We want you to see the world — and we want the world to see YOU. Whether it’s two weeks exploring the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica or an entire semester studying in France, at UMF, the world can be your classroom.
Whether you choose one of our many May Term Travel Courses (where students travel with UMF faculty to study in Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to name a few) or one of our formal semester-long exchange programs, we encourage you to explore the exciting possibilities of international study.
Affordable Short-Term Study Abroad Options
And if an entire semester abroad program is a bit too long or too expensive, our professors frequently arrange inexpensive, short-term travel courses to places like: Italy, Japan, Spain, Scotland, Costa Rica, Argentina, St. John-U.S. Virgin Islands, England, Newfoundland, Spain, Austria, Guatemala and more.
These short-trip options have become hugely popular at UMF.
The countries vary year-to-year but they are conveniently offered during regular semester breaks — usually during Winter Session and May Term.
Because the time away is much shorter, the cost is far less … however, the experience is priceless.
Immerse Yourself in a Semester Abroad
The University of Maine at Farmington offers the opportunity to participate in exciting semester-long, study-abroad opportunities to countries such as: Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Mexico, Japan, Scotland, Ecuador, Poland, Hungary, Argentina, England, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, New Zealand and more.
UMF’s Formal Exchange Programs
Semester in France
Le Mans: Hosted by the Université du Maine in LeMans, a 10,000 student campus located an hour by train from Paris, this program provides an intensive immersion in French language and culture for students with at least one year of college-level French language study. LeMans is a beautiful city located on the Sarthe River near the Loire Valley. The region has chateaux, picturesque villages, fine cuisine, theater, films, shopping, and more.
Angers: For students with intermediate or advanced French language competency, this program is hosted by the Université d’Angers. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, about 90 minutes by train from Paris, this university has a student population of 16,000. Students participating in this exchange program may choose courses from a variety academic areas.
Semester in England
This program with the University of Hull, a cosmopolitan university of approximately 22,000 students across two campuses, offers courses in a variety of areas including business, humanities and social sciences, performing arts, sciences, and education.
Semester in Argentina
This group program offers Spanish language study at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (National University of Cordoba), the first Argentine university and the third oldest in Latin America. Students spend the first month in intensive Spanish language study, followed by a placement test to determine courses for the rest of the semester. Students with beginning Spanish language proficiency will continue with intensive language study, while students with higher proficiency may take discipline courses taught in Spanish.
Semester in China
For students with at least one year of college-level Chinese language, Farmington offers an intensive program in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture at Beijing University of Technology, an 8,000-student university of science, engineering and management. Beijing, the political, economic, and cultural center of China, is home to more than 10 million people.
See More of America — National Student Exchange
If experiencing a different part of the U.S. is more to your liking, we can arrange for you to study away for a semester or an academic year through the National Student Exchange program. Nearly 200 different institutions in 49 states, D.C., three U.S. territories, and four Canadian provinces participate in this program.
Where have our students recently studied? At colleges and universities in California, Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
Whether you want to experience other cultures first hand, see your own country from a different perspective, test your language skills, or trace your personal history, you’ll return to UMF with a new understanding of your world and yourself.