Application for Eligibility

There are basic eligibility requirements for sites applying for accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

  • be postsecondary
  • have a curriculum designed to serve the needs of nonnative speakers of English
  • allow for the differentiation of participants by level of English language proficiency
  • offer instruction for at least 8 months of each calendar year
  • have been in operation and provided instruction at all levels for at least one year
  • offer at least 18 hours/week of language instruction (or 12 credits/term) to meet the needs of F-1 visa holders (U.S. applicants only)

See the eligibility application for full instructions and requirements. The application is provided here in MS Word format:
Application for Eligibility Form (MS Word)

CEA accepts initial eligibility applications and supporting documentation on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions about CEA eligibility, or about reaccreditation or additional branch applications, please contact CEA staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..