Becoming a New Recruitment Partner for UMaine

UMaine Office of International Programs is excited to announce that we are now accepting bids to become an official partner for international students recruitment for UMaine or renew an existing partnership contract.

Please note that UMaine does not work with representatives on a commission basis without first having a signed contract.

General Contracting Info

UMaine international student recruitment partners are required to sign one of the following two types of contracts:
  • Multi-Year Contract – suitable for international partners who anticipate a high volume of student applications to UMaine. This contract is for three years.
  • Short-Term Contract – This contract is valid for 1 year and the lifetime maximum dollar amount of ALL commission payments must not to exceed USD 10,000. 

Student Application Process

Submitting Applications

Institutional Representatives should submit their student’s application through the standard application process via the Common Application.  Please do notify us regarding your referred student by sending us an email to We accept scanned copies of original documents but require originals to be submitted after admission. Representatives are required to verify the authenticity of submitted materials. 

Application Deadlines

  • Undergraduate: Priority application deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1 for fall semester (August) and November 1 for spring semester (January). Applications received after these deadlines will be considered for admission on space available basis. The agency should also advise the student on the timeline for obtaining a US visa.
  • Graduate: July 1 for fall semester (August) and November 15 for spring semester (January).
  • ESL: Two months prior to the start date of each new session.

This website is geared towards UMaine’s international recruitment partners. The University of Maine follows the NAFSA Code of Ethics when recruiting international students. UMaine works with the following list of agents

  • Primary Contact:
  • Graduate Admissions: Graduate Student Recruiter,
  • Undergraduate Admissions: Adrianna Cavalcanti, International Admissions Counselor,
  • Intensive English Institute (ESL Program):
  • Contracts: Orlina Boteva, Director- Office of International Programs,

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we become a partner?

Please email us at

Will you authorize me to become an exclusive representative in my country or region?

Our preference is to work with multiple representatives and provide you with the necessary resources to have a successful partnership. 

Do you pay commissions?

Yes, we pay commissions to our representatives.

What if we already referred students to UMaine without a contract in place?

UMaine cannot pay any commission for students referred to the university without a current contract in place. UMaine can accept your students without a contract, but commission will not be paid unless you have a current contract, and you have invoiced UMaine on time.

Will you waive the application fee for students applying through my agency?

Yes, we are able to waive the application fees.

Are the students who apply through my agency guaranteed admission to your university?

No, all applicants and their documents will be equally reviewed and are required to meet the admissions academic requirements.

If I e-mail a student’s transcript and test scores, can you tell me the likelihood of their acceptance?

We prefer to receive full applications for review.

Are students referred by agents considered for scholarships?

All undergraduate students are considered for all International Scholarships

Graduate students are nominated for scholarships by the admissions committee of their particular program. Typically, programs look at the student’s GPA, scores, recommendations, essay, and research interests to determine which students will be nominated.

Does UMaine have a paid deposit for international applicants?

UMaine doesn’t have a paid deposit for international students. 

How long will it take to process a student’s application?

Once the application is complete it takes approximately 3-5 business days at the undergraduate level to process the application and review it in order to make a decision. Once a decision is made, we will email the student and the agency a scanned copy of the admission letter. We will mail the I-20 within 5-10 business days of the admission decision.

Please keep in mind that admissions decisions for some graduate programs will take longer since the individual academic departments will be reviewing each application.

Where and how will the I-20 be sent?

We will e-mail the I-20 to the student directly.

Will UMaine issue an I-20 for summer session in the Intensive English Institute?

UMaine can issue an initial I-20 for the summer session at the Intensive English Institute. For more information, visit the IEI website.

What are the minimum language proficiency requirements for admission?

Undergraduate: 79 TOEFL (iBT), 550 TOEFL (paper-based TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS

Graduate: 80 TOEFL (iBT), 550 TOEFL (paper-based TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS

Students who do not submit any language test scores will be considered for conditional admission automatically.

Do you offer “conditional” admission to students?

Yes, if a student meets our requirements for admission but cannot supply a TOEFL or IELTS score we will issue an I-20 for conditional admission until they meet a sufficient proficiency for academic work in English.

The Intensive English Institute (IEI) at UMaine offers language training at all levels of proficiency. Students may apply directly to the IEI for English language training or to the Maine Bridge Program which combines language training with academic courses in the degree.

