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Improve your English while studying in the U.S.


The English Language and Cultural Institute (ELCI) provides courses for international students who want to improve their English for academic, professional, or personal reasons.

Located on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, ELCI provides an opportunity to experience life on an American university campus and interact with American students. Students come from all over the world. We look forward to welcoming you to our community of English learners.

Experience campus life at an American university

Take this opportunity to interact with American students and improve your English. The ELCI program offers: 

  • Dedicated, professional faculty
  • Field trips and social activities
  • A variety of housing options
  • Assistance with college and university applications
  • Certificate of attendance for students who complete the term
  • Assistance with visa procedures
  • Orientation to UMD’s campus
  • Use of UMD student Health Services
  • University of Minnesota Duluth ID card, which allows…

Our Institute

Our mission is to serve our students, our university, and our profession. We have helped thousands of students from more than 43 countries achieve their academic, career, and personal goals through English.

Our University

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Founded in 1921 as the Duluth State Teachers College, the University of Minnesota Duluth became an integral campus of the University of Minnesota system in 1947. The University commonly referred to as 'UMD,' is consistently ranked among the top Midwestern universities in the U.S. and offers more than 120 undergraduate degree programs, over 20 graduate programs including a medical and pharmacy school, and a rich array of research centers, institutes, and laboratories. Take a moment to learn more about our campus.

Our City

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The City of Duluth has received numerous awards and recognition for the quality of life and all that the city has to offer. Join ELCI in Duluth and experience all the advantages of an international port city and the safety and friendliness of a small town. Read more about Duluth.

ELCI Accreditation

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The University of Minnesota Duluth English Language and Culture Center (ELCI) is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period December 2019 through December 2029 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

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