Office of International Programs

Overview

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 abroad 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 STUDENTS

The staff members in the Office of International Programs help international students enroll at the University and current students make the most of their time while enrolled at USM.

  • Applicants: Our office provides pre-admission and financial advisement and pre-arrival information and planning.
  • Current Students: Our office provides new student orientation programs and materials, ongoing advising and support services, and electronic updates on immigration issues impacting international students.
  • International Early College: A high school diploma from an independent high school and University-level college bearing coursework. All provided in a safe atmosphere with easy access to all the recreational, educational and cultural opportunities of the area.

STUDY ABROAD and SHORT TERM TRAVEL

Students are encouraged to include a period of study away in their degree. Through participation in exchange with one of our many partner international universities, students can enrich their academic programs and life experiences. Our staff works with students to select where they would like to study and provide application assistance. In addition, we provide pre-departure advising and orientation as well as re-entry facilitation and consultation. Upon students’ return we help to facilitate evaluation and transfer of study abroad credits. While students are abroad we provide ongoing assistance with details such as billing, pre-registration, etc.

INTERNATIONAL FACULTY

The University of Southern Maine is pleased to have hosted many visiting international scholars from around the world. These scholars enrich the campus in many ways including teaching courses, collaborating with USM colleagues on research projects, and lecturing on a variety of topics. In doing so, they engage in the activities of the campus community, sharing their international experiences and perspectives, and providing rich learning opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members.

EXCHANGE RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

The University of Southern Maine has several active reciprocal exchange programs with schools and universities abroad. Students who participate in reciprocal exchanges will pay USM in-state tuition and fees directly to USM, even if they are an out-of-state student. These valuable linkages provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to develop ongoing collaborative partnerships with friends around the world.  In addition to managing these relationships the International Office collaborates with academic units in the development of new linkages.

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

 AGENTS

The University of Southern Maine does work with international agents as one component of its international recruitment strategy.