Fall 2019 International & NSE Student/Scholar Orientation Schedule coming soon!

Orientation Brochure Available SOON!

New International and NSE Student/Scholar Orientation will begin at 3:30 pm on Monday, August 26, 2019 at UMF. Because UMF is 2 hours away from Portland, Maine (airport/bus stations), most students/scholars will need/want to utilize our pickup service, as there is no public transportation to bring you from Portland to Farmington.

Fall 2019 Arrival Information

Arrival Date for all incoming International/NSE Students and Scholars is Monday, August 26, 2019.

  • Request a pick up on Monday, August 26 in Portland, Maine by completing the Arrival Form.
  • Pick-ups are available 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Monday, August 26 only.
  • If you arrive later than 1:00 pm, you will have to find your own transportation to UMF and will not be able to make it to UMF in time for the Mandatory Orientation program.
  • *Please note that Residence Hall move in time is between 3:30 pm and 4 pm on August 26, 2019 ONLY. Earlier move in is not available.

Arrival into Portland International Jetport (PWM):
If you will fly into Portland, Maine schedule your arrival for no later than 11:00 am to allow time to collect baggage and be ready for pickup between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.

Arrival into Portland Transportation Center (Concord Coach Lines Bus) or Greyhound Bus Station-Portland:
If you will take a bus from New York, NY or Boston, MA to Portland, Maine schedule your arrival for no later than 11:55 am to be ready for pickup at between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.

Concord Coach Lines

Greyhound Bus

Contact the Office of Global Education if you have any questions about your arrival to UMF: Telephone: (207) 778-7122 Email: exchangeprograms@umf.maine.edu

Required Arrival Form – Fall Arrivals Only

Submit your arrival details using the Arrival Form no later than July 01, 2019

You must complete this form, even if you do not require a pick up and will arrive on your own at UMF at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26.

Entering the United States

You cannot enter the United States as a student/scholar more than 30 days prior to the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. Please make your travel plans accordingly. To enter the United States as a student/scholar you must have your passport with an F-1 or J-1 visa stamp (not required for Canadian citizens), Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 issued to you by the University of Maine at Farmington, and proof of the SEVIS fee payment. You should also have your letter of admission/invitation/contract from the University and evidence of your financial support. Be sure to hand carry these documents; DO NOT PACK THEM AWAY IN CHECKED LUGGAGE. Please note: There is a processing fee charged at all land border ports of entry such as the Canadian border.

U.S. customs regulations allow you to bring into the country a reasonable amount of personal effects. Money in the amount of $10,000 or more and items of considerable value must be declared on entry. If you have questions regarding U.S. customs regulation, contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country before leaving or visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at https://cbp.gov/travel

Packing & Luggage

IMPORTANT

  • Be sure to keep all of your important documents (passport, I-20/DS-2019) in your carry on bag;
  • You can use our office address and telephone number on your luggage name tags in case it is delayed;
  • Have this contact information inside your luggage, in case the luggage tag comes off;
  •  If your luggage is delayed, give the airline our office address for delivery.

 GENERAL PACKING TIPS

  •  Bring only what you will need and travel lightly, you will have the opportunity to buy clothes once you are here;
  • For spring semester arrivals, pack warm clothing;
  • The electric grid in the U.S. is different than in Europe and many other countries. Make sure you have an adapter for your laptop and other electronic items before you travel;
  • You will have opportunities to dress in your national clothes and to share information about your country and its culture with other students at international festivals and at school and community organizations.
  • We have scheduled shopping trips on days one and three of Orientation.  You can buy essential  items  such as  pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, toiletries, snacks, etc.
  • Consider bringing with you any small items or pictures that will make you feel “at home” in your residence hall or apartment;
  • Money in the amount of $10,000 or more and items of considerable value must be declared on entry. If you intend to bring expensive items of jewelry, camera, etc. with you and return to your country with them, you should check to see if they must be registered or declared in some manner with your government when you leave to avoid any questions about payment of duty upon your return. If you have questions regarding U.S. CBP regulations, contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country before leaving or visit the CBP website.

Finances

You will need some U.S. currency for the first few days. If you need to exchange funds for U.S. currency, you should do so prior to arriving in Maine; you can also exchange money at a major U.S. airport. Currency exchange through local banks usually requires two to four weeks. You must have sufficient money to cover all expenses for yourself and family members accompanying you while you are a student/scholar at the University of Maine at Farmington.  If you haven’t already wire transferred money to UMF to cover your account, you may set up a payment plan with the Student Accounts Office upon your arrival. Please refer to “Paying Your University of Maine at Farmington Bill” section of this guide for more details. You will be able to open a local bank account during your first week here at UMF. You must be prepared to meet your necessary expenses for the first month.

Residence Halls and Dining Plans

  • The contract is effective Monday, August 26 when official move-in begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • Residence halls do not provide sheets, blankets, pillows or towels.  You can bring your own, or purchase some when we go shopping the first afternoon. Cost for one set of sheets/comforter/pillowcase, pillow and towels ranges from $60-$80.
  • Students who arrive earlier than August 26 or have accompanying guests may stay at a Local hotel or motel.
  • During International Orientation, some of your meals will be provided and some you will take on your own. University dining meal plans will begin after orientation.