What is the “Bridge Program” at the Intensive English Institute?

The IEI Bridge program allows students to take a combination of ESL courses and academic courses. When a student reaches sufficient language level, they can enroll in one academic course while taking ESL courses. Each semester the number of academic courses increases and the number of ESL courses decreases until the student reaches full proficiency and starts his or her academic program full-time. Undergraduate students can take up to 5 credits per semester (2 courses) while in the Bridge program. Graduate students can take 3 credits (1 graduate course) while in the Bridge program. 

What are the entry and exit requirements for the IEI Bridge Program?

Progression is based on performance on the in-house IEI placement test.

How many credits per year can a student take?

There is no upper limit but most undergraduate students are advised not to take more than 18 credits per semester. Some graduate programs’ typical academic load is 9 graduate credits (18 per academic year). 

Does UMaine accept 3-year Bachelor’s degrees?

UMaine will accept an external credential evaluation confirming that the student has the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree. See more information on International Transfer Credit Evaluation.

What is the minimum college GPA to apply to a UMaine graduate program?

Each graduate academic program sets its own minimum scores for admission. For most programs, the minimum is 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Some programs that tend to accept students who have been out of school for a few years have no minimum score and look at applications holistically.

Do all graduate programs require GRE or GMAT?

Select programs within the College of Education and Master of Science in Social Work, as well as many of the certificate programs do not require standardized exams.  The Intermedia Program also does not require a standardized exam.

Does UMaine require external evaluation of college transcripts for direct admission into graduate programs?

If the transcripts are in English, we do not require an external evaluation. 

What are the deadlines to apply to UMaine? Can students apply after the deadlines?

  • Undergraduate: Priority application deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1 for fall semester (August) and November 1 for spring semester (January). Applications received after these deadlines will be considered for admission on space available basis. The agency should also advise the student on the timeline for obtaining a US visa.
  • Graduate: July 1 for fall semester (August) and November 15 for spring semester (January).
  • ESL: Two months prior to the start date of each new session.

How can I get brochures or recruitment materials?

Please email us at

How much does it cost to attend the University of Maine?

For more details visit Tuition and Expenses.

How do I document funding?

Students complete the Declaration of Finances Form and the agent submits as part of the application process.

Are international students allowed to work on campus?

Yes, according to US visa regulations for international students in F-1 status, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus. Students may work on campus full time during the summer and winter breaks. However, on campus work is very limited at UMaine, so it cannot be counted on as a source of funding.

How many international students attend the University of Maine? UMaine currently hosts approximately 600 students from more than 85 different countries. One of the best features of UMaine is that we do not have large groups of students from any one location.

Does UMaine have on-campus housing?

UMaine has a range of different on-campus housing options – traditional residence hall, suite style, graduate housing, and family housing. We do not offer homestays. First-year students are required to live on campus. There is a number of off-campus housing options but UMaine does not facilitate this process.

If a student does not drive, how can s/he travel from UMaine to nearby cities such as Portland or Boston?

The city of Bangor has two bus companies  Greyhound and Concord Coach Lines which have daily service to Portland, downtown Boston, Logan Airport in Boston, and beyond. Concord Coach Lines picks up students on campus on Fridays and returns them to campus on Sundays when classes are in session at the New Balance Recreation Center. More information available here. Tickets can be purchased on campus as well. It is a very convenient service. 

The city of Bangor has its own airport. Bangor International Airport offers daily flights to Boston, NYC, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando (Florida) etc. 

Student Success


UMaine provides a comprehensive academic student experience, yielding graduates who are well educated and well adjusted, and prepared to succeed after graduation and assume leadership roles in their respective careers. Students who graduate from UMaine carry their degrees and knowledge far beyond the classroom, making them highly competitive in the workplace and graduate school. Students in the Computer Science program have interned with Apple, gone on to work for Microsoft and are sought after by Google. Maine Business School alumni are now the vice president at IBM, CFO of Home Depot, and a partner at Deloitte. Many Political Science majors intern in state government and Congressional offices. Students in the Communication and Journalism program have succeeded in internships at Seventeen Magazine and the Boston Globe, setting them up for careers at places like National Geographic and NPR. Engineering students also have the incredible opportunity to develop new and innovative products used by the United States military and NASA. More perspective on the UMaine student experience can be found in our student profiles.