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Intensive English Program Overview

The Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC) is a university pre-academic (non-credit) intensive English language program at the University of New Mexico (UNM). It is part of Global Education Office (GEO) at the University of New Mexico. CELAC serves students who want to develop advanced English skills in academic reading, academic writing, conversation, and grammar.

Highlights of Program

  • Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Conversation, and Grammar classes offered at 5 levels

  • Full-time studies includes 20 hours of instruction per week

  • Class times (dependent on level): Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am - 11:45 pm and Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 1:15 pm OR Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 – 3:45 pm and Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 - 5:45 pm.

  • CELAC offers small class sizes in order to assure a better learning environment

  • Easy transition into studies at the University of New Mexico for qualified students who satisfactorily complete the English proficiency exam (TOEFL PBT) given in CELAC and pass CELAC classes

  • Part-time enrollment in University of New Mexico academic classes while in CELAC is possible once students reach the Academic Bridge level. Must have a minimum of 500 score on TOEFL PBT test (or 61 IBT)

  • CELAC instructors have substantial ESL teaching experience in the U.S. and abroad

  • CELAC is a government approved SEVIS I-20 issuing program for international students seeking F-1 visas

  • On-campus housing and meal plans available

  • Access to campus gymnasium, student health center, library and computer labs

  • Students will enjoy cultural experiences in New Mexico with beautiful mountain and dessert surroundings

  • Part-time study available to students who are not on an F-1 student visa


CELAC follows the University of New Mexico's schedule 

SessionLength of Course
Fall Semester16 weeks (August - December)
Spring Semester16 weeks (January - May)
Summer Semester8 weeks (June & July)
Summer, June Only4 weeks (June)

Customized short-term group programs are available upon request.  

Level Placement

Students will take a placement test during the week of registration to determine their level of English. The test is a practice TOEFL PBT exam which will cover: grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Class Levels Offered

  • Academic Bridge
  • Advanced
  • High-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Low-Intermediate

Courses Offered

  • Academic Reading
  • Academic Writing
  • Conversation
  • Grammar