Accreditations and Affliations


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MELP’s Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2021 through August 2031 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

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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 202526.


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.

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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.