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Maryland English Institute (MEI) [College Park, Maryland]


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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1980, the Maryland English Institute (MEI) provides outstanding English language instruction for students who wish to develop their academic and language skills to succeed at an American university or to improve their English ability for career or personal enrichment. The MEI is dedicated to providing students with a balanced perspective of American academic, social, and cultural life. Outside of the classroom, students can join the Speaking Partner program, which matches MEI students with native English speakers from the University. Throughout the year, students have many opportunities to practice their newly-acquired English language skills by participating in a broad range of extracurricular activities. The MEI organizes field trips to sites of interest in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, international coffee hours and a Speaking Partners program. The MEI is a proud member of UCIEP, a U.S. consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs known for its high professional standards and quality English language instruction.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1980
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP / CEA
      Enrollment : 25
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Not Available
      Tuition : High
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Maryland!
      Welcome to the Maryland English Institute (MEI) at Our teaching excellence and state-of-the-art technology complimented by the University of Maryland’s ideal location offer an excellent English-learning environment. As an MEI student, some of your classes will meet in our fully equipped multimedia center. Outside of the classroom, you will take part in many communicative and experiential activities, such as group projects, service-learning assignments, field trips, and international coffee hours. You will receive a University e-mail account and have access to all University facilities, including libraries, computer labs, recreation center, health center, and free shuttle-buses. Whether you want to learn English for academic or professional purposes or for personal enrichment, we hope you will have a look at what we have to offer. We look forward to receiving your application from and meeting you!

      Elizabeth Driver
      Director, Maryland English Institute (MEI)
      University of Maryland
    • Maryland English Institute (MEI)
      University of Maryland

      1117 Cole Activities Building
      College Park, Maryland  20742-7711  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (301) 405-8634
      FAX: +1 (301) 314-9462
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • In fall and spring semesters, on-campus housing is not available to MEI students. In summer, on-campus housing is sometimes available. MEI students usually live off campus. It is very important to begin the search for housing shortly after being admitted to MEI. Housing information is available on the MEI website. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly or refer to the MEI website.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University campus is situated in the scenic suburb of College Park and is located only minutes from downtown Washington D.C., the nation’s capital. College Park is a friendly college town with more than 24,500 residents and boasts numerous restaurants, and shops. During the college basketball season, College Park comes alive with excitement and both students and residents alike cheer on the University’s NCAA championship team, The Terrapins. When students are interested in traveling outside of College Park, the Metrorail and MARC train station, both conveniently located on the University campus, provide easy public transportation to the Washington-Baltimore area. A 20-minute train ride takes students into Washington, D.C., the center of government, research, culture and business. A 40-minute car ride takes food lovers to Baltimore’s Inner harbor, where they can enjoy a memorable meal of steamed crabs and the bustling nightlife. The beautiful state of Maryland provides countless natural and cultural attractions to appeal to all tastes and preferences. From visiting the nearby Allegheny Mountains to swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, from discovering art galleries and museums to exploring picturesque camping grounds and hiking trails, there is something for everyone in Maryland.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1862, the University of Maryland, College Park’s beautiful 1,500-acred campus is located minutes from the heart of Washington, D.C. and a half-hour from both Baltimore and Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland. The University is recognized as a premier public research university and is dedicated to providing an outstanding undergraduate program. The U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Maryland as the 18th best public university in the United States. The University’s park-like campus is home to more than 34,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 2,000 faculty members. The University offers its students bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 areas of specialization and master’s degrees in 92 areas. Outside of the classroom, students find opportunities for internships, research projects and jobs at internationally-recognized organizations such as the Kennedy Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Washington Post, to name a few. As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the University has a strong athletic program consisting of 25 teams. The University’s well-known football team is ranked 12th in the nation and its famous basketball team won the NCAA Championship in the 2002 season.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • No conditional admission to the university is available.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive Program

    • Overview
    • The Intensive Program operates on a semester system. A 14-week session is offered in fall and spring semesters. A 7-week program is offered in the summer. Students enrolled in the Program receive 23 hours of in-class instruction per week.

      The Program offers 3 levels of English classes, from INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED. At the beginning of each session, students take an English proficiency test to determine the level best-suited to their ability. Students in all levels of instruction practice the fundamentals of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as develop their grammar skills and expand their English vocabulary.

      Students in the advanced level who want to attend an American undergraduate program can learn more about the higher education system in the United States and the admissions process. Successful language learning is a cumulative process that requires time, concentration and dedication. Therefore attendance is required. MEI students who miss 10% or more of in-class instruction are placed on probation and will not be permitted to enroll for a second session at the MEI. At the end of each session, students who have completed all course requirements and attended class regularly are awarded a certificate of attendance.

      At the beginning of each fall and spring semester, students have the opportunity to be matched with native English speakers. These conversation partners create their own schedule and decide when they would like to meet during the semester. The Speaking Partner program allows students to meet in an informal setting to talk with one another and participate in social activities together.

      The Intensive Program classes are generally small, with an average of 15 students. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 3 Levels (From Intermediate Level ONLY)
      COURSE LENGTH: 14 Weeks (Fall and Spring); 7 Weeks (Summer)
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: Intermediate or Advanced English Proficiency
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Form Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Fall and Spring (Off-Campus Residence ONLY)
      Summer (Limited On-Campus Rooms, and Off-Campus Residence)
    • Dates
    • 2021
      14 WEEKS:
      8/27 - 12/7

    • Costs
      US$ 60 (Non-Refundable)
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      7 WEEKS US$ 1,962
      14 WEEKS US$ 6,819
      7 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,750 (Summer ONLY) US$ 900
      14 WEEKS N/A US$ 3,450 (Summer ONLY) US$ 1,800
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice
      Application fee is non-refundable
      Copy of Passport Required with Online Application
      On-Campus Housing fee includes meals
      $50 Mailing Fee Required for Document Sending
      For Fall 2021, Intermediate and Advanced Level students ONLY.

