Have You Ever Considered Studying in the United States?

The TESOL program at the University of Southern Maine (USM) is committed to expanding its international student population. USM stands by its commitment to foster a safe learning environment that embraces equality and inclusivity for language learners and other culturally and linguistically diverse students.

The International Student Voice at the University of Southern Maine (USM) is expanding its international population. Our university welcomes you and we stand by our commitment to foster a safe learning environment that embraces equality and inclusivity for all  language learners and other cultures.

We are currently offering the following (2) TESOL programs to our international students:

  1.  The PreK-12 Initial Certification M.S.Ed in TESOL is designed to accommodate the needs and goals of a wide range of ESOL professionals. This program is full time (6 credits per semester) and may be completed in two years with careful planning alongside a faculty advisor. We maintain strong partnerships with local schools where student teaching may be completed. The internship may be completed part time over two semesters. This is the only graduate teaching degree of its kind in Maine and is designed to support learners worldwide across a variety of teaching contexts, particularly those working in PreK-12 environments. The 39-credit program offers courses in a blended option for international students.
  2. The Master of Science in TESOL program gives graduates skills and knowledge in theory, research, and practice in TESOL and prepares graduates for careers in TESOL education and scholarship. The program is grounded in theories of second language acquisition and applications to classroom environments with culturally and linguistically diverse learners and teaches pedagogical theory and best practices that can be applied right away in a classroom environment. The 30 credit program offers courses in a blended option for international students. 

TESOL students have opportunities to present at conferences, such as the Northern New England TESOL, the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages, and the American Association of Applied Linguistics.

 The McGoldrick Center

The McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success is the new hub of the University of Southern Maine (USM) Portland campus. The three-story, approximately 42,000 square-foot McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success will offer a space for our students, faculty, and staff and alumni, employers, and community members to make connections for our students’ future success.

Glickman Library

USM libraries provide access to materials from both USM and other universities through online resources. There are dedicated librarians who assist graduate students with their research needs. The Learning Commons offers tutoring and support services for graduate students, including help with academic writing.

Husky Line


3 bike racks.

2-3 wheelchair-accessible ramps.

Brand new, natural gas buses.

Frequent pickups.

Year-round service, 7 days per week, excluding major holidays.

Buses run to and from the Portland and Gorham campus daily. Traveling from Portland to Boston without a car is possible. You can take the Amtrak Downeaster (train) or regional buses. Both options take around 2 hours. It’s a convenient and affordable choice for a day trip or a long weekend getaway.

What does Portland Maine have to offer?

You will discover a vibrant city with cobblestone streets and a picturesque working waterfront in the Old Port and charming neighborhoods. You can easily explore nearby beaches, arts and culture, lighthouses, and outdoor activities. Greater Portland is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered in every corner of the city. The area offers a mix of nationally acclaimed restaurants and cultural attractions.

Steps for international admission requirements:

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also complete the following tasks before their application will be reviewed:

1. Provide financial documentation that shows that you can support educational and living costs.

2. Pay the US $50 application fee (except Canadian applicants)

3. Submit an official evaluation of college-level transcripts approved by one of the following transcript analysis agencies: National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) .

4. Evaluations must be course-by-course and provide verification that the degree you hold is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Note: some universities in Canada are exempt.

5. Additional requirements for international transfer applicants: If you currently hold an F-1 student visa in the United States and wish to transfer to USM from another college or university, you will need to complete a Request transfer form with the foreign student advisor at your current college or university.

6. International admission representatives: we maintain relationships with international student recruitment agencies in several countries. These agencies are authorized to help you determine if the University of Southern Maine is the right choice for you.
Inquiries can be made to: Dr. Alexander Lapidus at alexander.lapidus@maine.edu      



The estimated expenses for one academic year of full-time graduate study and residency at the University of Southern Maine can be found at this link.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Graduate assistantships

Other Scholarship Information

Follow this link for more Information for Prospective International Students .

Graduates of TESOL programs may be eligible to work in the United States for a year after graduation, provided they meet certain criteria. To learn more about this option, contact Kimberly Sinclair at ksinc@maine.edu

Many overseas colleagues think of the master’s degree as the bridge between a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). We can offer the bridge that they need. TESOL advisors will provide students with PhD preparation support.