Arrival for International Students

We look forward to your arrival and to helping you get acquainted with the University of Maine campus and U.S. culture through our New International Student Orientation program and other activities.  

Your arrival and move in process will look a bit different due to Covid-19 but we are here to help you navigate the process.  Some important things to remember are:

  • All students must receive a free COVID-19 test before they move into the residence halls or attend classes on campus.
  • Your travel and arrival plans must be carefully coordinated with OIP move in procedures. It may be difficult to get a hotel due to COVID-19 restrictions so please let us help you.
  • It is very important that you provide information about your travel and arrival plans by completing the arrival information form.  Please resubmit the form every time you update your travel plan.

Spring 2021 Semester  Arrival Form

  • Arrival Information Form –  You must complete this form now and then every time you update your information. This information will help OIP to assist you with the arrival, testing and move in process.

Helpful Information


When to Arrive

Spring 2021 Arrival Information:

On-Campus:

You should plan to arrive on your assigned move in date if possible.  You will receive an email from UMaine Residence Life with specific date and time. 

If you are unable to arrive on your scheduled move in date, OIP will help you reschedule your date.  Please be sure to complete the arrival form so that we are aware of your current travel and arrival plans.

Off-Campus:

You should plan to arrive on or after January 19, 2021 so that you have time to do mandatory COVID 19 testing and receive your results.  Off-campus students will be tested on their assigned day and time. Read the UMaine COVID 19 Testing Guidelines for Students  for more information.

Airport/Hotel/Bus  Pick-Ups, Tentative Dates January 19 – 23, 2021

  • OIP will meet you at your designated arrival location and you will be transported to campus via a local taxi company.  There will be no cost to you for this service.
  • Submit the Arrival Information Form in order to be picked up from Bangor International airport, bus station or local hotel.
  • Orono is served by Bangor International Airport (BIA), which is only 12 miles from campus.
  • Two bus lines also provide transportation to Bangor: Greyhound and Concord Coach Lines.

COVID-19 Tentative Testing and Move In Dates – January 19 – 23

On Campus & Arriving between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm:

  • Upon your arrival, OIP staff members will take you to the COVID 19 testing station.  
  • You will receive a test and then proceed directly to your residence hall to be checked in.  There will be no cost for the test.  
  • You will be given a bracelet indicating that you have been tested and are awaiting results.  
  • You must quarantine  in your room until you receive a negative test result (24-48 hours).  
  • You will be allowed to use the restrooms and to make short trips to the dining hall to pick up a boxed meal.  
  • Residential Life staff members will check on you regularly during this time.
  • OIP will also be checking in with you and offering some virtual sessions so that you can begin to connect and engage with other students.

Off-Campus:

  • All students must be tested before they are allowed to enter campus for classes, social activities or other business.  
  • Off campus residents will be tested. Specific time will be confirmed close to arrival.  
  • You will be assigned a date and time for your test OR you can work with OIP to schedule a different time.  
  • You should prepare to stay in your apartment until you can get tested and receive a negative test result.
  • It is very important that you complete the arrival form so we can help you with this.

Arriving after 4:30 pm:

On-Campus:

  • Upon arrival you will be given access to a temporary “quarantine room” for the night. Once you arrive in the quarantine room you are not permitted to leave. 
  • You will be provided with meals while you are in the room.  
  • The next morning you will go immediately to the COVID 19 testing station to be tested. There will be no cost for the test. 
  • OIP staff will be able to help you move your luggage and get to the testing station. From there you will proceed directly to your room to check in.  
  • You will be given a bracelet indicating that you have been tested and are awaiting results.  
  • You must quarantine  in your room until you receive a negative test result (24-48 hours).  
  • You will be allowed to use the restrooms and to make short trips to the dining hall to pick up a boxed meal.  
  • Residential Life staff members will check on you regularly during this time.

Off-Campus:

  • Get to a testing station at the earliest possible time.  Prepare to remain in your apartment until you are tested and receive a negative test result.

Arriving before January 19 (tentative date):

Off-Campus:

  • Arrival before January 19 (tentative date) is allowed but please make sure that you have secured housing that is immediately available. 
  • Due to the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for hotels it may be difficult to get a hotel room.  For more information about these restrictions visit the Maine CDC website.
  • COVID 19 testing will be available for those students arriving early.  You must register for a test date 5 days prior to the test date.  Register for a test date  – Link will be posted in early January.

On-Campus:

  • We do not recommend that you arrive prior to January 19, 2021.  You will not be able to move into your room prior to January 19. Due to the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for hotels it may be difficult to get a hotel room.  For more information about these restrictions visit the Maine CDC website.

Arriving after January 23, 2021:

  • If you are arriving after Friday, January 23 we will work with you individually to assist you with getting a COVID 19 test and moving you into your room if you are living on campus.  It is very important that you keep us informed of your plans by completing the arrival form.  Be sure to resubmit the form if you update or change your travel and arrival information.

Dining

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Off-Campus:


Orientation

  • A mandatory Orientation program at the beginning of each semester helps students adjust to life on campus and in the community.  
  • Visit our Orientation page for more information. Some of the content will be pre-recorded and some will be delivered in a live virtual format.

Buying Room Essentials

  • You can order items ahead and have them delivered to campus.
  • OIP is tentatively planning to run a shopping trip but it will not be until the weekend of Jan. 24-25.
  • Linen kits containing sheets, blanket, towel and wash cloth will be available to borrow for your first week.

Textbooks – information for Fall 2020

  • Contact information:

    • Email is best (and fastest): um.bookstore@maine.edu
    • Call: 207.581.1728 (leave a message)
    • Follow us on social: Facebook @umainebookstore; Instagram @umbookstore
    • Campus location: Memorial Union, lower level
  • Hours:
    • Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Closed weekends
    • In-person appointments are available by appointment only.
    • Memorial Union is currently closed to anyone without a MaineCard.
    • Reopening information will be available at the end of July.
    • Website has a great search function! Type in one or two words (e.g. Used books) and hit enter.
  • Textbook reservations: 
    • Only first-year students may reserve books
    • Being taken now through July 31 at umaine.edu/bookstore (click on the textbook reservation button) and make sure to put your hoodie size in the comments section
    • We’ve also made a video about textbook reservation available on Facebook and Instagram: www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264338064894921
    • Books will be pulled once class schedules are finalized in early August. Payment will be processed at this time.
    • Only required books will be pulled in the style requested (eg. new, used)
    • Reservations will be delivered to students on campus at their res hall; for off campus students participating in reservations, choose pick up. If you would like your books mailed to you, please contact the Bookstore to get further details
    • If books are not needed, they may be returned at the start of the semester. For new books, do not open any wrapping if you MIGHT return.
  • Check out this video from a virtual orientation session about the Bookstore (Timestamp: 01:36 – 08:16)

MaineCard

  • The MaineCard is your official photo student identification card (ID card). Read about how to use your MaineCard. All new students should email the completed MaineCard application https://umaine.edu/mainecard/application-forms/ ; a photo for their MaineCard (jpeg type) and a copy of their supporting documents (passport bio page) to um.mainecard@maine.edu. Students must be registered for at least one class to be eligible for the MaineCard. 
  • On campus residents – your MaineCard will be ready for pick up when you arrive at your residence hall after getting a COVID 19 test. 
  • Off-campus students – make an appointment with the MaineCard office at https://umaine.edu/mainecard/ to pick up your card. Apply in advance to avoid waiting in line.