Intensive English


  • Small class sizes of 10-16 students to assure a better learning environment

  • Easy transition into studies at the University of New Mexico for qualified students who satisfactorily complete full-time studies in CELAC’s Academic Bridge with a 2.5 GPA or better and good academic standing are admissible to full-time UNM undergraduate study without an additional English proficiency exam

  • Highly qualified instructors with ESL teaching experience in the U.S. and abroad

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

  • On-campus housing and meal plans available

  • Students have access to campus facilities including gymnasium, student health center, library and computer labs

  • Unique cultural experiences in New Mexico with beautiful mountain and desert environment

  • Part-time study available to U.S. residents and international students who are not on an F-1 student visa

Program Dates

Program TermDatesLength
Summer 2021 IJune 7 - July 24 weeks
Summer 2021 IIJune 7 - July 318 weeks
Fall 2021August 23 - December 1816 weeks
Spring 2022January 17 - May 1416 weeks

Application Deadlines

To be eligible for admission, you must submit your full application by the following deadlines:

July 31stDecember 1stApril 30th


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