Through Education Abroad (EA), UMD students participate in academically rigorous overseas programs designed to broaden and enrich their major fields of study, deepen their understanding of other languages and cultures, and strengthen their ability to compete for successful careers in today’s global economy. These programs provide coursework in a wide range of disciplines so that participants can study abroad for a semester or academic year and still complete their degrees on schedule. A growing number of EA programs combine the concepts of global citizenship, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship by engaging students in innovative projects designed to address health, economic, and environmental issues in the communities that host them during their overseas studies.
EA collaborates with UMD faculty and staff as well as international institutions and affiliated organizations to support more than 400 international programs in over 65 countries and to integrate overseas coursework into campus curricula. Professional advisors guide students in the selection of suitable programs and the arrangement of academic credit, assist with applications for financial aid, conduct pre-departure orientations, and provide on-call support to participants overseas. Recognizing that substantive international experience is a crucial part of any undergraduate education, EA continually seeks to enable every UMD student to study abroad regardless of his or her major field of study or financial profile. EA is especially attentive to the diverse needs of the UMD campus community and is committed to developing and delivering programs and resources that facilitate access for and representation of diverse identities.
Study Abroad Process
Students interested in overseas studies should ideally visit EA one year before actually submitting an application in order to explore program options and learn more about the next steps in arranging academic credit, completing pre-requisites, and obtaining financial aid for their intended programs. When a student is prepared to begin an application, he or she should arrange to meet with an advisor by making an appointment through the on-line system at: www.international.umd.edu/
Types of Study Abroad Programs
Exchange programs: Exchange programs allow UMD students to study for a semester or year at leading universities throughout the world while paying little more than their regular UMD tuition, travel, and overseas living expenses. In exchange for each outgoing student, one from the overseas host university studies at the College Park campus for an equivalent period. While some exchange programs require foreign language proficiency, many are open to students who speak only English. These programs offer UMD students an outstanding opportunity to develop lasting bonds with local students. UMD students earn transfer credit applied to their UMD degree on all exchange programs.
Maryland Semester (Maryland-in), Maryland Short Term & Freshmen Abroad programs: EA directly sponsors and administers a wide array of semester and short term opportunities in partnership with UMD academic departments. These options allow students to receive UMD resident credit. These include semester programs in Copenhagen, Florence, Perugia, London, Nice, Seville, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome and Beijing, as well as more than 70 short term courses taught by Maryland faculty during the summer, winter term, and spring break in locations ranging from Morocco to Brazil. This also includes Terrapin Takeoff and Destination programs for spring admitted freshmen. In addition to high-quality instruction, UMD programs offer cultural activities, internships, and service opportunities to help students maximize their engagement with the host-country culture.
Approved Programs and Affiliate Programs: EA administers a wide range of programs in collaboration with vetted study abroad providers and universities, including The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), American Councils (ACTR), and the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
Non-Approved programs: UMD students who wish to study abroad through other institutions must petition to do so. The first step in this process is to speak with an EA advisor. Petitioners must demonstrate a compelling academic reason to participate in a non-approved program and that the program in question meets the same standards required of approved programs. EA strongly encourages students to explore its extensive list of affiliated and approved programs before beginning the petition process.
More information and applications are available at the EA website: www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .