Pre-arrival to-do list

Information for the following steps is available online ( unless otherwise stated:

  • Confirm your enrollment online.
  • Activate your online accounts.
  • Apply for on-campus housing after you confirm your enrollment. On-campus housing cannot be guaranteed if you apply after May 1.
  • Read the pre-arrival packet.
  • Pay the SEVIS fee ( (including Canadians).
  • Apply for your F-1 or J-1 (exchange students) visa at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy. A visa is not necessary for Canadian citizens, but they must pay the SEVIS fee.
  • Submit your Immunization records. For more information, visit
  • Submit your arrival information through the online arrival form even if you do not need a pick up.
  • Book a room at a local hotel if you will arrive before the arrival date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 or after 8 p.m. on the designated arrival date.
  • Check your bill in MaineStreet and pay online or at the Student Business Services office in Wingate Hall by the due date to avoid late fees.
  • Complete the Anticipated Resource link and Financial Responsibility Statement in your UMaine portal.
  • Submit your MaineCard photo online. You will receive an email to your email, but for further information check out the official website

Before you leave

Visa process

  • Pay the SEVIS fee. Print and save a copy of the receipt and take it to your visa interview appointment. Canadian citizens must pay the SEVIS fee prior to entering the U.S. and should carry the receipt with them.
  • Once you receive your letter of admission with I-20 or DS-2019 form, then complete form DS-160 online to apply for your visa and schedule your visa appointment. Make sure the name on the I-20/DS-2019 form matches the name on your passport.
  • Canadian citizens do not need a visa but they will need to show the following four documents at the U.S. Port of Entry: a passport; I-20/DS-2019 form; a copy of the SEVIS fee payment receipt; and proof of financial support.
  • You must provide proof of financial support for your studies or program, and living costs at the visa interview and at a U.S. Port of Entry.
  • When you make your initial entrance in the U.S., your visa stamp and I-20/DS-2019 form must be for UMaine. Students with a SEVIS Transfer I-20/DS-2019 may enter with the visa stamp for the previous school.

Travel plans

After securing a visa, make travel plans. You may arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date shown on your I-20/DS-2019 form; however, you should not arrive later than the date listed. Submit your arrival details to OIP at


Do not send luggage in advance of your arrival. The university does not have adequate storage. Attach tags or labels on all suitcases and hand luggage, with your name and OIP address: 300 Stodder Hall, Orono, ME 04469; phone: 207.581.3437. Include a copy of the address inside each suitcase in case the tag is lost or destroyed. If a piece of luggage is lost, immediately file a claim at the airport. Temporary loss of luggage is common, especially when making connecting flights in a short period of time. It is recommended to have enough clothing and personal items packed in your carry-on luggage to last for two to three days.

Travel documents

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months, with the appropriate visa.
  • You must carry your printed I-20/DS-2019 form issued by UMaine.
  • Border control agents will create your electronic (I-94) admission document. Be sure to access your I-94 as soon as possible after your arrival ( to ensure it shows your visa type (F-1 or J-1). W
  • hile traveling, carry all important documents, money and bank drafts with you. Guard them carefully. Do not place them in your suitcase.
  • Carry emergency contact numbers. UMaine Police: 207.581.4040; Office of International Programs: 207.581.3437 (only Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM)

Once on Campus

Post -arrival to-do list

Information for the following steps is available online ( unless otherwise stated:

  • Check in at the Office of International Programs (OIP). This is required by law. Check-in is at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays if you arrive before the designated arrival day.
  • Attend Orientation. A detailed schedule can be found online
  • Complete the online check in process and upload required documents. Information on how to complete this process will be given at Orientation.
  • Go to the MaineCard Service Center located at DTAV Community Center if you haven’t gotten your MaineCard yet.
  • Take your immunization records to the Student Records office in Wingate Hall, if not already submitted.
  • Check your bill in MaineStreet and pay online or at the Student Business Services Office in Wingate Hall by the due date to avoid late fees, if bill is not already paid.
  • Submit the Health Insurance Waiver Request if you have an alternative insurance plan and do not want the UMaine insurance. If you do not request a waiver by the deadline, you will be charged for the International Student Health Insurance plan.
  • Print your class schedule and purchase your textbooks at the University Bookstore.

Office of International Programs

Visit the Office of International Programs (OIP). OIP staff will provide information on Orientation sessions and the date of your mandatory immigration check-in.


All students are required to attend the New International Student Orientation, which provides essential details about the university, immigration rules, how to register for classes, social activities and recreational services.


During Orientation, students who have not already registered for classes will have time to register. You will need to connect to MaineStreet (, which allows you to select classes, register and check your account. Some students may need to meet with an academic adviser or staff member before being able to register for classes in MaineStreet.

Academic books and technology

All course textbooks can be purchased on campus at the University Bookstore located in the Memorial Union. You can also purchase laptops, and other devices through the University Bookstore right on campus. Visit However, if you don’t want to purchase your textbooks most professors have copies of the textbooks needed on reserve at the circulation desk in Fogler Library to be used while in the library. You can also rent (for free with your MaineCard) laptops and tablets to use for short periods of time. Visit equipment.

Special notice

The University of Maine campus has been a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus since 2011. Smoking and use of tobacco products are not permitted anywhere on campus grounds. Areas near campus that permit smoking will be clearly designated.