The University of Southern Maine campus is seen in Portland in this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo.

The University of Southern Maine is joining a group of international institutions that make up the University of the Arctic.

The university said it was officially accepted into the university after a presentation by its president, Glenn Cummings, on Sept. 18 at Stockholm University in Sweden. The university said membership in the University of the Arctic will afford students and researchers with “greater opportunities for exchanges and collaborations.”

The membership is the latest foray into the North Atlantic made by the university. It launched the Maine North Atlantic Institute last year with an eye toward improving connections between Maine and North Atlantic countries. The university said students and faculty are working with schools including Reykjavik University in Iceland and the University of Tromso in Norway.