Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Classroom Closure

Following Governor Whitmer's Executive Order to close schools for the remainder of this school year, our classroom is closed and is scheduled to re-open in September.  We want all of our students and teachers to stay safe during these unprecedented times.  For students currently enrolled, you will be receiving instructions on how you can continue your studies at home while our classroom is closed.  For prospective students, please contact 517-488-5342 for more information on enrollment.  Please note that we will not be enrolling any new students until September or October. 


Prospective Students


Prospective Students

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. 


Program Information

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. 

New students will be enrolled on the first Monday of every month (except for July & August), as long as that Monday is not during a scheduled break/holiday (then it will be the 2nd Monday of the month).  In order to be able to start, a new student will be required to submit an application and complete an English assessment and score at or above the required level, prior to the start date.   

New Student Start Dates for 2020

January 13, 2020

February 3, 2020

March 2, 2020

April 13, 2020 - postponed

May 4, 2020 - postponed

June 1, 2020 - postponed

September 14, 2020 - postponed

October 5, 2020

November 2, 2020

December 7, 2020


How to Apply

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.  


GIL Student Application (pdf)


GIL Eligibility Guidelines (pdf)