Orientation for International Students

Spring 2018

International Orientation dates:  January 17 – January 19, 2018

Volunteer to help at Orientation (current students)

Spring 2018 Orientation Schedule

Spring 2018 Campus-wide Orientation Events– for all domestic and international undergraduates

Frequently Asked Questions About Orientation

Attendance at the International Student Orientation (ISO) is required of all new undergraduate and exchange students.  Graduate students should attend all ISO events that are not in conflict with the Graduate Student Orientation.


 International Student Success at the University of Maine begins with ISO.  Orientation is designed to help you:

  • Adjust to academic and social life at the University of Maine;
  • Comply with government regulations that pertain to your stay in the US;
  • Learn about on- and off-campus resources and support services;
  • Become comfortable with the local community and US culture; and
  • Meet new people and make friends from around the world.

Studies show the benefits of participation in orientation programs.  Faculty members and academic advisers see a marked difference in the preparedness and success of students who have participated in orientation.


Fall Welcome Orientation: The University of Maine offers activities for ALL new students at the beginning of each semester.  International students are strongly encouraged to join the Fall Welcome activities.  It offers many social and recreational opportunities to meet other students and get to know UMaine.  A schedule of activities will be posted here soon.


Wondering Where to Stay During International Student Orientation?

If you are planning to live on-campus you can move in as early as the published arrival day (usually the start date of your I-20 or DS-2019).   Early move-in must be arranged through our office.  Be sure to submit your arrival details ahead of time, preferably no later than January 14.

The University does not provide sheets and blankets.  You need to bring your own or purchase once you arrive on campus.  We will have “loaner” sets of sheets and blankets on hand during Orientation available on a first come, first served basis.

If you plan to live off-campus please be sure to book a hotel room.  The two hotels closest to campus are:

University Inn Academic Suites

Best Western Black Bear Inn