Current International Students


Although located on the Orono campus, the staff at the Office of International Programs is dedicated to assisting the members of our international student community at UMaine Machias with the numerous and varied issues that arise when living, working and studying in a new country.  Our staff members are easily accessible through email and offer one on one advising appointments on Zoom.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to support services on both the Machias and Orono campuses.  We are here to help!

International Student Services

BJ Marshall

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

BJ is your primary point of contact on campus for travel signatures, campus information and general support. 

What I can help students with:

  • Travel signature
  • Campus specific information
  • First point of contact for questions and referrals

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 on both the Machias and Orono campuses on immigration, academic and employment topics.  She enjoys helping students to maintain their immigration status so that they can be successful in their studies.

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.

Ella Wu

SEVIS Coordinator
(207) 581 – 3433

Originally from Guangdong, China, Ella moved to Buxton, Maine when she was 14. After graduating from Bonny Eagle High School, she attended the University of Maine and earned her business degree in Marketing and Management. Throughout her college career at UMaine, Ella was highly involved with both international and multicultural communities. She loves working in a higher education setting. She often describes a university as a place for inspiration, a symbol of growth, and a path to success.

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 UMaine Machias Fall 2021)
  • Answer some immigration questions

Sarah Joughin

Senior Associate Director, UMaine
(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

Academic Advising and Student Success

Lori McBrine 

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

Registering for Classes

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