The Global Institute of Lansing aims to provide adult refugees in the Lansing area the means to attain a high school diploma through accessible education. If you are interested in enrolling in our program please follow the links provided below.
To be eligible for GIL, students must be 18 years and older. Prospective students must also pass an English proficiency exam. In addition, they must have received resettlement services, currently or in the past, from a resettlement agency like St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services, Samaritas, etc. and have lived in the US for less than 5 years.
GIL offers day classes for adult refugees. During the school year, classes are held at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Lansing and meet Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. There is also an evening class on Monday and Tuesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Summer hours are determined at the start of each summer. The classes are taught by a group of volunteer teachers.
Once students are enrolled in GIL, they are then enrolled in an accredited on-line high school completion program and placed in a classroom with volunteer teachers to assist them through the program. After passing each of the required 24 courses, the students receive an accredited high school diploma. If a student has attended high school in the United States prior to enrolling in GIL, it is possible that some of the credits they earned previously will transfer and count towards the 24 credits required in our program.
Students may apply anytime during the year, however, new students will only be enrolled in September of each year and possibly again in February (depending on space availability and funding). Students will take a reading and math assessment prior to enrollment to determine if a student's English proficiency level is appropriate for our program. We encourage all students to take an ESL class while they await enrollment in our program.
If you are interested in enrolling in GIL, please fill out an application using the link provided below. Once you have completed the application, you can mail it to or drop it off at:
The Global Institute of Lansing
510 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48933
Effective June 2017, there is now a $100 program fee to enroll in The Global Institute of Lansing. The $100 program fee is due once you have been officially accepted into the program. Please do not send any money with your application.