International Students at Thomas College: Feel Welcomed in Maine

There are many factors to consider when searching for colleges for international students. Beyond the curriculum, you want to be sure you find somewhere that supports your goals and provides resources for the unique challenges you face. 

At Thomas College, we have a thriving community that’s well-versed in helping international students find their people and sense of belonging on a campus that wants them to succeed. And if you’re considering colleges for international students, here are some ways Thomas College makes you feel right at home:

1. Find the support you need with international student services

Thomas College is a global community with students hailing from over 13 countries, so our staff is experienced and knowledgeable with assisting our international students in navigating common scenarios they may face throughout their academic journey. 

Some ways we support international students when they first arrive include:

  • Providing a welcome package
  • Meeting you at designated airports on designated arrival days to bring you to campus
  • Helping you with your initial banking set up
  • Setting up SIM cards for your phone
  • Acquiring your state of Maine driver’s license

We also offer part-time job opportunities on campus that you can apply for during your time here.

Our team of dedicated international recruiters is available to help you with any questions and can provide support and resources for a wide range of topics to help you make the most of your time at Thomas College. 

2. Stand out with small class sizes that allow you to shine.

At Thomas College, you can expect an innovative experience that’s personalized to you. We keep our class sizes purposefully small so you can get the attention and support you need while building deeper connections with the faculty and staff. 

Our average class size for 100-level courses is only 17 students, so you’re able to easily participate in class discussions and projects. Rather than being lost in a sea of students, your peers and professors get to know you by name — giving you more space to stand out, ask questions, and engage more with those around you.

3. Gain a sense of community on campus.

Thomas College is a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff who support each other and share the same vision for becoming leaders of tomorrow. Through our classes, campus activities, organizations, and clubs, you can explore different interests or pursue new ones that you’ve always wanted to try.

We have over 30 student clubs and organizations, intramural sports, and 19 varsity athletic programs; so there’s a wide range of activities and ways to get involved on campus. Whether it’s honing your skills, learning a new language, or trying something completely different, we provide a community that will support you every step of the way.

4. Achieve your career goals with career services.

Ultimately, we want our students to be as successful as possible after graduating from Thomas College; which is why we offer a one-of-a-kind Guaranteed Job Program™  that sets you up for success after you earn your degrees. 

Our Office of Professional and Career Development staff is also available to provide insight, resources, guidance, and support as you transition from student to graduate to professional, helping you prepare and navigate your career path after graduation. 

5. Explore the great outdoors and all Maine has to offer.

One of the best features of Thomas College is our location. Our campus resides in Waterville, Maine, which provides easy access to multiple landscapes and all types of outdoor adventures, including:

  • Whitewater rafting
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Disc golf
  • Hiking

Our campus is also close to several cities for students to explore. Our own downtown Waterville is home to museums, trails, farmers markets, restaurants, and more for a day of dining, shopping, and entertainment. And if you want to spend some time in a bigger city, you can hitch a ride to Portland (90 minutes away) or even Boston (only 3.5 hours away). 

No matter where you’re from, Thomas College provides a community that supports and values every one of our students through graduation and beyond. As one of the colleges for international students in Maine, we provide resources to make the transition from your country to ours as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Here is where you can explore your interests, learn more about different cultures, and find a community all your own.