Whether you choose one of our many short-term May Term Travel Courses or one of our formal semester-long exchange programs, we strongly encourage you to explore the exciting possibilities of international study. We also offer scholarship funding to help you participate in one of our exciting study abroad opportunities.

Affordable Short-Term Study Abroad Options

We understand an entire semester abroad program may be a bit too long or too expensive, so we offer a number of popular inexpensive, short-term travel courses. These faculty-accompanied trips abroad 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.

  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Costa Rica
  • Ireland
  • Austria
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Japan
  • England
  • Newfoundland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Tanzania
  • and more

See a student blog of a 2019 May Term travel course to Greece

Immerse Yourself in a Full Semester Abroad

The University of Maine at Farmington offers the opportunity to participate in exciting semester-long, study-abroad opportunities in a wide range of countries. UMF also has formal Semester Abroad Exchange Program in China and France (see below).

We also offer semester-long study abroad opportunities through our partner providers in many countries including:

  • England
  • Australia
  • Czech Republic
  • Ireland
  • Ecuador
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • New Zealand
  • and more

Student exchange agreements with a number of international institutions

The University of Maine at Farmington has formal exchange agreements with several institutions, allowing you to seamlessly study abroad at a number of universities.


Hong Kong: Study at the Education University of Hong Kong, nestled in a scenic mountain range in the north east part of Hong Kong. Education University of Hong Kong combines tranquility with the vibrancy of Hong Kong’s dynamic metropolitan life.


Le Mans: Le Mans Université, a multidisciplinary campus of approximately 9,200 students, is located in the historic city of Le Mans (population 148,000), on the Sarthe River near the Loire Valley. Le Mans, with its Roman walls, a beautiful cathedral, plenty of museums and many recreational activities, is a convenient one hour train ride from Paris.


Flensburg: Europa-Universitat Flensburg is located in the city of Flensburg, at the border of Denmark. If you love the wind and the sea, outdoor activities and the charm of a small city, there’s no better place to go. This quaint town of red-brick houses on a green campus by the sea offers a vibrant environment to study a wide variety of disciplines.


Akita City: Akita International University is located in Akita City, the capital of Akita Prefecture. Akita Prefecture is known for its natural beauty and resources. The university is located close to ski areas, scenic hiking opportunities, and the Sea of Japan coastline.


Alicante: Universidad de Alicanté is located in Alicante, the capital of the Alicante province, a port city on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca. Enjoy the hot-summer Mediterranean climate with mild winter temperatures or warm to hot summers during your stay. The university itself is known for its outstanding architecture and bilingual studies.

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.

Our students recently studied at colleges and universities in: Canada, California, Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Montana, New Mexico, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Texas, to name a few.

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.

Student-Teaching Abroad Opportunities

For UMF Elementary and Secondary Education students, there are also opportunities to student-teach abroad. Student-teaching placements are currently available in Hong Kong and South Korea.

And, in case you are wondering …

  • Most, if not all, of your financial aid can be used for Study Away.
  • You will earn college credit for the courses you successfully complete.
  • We will provide opportunities for you to share your experience upon return to UMF.