Frequently Asked Pre-departure Questions

What is the weather like in Maine? Many students find the four distinct season of Maine to be a most interesting experience. Fall lasts from mid-September through November with temperatures ranging between 30° and 70°Fahrenheit (-1°to 23°C). Winter continues from December to April. Snow and icy rain are common and temperatures range from -25° to 40° F (-32° to 5° C). Winters are generally cold, but prolonged cold spells are rare. Average snowfall is 60 to 90 inches (152-228 cm) yearly. January normally has the heaviest snowfall. Spring arrives in April and lasts until mid-June. The temperatures climb to a range of 45° to 65°F (8° to 18° C). Summer begins in mid-June and last until September. Temperatures ranging from 70° to 80°(22° to 27° C) are most common. Occasionally the temperature reaches the 90° to 100° (33° to 39° C) range. Summer nights are usually cool and comfortable. Storms such as tornadoes or hurricanes are very rare but thunderstorms do occur in the summer.

What kind of clothing is suitable to Maine? Most students dress informally on campus. You will need light weight clothes for summer and heavier clothing including a warm winter coat, snow boots, hat and mittens or gloves for winter. Most of these items can be purchased economically after you arrive.

How safe is campus? Very. University of Maine at Farmington Public Safety/Campus Police has a full-time chief of police, 3 full-time officers and 12 part-time officers. They patrol campus 24 hours a day. The UMF Escort Program, under the direct supervision of the UMF Department of Public Safety/Campus Police, provides campus escort services to students, faculty/staff and guests of UMF during nighttime hours.  Individuals who request an escort, will be walked from one campus location to another. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day.

Does a student need a computer? Most students bring a laptop; UMF is a wireless campus. However, if you do not have a laptop you will use our 24/7 computer lab for all your computing needs.

What is the average class size? The University of Maine at Farmington’s great student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 means you’ll work closely with professors who will know you by name. You’ll receive their full attention in a supportive, intellectually challenging, one-on-one basis. UMF prides itself on small classes where students receive individual attention and where ideas are exchanged and concepts explored in highly personalized settings: in classes, workshops, labs, studios and more. The percent of classes with fewer than 20 students is 68%, while the percent of classes with 50 or more students is 1%.

How easy is it to talk to a professor? Very. UMF professors are known for working closely with undergraduates. In addition, they have office hours and often are willing to meet with students outside those office hours.

How do I get around? The campus is small and easy to walk around. Students living in the residence halls and are only minutes away from academic buildings and the dining hall. Some students live off campus and walk or bike to campus. Student with cars may also apply for a parking permit for $25 per year – click here for permit application. The campus is located on the edge of downtown Farmington, where there are small shops, cafés, restaurants, banks, post office and a grocery store, all within close walking distance. Although you will not find regular public transportation to the likes of what you may be used to in the form of buses and trains, there is a taxi service and UMF offers a shuttle service, described below.

UMF Shuttle Service 

The University of Maine at Farmington will make available to students shuttle transportation to and from Augusta**, Maine, surrounding the closings and re-openings of UMF residence halls for official breaks during the academic year.

Please note that the shuttle does NOT run automatically; YOU MUST MAKE A RESERVATION in person at the Student Life Office in the Olsen Student Center, 111 South Street, at least 5 business days in advance of your departure/arrival.  Shuttle questions should be directed to Judith Peary-Adams at (1) 207-778-7348 or jpadams@maine.edu.

Fall Semester 2019 Arrival & Break Shuttle Schedule

26 August, 2019 (Monday) 12:00 p.m. bus arrives in Portland for pick up of new incoming international and NSE students/scholars

11 – October, 2019 (Friday) 3:30 p.m. van departs UMF for Augusta

15 – October, 2019 (Tuesday) 5:00 p.m. van departs Augusta for UMF

27November, 2019 (Wednesday) 6:45 a.m. van departs UMF for Augusta

01 – December, 2019 (Sunday) 5:00 p.m. van departs Augusta for UMF

20 – December, 2019 (Friday) 3:00 p.m. van departs UMF for Augusta

 

Spring Semester 2020 Break & Departure Shuttle Schedule

19 – January, 2020 (Sunday) 5:00 p.m. van departs Augusta for UMF

13 – March, 2020 (Friday) 3:30 p.m. van departs UMF for Augusta

22 – March, 2020 (Sunday) 5:00 p.m. van departs Augusta for Farmington

10 – May, 2020 (Sunday) 8:00 a.m. van departs UMF for Portland Jetport/bus/train stations (Final Departure)   Departure flights from Portland must not leave any earlier than 1:00 p.m.

For initial arrival and final departure of international & NSE students, the shuttle will travel to/from Portland, Maine (airport and bus/train stations). Shuttles may be canceled due to lack of registered passengers and/or inclement weather. In cases of inclement weather, or other conditions which delay departure or arrival of passengers or shuttle drivers, please call the Office of Student Life at (207) 778-7348.

In addition, the UMF Shuttle provides transportation to/from the local grocery store (Hannaford) and department store (Walmart) on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., during regular academic sessions.