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The University of Maryland
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
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
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.

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
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 http://marylandenglishinstitute.com/ 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.

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