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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Maryland English Institute (MEI)

1117 Cole Student Activities Building
Director: Dr. Elizabeth Driver

The mission of Maryland English Institute (MEI) is to provide English language instruction and assessment at the postsecondary level for speakers of other languages who wish to learn English for academic, professional, or personal reasons.  MEI fulfills its mission by providing:

  • courses for matriculated University of Maryland students
  • courses for international teaching assistants
  • short courses for members of the campus and local community
  • custom-designed programs
  • evaluation of the English language proficiency of provisionally admitted students
  • assessment of oral communication skills of international teaching assistants
  • a full-time, multi-level Intensive English Program

MEI offers rigorous courses of study while providing a positive and supportive learning community and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Two regular instructional programs are offered for provisionally admitted and prospective undergraduate and graduate students who are non-native speakers of English: a semi-intensive program for provisionally admitted students and a full-time intensive program for provisionally admitted or prospective students.

Semi-Intensive (UMEI005): This course is open only to students who are admitted to the University of Maryland. Students who are provisionally admitted to the University must satisfactorily complete UMEI005 in their first semester in order to become fully admitted, full-time students at the University. UMEI005 classes meet five days a week, two hours a day. The program is designed especially to strengthen the language skills necessary for academic work at the University of Maryland. No credit is given toward any university degree.

Intensive (UMEI001-004): This full-time English language program is open to non-native speakers who wish to improve their English for academic, professional or personal reasons. There are three intensive English sessions per year: one for fall semester, one for spring, and a seven-week session in the summer. Each consists of approximately 23 hours of instruction weekly. The fall and spring programs offer five levels of instruction, beginning through advanced. The summer program offers varied levels of instruction with the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives for part of the program.

Satisfactory completion of the intensive program does not guarantee acceptance at the University for prospective students who enroll at MEI.  Students who already have provisional admission when they enroll at MEI will matriculate into degree programs if they successfully complete the required courses. Enrollment is by MEI application and acceptance, and no credit is given toward any university degree. Tuition remission cannot be applied to MEI courses.

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