ELI accreditation and standards



The ELI values excellence in all aspects of its programming and operations. This means that we work hard to follow best practices in the courses that we offer, the services that we provide to students, our recruitment practices and more. There are several important organizations promote best practices in intensive English programs. 

To learn more about these organizations, please see below.

Commission for English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)

The University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI) Intensive English Program (IEP) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program (DEFT) are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2016 through August 2026 and agrees to uphold the CEA standards for English Language Programs.

CEA is recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the US. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.


EnglishUSAThe ELI is a member of EnglishUSA (formerly known as the American Association of Intensive English Programs, or AAIEP), an organization that promotes professional standards of quality in English programs.


Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)

The ELI is a member of the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP), whose purpose is to advance professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs at universities and colleges in the United States.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

NAFSA, the Association of International EducatorsNAFSA logo: Many of ELI’s administrators are members of NAFSA and participate/present at the association’s annual conference each year. The ELI follows the NAFSA Code of Ethics and requires the same of its overseas agents.

TESOL international association logo


The ELI also follows the Core Standards of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

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