English Language Proficiency Program

English Language Proficiency Program Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) is to provide quality English language education and an orientation to the academic culture of the United States for non-native speakers of Standard American English.

    • Quality:  The University of Michigan is known all over the world for its high-quality programs.  The ELPP is accredited and certified to ensure students get excellent training in English.  Courses are taught by highly qualified instructors with lots of experience.
    • Diversity:  The University of Michigan-Dearborn campus celebrates individual and cultural differences in a highly diverse campus community.  We are in the city of Dearborn, a uniquely international city that welcomes and supports all people.
    • Affordability:  Tuition is very competitively priced to similar programs in the area.  Books and course materials are included for free in most classes.  A free MELAB (or TOEFL iTP) test is offered to students enrolled in standard courses at the end of each semester to students enrolled in at least 9 credit hours of standard ELPP courses.  
    • Safety:  The University of Michigan-Dearborn is ranked the #1 safest public university in Michigan.
    • Opportunities:  ELPP students are involved in the local community, where they practice their English with fluent English speakers.  There are over 160 student organizations on campus.  Sports opportunities and athletic equipment are available to all students.  Many social activities are offered for ELPP students every semester.
    • Location:  Our campus started with a gift of just over 200 acres of land from the Ford Motor Company.  It includes beautiful, natural areas for relaxing and studying.
    • Support:  Many support services are available to students, including tutoring, counseling, immigration support, and more.  The university library and multiple computer labs are available for ELPP students' use.
    • Housing:  Students can live across the street from campus without the need of a car to get to classes at The Union at Dearborn
  • The ELPP is primarily designed for students transitioning to college, current college students, and adults who wish to improve their English language and academic skills in preparation for and in support of university study.  This program can assist students who do not have an English language proficiency score, who have a proficiency score below academic admission requirements, or who only want to improve their English language skills.  Special opportunities are available for select groups who may not fit the exact description above (for example, visiting scholars or international high school students enrolled in a summer course that teaches the English needed to fill out an application for an American university).

  • Download the ELPP application packet.  Submission instructions are included within the PDF

  • Office Location:
    19000 Hubbard Drive
    Fairlane Center North, Suite 237
    Dearborn, MI 48126-2638
    Phone: 313-583-6661


    Mailing Address:
    4901 Evergreen Rd.
    Fairlane Center North, Suite 237
    Dearborn, MI 48128

    Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday

  • The English Language Proficiency Program, University of Michigan-Dearborn is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period December 2014 through December 2019 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 national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

    How to file a complaint against a CEA accredited program.

    The ELPP is additionally a member of EnglishUSA, also known as the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

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