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St. David House • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743
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International Students

Welcome!

Students representing more than 18 countries* call UMFK home, and why not? We are just minutes from the Canadian border, surrounded by a caring and engaged community, and have a strong academic reputation.

We are committed to your future success, and that starts right here at the application process. The list of steps below will clearly explain the entire process, from application to booking your flight, to setting foot on campus.

*based on Spring 2020 data

Let’s get started:

Obtain Passport

YOU the Student: Apply for and obtain a passport in your home country.

*We encourage you to send a copy of the bio-data page of your passport (the page with your photo) to brandonlee.dayton@maine.edu to verify your biographical information.

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Complete an Application

YOU the Student: Apply for admission online via this link.

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Language Proficiency

Freshman applicants must demonstrate language proficiency in one of the three following categories:

  1. Proficiency through testing:
    • TOEFL score of 61 (internet) or 500 (paper-based)
    • IELTS score of 5.0 or better
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 500 or better
  2. Proficiency through instruction in English:
    • High school transcript clearly states that English is the language of instruction for all subjects.
    • You have successfully passed an English Composition course at a US higher education institution with a grade of C or better.
  3. Proficiency through waiver:
    If you are from one of the following countries, where English is considered a primary language, you will be considered proficient:
    1. Australia
    2. English-speaking province of Canada
    3. English-speaking Caribbean Countries
      1. Antigua
      2. Barbuda
      3. Belize
      4. Cayman Islands
      5. Dominica
      6. Guyana
      7. Jamaica
      8. St. Kitts
      9. Nevis
      10. St. Lucia
      11. St. Vincent and Grenadines
      12. Trinidad and Tobago
    4. Ghana
    5. Grenada
    6. Ireland
    7. Kenya
    8. New Zealand
    9. Nigeria
    10. United Kingdom
    11. South Africa

International students completing secondary school in the United States must submit official transcripts from their U.S. high school, as well as transcripts from any secondary work (grades 9–12, including partial years) completed outside the U.S. Your current U.S. high school may submit their copy of your prior school transcript.

*If studying in a 13-year system, academic records for grades 10–13 are required.

You may have your official scores sent to brandonlee.dayton@maine.edu directly from your school counselor or order a copy to be sent officially from the CollegeBoard or TOEFL/IELTS website.

UMFK Institution Code: 3393

We cannot move forward with your application without proof of language proficiency.

Submit Official Documents

YOU the Student: Submit the Following:

  • Letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher (only if you are currently still in high school)
  • All official transcripts
    • At UMFK, we require all international applicants to submit a credential evaluation report for high school and university transcripts because we do not do evaluations in-house. There is a fee for this process that can range from around $85 to over $275 (if you have transfer credit). This evaluation report will translate your grades into US equivalencies.
    • We highly recommend you use either InCred (incredevals.org) or WES (wes.org) for your credential evaluation.
    • If you are planning on using another provider, they must be endorsed by either the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Please view their list of endorsed providers here:

      Note: If you are using WES and are from the Caribbean, CXC results need to be sent directly to WES from CXC (cxc.org)
       
    • What evaluation should I order?
      • Document by document evaluation - students with only a high school transcript
      • Course by course evaluation - students with a high school transcript AND advanced level work; advanced level work could include A-levels, CXC's, CAPE exams, etc
      • Course by course evaluation - students with college/university work completed outside of the United States.

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Admissions Decision

UMFK Staff: Once your file is complete, your application will move to the review queue. An admissions decision typically takes between 1-2 weeks.

YOU the Student: At this time, feel free to routinely log in to your MaineStreet Student Center to check on the status of your application (and confirm that your file is complete). If you need help logging into this account, please contact our help desk at (207) 834-7818 or email umfknavigator@maine.edu If you have any other questions at this time, please contact brandonlee.dayton@maine.edu

Pay Deposit, Complete Affidavit of Support and Send Bank Statements

YOU the Student: If you qualify for acceptance, please follow these next steps:

  1. You need to pay the $150 enrollment deposit. This is not an additional fee - it is actually a credit to your first semester's tuition bill.

    To make this payment, please complete ONE of the following options
    • Pay online through your MaineStreet Student Center by clicking “Pay My Deposit”
    • Pay over the phone with a credit card at (207) 834-7600
    • Pay via Flywire
      • If you pay through Flywire, you must send me an email. There is no auto-notification that will let me know you chose this option. Flywire payments will take up to a week to be reflected on your UMFK student account.
  2. You need to complete our affidavit of support form and send it to brandonlee.dayton@maine.edu with supporting bank statements showing the cost of enrollment for the year you are applying for admission. If you need clarification on how much you need to show proof for, please email brandonlee.dayton@maine.edu. Instructions to complete the form can be found by clicking on this link.

