University of Maine

Intensive English Institute

The Intensive English Institute (IEI) at the University of Maine provides quality English language instruction for students at all levels in a fun, safe, small group environment with an emphasis on students’ needs. IEI students have access to all UMaine campus resources.

University of Maine 

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best universities in the country,  The University of Maine (UMaine) has renowned academic programs and faculty who will help you develop your talents and achieve your dreams.

The University of Maine offers big university opportunities - like multi-million dollar research facilities - in an incredibly safe and welcoming community. Right from the start, freshman build the skills they need after life at UMaine. Faculty members welcome students to work alongside them on research projects, helping students gain experience through close mentor-mentee relationships.

Our students choose from over 100 undergraduate majors and over 100 Masters and PhD programs. The University is home to a world-renowned College of Engineering, where undergraduates work alongside their professors on research. International and domestic students also pursue their studies in the Maine Business School, College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.


The University of Maine has a lot to offer – and its location is second only to its academic programs. Located in the town of Orono, the campus is safe, the community is welcoming and the air is clean. Beyond Orono, you will find quick access to some of the country’s most spectacular natural destinations, including Acadia National Park, and the urban centers of the Northeast: New York City and Boston.

Student Services

UMaine students count their successes in different ways. Some students find paid internships in engineering firms in Maine. Others travel to Washington D.C. for a placement at the National Arboretum or visit with financial professionals at the New York Stock Exchange. Perspectives on the UMaine experience are found in our student profiles.

Why UMaine?

  • The University of Maine is the flagship public research university in the state of Maine.
  • Ranked in the top 15% of America’s colleges by Forbes Magazine.
  • Ranked 168th among national universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report.
  • Accredited by AACSB for undergraduate business programs and MBA. ABET-accredited for 11 engineering programs. Regionally accredited by NEASC.
  • Maine is rated the safest state in the U.S. by the Institute for Economics and Peace, and the happiest place to live in New England by the Journal Science.
  • Home to over 11,000 students, including 600 international students from more than 80 countries.
  • UMaine offers nearly 100 undergraduate majors and programs, and 75 master’s and 30 doctoral degree programs.
  • Many state-of-the-art facilities, both on and off campus.
  • One of the lowest student-faculty ratios — 16:1 — and highest percentage of classes under 20 students for a major research university in the Northeast U.S.
  • 17 Division I sports. Famous for the men’s ice hockey team with two national championships.
  • 15 minutes away from Bangor International Airport, with daily flights to New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Detroit.
  • 4-hour drive to Boston, 1-hour flight to New York City, 2-hour flight to Washington D.C.

Intensive English Institute at the University of Maine

The Intensive English Institute (IEI) at the University of Maine provides quality English language instruction for students at all levels in a fun, safe, small group environment with an emphasis on students’ needs. IEI students have access to all UMaine campus resources.

Our Mission

Intensive English Institute’s mission is to prepare students for success in academic study and offer opportunities for positive cross-cultural experiences in Maine and the U.S.A. The IEI bridges students for whom English is not a first language into UMaine or prepares them for admission to other institutes of higher learning. For students not wishing to matriculate into degree programs, the IEI provides the language support and cultural knowledge to achieve students’ educational or professional goals.

What We Offer

  • Two 8-week Fall Sessions
  • Two 8-week Spring Sessions
  • Two 4-Week Summer Sessions
  • Small, Intensive Classes
  • Customized Programs to Fit YOUR Needs
  • Holiday Parties & Weekly Field Trips


  • Airport pick-up
  • Shopping trip
  • Dormitory check-in

Living at UMaine

  • Access to ALL Campus Resources
  • A Beautiful Historic Campus
  • Collins Center For The Arts
  • Division I Athletic Teams
  • State of the Art Recreation Center
  • Lectures by Scholars & Public Figures
  • 200+ Sports, Clubs & Organizations

Living in Maine

  • Maine is one of the safest and cleanest states in the U.S.
  • Varying Seasons & Landscapes
  • Biking, Hiking, Climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Golfing, Camping, Shopping & Fine Dining

What Students Say

Vincius Caldas / BRAZIL
"The IEI is a place where you can learn English in a short time. In addition to classes, the IEI provides outdoor activities. They have trips where you will have to use English like your first language and you will learn about different places, see awesome landscapes and explore cities inside this wonderful state, Maine. So if you have an opportunity to come, DO IT!"

Abdulrahman Alturaif / SAUDI ARABIA
"I really enjoy studying at the IEI. In a nutshell, I highly recommend anyone that wants to study in the United States to study at this great school."




$1,000—$5,000 Session

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Top Programs

Business, Engineering, English Language (ESL)

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Type of School

Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    Small/College town
  • Accreditation and Certification

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

Orono ME
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Intensive English Institute 5727 Estabrooke Hall, Room 206 Orono, ME

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