Office of International Programs

Travel Courses Information


USM travel courses are open to any student who meets the academic prerequisites of the course and has at least 15 credit hours of university instruction. You must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA to participate in any travel course or carry the permission of the instructor. USM travel courses are open to community members who have earned an undergraduate degree and students at other universities. All participants require final approval by the faculty member.

The University of Southern Maine reviews conduct records as part of our application process and student conduct records are taken into account when reviewing an applicantion. Individual programs may have specific academic requirements listed in the program description.

Pre-Departure Orientation

International travel courses have a mandatory pre-departure orientation to help prepare you for your program. The pre-departure meeting will be scheduled prior to departure and cover issues including travel tips, student safety, conduct, and medical concerns. We do not require participants on our domestic programs to attend a pre-departure orientation.

Student Conduct

Participants in travel courses are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible fashion. Any violation of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code may be sufficient grounds for dismissal from the program. If dismissed, a participant forfeits all payments and deposits and is responsible for his or her own return as well as other fees associated with their dismissal. USM does consider prior student conduct records when making acceptance decisions.

Medical Insurance

All participants on international travel courses are automatically enrolled in iNext's comprehensive insurance plan for the duration of the program. Students may opt to purchase trip interruption/cancellation coverage through iNext or another provider of their choice. Please call the Office of International Programs at (207) 780-4959 for more information.

Students participating on domestic programs will not receive any supplementary insurance as part of their program and are strongly encouraged to carry a health insurance policy.