University of Minnesota
Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $5,000—$10,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Engineering, English Language (ESL)

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media

Study English at the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota has been offering English as a Second Language (ELS) courses and programs since 1968. Since then, we have helped thousands of students from across the globe achieve academic success, advance their careers, and develop international networks of friends.

Teachers in the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) are dedicated and experienced professionals. They have advanced training in methods of teaching English as a Second Language and have lived and taught in countries all over the world. Curriculum is designed to give each student a rich, integrated experience.

Students receive exceptional individual attention, including an orientation session upon arrival and advising to facilitate the transition from ESL to an academic program. Courses combine intensive language-skills development, experiential learning outside the classroom, and the effective use of advanced computer technology.

The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive and highly ranked public universities in the United States, and the Minnesota English Language Program is proud to offer a rigorous and academically focused curriculum designed to put our students on the road to academic and professional success through English.

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program is 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 TOEFL.

The Intensive English Program has two 15-week sessions of English study during the school year. Fall semester goes from early September through mid-December. Spring semester goes from mid-January through early May. We offer a seven-week program in the summer, from late June through mid-August.

We offer four levels of English study. Students take 25 hours of classes a week, including grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening. Sample schedules and costs for each session are included on our website at

The University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is a major teaching and research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota-the Twin Cities. The University offers 147 majors and thousands of challenging classes taught by an award-winning faculty.

Why study at the University of Minnesota?

  • Small classes with highly skilled instructors
  • Access to a digital interactive language laboratory
  • Major research library
  • University sports and recreation facilities
  • Admissions advising
  • Conversation partners program with U.S. students
  • Academic credit courses available for advanced students

Minneapolis and St. Paul

The University of Minnesota is in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Students from small towns and large cities alike are comfortable in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, with its population of about two million. Students enjoy the Twin Cities' numerous parks and lakes, the variety of arts and entertainment opportunities, and a convenient public transportation system.

  • Five professional sports teams and many college sports events
  • Art, science, and natural history museums
  • Two major orchestras
  • Many theaters and arts performances
  • Mall of America
  • Excellent public transportation system
  • Extensive park system and natural lakes for outdoor recreation
  • Ranked one of the 25 top most livable cities in the world by Monacle Magazine


Several types of housing are available on and near campus as well as in the surrounding Twin Cities area. The University's Housing and Residential Life office provides assistance with listings of available rooming houses and apartments.

Minnesota Intensive English Program Application Requirements

  • Demonstrate proof of high school graduation
  • Have at least two years of high school-level English
  • Verify funds to cover expenses during the time of study in the United States
CEA EnglishUSA Member UCIEP Member
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Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)

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University of Minnesota
Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)

Twin Cities, Minnesota
20 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
P: 612.624.1503
English Programs
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Postgraduates
  • English for Professionals
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Intensive English as a Second Language
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and University Preparation
Certificate/Short Term
  • English Language (ESL)
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Summer Pre-University