Spring 2019 Arrival Information

Arrival Date for all incoming International/NSE Students and Scholars is Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Pickup will be at the Concord Bus Station in Augusta, Maine at 5:00 p.m.

You must request a pick up on Sunday, January 20, 2019 in Augusta, Maine by emailing the Office of Global Education.  Pick-up is only available at 5:00 p.m on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Please plan accordingly to travel to Augusta, Maine via Concord Coach Bus from either Boston, Massachusetts or Portland, Maine, depending on  your arrival flight location.  The last bus arrives in Augusta, Maine at 4:45 p.m. If you are delayed and unable to arrive by this time, you will need to hire a taxi to make your way from Augusta, Maine to UMF in Farmington, Maine. Note: UMF is 1 hour away from Augusta, Maine.

UMF Spring 2019 Orientation will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Orientation will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center.


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

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Fall 2019 Arrival Information

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.

Arrival Date for all incoming International/NSE Students and Scholars is Monday, August 26, 2019.
Be sure to request a pick up on Monday, August 26 in Portland, Maine by completing the Arrival Form below.  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 allowed.

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

Call or email the Office of Global Education if you have any questions about your arrival at 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 http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/


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.

Be sure to keep all of your important documents (passport, I-20/DS 2019) in your carryon bag. Do not put these items in your checked luggage. We recommend you use our office address and telephone number on your luggage name tags. This will make it easier for us to assist you if your luggage is delayed. If this happens, give the airline our office address for delivery.  It is also a good idea to have this contact information inside your luggage, in case the luggage tag comes off.


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.

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, 11 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 2018 Arrival & Break Shuttle Schedule

26 August, 2018 (Sunday) 12:00 p.m. bus arrives in Portland for pick up of new incoming international and NSE students/scholars

05 – October, 2018 (Friday) 3:30 p.m. van departs UMF for Augusta

09 – October, 2018 (Tuesday) 5:00 p.m. van departs Augusta for UMF

21November, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:45 a.m. van departs UMF for Augusta

25 – November, 2018 (Sunday) 5:00 p.m. van departs Augusta for UMF

21 – December, 2018 (Friday) 3:00 p.m. van departs UMF for Augusta


Spring Semester 2019 Break & Departure Shuttle Schedule

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

15 – March, 2018 (Friday) 3:30 p.m. van departs UMF for Augusta

24 – March, 2018 (Sunday) 5:00 p.m. van departs Augusta for Farmington

12 – May, 2019 (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.