All international students must be registered as full-time students to remain in lawful immigration status. Undergraduate students must register for at least twelve (12) credits; graduate students must register for at least six (6) credits each fall and spring semester. Intensive English students must enroll in 5 courses each session.

Course Selection

UMaine students use MaineStreet as their student portal. Course registration is done by the Office of International Programs. Students will receive more information about course registration in their acceptance letter.

UMaine has its own languages of abbreviations. Here are a few helpful links as new students get acquainted with the University.

Course Registration

Once a student is accepted as an incoming exchange student, s/he can register for UMaine courses. Incoming exchange students are advised by the Study Abroad Advisor. Exchange students do not need a registration PIN. The Study Abroad Advisor manually registers each student and verifies the exchange student has completed the required prerequisites for each class. The advisor register students for lower-level courses and liaisons with academic departments and colleges to request special permission on behalf of the student to enroll in upper-level classes which have prerequisites or restrictions.

Start by browsing available courses in MaineStreet and then create a Wish List of courses. Then email your Study Abroad Advisor at to indicate that the Wish List is ready for review. The Study Abroad Advisor will register students for the lower-level courses or request special permission for upper-level courses as needed. Exchange students must register for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 15 credits. Students can register in only one online class at UMaine but exchange students are strongly advised to register for only in-person courses in order to experience the UMaine academic environment to its fullest. Instructions for:

Additional tutorials for MaineStreet functions:

Travel Writing Course

This course is not offered for Fall 2018 semester. This one semester Travel Writing Course is designed to give non-native speakers of English an experience in Maine that they will never forget plus the opportunity to develop their travel writing skills to a publishable level.  The course is built around six Saturday field trips to popular attractions in Maine from the outlet stores of Freeport, to the historic light houses of the Maine coast. Participants will do initial research before each trip, followed by note-taking, journaling, and picture taking, and ultimately the writing of an article based on the experience. The course was taught in Spring 2018 by Zhen Zhang, Activities Coordinator at the Intensive English Institute (IEI).

Read more about the course, trips and the syllabus at Travel Writing Course.

The course is offered by the IEI for ESL credit and not college level credit. Check with your home advisor if the course is eligible for transfer to your degree at your home institution. In MaineStreet, you will see the course listed for 1.5 administrative credits which facilitate the billing for the course.

The tuition and fees for the course are covered by the exchange program as long as students enroll in 13 academic credits in addition to the Travel Writing course. Students who would like to take this course may inquire for additional scholarship funding at

Registration: The course has very limited capacity. Register early at Travel Writing Course Registration form

This is a really fantastic opportunity to get to see the state you will be living in!