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Minnesota English Language Program

Two students work together in a classroomThe Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) provides English as a second language (ESL) courses and one-on-one support for international students, scholars, and others wishing to improve their English language skills. The University of Minnesota has provided high-quality ESL instruction to international students and scholars for more than 50 years. As part of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Minnesota English Language Program provides three types of programs:

Intensive English Program (IEP)

In the Intensive English Program, students come to the University to study English full-time. The program focuses on developing the academic English that students need to study in a degree program at a university in the U.S. or to prepare for using English in a professional setting.  

The IEP has three sessions annually: 15-week sessions in the fall or spring and a 7-week summer session. A conditional admission program through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions allows qualified prospective freshmen to study English for a year to prepare for an undergraduate program at the University of Minnesota. Applications can be completed in 16 different languages.

Academic English Program (AEP)

The Academic English Program supports current University of Minnesota students by providing credit ESL courses for undergraduate and graduate students in degree programs. This program allows students to polish their English skills, from writing to pronunciation, while working toward their degree.    

Short-Term Programs

The University of Minnesota can create customized short-term English programs for universities wanting to send a group of students for special training in English.