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International Admission - Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

  1. Can the $40 application fee be waived?
  2. Can credit cards be used to pay for the $40 application fee?
  3. What kind of scholarships are available for undergraduate, international students?
  4. What are the selection criteria for International Student Tuition Scholarship?
  5. Are photocopies of TOEFL and/or SAT scores and transcripts acceptable?
  6. Are SAT or ACT scores required?
  7. Can I be admitted even if my TOEFL score is just below the required 530?
  8. Can I study English first, then apply to the University?
  9. Can I submit copies of bank statements or fax them?
  10. When is the application deadline?
  11. Can I attend the University of Maine for only a semester or a year?
  12. Can I enroll at the University of Maine as a transfer student?
  13. Does the University of Maine accept transfer credits from universities or colleges overseas?
  14. Can I be accepted as a non-degree student?
  15. How quickly will the University of Maine send me the form (e.g., I-20) I need to apply for my visa?
  16. As an international student, will I be allowed to work?
  17. Where can I find more information on courses offered at the University of Maine?
  18. How many countries are represented at the University of Maine and what are the top five countries represented?
  19. What is the annual estimated budget for an undergraduate international student?

1. Can the $40 application fee be waived?

Unfortunately, the Office of International Programs cannot waive the $40US application fee.

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2. Can credit cards be used to pay for the $40 application fee?

Yes, call the Office of International Programs at (207) 581-2905 to provide your credit card information. If you may pay online when you submit your application.

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3. What kind of scholarships are available for undergraduate, international students?

Every year the Office of International Programs awards between 10 and 12 International Student Tuition Scholarships. These scholarships cover tuition only. Mandatory University fees, health insurance, books and supplies, room and board, and other personal expenses are the responsibility of the student. Scholarship decisions are made in early March and are awarded at the beginning of Fall Semester.

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4. What are the selection criteria for International Student Tuition Scholarship?

  1. Academic achievement: high school transcripts, rank in class,GPA, rigor of curriculum, standardized test scores, if available.
  2. TOEFL score above 550 on the written test,  or 79 on the internet-based test.
  3. Quality of written essay, which is part of the application.
  4. Diversity as represented by country, field of academic study,and gender.

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5. Are photocopies of TOEFL and/or SAT scores and transcripts acceptable?

We cannot accept photocopies of test scores or transcripts. Only official or certified copies will be accepted.

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6. Are SAT or ACT scores required?

No, the Office of International Programs does not require SAT scores. However, SAT or ACT scores can often establish admissibility to the University when foreign academic records alone cannot.

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7. Can I be admitted even if my TOEFL score is just below the required 530 PBT/71 IBT?

If you are otherwise academically admissible to the University of Maine, you can be conditionally admitted to the University. This means that you will be required to take English classes at the University’s Intensive English Institute (IEI) until your English improves. While you are attending the Intensive English Institute, you may be allowed to take a few classes at the University, depending upon your level of English proficiency.

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8. Can I study English first, then apply to the University?

Yes, studying at the Intensive English Institute (IEI) at the University of Maine is an excellent way to improve your English and academic skills before applying to the University of Maine.

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9. Can I submit copies of bank statements or fax them?

No, please submit only original, signed financial documentation which indicates the specific amount available. This can be an official bank statement, letter from a bank official, etc. Salary testaments are not sufficient.

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10. When is the application deadline?

The suggested application deadline to begin school in the Fall semester is April 1st. For Spring semester it is November 1. Please note that these deadlines are the suggested deadlines and we will accept applications all year on a space available basis.

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11. Can I attend the University of Maine for only a semester or a year?

Yes, international students may attend the University for a semester or a year as a visiting student or exchange student.

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12. Can I enroll at the University of Maine as a transfer student?

Yes! If you want transfer credit considered for any university work, submit course descriptions in English and an indication of the credit or contact hours for each course. Submit official transcripts of all university work completed elsewhere.

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13. Does the University of Maine accept transfer credits from universities or colleges overseas?

Generally, if credits earned at an accredited institution overseas have earned a mark/grade of “C” or above they usually can be transferred. Credits earned at an institution overseas will not be evaluated for transfer credit until the student has been officially accepted at the University of Maine.

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14. Can I be accepted as a non-degree student?

Yes.

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15. How quickly will the University of Maine send me the form (e.g., I-20) I need to apply for my visa?

As soon as you have been admitted and established your ability to finance your education, we will prepare the Form I-20 and mail it to you along with information about applying for your visa and preparing to come to the U.S.

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16. As an international student, will I be allowed to work?

US immigration regulations allow international students in F-1 and J-1 status to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full-time during annual school breaks.

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17. Where can I find more information on courses offered at the University of Maine?

Visit the Academic Majors web site.

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18. How many countries are represented at the University of Maine and what are the top five countries represented?

Currently there are about 500 international students from 78 different countries studying at the University of Maine. The top five countries represented are: The Peoples Republic of China, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and India.

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19. What is the annual estimated budget for an undergraduate international student?

The estimated annual expenses for an undergraduate, international student is approximately $42,700 USD. This amount includes tuition, university fees, health insurance, books and supplies, room and board, and personal expenses. View our Estimated Costs

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International Programs
5727 Estabrooke Hall, Room 240
Orono, ME 04469-5727
Phone: (207) 581-3437 | Fax: (207) 581-2920E-mail: internationaladm@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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