Office of International Programs Services and Events

Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is responsible for the general welfare of international students at UMaine — from admission through graduation and post-graduation authorized work experience. OIP provides support services, consultation and liaising with other UMaine departments for both undergraduate and graduate students. The office assists in the reception and orientation of international students, scholars and faculty, integration into the university and community, interpretation of immigration regulations and laws, and responding to other individual needs that may arise. Important services offered by OIP include pre-arrival assistance, arrival assistance, general advising and immigration advising.

Culturefest and International Dance Festival

International students and scholars on campus join together for UMaine’s annual Culturefest and International Dance Festival. During Culturefest, held in the fall, students from each country decorate a booth and share traditional music, handicrafts, native dress, photographs and food. About 1,500 people from the community attend this event each year. The International Dance Festival is held each spring. Students of all nationalities perform a variety of traditional dances at UMaine’s Collins Center for the Arts. To prepare for these events and other international celebrations, you are encouraged to bring a national costume and other items typical of your country.

International Student Association

The International Student Association (ISA) strives to involve international and U.S. students in a variety of cross-cultural activities. The purpose of the organization is to build friendships and community of the world through social gatherings and field trips.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) provides a gathering place for multicultural students from the U.S. and abroad. The knowledgeable staff can answer general questions about campus life. A list of multicultural student groups housed at ODI can be found online at and-inclusion/.