The Summer Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is for students who want to improve their academic English language skills and have fun learning about the Maine coast and its unique history and culture.

We offer an excellent program (23 hours per week of study), which helps students reach higher levels of English language proficiency and prepare for academic programs at the university level.

All classes are held on the USM Portland campus, which provides easy access to the public bus system, restaurants, shops and the waterfront.

For more information about our current Summer IELP, please contact

Summer Program Dates, 2022
There will be no summer program during 2022.

For program cost information, please visit this page

Courses Offered During Summer Session

Morning Session: Monday – Friday (5 days a week)

Academic English in Reading and Writing – Students will gain a stronger foundation in understanding and using English with accuracy and sophistication. The primary focus of this class is on building skills for academic study and professional life, particularly focusing on critical reading, academic writing and expansion of vocabulary, grammar and editing.  All classes are small and interactive.

Afternoon Session: Monday – Thursday  (4 days a week) 

Listening and Speaking on the Maine Coast – The primary focus of the afternoon session is to help students improve in areas of spoken communication and listening comprehension.

Includes pair work, group work and other interactive methods as well as excursions into the local community for authentic communication opportunities.

If you have any questions, or would like information about our summer program, please contact us at or (207)780-4365.