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The oldest Catholic university in the United States, Georgetown University has been a leader in the field of higher education for more than 200 years.   Since its founding in 1789,  the university has fostered a spirit of internationalism; students from Spain, Portugal, and the West Indies entered into its first undergraduate programs.  Today, students representing more than 100 countries throughout the world study together on Georgetown's beautiful campus located in the heart of Washington, D.C.
The Center for Language Education and Development (CLED) is part of the rich history of international education at Georgetown University.   CLED is a unit in Georgetown College, the University's liberal arts school, and is dedicated to enhancing the College's commitment to academic excellence and cross-cultural understanding as it delivers outstanding programs to international students, teachers, and scholars.
CLED consists of two divisions:  English as a Foreign Language and Special Programs.  English as a Foreign Language offers high quality intensive English instruction to learners interested in pursuing academic study in the United States as well as instruction for those interested in improving their English skills for professional purposes.   Founded in the early 1950s, the EFL program is one of the oldest intensive language programs in the United States.   Dedicated to teaching excellence, the EFL program  provides courses that reflect the best of current teaching practices in second language learning.  In addition, state of the art language laboratories, excellent campus resources, and a stimulating intellectual environment offer students a unique opportunity to develop their English skills.  The EFL program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and the University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP).
The Special Programs division of CLED designs teacher training programs and workshops as well as language programs for clients ranging from academic institutions throughout the world to international organizations in the United States and abroad.  Since the 1950s, the program has been involved in standardized English as a Foreign Language test development as well as providing language training programs and consultant resources to United States federal agencies.  CLED Special Programs is currently providing proficiency assessment to students at universities in Lebanon and Colombia.  Special Programs offers consultation services and will monitor and evaluate English language and teacher training programs for governmental and private organizations. CLED's highly trained and experienced faculty has provided expert analyses and recommendations to institutions in the United States and abroad, including China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Korea, Lebanon, the Philippines, Panama, Poland, Taiwan, and Vietnam. 
 
   Georgetown University was founded by John Carroll, whose statue greets visitors to the campus.
 
 
  
The EFL Program is accredited by CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. CEA is accredited by the US Dept. of Education.  
  
American Association of Intensive English Programs member
 
The EFL Program is a charter member of the University and College Intensive English Program consortium.
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