Current tuition and fees estimates may be found online.

* Both the affidavit of support and bank statements can be sent via email.

UMFK Staff: After your deposit is paid, Admissions will review your financial documents for approval. Important things to keep in mind:

  • Financial documents must be in English and clearly indicate the name of the financial institution, the name of the account holder, the currency, the balance available and must be dated less than 12 months of the intended semester’s start date.
  • The names should match on both the affidavit and bank statements.
  • The estimate you need to show is in US currency. You can use this online currency converter to see how the currency in your country converts to USD.
  • The bank statement(s) provided must be from an account that can be withdrawn from (no life insurance policies, investment statements, retirement accounts, etc.).
    • * Some retirement accounts may be considered if the student provides a letter in support that the account holder can withdraw from the account.

UMFK Issues I-20

UMFK Staff: After confirming the bio-data listed on your passport (name, birthday, citizenship, nationality) as well as telephone number and address (no P.O. Boxes), your I-20 will be created and sent via FedEx express along with your acceptance letter and scholarship letter(s) (if applicable). You will also receive an email containing a tracking number for your package along with a scanned copy of your I-20.

YOU the Student: Most countries will allow you to schedule your embassy appointment with your scanned I-20, although you must bring all original documents to the appointment itself. Please send Brandon Dayton an email when you receive your I-20.

Pay SEVIS Fee

YOU the Student: The next step is to pay your $350 SEVIS fee.

  • This can be done by logging onto the SEVIS website at www.fmjfee.com. You will be prompted to enter our school code number which is POM214F00108000. You will also be prompted to enter your SEVIS ID number. This can be found in the top right section of your I-20 and begins with the letter “N”. It is crucial that you are connected to a printer so that you can print a copy of the receipt.

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Complete the Visa Application (if applicable)

YOU the Student: Applying for the F-1 student visa may vary depending on the U.S. embassy or consulate you are dealing with. You will be required to pay a non-refundable visa application fee. There is an online visa application available, which allows you to complete and print the Form DS-160 to take to your F-1 visa interview.

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Schedule and Prepare for Your Interview

YOU the Student: You can schedule your F-1 visa interview with the U.S. embassy or consulate. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. An F-1 student visa for the USA can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. You will only be able to enter the US with an F-1 visa 30 days before your start date.

Visit the U.S. Department of State's Visa Appointment Wait Times page in order to check the visa wait times at your nearest embassy.

The following documents are (generally) required for your F-1 visa interview:

  • A valid passport
  • The Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
  • The application fee payment receipt
  • A passport photo
  • Original Form I-20, signed
  • Acceptance letter
  • Scholarship letter, if awarded (academic and/or athletic)
  • Receipt from the SEVIS fee
  • Copies of the bank statements you provided to UMFK

Additional documents may be requested to prove your eligibility for the F-1 student visa, including academic transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates. Test scores such as the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT may also be requested, as well as proof of your intent to depart the U.S. after your program is complete.

* It is a good idea to check in with your embassy/consulate to see if more documents are required.

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Secure Visa

YOU the Student: Your F-1 visa interview will determine whether you are qualified to receive an F-1 student visa for the USA. Assuming that you have prepared the appropriate documents and meet all of the F-1 visa requirements, your visa will be approved at the discretion of the consular officer.

You may be required to pay a visa issuance fee. Digital fingerprint scans may be taken for records. Your passport may be taken so that you can get your visa and if so, you will be informed when you can get it back, either by pick-up or in the mail.

Keep in mind that visa issuance is not guaranteed. Never make final travel plans until you have your visa approved. If your visa is denied, you will be given a reason based on the section of law which applies to your ineligibility.

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Purchase Flight Tickets

YOU the Student: Once you have your visa, you are free to book your flight arrangements. The closest airport to UMFK is the Presque Isle International Airport (airport code PQI). When your plans are finalized, please email your itinerary to brandonlee.dayton@maine.edu

Note: This airport is roughly an hour’s drive to Fort Kent.

To see if a shuttle pick-up can be arranged, please visit the Shuttle Service page here. The sooner you reach out, the better chance we have to secure a driver.

* Athletic recruits are encouraged to check in with their coach for pre-season airport pick-ups.

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Fly to USA

 

Attend Orientation

YOU the Student: Don’t forget to sign up and mark your calendar for Orientation! More information regarding this day can be found on UMFK's New Student Orientation page.

UMFK Staff: New Student Orientation is a fun-packed series of events and workshops designed to introduce you to the UMFK campus and all that it has to offer to assist in your achieving your academic and life goals.