Fall 2020

International Orientation dates:  August 26-August 28

Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule

Fall 2020 Campus-wide Orientation Events- for all domestic and international undergraduates. – coming soon!

Volunteer to help at Orientation (current students)

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.


General Welcome: The University of Maine offers activities for ALL new students at the beginning of each semester.  International students are strongly encouraged to join the General Welcome.  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 August 24, 2020.

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, which you can keep for a few days until you get your own.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about the International Student Orientation (ISO)

Do I have to attend the International Student Orientation (ISO)?—  Yes, ISO is MANDATORY and you should make all possible arrangements to arrive in time to attend.

I am a graduate student and the ISO conflicts with the Graduate School Orientation.  Which one should I attend?–All graduate students should make an effort to attend the New International Student Social on the day of arrival.  Graduate TA’s will have a conflict with Day 1 and 2 of ISO.  TA’s should be sure to attend Day 3 (a short day) and the make-up immigration session that will be scheduled the first week of classes.  All other graduate students should be able to attend Day 1 and 3 of ISO and then attend the Graduate School Orientation on Day 2.

Why should I attend ISO?— Studies show the benefits of participation in orientation programs.  Faculty members and advisers see a marked difference in the preparedness and success of student who have participated in orientation.

What happens if I cannot get a flight that arrives in time or my flight is cancelled or delayed?–You should notify staff at the Office of International Programs (call (207) 581-3423)) and let them know you will not be able to make it.  You will be required to attend a make-up session during the first week of classes.

Do I have to pay to attend ISO?–No, Orientation is free.

Where will I stay during ISO?–Your housing and dining  contract are effective Friday, August 28, 2020, however you can arrange to move in as early as August 25 (be sure to submit your arrival details).   Early move-in must be arranged through our office.  Fall early arrivals are charged around  $27 daily prior to the start of the contract; Spring early arrivals are not charged the early arrival fee.  Be sure to submit your arrival details ahead of time no later than August 24.

Do I need to bring anything to ISO?–YES, you should bring your passport and your I-20 or DS-2019 on the first day.  You may also want to bring a laptop if you have one.

Where do I go to attend ISO?–Check the Orientation Schedule.  We will update the schedule with more details as soon as possible.