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The University of Maine has formal agreements with the following institutions. Under most direct exchange programs, students pay their normal tuition and fees to the University of Maine and pay room and board to the host institution. Students are charged a flat rate of 15 credits per semester plus mandatory academic fees. Students studying at the American University in Bulgaria pay their tuition, fees, room and board at the University of Maine. Be sure to meet with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor and/or Study Abroad Advisor for availability and specific requirements.
Argentina: University of Cordoba
Austria: University of Salzburg
Bulgaria: American University in Bulgaria
Chile: University of Chile
Japan: Hirosaki University
Turkey: Bilkent University
Students who participate in one of the recommended non-exchange study abroad programs pay all costs directly to the study abroad program. The University of Maine charges a $100 study abroad fee billed to the student’s account. Students who participate in an approved non-exchange program earn transfer credit at the University of Maine, and in most cases they may use their financial aid for study abroad.
In addition to the programs listed in this section, students may opt instead to enroll directly as a visiting-non-degree student at a university abroad, provided that the overseas university accepts such students and will issue an academic transcript at the completion of the student’s program of study. Any University of Maine student who is considering a study abroad program that is not on this list must meet with the Study Abroad Advisor prior to completing an application. Remember, the internet is not always a good resource for finding reputable programs!
An Annual Exchange Scholarship between the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, and Ireland’s Department of Education & Science
At minimum, all applicants must:
In tribute to George J. Mitchell
The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship was created in tribute to The Honorable George J. Mitchell in recognition of his efforts to facilitate a peace accord in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
At the request of the British and Irish governments, Maine native and former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell served as Chairman of the International Commission on Disarmament in Northern Ireland. He later served as Chairman of the Peace Talks in Northern Ireland, which led to the adoption of the peace accord in May 1998.
George J. Mitchell was born in Waterville, Maine, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. He later served as an officer in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps and earned a law degree from Georgetown University. He worked as a lawyer, served as U.S. Attorney for Maine in 1977, became a U.S. district court judge and was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1980, eventually becoming Senate Majority Leader. He retired from the Senate in 1995. During his 14-year career in the Senate, he championed major legislation, including the first significant acid rain bill, reauthorization of the Clean Air Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Superfund toxic cleanup legislation, campaign finance reform and universal health care. He also served on the Joint Congressional Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair in 1987.
Tuition, fees, books and supplies, room & board. University College Cork provides stipend to cover most meals and some out of pocket expenses. In addition, the UMaine System provides a $1,000 travel grant. Additional expenses will depend on travel costs and individual choices.
Transfer of Academic Credit
UMaine students work with the Office of International Programs and the Academic Advisor to complete a credit evaluation and advising agreement the semester before they go to UCC.
University College Cork (UCC)
Important information on course selection for the Exchange
If you are interested in this exchange program, you should learn about the participating Irish institution, its course offerings (see website link above), and which of those courses might align with your home university program and future plans. Prior to submitting this application to the selection committee chair, you must seek study abroad approval on your home campus. You are required to identify the courses you want to take in Ireland, and your planned coursework must be approved by your university academic advisor, who must also sign the application. Even though your advisor will have approved the courses you intend to take in Ireland, you should bring syllabi and coursework home with you, in case there are questions concerning transfer credit. For more information regarding credit and registration, contact the Office of International Programs.
Courses open to George J Mitchell Peace Scholarship Students
If a student is studying at UCC for the full academic year, all courses (other than Medicine) are open provided the student has the necessary background. A student studying at UCC for the Autumn Semester may be permitted to take some year-long courses for half credit. However, the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics and Accounting, Finance and Information Systems do not admit students unless they are studying at UCC for the full academic year. Spring Semester students are not allowed to join full-year courses.
Apartment-style complexes close to campus: furnished, mostly single rooms (some double or twin) with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities (may have laundry facilities). Student can purchase locally bed linen & duvet/quilt. Also note that electrical outlets are 220 volts so leave appliances behind or bring adapter(s).
No Internet connections in the rooms, but students have access to the computer facilities through the clusters of PCs available in many departments or through the microcomputer centers which are located in different areas on the campus. Dormitories are open during holidays. Housing arranged upon acceptance; for details contact the Accommodation Office.
Getting to Cork and Getting Around in Cork
There are no direct flights from the US to Cork. Connecting flights are available from London, Shannon, or Dublin. There is also bus service from Shannon Airport to Limerick, then bus or train to Cork (total under 2hrs). Air, train, or bus Dublin-Cork. Students thinking of driving must have an international driving license and adequate car insurance, but a car is not necessary, because Cork is pedestrian friendly and public transportation is available in Cork and throughout Ireland.
Health and Medical Information
Interested in studying in Canada for one or two semesters? Check out the University of Maine’s Canada Year Program.
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) – exchange programs at institutions in Quebec and Nova Scotia
Killam Fellowship – scholarship program for undergraduate students offering direct exchange and direct enroll opportunities in Canada
The Principia Consortium Study Abroad is a group of 16 honors programs at select US colleges and universities. The University of Maine became a member in Spring 2012. The Principia Consortium was created as an “honestly unique” study abroad experience for Honors students, one that represents substantive intellectual and academic engagement at a prestigious university, but one that also allows students cultural experiences in Glasgow and in Europe that will help them to mature as “citizens of the world.” The academic program was chosen to give students a genuine “honors experience” while studying at the University of Glasgow. Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today it is a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach.
Courses available to science and pre-med students:
Students can complete an internship as part of their study abroad program for 3 or more credits. All internships are unpaid and can earn academic credit. Internships available through the following recommended programs:
The University of Maine offers education majors the chance to complete one of the student teaching requirements abroad. This unique program will give students the opportunity to learn about teaching in an international context and allow students to practice their teaching skills. Placements are available for students majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Kinesiology, as well as graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.
During the program students enroll for student teaching credits at UMaine and complete the second half of their student teaching placement abroad. Typical dates are:
Spring semester: end of February to early May
Fall semester: mid October to mid December
Placements are available in Australia, China and New Zealand. Download the flyers for more information:
Blog from abroad: Patrick Mullarkey’s blog from Shanghai, China
Students pay tuition to UMaine for 15 credit hours (6-9 at the graduate level), and a program fee to GlobaLinks Learning Abroad which includes placement into a student teaching experience, accommodation, health insurance, airport pick up and 24/7 emergency in-country support. Students must budget for meals, airfare, and personal expenses.
All UMaine financial aid applies to this program.
Interested students should contact Pam Kimball, the Field Experiences and Certification Program Director.
Image Description: Patrick Mullarky, student teaching in Shanghai, China in Spring 2013.