      Classes are offered only at the intermediate and advanced levels. Applicants must submit a standardized test score (IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo) with their application to demonstrate their current English level.
  • Location
    • United States College Park, Maryland
    • Location
      Maryland English Institute (MEI)
      University of Maryland

      1117 Cole Activities Building College Park, Maryland  20742-7711  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Baltimore-Washington International Airport:
      It is the students’ responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$50 and will arrive on campus in 30 minutes. The campus is also accessible by bus.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.5
      School Environment: 4.7
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.7
      Activities and Social Life: 4.5
      Accommodation: 4.4


    • There are 23 reviews for this school

    • Agathe
      [ Paris, France, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      French People CAN Speak English Correctly!
      I will never forget this great and helpful MEI experience. Thanks to the teachers and the staff, without which this would not have been possible. I was able to show that French people can speak English correctly!
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      [ Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Female ]
      I've Grown So Much
      MEI is a comprehensive English program that prepares you for educational and professional success. I've learned and grown so much!
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      Abdullah Mohammad
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      Best Teachers Ever
      I had the best teachers ever at MEI. My reading/writing/grammar teacher and my listening/speaking teacher were excellent!
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      [ Abu Dhabi, UAE, Male ]
      The Campus is Beautiful
      I like MEI because they have very good teachers, the campus is beautiful and everyday I learn something new about the English language. I'm happy to have chosen MEI.
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      Luis Miguel
      [ Lima, Peru, Male ]
      Best Strategies to Teach English
      Definitely, teachers are the best resource at MEI because the have the best strategies to teach English.
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      [ San Salvador, El Salvador, Female ]
      Rewarding Experience at MEI
      It has been a very rewarding experience, we have learned in a community and there has been a cultural exchange, creating the bonds of friendship with no regard to race or religion. This has motivated me to continue my studies, and I'm grateful to have shared the opportunity with everyone.
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      [ Beijing, China, Male ]
      Study English Step by Step
      I absolutely think that MEI is the best place to study English step by step. All the teachers are very nice, and they create the right conditions for learning English.
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      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      Passionate Teachers
      At MEI teachers and staff are passionate about their job. Great times, supportive environment.
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      [ Busan, S.Korea, Age 27, Male ]
      38 of 43 people found the following review helpful.
      Pretty Good ESL Program
      The faculty was quite good, and you can learn professional and academic English there. Moreover, since you can live with native Americans in dorm, your English would be sharply improved if you apply to the Maryland English Institute (MEI) program.
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      Chih Hao Chen
      [ Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Age 29, Male ]
      11 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
      Perfect Environment
      University of Maryland has a beautiful campus, and good environment. Here are a few of my observations about studying abroad at MEI.
      1. The teacher you have determines a lot of your experience and it's better not to change so often.
      2. I wanted to study the TOEFL test more.
      3. Studying at any school abroad is a big investment for your future.

      The school has many advantages.
      Teachers are very kind and teach the best they can.
      Most students get together like a family.

      Overall, it's a good university and English Institute.
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      Junyong Suh
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Age 23, Male ]
      9 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
      About Maryland English Institue (MEI)
      I took an MEI course in 2006 at University of Maryland, College Park. At that time, students were classified into 4 groups by the proficiency test results. Each group was made of 10 students and the top group which I was in, was made up of 7 Koreans, 1 Russian and 2 Saudi Arabians. The class was as expected and if you participate in it actively, you can get a lot from the class. I also attended a Computer Science class by asking professor to do so and it was also great experience. The circumstance was good, if you live near the Univ, you can hang out with native English speaking friends. You can also use all of the facilities at the university such as the gym.
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      [ 서울, 대한민국, Age 32, Male ]

      Ali Alshalwan
      [ Abha, Saudi Arabia, Age 25, Male ]

      A Former Student
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ]

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      [ Taoyuan, Taiwan, Age 35, Male ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

      張峻嘉(Jason) 2011/7

      [ TAIPEI, TAIWAN ]

      [ Taiwan, Taiwan ]

      Yurlady Chaverra Palacios
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Age 32, Female ]
      25 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
      Estudiar en Maryland English Institute este semestre ha sido una gran experiencia de vida muy importante para mis planes profesionales, realmente llegue al Instituto no conociendo del idioma y en 4 meses todo cambio, ahora me puedo comunicar con mayor facilidad, puedo leer textos en ingles y escribir. Fue una correcta decision el haber seleccionado esta intitucion ya que la metodologia es muy buena y te prepara para la vida universitaria en Estados Unidos. Mi calificacion es 5 (Excelente)

      [ Tijuana, Mexico, Age 29, Female ]
      9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
      Disfruta Aprender Ingles en Maryland
      Estudiar ingles en la Universidad de Maryland ha sido una buena inversion para mi futuro. ESL no solo se encarga de su calidad academica, sino tambien de que los estudiantes disfruten de la estancia, con diferentes actividades. Aparte de mis estudios ahi, ahora tengo amigos de diferentes partes del mundo, con los que convivi y disfrute aprender ingles.

      [ 香港, 中國, Age 26, Male ]

      Nici Liu
      [ 深圳, 中国, Age 33, Female ]

      [ Seoul, Korea ]

      [ seoul, South Korea, Age 24, Male ]
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