Through the Office of Education Abroad (EA), Maryland 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 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 Maryland faculty and staff to administer almost 200 international programs in over 50 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 Maryland student to study abroad regardless of his or her major or financial profile.
Study Abroad Process
Students interested in overseas studies should ideally visit the Office of Education Abroad 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 students are prepared to begin applications, they should arrange to meet with an advisor by making an appointment through the on line system at: http://international.umd.edu/studyabroad/196 .
Types of Study Abroad Programs
Maryland Exchange Programs: Exchange programs allow Maryland students to study for a semester or year at leading universities throughout the world while paying little more than their regular Maryland 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 Maryland students an outstanding opportunity to develop lasting bonds with local students.
Maryland Administered Programs: Students may receive Maryland resident credit for programs sponsored by academic departments and administered by Education Abroad. These include semester programs in Copenhagen, Haifa, Korea, London, Nice, Seville, Berlin, Barcelona, and Rome, 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. In addition to high-quality instruction, Maryland programs offer cultural activities, internships, and service opportunities to help students maximize their engagement with the host-country culture.
Maryland Approved and Affiliated 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, Macquarie University (Australia), The Education Abroad Network, ACTR Russia, and the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
Non-Approved Programs: Maryland 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.umd.edu/studyabroad .