The Intensive English Institute (IEI) of the University of Maine is part of the College of Education and Human Development. Its primary emphasis is on preparing international students and non-native speakers of English for university study at UMaine and other American universities and colleges, or for professional activities where English is the medium of communication.
Intensive English is offered year round. Contract courses are also offered. In addition to a full-time course of study, the IEI offers academic advising, cross-cultural counseling, tutorials and self-study opportunities in a variety of content and skill areas.
The Institute administers the TOEFL every session. Students may also participate in the Conversation Partners Program. The IEI endorses the TESOL Standards for Post secondary Programs and the NAFSA Principles of International Educational Exchange.
The IEI offers a one week TESOL Certificate Program for students wishing to work abroad or simply develop a better understanding of the TESOL profession.
The courses offered at the IEI in any particular semester vary according to enrollment and the placement levels of incoming students. The IEI accepts both matriculated and non-matriculated students.