Minnesota English Language Program

At a Glance

Level: Undergraduate
Credits: Credit and noncredit
Phone: 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564
E-mail: esl@umn.edu
Office: 20 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) provides courses in English as a second language (ESL) at the University of Minnesota. ESL course work helps non-native English speakers improve English reading, writing, and speaking skills for success in a university classroom or in the workplace.

Program Benefits

Students benefit from the program with

  • rigorous courses at a world-class university;
  • outstanding academic programs;
  • friendly, highly skilled teachers;
  • small class sizes;
  • advising and support services geared to international students;
  • access to University resources and facilities.

Services Offered

MELP offers three distinct services:

  • Academic English Program—Credit classes for students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs who are seeking to improve their English language skills while taking other academic course work.
  • Intensive English Program—A program designed for students who need to improve their English skills in preparation for study at a University or college, and for those who wish to prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Short-term Learning—Customizable training for groups of 12 or more non-native English speakers.
  • Student English Language Support—Free, in-person help for international students, available by appointment.