OIP Statement on Racial Justice
In light of the murder of George Floyd and other black Americans, we at the OIP want to state that black lives matter. Diversity and multiculturalism are at the very heart of our mission and our policy as an internationally-focused office is to treat students, faculty, and staff of all races, religions, genders, abilities, and sexualities with acceptance and respect. We expect all those who enter our space to do the same.
Becoming anti-racist is lifelong work both personally and systemically. None of us are immune to the effects that structural racism has had on our own social programming. Therefore, our office has committed to a long-term dialogue on race and decolonization, supported by anti-racist works and media. We will use our learnings and resources from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to better inform our policies and procedures and to actively advocate for anti-racism within the UMaine system and in our community.
We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Life, the Counseling Center, and others to advocate for your success here at the University of Maine. If you would like to read more about UMaine’s position on these issues, please see this statement from the Office of the President.
Incoming and Outgoing Updates
Study Abroad Programs
Due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19 throughout the world, current U.S. Department of State and CDC travel advisories, and lack of key infrastructure and resources world-wide due to the pandemic, there will be no outbound fall study abroad programming with a travel start date before December 18, 2020. Decisions around Spring 2021 programs will be discussed in the fall.
International Student Enrollment
Due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19 throughout the world, including Maine, inbound non-degree seeking international exchange programs for Fall of 2020 have been postponed.
Each campus will be evaluating the possibility of welcoming inbound non-degree seeking students beyond the fall of 2020. As part of this consideration, guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State, Maine regulations, and international education professional organizations will be weighed in the decision-making process.
Note: This affects only J-1 exchange students, not international degree candidates or J-1 scholars.
More information on the University of Maine System decisions on travel for the 2020-2021 academic year can be found here.
We envision study abroad as an opportunity for you to gain global competency and learn the global skills necessary for success in your classes and subsequent career. Studying abroad is academically rigorous and it challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone. Cultural exploration and language immersion will expand your understanding of cross-cultural similarities and differences. Through these experiences, you will hone your global skill set and return to campus having developed independence, tolerance for ambiguity, and the tools to communicate successfully with diverse groups of people in your classes, workplace, and community.
~The UMaine Study Abroad Team