UM English Language Institute Earns Highest Level of Accreditation

January 06, 2017

MISSOULA – The English Language Institute at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). This is the program’s first accreditation from CEA.  

“By pursuing and achieving accreditation, UM’s English Language Institute has demonstrated that it meets the CEA standards for English language programs for its quality and commitment to pursuing excellence,” said Paulo Zagalo-Melo, UM’s associate provost for global century education. 

ELI, created by UM in the early 1990s, earned the highest level of accreditation given to an intensive English language program. Earning the accreditation demonstrates that the program conforms to standards in the field, generating more opportunities for enrollment.  

The program put itself through a rigorous peer review process, demonstrating to a team of professionals during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services to students that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. The accreditation period will run through December 2017.

ELI serves non-native English speakers who wish to improve their language and academic skills to pursue personal, professional and academic goals at UM or another institution of higher learning. To learn more about ELI, visit

For more information call Zagalo-Melo at 406-243-6818 or email


Contact: Paulo Zagalo-Melo, UM associate provost for global century education, 406-243-6818,