When is the program?

You should arrive on July 5, 2014 and depart August 2, 2014. The program officially starts on July 6 and ends on August 1.

Who can attend?

University Students

The Husson University Summer English Enrichment Program is for university students for whom English is a second language who want to learn to communicate in English more confidently and experience American culture while exploring the beautiful state of Maine.

English Requirements

This selective program is for students who already know how to use English for daily living (airport, taxis, shops, etc.) and who want to boost their English communication fluency, confidence, and effectiveness. If that's you, congratulations! You are welcome to register. By offering a program to strong students, we ensure that everyone gets stronger together.

Students with the following minimum scores or higher are invited to register.
TOEIC Reading - 350 and TOEIC Listening - 300; or
TOEFL iBT - 80; or
TOEFL CBT - 215; or
IELTS - 6.0

If you have scores lower than that, but believe that your English is good enough for daily life (shopping, using taxis, conversation, etc.), please contact Mr. Mark Messer by email to schedule a Skype interview.

What will we study?

We will have 3 hours of classes each weekday morning (15 hours total) to help you improve your English communication skills and to prepare you for our social, cultural, and other enrichment activities. When you finish this program, you will be better able to communicate clearly and naturally in English in any setting. Below are some of the classes we may choose from to help you enjoy your time here and share your experience with others.

Possible Lessons:

Classroom Language - Learn how to communicate well in the classroom and in small groups
Introductions and Greetings - Learn how to meet and greet new people
Expressing yourself - Learn how to talk about your feelings
American Idioms & Proverbs - Learn about unusual and interesting English expressions
Trending Now - Share your ideas about what’s happening in the world right now
Listening to Learn - Watch videos about the beautiful State of Maine
Reading to Learn - Read folk tales about Maine and America
English and Entertainment - Learn about all the exciting activities we have planned for you
Social Media - Share your experiences with your friends back home
Essential Writing - Practice writing about yourself, your life, and your experiences
Public Speaking 1, 2, 3 - Learn to make presentations in English confidently step by step
Pronunciation- Improve your listening and speaking skills
Dining Etiquette - Learn theculture of eating and how to make small talk

Where might we go?

We will take several part or whole day trips during your stay. All of them have activities which are included, but there are times when you will have the choice of how to spend your time. That might mean going to a beach (for free) or going to an amusement park (at your own expense). Here are some of the areas we may visit and the things you might do. Of course, if we stop at a shop, or in a town, any shopping you do is at your expense, too.

Near Bangor:
Leonard's Mills - Learn about the history of logging and milling, the industry that made Bangor the world's largest lumber port in the 1860's.
Penobscot Nation Museum - Learn about the art and culture of the aboriginal people of this part of Maine.
Hudson Museum - Compare the various aboriginal cultures here and in other parts of the world.
Cole Land Transportation Museum - Explore this amazing collection of vehicles from sleds to trucks to a train.
Orono Bog Walk - Learn about the ecosystem of a bog on this boardwalk through the Maine woods.
Geocaching - Follow clues to solve the mystery of where these small objects have been hidden. 
Public Suppers - Public bean and casserole suppers are a traditional Maine way to share a meal and build community.
Sports Arena - Play mini golf, shoot pool, play arcade games, go bowling, and eat snacks (at your expense).

Mount Desert Island (MDI):
Acadia National Park - Explore the mountains, beaches, and more of this beautiful national park.
Bar Harbor - Stroll the streets of this busy little town, go shopping, sit in the town park.
Mount Desert Oceanarium - Learn about coastal ecology (and blue lobsters!) (at your expense).
Diver Ed's Dive-in Theater - Take a boat tour and laugh a lot as Diver Ed goes into the ocean to bring the sea creatures to you (at your expense).
The Abbe Museum - Learn about the aboriginal people of this place we call Maine at this Smithsonian Museum Affiliate.
Bass Harbor Head Light - Climb on the rocks near this historic light house.
Pirate's Cove - Play one or two rounds of mini golf at this pirate-themed course (at your expense).

Ellsworth Area:
Wild Acadia Fun Park - Zip lines, climbing, go karts, mini-golf, a water park, and more (at your expense)
Seal Cove Goat Farm - Visit a goat farm where they make some prize winning cheese
Visit one of the many small, organic farms in the Ellsworth area to see where good food comes from.

