International Student Association

UMaine’s vibrant international community is represented by the International Student Association. ISA was founded many years ago opening a doorway to the world to UMaine and preparing UMaine students for the world. It was formerly known as the International Club and is one of the most active clubs on campus. ISA is one of the largest and most active organizations. ISA serves as a network and a support base for all other internationally-focused clubs.  ISA is a Community Board under the UMaine Student Government.

Elections for Officers are held at Coffee Hour on the second Friday of April of each year. Click here to learn more about elections. Click here to learn more about the responsibilities of each officer.


The purpose of the International Student Association (ISA) is to bring International Students together as a unit and organize various activities which will not only enrich our lives but also the lives of those surrounding us.

Officers Academic Year 2023-2024

PresidentKaidar Donenbayev
Vice PresidentSharifullah Abed
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SecretaryYongjoon Choi
TreasurerZahra Farahmand

We are also seeking a Public Relations officer, Community Liaisons, and other members to attend meetings and help to plan our events. All students whether international, local, undergraduate or graduate are welcome to be involved in ISA! If you are interested in a position or in becoming a more active member, please contact Kaidar Donenbayev at

Contact ISA

We always like to hear from you. If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Tune into ISA President Weekly Office Hours


International Student Association
c/o Office of International Programs
300 Stodder Hall
Orono, ME 04469 U.S.A



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Students enjoy international coffee hour Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is a social event sponsored by the International Student Association and Office of International Programs. It is usually held every Friday (except breaks) from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. in the North Pod of the Marketplace during the fall and spring semesters. Some special events held during Coffee Hour include country and culture presentations, international food tasting, cooking competition, etc. It is a great way to meet other international and American students. Free refreshments are served.  See who is hosting Coffee Hour this semester.


Each Fall Semester, the Office of International Programs and International Student Association host Culturefest, a daylong celebration of cultures with country/culture exhibits, food court, and style show. For more information, visit the Culturefest page.

International Dance Festival (IDF)

Each Spring Semester, the Office of International Programs and International Student Association host International Dance Festival, a celebration of dance from around the world. For more information, visit the IDF page.