Support Services

Support Services

The ELI staff strives to provide excellent service to our students while studying at Millersville University. We aim to give students a rewarding experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. The ELI and Millersville University orientation days will give you helpful information and guidance in your first days. In the days that follow, our staff members continue to offer support to help you settle into your new life at Millersville University and in the United States. If you have questions or are experiencing difficulties, your ELI instructors and staff members are available for help and advice. More details on specific types of support are shown below.

Arrival and Orientation Services

The Office of International Programs & Services offers arrival services for all new international students, including an arrival day and orientation program. Orientation offers an opportunity for students to learn about the services and programs at Millersville University in order to ensure their adjustment to the campus and the U.S. Orientation also covers immigration laws and expectations, as well as guest speakers from many university departments. All international students are required to attend all orientation activities. For new student information, review your Next Steps prior to arrival. 

Academic Support Program

International students have the opportunity to improve writing and communication skills by participating in the ELI’s Academic Support Program. Non-native speakers are provided with English support through workshops and tutoring. Both academic and ELI students are eligible to participate in this service free of charge.

ELI Academic Advising

Your instructors and other ELI staff are available to meet with students on questions related to classes and future options at Millersville University. Advising is available for a range of topics, including level placement, repeated courses, probationary status and cultural adjustment issues.

International Student Advising

International student advisors are here to assist with immigration and cultural advising for all international students. They can also refer you to the appropriate Millersville University department and services, as needed. To set up an appointment to meet with an international student advisor, contact or visit Cumberland House.

Health Insurance

All F-1 and J-1 students and scholars whose immigration documents were issued by Millersville University are required to have health insurance for themselves and their dependents. For more information regarding obtaining health insurance, please review the Health Insurance options available.

Civic Engagement

ELI students have the opportunity to learn more about the community around them through civic engagement. Students will engage in a variety of programs in the city of Lancaster through service or experiential learning. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences through blogging, journal writing, video webcasting or presentation

International Academic Preparation Program

International Academic Preparation Program (IAPP) is a two-week intensive English program that is designed to prepare new international students the skills to better integrate into the campus and surrounding community. Students will have the opportunity to improve their confidence and speaking skills by practicing in academic, social and professional context. Students will have an opportunity to practice academic writing, research, and presentation skills (individual and group). This program is designed for non-native English students admitted to Millersville University.