Our Mission

To provide students the language support and cultural knowledge needed to be successful in achieving their educational and career goals.

Academic Programs

Core Intensive English Program

  • 8 weeks long (160 hours)
  • 18-20 hours of English instruction a week
  • Recommended to apply for 2 sessions

Maine Bridge Program

Hybrid Course Delivery

  • For 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. 

Custom Short-term Programs

  • Suits the needs and budget of your school, business or organization
  • Features custom curriculum, flexible schedule, customizable cultural activities, and partnerships with other departments at the University of Maine

Community English Program

  • Designed for non-native speakers of English
  • Improve your listening and speaking communication skills.
  • Read an article about it here

IEI 99 – Academic Writing for Graduate Students

  • Workshop-style course for graduate students who are non-native English speakers
  • Designed to focus on writing and editing
  • Individualized grammar instruction to improve written English composition

Campus Life

Student organization fair on the UMaine mall

The University of Maine campus offers comfortable  housing and healthy meals. Students can apply for housing and a dining plan once admitted. Students exercise in the New Balance Recreation Center and participate in many campus activities.

Cultural Trips

At IEI, we want students to integrate their knowledge of the English language into more than just an academic setting.

To achieve this goal, we offer students trips around Maine to learn about the history and culture of the State.

Students will have the opportunity to apply their communication skills in real time while creating lasting memories and friendships with their classmates.

Academic Schedule

Summer 2023

Arrival Day: June 1
June 2
Classes Start: 
June 5
Classes End: 
July 28

Fall A 2023

Arrival Day: August 22
 August 23-25
Classes Start:
 August 28
Classes End: 
October 20

Fall B 2023

Arrival Day: October 19
October 20
Classes Start:
October 23
Classes End: 
December 15

Spring A 2024

Arrival Day: January 09
January 10-12
Classes Start: 
January 16
Classes End: 
March 08

Spring B 2024

Arrival Day: March 14
March 15
Classes Start: 
March 18
Classes End: 
May 03