English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Summer 2016 Intensive English Language Program

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.

We offer and 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. Students reside in a residence hall located in the heart of downtown Portland which provides easy access to the public bus system, restaurants, shops and the waterfront. Schooner (For more information about our Fall program, please click here.)


Our summer program features trips and excursions. In this picture, students are on a sailboat trip in Casco Bay!  


Dates:  July 18 through August 12, 2015  (Four weeks total)

Location: University of Sothern Maine, Portland, Maine, USA

Residence Hall:  Downtown Portland, Old Port area. 

Program Content: English Language Courses:

9:00-12:00 noon, Monday – Friday (5 days a week)

Reading, Writing and Vocabulary In this class students will gain a stronger foundation in understanding & using English correctly. The primary focus of this class is on building skills for academic study, particularly focusing on critical reading, academic writing and expansion of vocabulary.  All classes are small and interactive.

1:30 – 3:30 pm Monday-Thursday  (4 days a week) (*Excursion days often run later)

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. (Please click here to learn more about our summer excursions from 2015.)

Please click here to view our summer brochure.

For more information about summer costs for international (visiting) students, please click here

If you have any questions, contact us at usmesol@maine.edu or 207-780-4419

Spring 2016 Intensive English Language Program

USM ESOL Students snowshoeing at Pineland

Program Dates: January 12 - May 8, 2016

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

Registration still open for local students: participate in full program, or single course!

For information about spring 2016 program, please click here

(The application deadline for visa-seeking international students has passed, but there is plenty of time to apply for our summer program!)

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