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Accreditations and Affiliations


The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) accredits intensive English language programs. CEA provides a way for English programs to demonstrate that they meet rigorous accepted CEA standards for the field and participate in ongoing program improvement.

MELP’s Intensive English Program has been accredited by CEA for the period from August 2016 to August 2021. To receive this accreditation, MELP completed a detailed self-study to demonstrate that the Intensive English Program meets 44 individual standards in 11 standard areas, including curriculum, faculty, student services, and student achievement. The Intensive English Program also went through a comprehensive review by peer reviewers before receiving its accreditation, and the program follows annual reporting requirements to maintain its accreditation.

Visit the CEA website to learn more about the accreditation process and what it indicates about the high quality of the Intensive English Program in MELP. Additional information about CEA’s standards and the procedure for filing a complaint against an accredited program are also available there. 


All campuses of the University of Minnesota operate with the accreditation of the Higher Learning Commission. The Twin Cities campus has been accredited continuously since 1913. 

The University of Minnesota’s programs are reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission through an exhaustive review process every ten years. The U of M is currently accredited through 2025-26.



The Minnesota English Language Program also belongs to UCIEP, “an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English programs in the United States. Founded in 1967, UCIEP's purpose is to advance professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs at universities and colleges in the United States.” Like other member programs, MELP is committed to offering high quality English language instruction from professional and highly qualified instructors. MELP adheres to UCIEP guidelines to maintain its affiliation.

The Minnesota English Language Program is a member of English USA, the largest association of intensive English programs specifically serving programs in the US. This affiliation supports MELP instructors and staff in the program’s mission to improve the English language skills of its students. To maintain its membership in English USA, MELP must uphold the high standards of the organization.