English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

How to Apply for IELP - International Students

How to Apply: IEL Program

Individuals interested in attending the Intensive English Language Program must have completed secondary school and be able to provide proof of sufficient funds to support their study.

In order to apply, students must send the following materials:

  • A completed and signed USM IELP Program Application
  • An official bank statement (in English) indicating sufficient funds to cover IELP program costs and living expenses
  • If the bank statement is a relatives’ or sponsors’, a signed letter (in English) from the owner of the bank account indicating agreement to support the student for tuition, fees, and living expenses while participating in our program (this is also known as an "affidavit of support")
  • Scanned copy of the student’s passport biographical page and photo
  • If the student is not staying in a USM dormitory, a letter of support for room and board
  • Proof of English language proficiency level:
    • All students must provide
      • An email, with a letter of introduction, providing background information, reasons for interest in studying at USM and educational/career goals
      • A short (1 minute) video clip where the applicant discusses their home country, daily life, and hobbies.
    • If the student is transferring from another US program, please ALSO provide
  • Application fees (Please consider sending the fees as the final application step, as the fees are nonrefundable):
    • Nonrefundable application fee of $40 (US)
    • Nonrefundable tuition deposit of $150 (US)
    • Make application fee payments payable to the University of Southern Maine
      • Total of $190 US
    • Check or money order. (**for mailing address, please see below)
    • To wire transfer funds, please contact us

Note: Final acceptance and I-20 form will not be issued until ALL application materials are received.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: October 30
  • Fall: May 30


**Program mailing address (for check or money order)

Intensive English Language Program

University of Southern Maine

PO Box 9300

Portland, Maine 04104-9300