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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I go?
UMD currently sponsors study programs in Australia, England, Finland, New Zealand and Sweden. Many other UMD programs are being developed so check with the International Education 138 Kirby Plaza for other possibilities. Our office also offers access to programs throughout the world sponsored by other respected universities and organizations.
What's the difference between an exchange and a study abroad program?
An exchange program is a reciprocal agreement between two or more universities that allows students to pay regular tuition on the home campus, but study at a foreign university paying room and board there. A study abroad program can take a variety of forms (direct enrollment, stand-alone program, language school, service-learning, experiential or study tour), with the program fee set by the sponsoring institution.
When can I go?
Most students study abroad their sophomore, junior or senior years. Freshman have limited options, mostly summer language programs.
What can I study?
Students can study everything from social sciences to the natural sciences, business to engineering, liberal arts to performing arts.
For how long can I go?
Students generally choose to study abroad for a semester, academic year, or a few during winter break, May or summer.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies according to the program. UMD provides study abroad programs at low costs. General program costs (tuition, room, and board) can range from $3,000 - $10,000 per term. For more informaiton about study abroad program costs go here.
Can I use financial aid?
Students can generally use all the financial aid they are eligible for on the UMD campus.
When should I start planning to study abroad?
It's never too early to start planning! A good time to start is during your first year, even if you don't plan on studying abroad until your junior year.
How do UMD students find out more about studying abroad?
Students interested in studying abroad access the resources of the International Education Office. The office is fully staffed and includes student peer advisors who have studied abroad.