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Study Group to Launch International Study Centers at the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine

18 March 2013

PRESS RELEASE

The University of Maine System and Study Group Inc., are delighted to announce their recent agreement to establish an International Study Center (ISC) on both the University of Maine campus in Orono and the University of Southern Maine campus in Gorham. 

The University of Maine ISC will receive its first cohort of students in fall 2013, followed by the launch of the University of Southern Maine ISC in spring 2014. Other System universities will also benefit from this agreement as students move through the ISCs or directly into the degrees of their choice.

The University of Maine System’s seven unique universities share an overarching goal: to provide high-quality, accessible and affordable learning opportunities. As the System’s flagship university and the state’s land-grant and sea-grant university, the University of Maine offers students a wide variety of programs and opportunities with world-class faculty members doing nationally recognized research in a friendly, safe environment. Among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast, the University of Maine enrolls nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  The University of Southern Maine, cited as northern New England’s outstanding public, regional comprehensive university, enrolls more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its nationally recognized programs.  Students are taught by talented committed faculty in an environment that fosters success.

Study Group’s 33 international offices and more than 200 education counselors will recruit fully academically qualified international students to the ISCs, which will provide an International First Year (IFY) for undergraduate students and a Pre-Master’s Program (PMP) for graduate students. Each ISC will initially offer two undergraduate pathway programs — business and engineering at the University of Maine ISC; and general science at the University of Southern Maine ISC — which will prepare students for success in their chosen degree programs by combining English language and academic coursework with academic study skills. More details on additional pathway options at the University of Southern Maine will be available when program details are finalized.

“Our collaboration with Study Group, with its global expertise in student recruitment and education, will assist us in realizing our goals of increasing diversity and enrollment while providing our students a rich and rewarding educational experience and advancing our global image,” says Paul Ferguson, president of the University of Maine. 

Theodora Kalikow, president of the University of Southern Maine agreed, saying, “We are excited by the possibilities our partnership will bring the students, the universities, the state of Maine and the world at large.”

“We are proud to have the University of Maine System as a partner,” says Joseph Cece, Study Group’s managing director for higher education in North America. “Providing students around the globe access to its seven campuses will enable the students to yield a high-quality education in a beautiful and welcoming setting and prepare them well for their futures as global citizens.”

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