Campus Resources

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The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus offers a variety of resources to  support multilingual and international students.


English as a Second Language Courses

The Minnesota English Language Program offers a range of different Academic English (AEP) courses that target reading and writing, listening and speaking, grammar, business English, and pronunciation skills. If you are not sure what course to take, or you need a permission number to register, please contact for more information. 

Please note: Most of our courses require students to receive a permission number: this is so that we can verify that students are being placed in the course that will provide them the greatest support. Students can contact the MELP office by phone (612-624-1503) or email (, and provide their student ID number to receive a permission number.

Nondegree Students

Nondegree students who are not yet admitted to the University of Minnesota can take intensive English coursework by applying to our Intensive English Program. Email for more information about how to apply.


Student English Language Support (SELS) is an on-campus service that offers free 45-minute consultations to international undergraduate students to help develop their English skills.

During a consultation, students can work with trained consultants on any English language skill, such as writing, reading, speaking, pronunciation, social skills, and listening.

To make an appointment or to find our schedule for walk-in hours, please visit the SELS website. You can also email SELS at

MELP Liaison

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Bethany Peters received her bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies and her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in the Leadership for Intercultural & International Education (LIIE) PhD program at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in international education for over 10 years in a variety of roles, including international student advising and teaching English as a second language.

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