Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 370 academic programs including health sciences, engineering, arts, medicine, law and social work. Located in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State has more than 27,000 students and is one of the nation’s 50-largest public universities.
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 380 academic programs including health sciences, engineering, arts, medicine, law and social work. Located in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State has more than 27,000 students and is one of the nation’s 50-largest public universities.
Almost 10 percent of our students come from outside of the United States, representing nearly 70 countries. WSU has the most diverse student body in Michigan and, with more than 400 student organizations based on academic areas, recreation, ethnic/cultural background, politics and religion, our students can get involved on campus and make new friends from the day they arrive.
Wayne State is a leader in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and green technology. Our College of Engineering was first in the nation to launch an electric-drive vehicle engineering program and offer an alternative energy technology master’s program, and our School of Medicine partners with the Detroit Medical Center on the National Institutes of Health’s Perinatology Research Branch, which is dedicated to the study of premature birth and infant mortality. WSU is affiliated with more than 150 institutions worldwide, and has annual research expenditures of more than $245 million.
Living and Learning in Detroit
Joining a Learning Community is a great way to make large classes seem smaller, get to know other students with similar academic interests, and engage with faculty and peer mentors early in your academic career. Students who join one of our 45 communities study, socialize and problem-solve together. Most likely, your entire group would take a course together, or you might all live on the same floor of a residence hall. A Learning Community will help you develop leadership and study skills that will prepare you for success at WSU.
Internships, part-time campus employment and co-op positions are open to qualified students. The Career Services Office and Office of International Students and Scholars can help students determine what opportunities are available. International students also can apply for undergraduate research and creative grant funding, which are awarded throughout the year.
The university is nestled in the heart of Detroit’s thriving Midtown district, so living on campus puts students within walking distance of world-class museums, galleries and theatres. Our residence halls have single-, double- and triple-occupancy rooms; wireless Internet; laundry rooms; workout facilities; and dining options. Furnished and unfurnished apartments also can be rented.
Students can work out at the campus Recreation and Fitness Center. Open seven days a week, participants can use weights, spinning and cardio equipment or enroll in specialty classes such as kickboxing or circuit training. A women’s-only workout area provides privacy, or athletes can follow the 2.5-mile outdoor Fitness Trail, performing exercises at specific points around campus while enjoying the fresh air. We also offer intramural and club sports including soccer, cricket, lacrosse and volleyball.
English Language Institute
To attend WSU, international students must demonstrate English proficiency. Minimum scores of 79-80 TOEFL iBT and IELTS 6.5 are required for regular admission. Students who do not meet these requirements may be eligible for provisional admission through the university’s English Language Institute (ELI).
The ELI is the only intensive English language program in the metropolitan Detroit area. It specializes in teaching English communication, cultural orientation and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. ELI uses the newest language-teaching methods and most up-to-date audio, video and computer technology available, including a remote-access language lab. Small classes and highly trained instructors make it possible for students to improve their English skills rapidly and effectively and become ready for university study.
ELI offers intensive and non-intensive English programs, a special summer session and classes and workshops throughout the year. More details online at eli.wayne.edu.
Our students are prepared to excel in a global society. Students with satisfactory TOEFL scores who have not yet received a bachelor’s degree should apply to the university using the undergraduate application. Students pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D. should apply to the university through the graduate application. Learn more at wayne.edu/admissions.
Type of School
University/Intensive English Program
Student Body GenderCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNo Affiliation
Scholarships for International StudentsYes
Conditional Admission AvailableYes
Type of HousingResidence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory