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Incoming Exchange - Application Process


  • Enrollment full-time at an institution that has a bilateral student exchange agreement with UMaine.
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education prior to commencement of study at UMaine.
  • 2.75 out of a 4.0 Grade Point Average
  • All non-native English speakers must have sufficient English language proficiency for successfully completing academic work at UMaine. English language proficiency is considered sufficient at a minimum Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) score of 530 (paper) or 71 (internet) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 composite score. The sufficient level is indicated by the exchange advisor’s signature on page 3 of the application form. Actual TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required. The English language proficiency requirements do not apply to students enrolling at the Intensive English Institute at UMaine.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester/Academic year exchanges  – April 1

Spring Semester Exchanges  – November 1

Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.

Application Materials

Financial Documentation: Applicants must indicate the ability to be supported for the entire period of intended study at UMaine without recourse to employment. The Financial documentation must be submitted before the necessary visa document can be issued.

Anticipated proof of finance amount that students need to show for 2014-2015 academic year: $6,916 for students studying at UMaine for one semester only and $13,833 for students studying at UMaine for the full year (American University in Bulgaria students only: $2,160 for one semester, $4,321 for the full year).

Proposed Course of Study Form: this form is optional at the time of application. If submitted with the application, it can speed up course pre-approval and registration at UMaine.

Visiting Graduate Student Admission Form: This form is for exchange students at the master’s level. The $35 fee is waived for exchange applicants.

Transcripts: Students are required to submit an official transcript in English. Graduate applicants must submit both their undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Incoming Exchange Student Application 2014-2015 (standard version of PDF form)

Incoming Exchange Student Application 2014-2015 (fill-able version of PDF form)

Visiting Graduate Exchange Student form (PDF) – for graduate applicants only (the fee is waived for graduate exchange students)

Application Submission

Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format by the exchange coordinator at the student’s home institution to the UMaine study abroad advisor at Applications submitted directly by students will not be considered. Early applications are strongly encouraged because it may be easier for early applicants to get into their first choice courses.

Application Processing

All application materials must be submitted before applications can be processed, and immigration documents issued.

Visa Information

If you are accepted as an exchange student, the University of Maine will issue Form DS-2019, a Certificate of Eligibility for the Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1). As a J-1 visa holder you are obligated to pursue a full-time academic program

Last Modified On November 4, 2013

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Contact Information

International Programs
5782 Winslow Hall, Room 100
Orono, ME 04469-5782
Phone: (207) 581-2905 | Fax: (207) 581-2920E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System