About Us - A Detroit Treasure Since 1919


"All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution." Frank Murphy (1890-1949) (Mayor of Detroit, Governor of Michigan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice)

"The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respected stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges..." George Washington

"Many nationalities, many creeds, one country!"

Motto of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit



  • Spanish I                Wednesdays,                    6:30 PM - 9 PM                  Feb. 24 - May 4                                              
  • Spanish II              Thursdays,                        6:30 PM - 9PM                   Feb. 25 - May 5                                                     
  • Spanish III            Tuesdays,                         6:30 PM - 9 PM                   Feb. 23 - May 3                                                     
  • Spanish IV              Saturdays,                       11 AM - 1:30 PM                Feb. 27 - May 7                                                   

The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit is offering an eight (8) week Citizenship Class.

Location - Southwest Detroit, Hamtramck, Dearborn, Troy, Pontiac

Cost: Free

                                                                                                            Citizenship Program

Enroll now for a free pathway to citizenship for legal permanent residents. The International Institute offers classes, in association with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to assist in preparation for the Citizenship Test and to assist in filling out the N-400 form to apply for U.S. citizenship. Classes take place in Pontiac, Hamtramck, Dearborn, Troy, and Southwest Detroit, with more locations coming soon. To register or for more information, please call (313) 871-8600. Additional information may be found at this weblink:  http://www.iimd.org/?q=node/1884 

  • 2016 Citizenship Classes starting week of January 11, 2016 unless noted otherwise - for information, call (313) 871-8600 or (313) 265-9229 or e-mail:: n400us@yahoo.com
  • Monday, 10:00 AM - 11:55 AM, Sothwest Solutions, 4214 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48209 (start Feb. 1, 2016)
  • Monday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Michigan United, 4405 Wesson St., Detroit, MI 48210
  • Tuesday, 5:30 PM  - 8:00 PM - Hamtramck Public Library, 2360 Caniff St., Hamtramck, MI 48212
  • Wednesday, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Faith Lutheran Church (room #2), 37635 Dequindre Rd., Troy, MI 48083
  • Thursday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Faith Lutheran Church (room #2), 37635 Dequindre Rd., Troy, MI 48083
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, The House of Uprising Generation Education Center, 10365 Haggerty, Dearborn, MI 48126
  • Sunday, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Swaminarayan Temple, 1517 Joslyn Ave., Pontiac, MI 48340

English as a Second Language (ESL) Day and Evening Classes and GED Afternoon Classes at International Institute, 111 East Kirby, Detroit


                                                                                                     International Cafe Restaurant

The award-winning International Cafe restaurant is located in the lower level of the International Institute Building, at 111 East Kirby, Detroit, Michigan. It is open to the public Monday through Friday, 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., when food is served by a friendly and helpful staff.

Please Donate

The International Institute needs your help. Please donate. We are an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a State of Michigan non-profit corporation. Check with your tax professional to determine what portion of your donation may be tax deductible. Since 1919, the International Institute, in cooperation with the US government, has assisted low income immigrants and refugees, as well as native Detroiters, with legal services, citizenship classes, English language classes, GED classes, social work assistance, job training and placement, new business development, translation and interpretation services, new citizen swearing-in ceremonies, as well as with programs for adults and youth to learn about foreign languages, music, dance, costumes, and cultures from around the world. Many of the clients we serve today have fled war, famine, poverty, slavery, dictatorships, and corrupt regimes in distant lands around the world and arrive in Detroit with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. With our help, most become productive and patriotic US citizens who become positive additions to our country. A significant portion of Metro Detroit's population has been assisted directly or indirectly by the Institute over the past 96 years. Any money donated to the International Institute will be put to good use, as we are an extremely efficient organization, with little overhead compared to the money spent directly on services. Much of our staff is made up of volunteers. Due to the very poor economy in Detroit, our traditional sources of donations and funding have been reduced and we can use support from new donors. Please help. Please make checks payable to "International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc." and mail to: Mr. Wojciech Zolnowski; Executive Director; International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit; 111 E KIRBY; DETROIT, MI 48202 USA.

Address:  111 E. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202 USA Phone: (313) 871-8600Fax: (313) 871-1651

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Please join us on Noel Night, December 3, 2016

      at the International Institute
     111 East Kirby, Detroit
UN Day - October 24, 2016
International Festival - November 18-20, 2016

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