For UMD Students

The goal of the English Programs for UMD Students is to provide students with the academic language skills they need to succeed in university classes. Instructional focus is on academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

 

SEMI-INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM/ ENGLISH BRIDGE PROGRAM Advanced English as a Foreign Language (UMEI 005)

Key Facts
  • most sections meet 5 days a week, 2 hours per day
  • develops all four academic English skills
  • separate sections for graduates and undergraduates
  • does not carry degree credit
  • special course fee required
Course Fee
  • Undergraduates – $4,812
  • Graduates – $6,165

Advanced Writing for International Students (UMEI 007)

Key Facts
  • meets 2 days a week, 2 hours per day
  • to develop academic English writing skills
  • only offered to graduate students
  • does not carry degree credit
  • special course fee required
Schedule
  • 0101 Tue Thu 6:00pm – 7:50pm
  • 0201 Tue Thu 9:00am – 10:50am
  • 0301 Mon Wed 1:00pm – 2:50pm
Course Fee
  • $3,083

How Many Non-English Courses Can I Take?

Undergraduates

  • you can register for 6-8 credit hours in addition to UMEI 005

Graduate Students

  • UMEI 005 counts as 36 graduate units (6 units per credit hour x 6 credit hours)
  • UMEI 007 counts as 12 graduate units (4 units per credit hour x 3 credit hours)
  • you can add another 12-16 (UMEI 005) or 36-40 (UMEI 007) graduate units to reach full-time status

How Do I Calculate Credit Hours From Graduate Units?

Graduate units per credit hour depends on the course level:

Course Number

Graduate Units Per Credit Hour

000-399 2
400-499 4
500-599 5
600-897 6
799 12
898-899 18

How Can I Satisfy The English Proficiency Provision On My UMD Admission?

For UMEI 005 Students

You will take the TOEFL ITP (Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language) at the end of the semester.  It has four sections.  First, a writing task (note: this is an addition to the standard TOEFL ITP, as the University of Maryland requires graduate students to demonstrate their academic writing proficiency):

Section

Time

What You Have To Do

Scores

Writing 30 min Write a 3-5 paragraph essay 0-8

then, a listening comprehension section, a structure and written expression section, and a reading comprehension section.

Section

Time

What You Have To Do

Scores

Listening 35 min Answer 50 questions based on academic contexts 31-68
Structure 25 min Answer 40 questions based on grammar 31-68
Reading 55 min Answer 50 questions based on reading passages 31-68
Total of Listening, Grammar, Reading 310-677

To gain unconditional admission, you need to (a) satisfy the requirements of the UMEI 005 course as outlined in the course syllabus and (b) attain these test scores:

  • a total score of 570 or higher
  • a listening score – not less than 50
  • a structure score – not less than 50
  • a reading score – not less than 50
  • a writing score of 5 or higher

If you score at least 570, but do not score at least a 5 on writing, you have to take UMEI 007 in the next semester if you are a graduate student, or retake 005 if you are an undergraduate. If you do not score at least 570, you have to take UMEI 005 again.

Read more about the TOEFL ITP at the University of Maryland.

For UMEI 007 Students

You will take the Maryland English Writing Test (MEWT Test) at the end of the semester. It has two writing parts:

Part

Time

What You Have To Do

Scores

Writing #1 30 min Write a 3-5 paragraph essay 0-8
Writing #2 30 min Write a second 3-5 paragraph essay 0-8

To gain unconditional admission, you need to score 5 or higher on at least one essay, and no lower than 4.5 on the second. If you do not meet this standard, you have to take UMEI 007 again..

Read more about the MEWT test.