Customized Programs

If your group, business, or organization wants to experience ESL training in a format uniquely suited to specific language needs, consider short-term contract learning at the University of Minnesota. Short-term contract learning programs are ideal for

  • students who need to improve their English for academic studies;
  • business and technical professionals;
  • health professionals working in international settings;
  • legal professionals working in international contexts;
  • teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

Are you interested in discussing your group's needs? Contact the MELP office:

Phone: 612-624- 1503 or 1-800- 234-6564 outside the Twin Cities metro area
Email: esl@umn.edu
Address: 20 Nicholson Hall, Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

How It Works

A program representative will work with you to select the courses that meet your group's needs and goals. You'll also have an opportunity to choose from extracurricular activities such as field trips, dinners, and other cultural experiences. Courses can be taught on campus or at your work site.

Core Program Components

Core program components to choose from include:

  • General English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Business or Professional Settings
  • English for the Health Sciences
  • English for Legal Professionals
  • English for Science and Technology
  • English Focused on American Culture
  • Teacher Education for EFL/ESL Teachers

Additional Academic Components

Additional academic components that can be added to a core program include:

  • Cross-cultural training
  • Technology for teacher education
  • Teaching and learning in international settings
  • Experiencing American culture
  • Classroom observations
  • Test preparation for TOEFL or IELTS
  • Pronunciation improvement