Academic Programs

The IEI prepares English Language Learners for educational and professional success by teaching an integrated curriculum that mixes speaking, reading, writing, and listening at all levels. The Intensive English Program curriculum is based on the CEFR and is used for placement testing, course design, and the assessment of student achievement.

There are four different levels of courses:  A2-Level 1, B1-Level 2, B2- Level 3, C1- Level 4. A student’s level is determined by placement testing. Student movement up through the different levels is determined by ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes and progress testing.


IEI courses

IEI courses are based on a paired skills model with two courses in each level per session.

The Oral Communication classes focus on:

  • Developing and improving listening comprehension and note-taking skills
  • Expanding academic and social vocabulary
  • Generating, developing, and organizing ideas for speaking tasks to give presentations and participate in classroom discussions. 
  • Improving oral fluency and pronunciation

The Academic Reading and Writing  classes focus on:

  • Developing  the skills and confidence to approach academic texts
  • Developing  key academic reading skills
  • Expanding academic vocabulary 
  • Evaluating text construction.
  • Developing academic writing skill through written practice

Core intensive English Program

The UMaine Intensive English Institute’s primary focus is to help students succeed in their academic studies while teaching them how to speak, read, and write in English with confidence and proficiency.

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Online Program

All of our courses are offered with hybrid instruction to integrate learners who are attending IEI from somewhere else in Maine, another U.S. state, or from another country.  Students who have enrolled as an F-1 visa holder are required to attend all of their IEI classes in person. 

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Custom Short-Term Program

The IEI offers the ability to create a custom short program to suit the needs and budget of your school, business, or organization featuring custom curriculums, flexible schedules, customizable cultural activities, and potential partnerships with other departments at the University of Maine.

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Maine Bridge Program

The Maine Bridge Program provides an opportunity for students that have received academic admission (conditional admission) to a UMaine undergraduate degree program, but whose English language scores are below 550 (TOEFL ITP), 79 (TOEFL IBT), or 6.5 (IELTS) necessary for full-time enrollment.

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Learn more about the IEI Bridge Scholarship