If you will be joining us at the University of Southern Maine as an undergraduate exchange student for one semester or a full academic year you will need to complete our exchange student application process. Please find the steps outlined below along with any necessary forms.

  • Complete the International Exchange Student Application
  • Write a brief essay (300-500 words) explaining why you would like to study at the University of Southern Maine.
  • Obtain a brief statement from your study abroad office supporting your period of study abroad at USM
  • Provide proof of English Proficiency if your coursework abroad is not taught in English.

    Acceptable methods to document English proficiency include:
    In some instances an English Proficiency Report will be allowed
  • Document sufficient funding to cover the expenses related to your exchange in the US (See cost chart below)
  • Submit an academic transcript showing the courses you have taken at your home University/College
  • Provide a copy of the biographical page of your passport.
  • Select your desired courses. Complete a Registration Worksheet. Be sure to have your courses approved by your home school and then email the Registration Worksheet to Kaoru Phillips

Exchange Expense ItemSemesterAcademic Year
Room & Board$5,825$11,650
Books & Supplies$600$1,200
Health Ins. &
Medical Care
Personal Expenses$1,125$2,250

All completed items can be submitted to the Office of International Programs via email to Kaoru Phillips or Kimberly Sinclair. If you prefer to mail your application you may do so by sending it to:

University of Southern Maine
Office of International Programs
96 Falmouth Street, PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04103-9300 USA