You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.
PLAN B: UNEVEN
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.
Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees: $4,450
Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals: $5,453
PLAN A, PLAN B
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links
How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office
The University of Southern Maine with two campuses offers students the experience of a metropolitan city and the charm of a New England village. Portland was ranked as one of the most livable cities by Outside magazine and Forbes. We are fortunate to host a wide array of beautiful beaches as well as plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities including hiking, skiing and more! With just under 10,000 students USM has a dedicated and accessible faculty and staff. Classes average 22 students and USM has a student faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Residence halls are located in Gorham while students take classes in both Gorham and Portland. USM offers a wide variety of sports, outdoor activities and student clubs to help you enjoy your time at USM. Portland is just 2 hours from Boston and New York and Canada are also close by. We believe one semester in Maine and you will understand why Maine's unofficial slogan is "Maine, the way life should be!"
Campus Location - Location, location, location! Portland was recently named one of Frommerís Top 12 World Travel destinations, which makes for a college experience filled with discovery and opportunity.
Helpful Information - After a semester in Maine, your students wonít be surprised why Maineís unofficial slogan is Maine: The Way Life Should Be! Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, mountains, and lakes provide students with recreational opportunities year round. Maine is also fortunate to benefit from four glorious seasons, including a colorful fall and beautiful summer. While other parts of the country simply turn cold in the winter, Maine benefits from picturesque snowfall that is perfect for outdoor activities.
Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Fine Art
Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science
Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, Management, Marketing
Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry
Criminal Justice: Criminology
Earth Sciences: Geosciences
Engineering: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
English: English, Linguistics
Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences
Foreign Language: English as a Foreign Language, French, Spanish
General Studies: Gender Studies
Geography and Urban Studies: Geography
Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism and Travel
Industrial Studies: Industrial Technology
Information Studies: Computer Science
International Studies: International Studies
Performing Arts: Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Theater Arts/Drama
Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy
Political Science: Political Science
Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies
Technology: Industrial Technology, Technology Education
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
Figures are current as of 8/2/2012.
Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.
For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:
For Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.
Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.