University of Maryland – Maryland English Institute


Pic: The University of Maryland in autumn.

The Maryland English Institute (MEI) has a proven track record in English language instruction and is a key player in helping students from Asia make the transition to American universities. Instruction goes beyond basic language development to equip students for the cultural experience of earning a degree in the US.

Students at the MEI benefit from small class sizes and access to expert instructors. One of the most popular features of the program is the inclusion of a speaking partner. This will be either a student from the University of Maryland or a volunteer staff member. The speaking partner meets with the student for conservation, providing the opportunity to practice what’s being learned in class while acclimating to and engaging American culture.

Intensive English at MEI

MEI has been a leader in English language instruction in the US for more than 30 years. In that amount of time, the institute has worked with students from all over the globe, helping them prepare for advanced academic study in the US.

The Intensive English program at MEI is a full-time course that meets five days per week and includes a total of 23 hours in-class. Classes are offered at every level – from beginner to advanced – and they target international students who would like to improve their English language skills for academic purposes. Two intensive tracks are offered: Reading, Writing & Grammar and Listening & Speaking. These courses are offered three times year during the spring, summer and fall semesters.


Pic: Jimenez Hall at the University of Maryland.

Student life

One of the benefits of studying English on an actual university campus is the opportunity to adjust to campus living before you’ve actually begun your degree program. MEI plans a full roster of scheduled events and activities for students in the Intensive English program. These include the International Coffee Hour – a weekly initiative in which students from across campus meet to interact and have discussions. Complimentary coffee and snacks are provided by the university.


Pic: McKeldin Mall at the University of Maryland.

Field trips are also on the agenda. Maryland is located on the US’ historic east coast close to Washington D.C. The MEI organizes field trips to key monuments and attractions, including the National Mall, Georgetown, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, FBI headquarters and several parks and gardens. By the time they complete the program, students have enjoyed a rich and colorful United States experience.


Connect with the MEI and learn more about its programs and current activities through Facebook and the institute’s YouTube channel.