Midcoast Maine:
Hope Elephants - Visit this rare elephant sanctuary where old and injured elephants live.
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light - Hike a short distance on the breakwater to visit this traditional light house.
Perry's Nuthouse - Buy candy and souvenirs at this unusual, old gift shop, or just look at the strange items they have on display.
John Buck's Tomb - Visit the allegedly cursed tomb of John Buck in the historic town of Bucksport.
Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge - Explore this Revolutionary War fort and observe the landscape in the highest bridge observatory in the world.

Southern Maine:
Portland Head Light - Visit this iconic light house and the park that surrounds it.
The Maine Mall - Go shopping in the largest mall in Maine.
Downtown Portland and the Old Port: Walk the streets of this historic city, eat, shop, and more!
Portland Museum of Art: Explore the galleries of this impressive museum in downtown Portland.
Portland Sea Dogs: Enjoy a minor league baseball game with the Red Sox farm league team.
Saco Funtown Splashtown: Get wet and live adventurously at this waterpark and amusment park (at your expense).
Saco Aquaboggan Waterpark: Beat the heat at this waterpark in Saco, Maine.
Cinemagic: See a movie (digital, 3D, or IMAX) at this stadium seating theater.
York Beach: Stroll this long sand beach, swim, and watch the waves!
York's Wild Kingdom - See lions, tigers, and other animals, or go on the rides (at your expense).
Old Orchard Beach - Relax on the seven-mile sandy beach in this popular tourist town.
Palace Playland - Visit this amusement park right on the beach in Old Orchard (at your expense).

Further Downeast:
West Quoddy Head Light and Quoddy Head State Park - Go hiking, scour the seashore, and visit a lighthouse!
Schoodic - Walk the lengths of this rocky, dramatic part of Acadia. Watch out for the waves and the seagulls!

Bring your hiking shoes for this nature lover's trip to the largest public park in Maine, the home of Mt. Katahdin.

What about free time?

You will have free time each weekday, and on weekends, you'll have even more time to explore in groups on your own. Here is a list of places that can be reached quickly by taxi (or on foot*).

The Airport Mall is near the airport, not in it, and it's smaller than the Bangor Mall, but there are also restaurants nearby.

Bangor Farmers' Market: shop for seasonal fruits, baked goods, coffee and more every Sunday from 11:00 a.m till 2:00.

Bangor Mall: Like to shop? There are stores for everyone in the Bangor Mall, and lots more nearby including a Starbucks, Books a Million bookstore, and more.

Bangor Mall Cinemas: This ten theater complex shows first-run digital and 3D movies, and it's right near the mall.

Bangor Museum: This museum and history center presents the rich history of Bangor, and offers lots of walking and other tours of famous locations in the city.

Bangor State Fair: Enjoy the games, food, exhibits, and rides at this historic agricultural fair.

Broadway Shopping Center*: This strip mall offers some shopping choices, including TJ Maxx, but is also near lots of restaurants. It's within walking distance of Husson University.

Cascade Park is one of many green areas in Bangor. Bring your lunch and relax near the fountain!

Chamberlain Freedom Park honors Joshua Chamberlain, a local hero in the American Civil War, and is near part of the "underground railroad" that helped slaves get to Canada.

Cool Sounds Concerts: These free Thursday evening concerts are near local shops and the Fresh Air Market.

Downtown Bangor: Visit the old downtown with its interesting shops, cafes, restaurants, and more!

Gifford's Ice Cream*: This maker of the "World's best vanilla" is featured here because it's a good walk from campus. Most people walk toward Broadway, but to get to this ice cream stand, go out the back way and take a right. There's also a Dunkin Donut's nearby.

Great Skates: Go roller skating or play lazer tag at this local entertainment venue.

Frank's Bakery: This traditional American bakery sells cakes, cookies, donuts, pastries, soups, sandwiches, and more.

Penobscot Theatre: Housed in the former Bangor Opera House, this local theatre produces live stage plays all year.

Restaurants: There are lots of restaurants accessible by bus, and it's too hard to list them all. Here's a site that lists many, but they may not all be easy to get to. If you're looking for something specific, ask me. I know a lot about good food.

Umaine Museum of Art: This small, but high quality museum is located downtown, and is usually free.

Waterfront Concerts: Go to a live music concert at this outdoor venue near the Penobscot River.