English Language (ESL) Programs

After you define your priorities and identify the factors most important to you, use other resources to narrow down your choices.

Accreditation and Program Quality

The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) are two bodies that provide national accreditation to Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the United States. It is highly recommended that you select a program that is accredited by one or both of these organizations. 

The American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) – also known as "EnglishUSA" – and University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) are the two main U.S. associations for Intensive English Programs that have established standards that all member programs must meet. As you research programs, also consider ones that are members of AAIEP or UCIEP.


Many independent websites also allow you to search for institutions offering English programs by time frame, cost, geographic preference, or by other criteria.

You can also learn more about your options by: