Office of International Programs

Incoming Exchange

Students who will be attending USM as part of an exchange program with their home school can complete a simplified application.

Spring/January Preferred Deadline: October 15th
Latest Possible Deadline: November 1st (limited course offerings at this late date)

Fall/September Preferred Deadline: April 1st
Latest Possible Deadline: May 15th: (limited course offerings at this late date)

 

THE PROCESS IS AS FOLLOWS:

1. Complete an International Exchange Student Application

2. Submit the International Exchange Student Application to the USM International Programs office and be sure to include the following: 

  • A brief essay  (300-500 words) stating your reasons for wanting to study at the University of Southern Maine. How will this period of study contribute to your current academic program?  Please include any areas of interest or special skills.
  • A statement from your home school supporting your program of study at the University of Southern Maine.
  • If English is not your first language you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score OR complete the attached Language Proficiency Report. (The minimum TOEFL score required is a 79 ibt/ 213 computer or 550 paper).  Please note: If you submit a proficiency report an online skype interview may also be required to verify language proficiency. 
  • Academic transcript from your college or university listing the courses that you have taken prior to your enrollment at USM. This is a MUST in order to be able to verify that you have the necessary pre-requisites required for upper-level courses.
  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport.

3. Submit proof of sufficient funding to cover your expenses during your year or semester at USM.     

  • Students coming on exchange pay tuition and fees to their home school. However, immigration requires that you document that you have sufficient funding for your expenses that will be paid in the US.
    • Students will be responsible for any fees tied specifically to courses such as Art or Music fees, as well as technology fees for online courses.
  • Students coming from DUFE, Keele, Winchester, Sogang, Leicester, Kanda Gaigo, Reykavik, & Radboud must document $7638.00 for one semester. If you are staying for a full academic year simply double that amount. ($15,276)

The cost breakdown is as follows:

  • $4913.00 for room, board and meals during vacation periods
  • $600.00 for books and supplies
  • $1000.00 for medical insurance and health care in the US (Students must purchase their health insurance coverage in their home countries)
  • $1125.00 for personal expenses
  • This totals $7638.00 per semester 
  • Students coming for a full academic year must document $15,276
  • In order to document sufficient funding students should submit a bank statement or letter from the bank showing access to the minimum amount needed.
  • Funds do not have to be in US dollars - we can do the conversion - but they must convert to the minimum amount required.
  • If the funding is not your own but belongs to a parent or family member please also submit a letter of sponsorship. You will find a sample sponsor letter on our website

4. Submit a completed Registration Worksheet signed by your Academic Advisor.

  • In order to complete your Registration worksheet you will need to review available courses.
  • You will need to check our online course search to see available courses.  
  • The upcoming term is Fall 2020.

Academic Calendar 2020-2021

Pickup times for students living on campus:
  8/25/2020 at 6 PM (Airport) or 6:30 PM (Concord bus station)
  8/26/2020 at 10:30 AM (Bus/Airport), 11 AM (hotel)

Students should leave a minimum of two hours to catch connecting flights.

Fall 2020

  • New International Student Orientation...........Thursday & Friday, August 27 & 28, 2020
  • Classes Begin...............................................Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Labor Day....................................................Monday, September 7, 2020
  • October Break Begins...................................Monday, October 12, 2020
  • Classes Resume..........................................,Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  • Veteran's Day (no classes)............................Wednesday, November 11, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Break Begins............................Wednesday, November 25, 2020
  • Classes Resume...........................................Wednesday, November 30, 2020
  • Last Day of Classes.......................................Friday, December 11, 2020
  • Final Exams Begins.......................................Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • Final Exams Ends..........................................Friday, December 18, 2020

Spring 2021

  • New International Student Orientation...........Friday, January 15, 2021
  • Classes Begin.................................. ............Tuesday, January 19, 2021
  • President's Day Holiday.................................Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Spring Break Begins.....................................Monday, March 15, 2021
  • Classes Resume...........................................Monday, March 22, 2021
  • Last Day of Classes......................................Friday, April 30, 2021
  • Final Exams Begins......................................Saturday, May 1, 2021
  • Final Exams Ends.........................................Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Commencement...........................................Saturday, May 8, 2021