficiency) is attained; however, the language proficiency must be reached within 3 semesters of enrollment in order to remain enrolled at the university.

I don’t want to attend English Language Center courses.  Can I go home and retake the TOEFL/IELTS/SAT and then defer academic admission to the next semester?
Students who do not enroll for the semester of admission may be considered for admission to a future semester. However, admission for future semesters is not guaranteed; admission to a future semester will depend on competitiveness of the applicant pool, available space in the class, what the applicant does during the intervening time, etc….

What happens if I fail English Language Center courses my first and/or second semester(s)?
You will be required to repeat the course you failed. In addition, you must meet the minimum requirement for language proficiency within 3 semesters of enrollment in order to remain enrolled. Students who do not do so will be recessed from the university.  In addition, TOEFL or IELTS scores which meet the university minimum proficiency requirement will not be accepted from students who fail their ELC classes.

Will I get a new I-20/DS2019 once I pass my English Language Center courses?  If so, what steps do I take to obtain the I-20 and maintain my visa status?
A new I-20 is not required.  However, you can provide proof to OISS that you have the required English proficiency and a new I-20 reflecting this change can be printed.

Do I have to get a new visa if I get a new I-20?
No.  A new visa is not required if you update your I-20.  Please see an OISS advisor to discuss international travel with an expired visa.

What if I cannot get my visa/flight in order to arrive before classes begin? 
You should contact the ELC at elc@msu.edu to inform the ELC of your intended late arrival.  Late tests are not given regularly, and results are delayed.  This will delay your enrollment into classes.  You should email oiss@msu.edu and request a “late arrival letter” to show the Customs and Border Patrol Officer.

When can I move into the residence halls?
New international students can move in as early as Saturday, August 22, 2015.


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