Message to UMaine international students — July 14

To the international students in our community:

Living through the coronavirus pandemic continues to be challenging for all of us. For University of Maine students living and studying far away from family and friends, I know it has been particularly difficult for you. As plans for some of you to spend the summer in your home countries have been disrupted and flight schedules have been restricted for others to return to Maine, the challenges continue.

Maine remains one of the safest states in the country. UMaine is listed among the safest collegiate institutions, as well (see story online). UMaine is prepared to help you meet the newest ICE guidance from July 6, 2020 by providing our hybrid model of course delivery for this fall and by ensuring you have access to in-person instruction as needed, depending on your situation and your program of study.

The leadership of the University of Maine System and our faculty and staff are deeply committed to supporting your efforts to complete your program of study here. The UMaine Office of International Programs is diligently working to prepare a set of advising recommendations so that you can meet your immigration requirements. We all are here to assist you through these challenging times and encourage you to ask us if you need assistance.

Our alumni and friends are donating to a crisis fund designed specifically for our International students since you were not eligible for CARES Act funds. (Details on the program and how to apply will be forthcoming from the Office of International Programs.) Our Counseling Center will be available after July 20 to provide telehealth if you are experiencing increased anxiety, or simply need to talk to a professional. Our community encourages you to reach out to us. Please contact the Office of International Programs (, 207.581.3437) and the Division of Student Life (, 207.581.1406) with any immediate questions or concerns.

UMaine is committed to your academic success, whether you study from within the U.S. or will take classes from abroad. You are an integral and vital part of our UMaine community.

In solidarity and with gratitude that you are part of our family.


Joan Ferrini-Mundy