Advanced Writing for International Students (UMEI007) is a course for international graduate students who have been conditionally admitted to the University of Maryland. Graduate students who have not met the university language proficiency requirement in writing (see requirements on Office of International Students site) are required to enroll in and to successfully complete the course in their first semester at UM. The course meets twice per week for two hours in the fall and spring terms. It is not offered in summer. The UMEI007 curriculum is designed to assist students in improving their ability to write for academic purposes. The course covers sentence writing, essay writing, introductions, conclusions, rhetorical styles, writing grammar, and proofreading and editing techniques.
In addition to UMEI007, students with an F1 visa must enroll in regular academic courses. While UMEI007 is not a credit-bearing course, it is equivalent to 3 credits (12 units). Students must be enrolled in at least 48 units to maintain full-time status according to federal regulations governing F-1 and J-1 students and should not be enrolled in more than 52 units. Students attempting to register for courses exceeding this limit may encounter a block. (Please note that full-time teaching assistantships or research appointments are equivalent to 24 units.) The MEWT is administered at the end of the course. When the minimum score of 5 is obtained on the MEWT, the student's provisional admission status will change to unconditional admission to the University.
Tuition remission can not be applied to UMEI courses.
For an explanation of how graduate units are determined, go to http://www.testudo.umd.edu/soc/fulltime.html