The Intensive English Language Program (IELP), located on the Portland, Maine Campus, is designed to meet the English Language needs of international students whose first language is not English and who wish to study at USM or other universities in the United States.

The primary focus is to help students improve their skills in:

  • Academic reading
  • Academic writing
  • Speaking 
  • Listening

The program also focuses on study skills and provides the cultural orientation necessary for student success at the university level.

All IELP classes are taught by qualified faculty. With small class sizes (8-15 students), each student receives individualized attention. All instruction uses communicative teaching approaches to English language learning and classes are highly interactive.

Integrated into the course work are:

  • Technology usage
  • Academic reading strategies and materials
  • Journal and essay writing
  • Group and pair work
  • Excursions  to places of local interest
  • Conversation opportunities  with native English speakers
  • Pronunciation practice

The IELP is unable to provide instruction for absolute beginners of English.

Program Dates

Spring 2024January 16th-May 3rd, 2024 (14 weeks)
Summer 2024To be determined
Fall 2024September 3rd-December 20th, 2024 (14 weeks)

Fall or Spring Program Costs (14 Week Program)

Fall or Spring Costs/Fees
Tuition Fee/English Language Program $ 5,250
Application Fee/English Language Program $ 40
Mandatory Fees/English Language Program $ 708
Estimated Room and Food $ 5,825
Health Insurance/Medical Care$ 1,500
Books and Supplies (estimated) $ 250
Personal Expenses (estimated) $1,125
TOTAL $ 14,698