Office of International Programs

Malika performed a national dance from Uzbekistan and is a recent graduate of USM’s Master's in Health Policy & Mgt program. Also pictured is Nona from Georgia, a Ph.D. student in Public Policy.
USM Students: Malika from Uzbekistan & Nona from Georgia
Allyson Piela spent a semester in Australia and traveled to New Zealand where she took this photo at the Milford Sound
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Monet's Garden in Giverny, France photographed by study abroad student Hannah Corbin
Monet's Garden
USM International Students & Office of International Programs staff celebrate Spring in Maine as students prepare to Graduate & Depart for the Summer!
USM International Students & Office Staff
A late night in Tokyo's busiest district, Shinjuku. Photograph by USM study abroad student Brie Dombrowski
Shinjuku, Tokyo
USM students Katherine & Alena are excited to be in Australia on a leadership studies travel course!

The University of Southern Maine Office of International Programs promotes international education and understanding on campus in a variety of ways. In addition to coordinating support services for international and study away students, faculty exchange participants, and international visitors, the office serves as a resource to the University and as a liaison to the broader community. The experienced and knowledgeable staff members routinely seek opportunities to encourage international affiliations and experiences for USM students, faculty, and students.

International Student Services

International students enrolled at USM contribute to the growing cosmopolitan environment of Southern Maine. The staff members in the Office of International Programs help them make the most of their time while enrolled at USM. Services to international students include:

  • Pre-admission and financial advisement
  • Pre-arrival information and planning
  • New student orientation programs and materials
  • Ongoing advising and support services
  • Provide electronic updates on immigration issues impacting international students
  • Ongoing liaison for university and community resources

Study Away Opportunities 

Students are encouraged to include a period of study away in their degree. Through participation in exchange networks with Canadian or one or our many partner international universities, students can enrich their academic programs and life experiences. The Office of International Programs assists students in the following ways:

  • International scholarship development and management
  • Management of direct exchange relationships and faculty-led programs
  • Site selection and application assistance
  • Promotion and advising for study away programs
  • Pre-departure advising and orientation
  • Re-entry facilitation and consultation
  • Resource room on study, work and travel opportunities
  • Ongoing assistance for study away students with details such as billing, pre-registration, etc.
  • Facilitate evaluation of study abroad credits

Faculty and Staff Support Services 

Members of the USM faculty and staff increasingly include international material and perspectives in their instruction, research, and service. The Office of International Programs participates in efforts to expand personal and institutional expertise in global issues through the following means:

  • Promotion of international exchange opportunities including the Fulbright Program
  • Collaboration on  fund-raising for projects which foster international learning 
  • Managing logistics, registration, risk management etc. for faculty-led programs to allow faculty to focus on the program curriculum

Each year the University welcomes international visiting faculty and staff for short or long-term visits. The Office of International Programs serves them in the following ways:

  • Management of  the USIA Exchange Visitor Program
  • Providing orientation and adjustment consultation
  • Coordinating visits of international guests

Exchange Relationship Management 

USM has active exchange relationships with numerous higher education institutions around the world. These valued linkages provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to develop ongoing collaborative partnerships with friends around the world. The Office of International Programs provides the following services:

  • Central coordination of international activities and concerns
  • Collaboration with  academic units in the development of new linkages
  • Oversight and management of existing partnerships

Community Liaison Activities

Global awareness is enhanced on campus through cooperation with the community-based educational and cultural groups which promote cross-cultural understanding. These organizations make Southern Maine a culturally rich community in which to live and learn. The Office of International Programs works to share expertise and friendship across organizational lines. 

News & Events

I-94 card
International students and scholars returning to USM for the fall will see a change in the immigration process at the port of entry. Gone is the little white card known as the I-94 which used to be stapled into your passport. It has been replaced with an electronic process. Since these cards are expensive to replace and often get lost this should be a big help! Please read the attached article to learn more about what to expect at the port of entry.
Tokyo Tower in Japan
Fall Study Abroad Fair on September 12th, 2013 from 11-2 on the Portland Campus lawn!

World Showcase: Study Abroad in Europe & Asia

Cherry blossoms in bloom

Join us on Tuesday, April 8th in the Woodbury Campus Campus to learn how to study abroad and explore study abroad options in Europie and Asia, including the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan and Korea.

Tea and light snacks will be provided

Tuesday April 8th from 1 PM to 3 PM
Woodbury Campus Center Amphitheater, Portland 

Meet with USM study abroad alumni
Talk with Study Abroad Advisors
Start Planning the Adventure of a Limetime! 



Two Unique Japanese Culture and Language Study Opportunities!

This Summer––Two Unique Japanese Culture and Language Study Opportunities!
1) Japanese language course (1 credit)
From May 30, 2014 to June 21, 2014.
Place: Rissho University: Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
Program Fee: 99,000 yen (about $970.00) plus airfare, meals and personal expenses
Application Deadline: ASAP

2) Academic Exploration Program in Tokyo (no credit offered)
From June 22, 2014 to July 8, 2014.
This program is designed especially for those who are first-timers to Japan: lectures, cultural activities, field trips, introductions to several other universities, etc.
Place: Kanda Gaigo University: Tokyo and its vicinity, including Mt. Fuji.
Program Fee: 200,000 yen (about $ 1,941.22) plus airfare, meals, and personal expenses
Application Deadline: ASAP!

For more information, please contact: Kaoru Phillips (207) 780-4959