Support for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) & English Language Learners (ELL)
UMD International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) assists international students with transitioning to the U.S., advising on immigration requirements, and making the most of their academic experience at UMD. ISSS also assists the campus community involved with international educational exchange in the process of bringing international visitors to campus, or in sending Maryland faculty and students abroad. Find out about Visa renewal, I-20s, status, and employment at https://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services/international-students.
The English Editing for International Graduate Students (EEIGS) program is a unique opportunity for enrolled University of Maryland international students. Through this program, international students may submit portions of required academic writing for free editing. The EEIGS program is part of the Graduate School Writing Center, which supports writing skill-building for graduate students.
Find out more about EEIGS at gradschool.umd.edu/graduate-school-writing-center/english-editing-international-graduate-students.
The Learning Assistance Service (LAS) is the academic support unit of the University Counseling Center. LAS provides services that support students in developing personal and academic strategies and behaviors which empower them to be successful in college and life. Often, LAS provides an ESOL Conversation Program.
All LAS services are free to University of Maryland students, so check them out at https://www.counseling.umd.edu/academic/.
The Maryland English Institute provides high-quality programs and courses for non-native speakers of English and strives to provide balanced perspectives of the diversity of American academic, social, and cultural life. The Institute also offers English programs for International Teaching Assistants to become effective oral communicators in the classroom.
Learn more at marylandenglishinstitute.com/wpdir/english-programs.
SLLC-ISSS Language Partner Program (LPP) offers majors in any SLLC (School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) program at UMD the opportunity to meet with international students outside the classroom and practice their target language in an informal yet structured way. The LPP provides a win-win situation for both sides. For SLLC majors, participating in the LPP offers a structured opportunity to practice their target language outside of the classroom. Meeting with a native speaker will help SLLC students develop fluency and increase their confidence in speaking while also learning about other cultures and gaining new friends. For international students, the LPP connects them with U.S. students who in turn may help with their cultural integration, serve as good resources to help them navigate an unfamiliar U.S. educational setting, and generally facilitate their stay in the U.S. Upon successful completion of the LPP, SLLC students will earn 1 credit (SLLC 309) and native speakers will receive a small scholarship.
Learn more at globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services/sllc-isss-ea-language-partner-program