Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

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  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 550 or 79?
  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?
  20. Is it possible to pay my tuition (bill) in installments?
  21. Does the Office of International Programs waive fees?
  22. How can I request a fee waiver?
  23. How can I pay the application fee? 

 

 


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, you can pay at the time that you submit your application. If you have already submitted your application, please click here to submit payment.

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

All first-year and transfer international undergraduate applicants to the University of Maine are considered at the time of application for international scholarships ranging from US$5,000 to US$15,000 per academic year. International graduate applicants are considered for graduate funding through assistantships, fellowships and scholarships.

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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 550 PBT/79 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 600 international students from more than 80 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 are approximately $44,149 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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20. Is it possible to pay my tuition (bill) in installments?

You can make arrangements with the Bursar’s Office to pay your bill in installments over a semester or an academic year. The Bursar’s Office charges a fee for this service. You can find more information on payment options on the Bursar’s Office website at http://umaine.edu/bursar/payment-options/.

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21. Does the Office of International Programs waive fees? 

The application fees will be waived for applications submitted using the agent portal.

If you were referred to us by agents but apply using the Common Application or the University of Maine System application, you need to pay the application fee.

If you have submitted your application and all supporting documents but have an application fee pending, you will be offered a waiver. If you only have the app fee is pending, you will be identified using the missing information query every two weeks and a communication will be sent to you.

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22. How can I request a fee waiver?

You may request a fee waiver by selecting the option “I will be using one of the university’s fee waivers” on the last page of the Common Application.

If applying using the University of Maine System application, you may send an email to internationaladm@maine.edu to request a waiver.

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23. How can I pay the application fee? 

  • Pay the US$40.00 application fee online at the time of application. You can also click here to submit payment online with a credit card.

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