The University of Southern Maine (USM) is the most cosmopolitan of Maine institutions of higher education. There is easy access to the cultural and social resources of Boston and New York, as well as those of Portland.The University engages in a broad range of ventures with municipal, county, state, and federal agencies, as well as with private foundations and industry. These all serve to provide the student with formal and informal learning opportunities in the areas of the arts, humanities, politics, business, mass communication, and technology. The University maintains strong international affiliations with colleges and universities in England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Japan, Latvia, France, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Australia, Scotland, Wales and the People's Republic of China.
Academic Units at the University of Southern Maine: USM is comprised of eight academic units (Applied Science and Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Law, Lewiston-Auburn College, Nursing and Health Professions, and the Muskie School of Public Service). USM enrolls 10,230 students, and is the largest of the seven campuses in the University of Maine System; it offers three associate and forty-eight baccalaureate degree programs, as well as graduate and professional degrees in law, nursing, business, applied immunology, computer science, education, American and New England studies, manufacturing, occupational therapy, public policy and management, counseling, community planning and development, health policy and management, and social work.
The University offers both large and small, urban and rural campus settings with facilities in downtown Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn in central Maine. The student body of USM is the most diverse in the state of Maine. Approximately half are full-time students; more than 59 percent are women, and the average age of an undergraduate student is 27. This diversity of age provides a lively and challenging environment for learning: a context in which scholarship and the experience gained from living complement one another.
Most important, however, the University continues to grow and develop. USM is a major educational force in the overall growth and improvement of southern Maine: an area often described as the northern part of the business, industrial, and cultural corridor stretching from Washington, D.C., through New York and Boston.
Intensive English Language Program
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The Intensive English Language Program (IELP), located on the Portland campus, is designed to meet the English Language needs of international students whose first language is not English, and who wish to study at USM or other universities in the United States. The primary focus is to help students improve their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The program also focuses on study skills and the cultural orientation necessary for success at the university level.
Integrated into the course work are computer skills, authentic reading materials, journal writing, essay writing, group work, pair work, field trips to places of local interest, interviews, and TOEFL preparation.
All IELP classes are taught by qualified faculty with at least a Masters Degree. Because all classes are small (8 to 15 students), close attention is paid to individual students. Classes are based on learning a language through communicative teaching approaches, and are highly interactive.
Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary (6 hours per week)
Reading and Speaking Fluency (6 hours per week)
Grammar (4 hours per week)
Listening and Speaking (4 hours per week)
TOEFL Preparation (2 hours per week)
Total Estimated Costs for the Intensive English Language Program
Application and Program Deposit: A $190 payment must be sent with the application; $150 will be applied to program costs when a student enrolls. If a student does not enroll, the University keeps this deposit.