Study Abroad-Outgoing - FAQ’s
- Why study abroad?
- What types of study abroad programs are offered through UMaine?
- How much does study abroad cost?
- May I use financial aid for study abroad?
- Are scholarships available?
- Will study abroad set me back in my studies?
- How do grades and credits earned abroad transfer?
- Which subjects may be studied abroad?
- Is it necessary to speak a foreign language?
- Where will I live?
- When do students typically study abroad?
- When should I begin to look for a program?
- Can I study abroad in my very last semester of college?
Why study abroad?
Studying abroad can be the most rewarding, exciting and challenging experience in your college career. It complements and enhances your academic and student life experience at the University of Maine.
How much does Study Abroad cost?
Under most Direct Exchanges, students pay their regular tuition and fees to UMaine, and pay room, board and other expenses abroad. Costs for Recommended Programs vary; the Study Abroad Advisor will assist you in researching these details.
May I use Financial Aid for Study Abroad?
Most federal, state and institutional financial aid can be applied for study abroad. Most merit scholarships can also be applied for study abroad. However, funds cannot be released until we have verified that you have arrived overseas and have enrolled at your host institution. You must plan accordingly and have funds readily available for several weeks abroad.
Are scholarships available?
Some scholarships are available from the Office of International Programs and other sources. You may also want to speak with your academic advisor, department or college about specific scholarships offered within your discipline. Read the Scholarship List.
Will Study Abroad set me back in my studies?
With proper planning, studying abroad shouldn’t set you back in your studies. You will work closely with the Study Abroad Advisor, your academic department and college in selecting the right courses to satisfy your major, general education or general elective requirements.
How do grades and credits earned abroad transfer?
The Office of International Programs and your academic department/college will approve your courses prior to departure. Grades earned abroad will show on your UMaine transcript but are not computed in your GPA. A grade of C- or better is required in order for credits to transfer.
Which subjects may be studied abroad?
Courses can be found to complement nearly every major offered at UMaine. Many students study abroad to fulfill their major, general education or general elective requirements. Others use the experience as an opportunity to explore subjects new to them.
Is it necessary to speak a foreign language?
Most programs do not require language prerequisites and use English as the language of instruction. Ask the Study Abroad Advisor which programs require language proficiency.
Where will I live?
Most students choose to live in on-campus residence halls provided by their host university, though some find their own apartment after they arrive. Some programs also offer the opportunity to live with a host family.
When do students typically study abroad?
Students typically study abroad during their second or third year. Most programs require at least two semesters of college. Students are advised not to study abroad during their last semester at UMaine due to academic requirements. Summer study abroad programs are available also.
Students are discouraged from studying abroad in the very last semester of college, because programs end date is after the UMaine commencement date. Students also must seek permission from their academic department to study abroad in the last semester of college if they would like to complete any required courses for their major while abroad.