English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Fall ESOL/International students in front of Philippi Hall, Gorham Campus
ESOL students who participated in our Summer Intensive Program

Welcome to the University of Southern Maine's English Language (ESOL) Program!

The ESOL program at the University of Southern Maine is a dynamic place where students from all around the world join in USM’s  mission to offer an outstanding education that is affordable, accessible, and excellent. The The ESOL program’s caring and experienced instructors help you reach your English language goals. Our rigorous courses use the latest teaching techniques and materials. Thanks to our small classes, free tutoring and personalized approach, our students learn the language skills they need for success in academic majors and professional life.

Our location, Portland, Maine, is a charming, seaside city that’s famous as a tourist destination, only two hours north of Boston.

ESOL Program Highlights:

Aerial View Portland Campus

The primary goal of the University of Southern Maine is to provide excellent higher education to talented and culturally diverse students. The exceptional faculty and student body, along with its three campus locations in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn, give USM a healthy learning atmosphere and a stimulating, open and challenging environment. USM is the only public urban comprehensive university in the State of Maine.

News & Events

The USM ESOL Program's Intensive English Language Program is starting soon. From July 18th to August 12th we will be offering two courses:
On November 9, ESOL and International students had a fun day at the local bowling center, Easy Day in South Portland. Students and instructors participated in this afternoon excursion to learn about and participate in a game of bowling.
Students of USM's ESOL program had the opportunity to participate in a New England tradition on October 7 on an apple picking excursion to beautiful Libby & Sons orchards in Limerick, Maine.

Fall 2016 Intensive English Language Program

USM IELP Students, Portland, Maine

Program Dates: August 25-December 17, 2016

  • High quality Instruction
  • Small multicultural classes
  • 22 hours of instruction per week
  • Student Visa assistance available
  • Comfortable summer housing options

International students: Application Deadline= May 15, 2016

Local Students: Contact us for a placement test! usmesol@maine.edu

For more information about our exciting fall program and testing dates, please click here.

For general infomration about our Intensive English Language Program, please visit this page.

Spring 2017 Intensive English Language Program

USM ESOL Students snowshoeing at Pineland

Program Dates: January 17 - May 12, 2017

  • High quality Instruction
  • Small multicultural classes
  • 22 hours of instruction per week
  • Student visa assistance available
  • Student housing available

For information about our spring program, please click here



Application Deadline for International Students: May 1, 2016

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

Program Dates: July 18- August 12, 2016 (4 weeks)

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