Current International Students


The staff at the Office of International Programs is dedicated to assisting the members of our international student community with the numerous and varied issues that arise when living, working and studying in a new country.  If you are unable to find what you need on this page, please feel free to make an appointment with your international student advisor.


Peggy Slicer 

Admissions Administrative Assistant
(207) 255 – 1318

Academic Advising and Student Success

Lori McBrine 

Coordinator – JMG and Career Specialist
(207) 255 – 1461
Office 225B, Torrey Hall

Immigration Advising

BJ Marshall

Associate Registrar & Designated School Official (DSO)
(207) 255 – 1231

BJ is your primary immigration advisor. She is your first point of contact for travel signatures, campus information and general support. 

What I can help students with:

  • Travel signature
  • Campus specific information
  • First point of contact

Mireille Le Gal

International Student & Scholar Advisor
(207) 581 – 3423

Mireille grew up in Brittany, France and joined the office in 1998. She advises international students, faculty and staff on immigration issues.  She also oversees Women of the World, a support group for international women in our area.   Mireille enjoys being a part of commencement ceremonies, celebrating students’ achievements, and enjoys meeting with international alumni when they return to visit UMaine!

I can help students with:

  • Immigration matters, including visas and travel
  • Academic or personal issues
  • Extension of program
  • Transfer to another institution
  • Work authorizations
  • Tax related questions

Schedule a zoom appointment with me.

Registering for Classes

Contact your Academic Advisor (listed in your Maine Street Student Center).

General Services

Brian Berger

SEVIS Coordinator |
(207) 581 – 2905

Brian joined the OIP in September 2013 as a student employee.  In April 2016 he was hired as a full-time staff member. His duties include maintaining the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS); supervising student employees; providing support to all areas (admissions, study abroad, and international student and scholar services) of the office; and reception. Although he was born in Maine and has lived here his whole life, Brian has always been fascinated by other cultures and loves to learn about life in different places around the world. This lifelong fascination resulted in bachelor’s degrees in French and secondary education which he earned in May 2018. Brian loves getting to know and work with international students while supporting programs like Culturefest (held annually each November) and International Dance Festival (held annually each February). He looks forward to continued work with international students and supporting their success here at UMaine.

Brian is also a proud and active alum of the University of Maine Diversity Leadership Institute (UMDLI), class of 2018. And has served as member of the LGBTQ+ and Allies Council since the fall of 2018.

What I can help students with:

  • Confirms maintaining legal status at the beginning of each semester
  • Extending I-20
  • Travel signatures
  • Letter requests (enrollment certification, invitation letters, no Social Security Number for driver’s license)
  • Social Security Number applications
  • International Student health insurance enrollment and waiver (starting at UMM Fall 2021)
  • Answer some immigration questions

Sarah Joughin

Senior Associate Director
(207) 581 – 3437

Sarah has been advising students and scholars on immigration issues and cultural transition since September 2003. Her background is in advocacy, immigration and legal services and she has had a life long love of travel and international affairs. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and in 1991 she studied at the University of Lancaster in the UK. In 1998 while teaching ESL, she had the opportunity to travel throughout Korea and visit both China and Japan.

What I can help students with:

  • Programming Functions including: Workshops, Culturefest, International Dance Fest, and Orientation


Orlina Boteva

Director of International Programs
(207) 581 – 3437

Orlina Boteva serves as the Director of the Office of International Programs. A native of Bulgaria, Orlina earned her undergraduate degree in International Affairs at the American University in Bulgaria. She spent her junior year of college as an exchange student at UMaine during which she also served as an RA in Knox Hall. She returned to UMaine to complete her M.A. in History and M.Ed. in Higher Education. Orlina joined OIP in 2009 as the Study Abroad Advisor. Orlina brings a passion for working with college-age students combined with a strong background in advising, intercultural communication, and student affairs. 

I can help students with academic support and success strategies, scholarship awards and posting, and emergency scholarship requests

Make an appointment with me at