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The Pre-Master's program provides training in English for academic purposes, enhances your study skills for graduate level coursework and gives you an orientation into the US university system.


Students also take courses relevant to their area of study for which they receive undergraduate credit.

The Pre-Master's Program is designed for international students who want to complete their Master's degree in the US but have too low English proficiency for direct entry to a Master with
  • a TOEFL below 80 or IELTS below 6.5
  • no official TOEFL or IELTS score
  • or who have not taken the GRE or GMAT


    The intensive instruction in different English skills such as speaking, presenting in professional environments, and learning through case studies will ideally prepare you to enter into one of the many Master programs offered at the University of Maine:


  • MBA

  • Master of Arts in Global Policy

  • Master of Education

  • MEd Elementary Education

  • MEd Secondary Education


  • Master of Science degrees in the following subjects:

  • MS Chemical Engineering

  • MS Civil Engineering

  • MS Computer Engineering

  • MS Electrical Engineering

  • MS Engineering Physics

  • MS Food Science and Human Nutrition

  • MS Human Development

  • MS Mechanical Engineering


  • Master of Social Work

  • Master of Wildlife Conservation


  • With the University of Maine's International Year One you can get your English skills up to speed in either the Business or the Engineering and sciences pathway to then choose between over 20 Bachelor programs.


    In the Pre-Master's Program you train your English and academic skills, and prepare for English tests and the GMAT or GRE.


    The International Year One program provides training in English as well as your academic and study skills, enabling you to earn up to 31 academic credits.


    Afterwards you can directly move on into the second year of undergraduate coursework in one of more than 20 bachelor's degrees in the fields of business, economics, engineering, environmental sciences, food sciences, education and social sciences.


    You can choose between two academic pathways:

  • a Business pathway or

  • an Engineering, Physical/Natural Sciences and Forestry pathway


    It will save you time and give you the right preparation without taking ESL courses or English language tests!


    Upon successful completion of a degree pathway program at the International Study Center, international students progress to a one of these bachelor's degrees at University of Maine:

  • Accounting (BA or BS)

  • Bioengineering (BS)

  • Biology (BA or BS)

  • Botany (BA or BS)

  • Chemical Engineering (BS)

  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BA or BS)

  • Computer Engineering (BS)

  • Ecology and Environmental Science (BS)

  • Economics (BA or BS)

  • Electrical Engineering (BS)

  • Electrical Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Engineering Physics (BS)

  • Finance (BSBA)

  • Financial Economics (BA)

  • Food Science and Human Nutrition (BS or BA)

  • Forestry (BS)

  • Forest Operations Bioproducts, and Bioenergy (BS)

  • Management (BSBA)

  • Marketing (BSBA)

  • Mechanical Engineering (BS)

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Survey Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Zoology (BA or BS)

  • About University of Maine - Pathway Program

    The University of Maine was founded in 1865 and currently has a student population of 9,339 undergraduates, 1,947 graduates and 546 international students from 65 countries.

    The University of Maine offers the largest choice of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the state.

    It is a premier research institution producing internationally recognized research, scholarship and innovation and is constantly ranked among the top 5% of universities and colleges in America.

    Maine provides plenty of recreational opportunities - referred to as "vacationland" with walking, hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails it offers year-round activities.

    Close to many big cities such as Portland, it has yet been ranked the #1 safest state in the US.


    Located in Orono, Maine, the University of Maine has an average student to faculty ratio of 15:1 and an average class size of 21 students.

    The Faculty is at 550+ with more than 84% holding Doctoral degrees.

    It has Institutional accreditations such as of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. And the professional accreditations AACSB and ABET among many other specialized accreditations.

    The University of Maine currently offers 90+ undergraduate majors, 75 Master’s programs as well as 30 Doctoral programs.

    Student life is vibrant, offering division I athletics and more than 200 clubs and organizations.

    Upon successful completion of a degree pathway program at the International Study Center, international students progress to a one of these bachelor's degrees at University of Maine:

  • Accounting (BA or BS)

  • Bioengineering (BS)

  • Biology (BA or BS)

  • Botany (BA or BS)

  • Chemical Engineering (BS)

  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BA or BS)

  • Computer Engineering (BS)

  • Ecology and Environmental Science (BS)

  • Economics (BA or BS)

  • Electrical Engineering (BS)

  • Electrical Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Engineering Physics (BS)

  • Finance (BSBA)

  • Financial Economics (BA)

  • Food Science and Human Nutrition (BS or BA)

  • Forestry (BS)

  • Forest Operations Bioproducts, and Bioenergy (BS)

  • Management (BSBA)

  • Marketing (BSBA)

  • Mechanical Engineering (BS)

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Survey Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Zoology (BA or BS)


    The intensive instruction in different English skills such as speaking, presenting in professional environments, and learning through case studies will ideally prepare you to enter into one of the many Master programs offered at the University of Maine:


  • MBA

  • Master of Arts in Global Policy

  • Master of Education

  • MEd Elementary Education

  • MEd Secondary Education


  • Master of Science degrees in the following subjects:

  • MS Chemical Engineering

  • MS Civil Engineering

  • MS Computer Engineering

  • MS Electrical Engineering

  • MS Engineering Physics

  • MS Food Science and Human Nutrition

  • MS Human Development

  • MS Mechanical Engineering


  • Master of Social Work

  • Master of Wildlife Conservation

  • Student Profile

    Dongsheng Dai

    Business Administration

    Dongsheng Dai
    "Life here is pretty good, we study together, also do a lot of fun things."

    "Life here is pretty good, we study together, also do a lot of fun things. I love communicating with friends with different backgrounds. That opens my eyes. UMaine enjoys a good reputations in USA, and the major of MBA fits me well. I want start my business in China, before that I want travel around America."

    • Major: Business Administration
    • Study Area: Business/Management
    • Graduation Year: 2014
    • Home Country: China

    Student Profile

    Jie Su

    Business Administration

    Jie Su
    "people here are very nice to international students"

    "The Maine air is very fresh and the people here are very nice to international students. University of Maine professors have helped me in my ability to graduate. They work with me to make sure that I understand the material, so that I can one day take over and expand my father’s business in China. I love it here!"

    • Major: Business Administration
    • Study Area: Business/Management
    • Graduation Year: 2014
    • Home Country: China

    Student Profile

    Maja Bedak

    International Affairs

    Maja Bedak

    "The classes are small and everything is very discussion-based. I have a class this semester that has only four students. There are two professors as well, so the amount of discussion and work that we do is amazing.

    "All of my professors know me and ask how I'm doing."

    The University of Maine has really prepared me to reach my ultimate goal and apply to the Foreign Service."

    • Major: International Affairs
    • Study Area: Other
    • Graduation Year: 2015
    • Home Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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