Message for CELAC students


Dear CELAC students,

I hope this message finds you well and that you continue to take care of yourself during this difficult time with COVID-19. I am sure we will get through this as a strong Lobo community! I read an article that mentioned that fresh air and sunlight can help to keep us healthy and recover from illness. I encourage you to spend some time outside in the warm, New Mexico sunlight!

As during Spring 2021, we expect that our main classes will continue to be online for Summer 2021 and we will continue to offer in-person academic and cultural activities for students in Albuquerque. While some campus offices are open on a limited schedule, most instructors and staff continue to work remotely. And while this has been a challenging adjustment, I am happy to say that the State of New Mexico is doing better than most of the nation in terms of the pandemic and this will help us get back into the regular classroom more quickly.

I appreciate all of your positive attitudes, flexibility, and great efforts and enthusiasm as we complete our English courses online. Please continue to connect with your fellow students either personally or online, your instructors for tutoring during virtual office hours, and with our staff via email or Zoom videoconference.

Please continue to check your UNM email frequently as this will be the primary method we use to communicate with you throughout the semester. In the meantime, please reach out to us any time you have a question or concern. We are here to support you!


Wishing you all much health and safety,

Dr. Paul Edmunds

Director, CELAC


A hybrid model for Spring 2021


As with other departments at the University of New Mexico, CELAC is aiming for a hybrid model of instruction during Spring 2021. A hybrid model includes both in-person and online instruction, based on where students are physically located.

For students already in Albuquerque, core online classes in Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Grammar and Conversation will be enhanced by face-to-face, in-person cultural activities. These cultural activities such as Conversation Group, campus museum and gallery tours, nature walks, and Conversation Partners will be available several hours each week and are offered at no additional cost.

Students in other countries will join the Albuquerque students for regular online classes as mentioned above. The instruction in classes will be supplemented with access to teachers’ office hours, online conversation club, other clubs such as book or movie club, and other virtual cultural activities.

Students with visa appointments in January and Febuary can arrive to Albuquerque for the second eight weeks of classes (beginning March 15, 2021). In this case, the students will continue with their online courses and add the face-to-face, in-person activities as mentioned above.

Please check back to this web page for updates as offerings may change depending on the situation of COVID-19 at the university and within the State of New Mexico.


Tuition for Spring 2021 (Online Class):

Number of ClassesFall (16 weeks)

Tuition for out-of-state

Fall (16 weeks)

Tuition for in-state

4 Classes *Full-time$3,990$4,290
3 Classes$2,990$3,295
2 Classes$2,520$2,820
1 Class$1,260$1,560

** In-state tuition includes UNM fee for access to UNM Student Health & Counseling Center, UNM Johnson Gym, and other important student services.


How to apply


Important Advisement Information

All advising hours will be done virtually, either by email or by Zoom through appointments.

  • Student Services / Immigration Advising with Bart Hill:

    Please contact to schedule an appointment for virtual advising which may be held via Zoom or telephone (505-277-7540).

  • Academic Advising with Vanessa Vander Galien:

    Please contact to schedule an appointment for virtual advising which may be held via Zoom or telephone (505-277-0754).

  • If you are interested in applying to UNM, please contact Vanessa Vander Galien, Academic Manager, for information on how to apply.

Student’s Guide to Using Zoom

How to join a Class/Meeting

To join a Zoom Meeting, simply click on the link sent to you via email or click on the Meetings tab to join a scheduled meeting, and you will automatically be brought into the meeting.

Once you are in the meeting, you may choose to connect audio in three different ways:

  • Using computer audio (recommended).
  • Dialing into a conference bridge from your phone.
  • Have Zoom call you by entering your phone number and your meeting will call your phone.


  • Each meeting has a unique 9, 10, or 11-digit number called a meeting ID that will be required to join a Zoom meeting.
  • If you are joining via telephone, you will need the teleconferencing number provided in the invite.

Windows/ Mac

  1. Open the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Join a meeting using one of these methods:
    • Click “Join a Meeting” if you want to join without signing in.
    • Sign in to Zoom then click “Join”. Note: use this option if the host has selected, "Authentication Required."
  3. Enter the meeting ID number and your display name.
    • If you are signed in, change your name if you don't want your default name to appear.
    • If you are not signed in, enter a display name.
  4. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video and click “Join”.

*If you prefer to use the Zoom software, please follow the UNM IT tutorial link.

Web Browser

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your meeting ID provided by the host/organizer.
  3. Click Join.
    • If this is your first time joining from Google Chrome, you will be asked to open the Zoom client to join the meeting.
    • You can check Always open these types of links in the associated app to skip this step in the future.
    • Click Open Zoom Meetings (PC) or Open (Mac).

Helpful tips for student success online

    • Make sure you are muted when not talking
    • Be yourself and respect others
    • Ask questions using chat
    • Use reactions to engage with your class
    • Think before you write
    • Utilize the raise your hand feature if wanting to ask a question live
    • Set up an intentional space where the class is going to happen

Download the Zoom Guidelines for Student

Zoom Information

All online CELAC and UNM courses will use Zoom, which is a secure, reliable interactive webcasting technology that makes it possible for students and instructors to interact together in real time. While using Zoom, for the best experience, you will need equipment that is relatively new, software that is up to date, and a fast, reliable internet connection, preferably through an Ethernet cable plugged directly into a router. Wireless connections are also acceptable if the WiFi speed is sufficient. According to Zoom, Group videoconferencing needs a minimum of 1.5mbps upload/download speed. Please note that actual speed may vary by service provider, and the number of connected devices at one time will cause the speed to vary as well. For that reason, users will likely need faster speeds than the minimum 1.5mbps upload/download speed.

You will also need to have a computer that has a camera and microphone. In terms of speakers and microphones, for the best experience, we recommend a USB headset. We also recommend that you have a room that is dedicated to videoconferencing which will allow you to be free from loud noises and distractions.

In short, here is the important information you need to know regarding Zoom:

General Requirements

  • A relatively new computer running software that is up to date
  • A stable, robust internet connection – preferably via an ethernet cord plugged directly into a router
  • Speakers and a microphone – ideally a USB headset (~$40)
  • A webcam or HD webcam either directly built into computer or via USB plug‐in

Supported Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 /(Lion) or later
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 or 8.1

Supported Browsers

  • Mac: Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Windows: IE7+, Edge, Firefox, Chrome
Download the Zoom Information for Student

Other IMPORTANT items


International students are allowed to continue to stay in university dormitories. You have received an email about this from the Global Education Office and should sign up for this option. Complete Limited Operations Housing Exception Request

*If you need assistance, please contact


If you travel out of the state of New Mexico, you must be aware that you may not be able to get back to continue classes. Currently, there is no ban on travel within the US, only a REQUEST that people NOT travel if at all possible. As of today, travel to the US is banned from anyone who has been to Europe, Iran or China in the prior 14 days. If you are stuck outside of the US or the state, please email If you have an emergency, call GEO during business hours at 505-277-4032 or on our emergency line at 505-277-4GEO if you are calling after hours.

If you move

Please send an email to as soon as possible telling us your new address. We must update your address information in the government system to maintain your immigration status.


If you are sick

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus check your symptoms on CDC website . If you confirm that your symptoms are on the list, stay in your room/apartment and first call for information about what to do (don’t go straight to the hospital or to SHAC). If it is during the weekday business hours, call SHAC at 202-277-3136. After hours, you can call the SHAC emergency number at 505-260-7070.