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I have gone to four language schools so far, and MEI is the best of them.
– Ryoji Maruyama, Japan

Teachers are the strongest part of MEI.
– Anna Akatyeva, Russia

The University of Maryland

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is ranked number 14 among public universities by Forbes, in the top 20 U.S. public research universities (a “Public Ivy”), and 38th on Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s list of the world’s top 100 universities.

With over 100 undergraduate majors and 120 graduate programs in thirteen different colleges and schools, the University has a reputation for excellence in computer science, mathematics, physical science, engineering, business, public affairs, education, and communications. Over 100 centers, institutes, and programs link academic disciplines and international activities with universities, governments, corporations, and businesses around the world.

The 1,200-acre campus is located on the east coast of the USA, just minutes from Washington, DC. Ranked one of the top “green” campuses in the country, it boasts many trees and parks where you can relax and enjoy nature.

The Maryland English Institute (MEI)

MEI has been a leader in English language education since 1980. A member of the University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), MEI has helped students from 133 countries around the world achieve their goals of academic success at the university level, or professional success in their chosen careers.

You can make yours a success story at MEI.

The Intensive 
English Program

This is the flagship program offered by MEI. If you are an international student and you want to improve your English as quickly as possible, then this is the program for you. You’ll study full-time (23 hours per week, Monday through Friday) while focusing on English to help you prepare for a successful 21st century career.

Every class in the Intensive English Program begins with a careful examination of your English language needs. Trained professionals then customize their teaching to focus on those areas of English where you need the most improvement. Small class sizes mean you get individual attention and plenty of practice time.

All classes are taught by patient, expert instructors. Holding at least a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or a related field, they work closely with you to help you reach your goals. All have a proven track record, many having taught abroad. Most have mastered at least one foreign language, which prepares them to help you meet the challenges you face.

Courses and Schedules

Semester Schedule


Fall 2017
Aug. 28 - Dec. 5, 2017

Winter 2017
Jan. 2 - Jan. 19, 2018

Spring 2018
Jan. 24 - May 8, 2018

Summer 2018
June 5 - July 20, 2018

MEI offers courses during the fall, spring, summer, and winter semesters.  The fall and spring semesters run for 14 weeks, the summer semester for 7 weeks, and the winter semester for 3 weeks.

During the fall and spring semesters, you study in one of five levels – from beginning to advanced – across two tracks:

♦ Reading, Writing and Grammar classes meet Monday

   through Friday for 3 hours a day. These classes will

   help you develop the literacy skills needed by

   knowledge workers in the 21st century.

♦ Listening and Speaking classes meet for 2 hours

   a day 4 days per week. These classes give you

   the tools you need to succeed in the collaborative

   working environments of the 21st century.

During the summer semester, you study in classes at least four days a week for 20 hours per week.  You can also choose elective courses to add another day of instruction and up to another 5 hours of weekly instruction.

During the winter semester, you can choose from classes in IELTS or TOEFL test prep, or from classes that strengthen your academic and professional vocabulary.

Student Life


There are many housing options close to campus. Your choices include: apartments, rooms in private homes, short-term rentals, furnished rooms, townhouses and houses. See wpdir/student-life/housing/ for more information.


Shuttle bus, Metro, and train service connect the campus to local housing, and to Washington D.C. and the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Biking plays a part in the university’s commitment to environmental friendliness. BikeUMD offers short-term rentals at many stations on and around campus.


You’ll have full use of Campus Recreation Services (CRS), including indoor and outdoor swimming pools; weight rooms; fitness centers; basketball, tennis and squash courts; a golf course; running tracks; martial arts rooms; saunas; locker rooms and more. All facilities are right on campus.

Student Union

You’ll have full use of the facilities at the Student Stamp Union, including restaurants, study areas, a bookstore, a grocery store, a convenience store, a bank, a movie theater, a copy center, a bowling alley and game room, and the Terrapin Technology Store, where you can buy technology at a discount.

University Media Center

You’ll be able to choose from a huge library of movies, videos, documentaries and self-learning audio-visual content. Of special use are ESOL videos, pronunciation videos, videos on American history and ethnography.

University Library System

You’ll have full access to the eight libraries on campus, the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area. The system has video collections, more than 3.7 million books, 17,000 E-journals, 100,000+ E-books, and 352+ electronic databases for you to choose from.

Computing Resources

Wireless internet connectivity is provided everywhere on campus and you’ll have access to the network of UMD computer labs spread across the campus. MEI also offers a special-purpose computer lab equipped with the latest software to support your English language learning.

Student Programs

Studying at MEI and UMD is a special experience that goes beyond the traditional classroom learning and training. Many exciting programs await you on campus, including more than 100 student organizations that you can participate in. There is a Speaking artner program and a range of Volunteer Services programs, both of which let you practice speaking with native speakers. A weekly international coffee hour gives you the chance to meet other international students on campus.

Local Attractions

MEI is a short Metro ride from the world-renowned Smithsonian museums, exciting theaters, well-respected art galleries, live concerts, and, of course, the historical sites that make Washington D.C. a tourist favorite. You’ll also find close by many food stores and great shopping.

Maryland and 
the Local Area

Maryland is one of the original 13 states that made up the United States.  Maryland has such a rich range of natural features – bays, beaches, capes, cliffs, waterfalls, forests, islands, lakes, mountain ranges, white-water rapids, rivers, streams – that the state is nicknamed “America in Miniature.” Maryland is a great place to study and live, and with Washington D.C. a quick drive away, you are never far from the excitement and attractions of the nation’s capital city.

There are parks, beaches, mountains, forests, and countryside. The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, is also in Maryland.

Weather in Maryland is usually comfortable, and Maryland has four seasons. The average temperature in summer is around 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the average temperature in winter is around 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius). Spring and fall are very beautiful, with mild temperatures and bright sunlight.


People in MD and DC are very kind and always treat me well. There are many museums and nature areas so I can absorb lots of knowledge. What I like about MEI are the instructors. They are always available and if I have any questions, they can help me until I understand completely. I also think it is great to meet and make friends with people from all over the world.
– Hisayuki Ebihara, Japan


We had a wonderful teacher, who was not just a highly qualified professor but whose classes were never boring, who gave us really valuable advice (which I still use every day), who was very interested in our progress, who worked a lot individually with all of us, who met our needs and weak sides with great respect, and who showed us that to study a new language is a great pleasure. And our professor was not the exception at MEI. He was the rule.
– Regina Revazova, Russia


What I like best about MEI is all the international friends I’ve made here. It was not only English I acquired, but also friends from many cultures all around the world!
– Supamarn Mitsomrwang, Thailand


MEI helped me improve my English through a great curriculum, efficient learning equipment and experienced teachers. All the tips I learned help my daily learning in other college classes. I never knew that coming to MEI would be such a precious experience.
– Jean Choi, South Korea


MEI offers the place, the time and the environment you need to overcome your fears and learn what it takes to communicate in English not only in class, but in campus life and everyday life. It helped me a lot to get those conversational skills that you can only get in this kind of environment. 
– Daniel Coral, Colombia


My English language level wasn’t beginner when I first came to MEI so I thought it would be challenging to make much improvement, but after having studied at MEI, many native English speaker friends have told me how strong and fluent my English has become.
– Mohammad Alkuwari, Qatar


The best thing about MEI is concentrating on studying English in an effective way and making international friends.
– Dung Quang Ta, Vietnam


But I really want to thank MEI so much for wonderful classes for the whole year. You helped me build my confidence in writing and grammar. I really appreciate that! Taking class is my great pleasure and enjoyment.
– Kelly Hu, China

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