After students are admitted to English Language School in College Park, new students come to the school on the first day, check in, and take the placement exam. After they complete the placement exam, they are given their schedule for the following day, when they will participate in an orientation to the program, the school, and the campus.
Students in the intensive program may apply to participate in a program called Speaking Partners. In this program, our student is matched with an American. The partners meet for an hour each week outside of class for informal conversation. The Speaking Partners program is offered only in fall and spring terms. It is not offered in summer.
International coffee hours
In the fall and spring semesters, students are invited to a weekly coffee hour, which provides an opportunity to meet and converse with members of the greater campus community.
Each semester, one all-program field trip and one class field trip are offered to sites of interest in the Washington, D.C. area.
Assistance with applying to the university
Admission to the English Language School in College Park does not constitute admission to any other program of the University of Maryland. Applicants to the English Language School in College Park must not expect that admission to the University of Maryland is automatic upon completing their course of English. Those who wish to apply to the University of Maryland must do so through a separate application process. English Language School in College Park offers assistance with the application process to students in the Intensive Program who wish to apply to the University of Maryland.
Students in need of special counseling are generally referred to other campus offices where such assistance is offered.
English Language School students may use the University libraries, the Campus Recreation Services (swimming pools, tracks, weight rooms, basketball courts, etc.) Dining services are available across the campus, including the Stamp Student Union and the University Health Center.
All University students may use the University Shuttle Bus service. The Shuttle Bus has routes around the campus and to the College Park Metro station. The Washington, D.C. area metropolitan transportation system has several routes to Washington, DC and areas in Maryland and Virginia.
All English Language School students holding F-1 visas must have health insurance. All others are strongly advised to have health insurance. If you do not already have health insurance valid for used in the U.S., you may apply for coverage through the University Health Center. Information will be provided to you when you arrive.