Steps to Studying Abroad
Have you ever thought about studying abroad but don’t know where to start? These resources and tips will help you begin your journey.
- Attend Study Abroad 101: is a weekly half hour information session. IEO peer advisors present from a past study abroad student perspective. They also know the administrative side of studying abroad. This presentation covers everything you will need to know to start preparing for your journey. Check the events page for location details.
- Writing out a list of goals will give you more direction. Do you want to become fluent in a language or travel throughout Europe? Would you be comfortable with a homestay? Do you want to bond more closely with fellow UMD students or step away and travel by yourself? Is one semester just not enough? The answers to these kinds of questions will guide you in choosing a program and give you tangible indications of growth & transformation upon returning.
- Peer Advisors are the students sitting at the front desk in the International Education Office. All of them have studied abroad and returned, some multiple times! They are a wealth of knowledge regarding the programs they went on and can help you pick the right program for you. Most questions regarding studying abroad can be answered by them. Learn a little about them here.
- Staff Members are also available to answer more specific questions regarding programs and financials. Each staff member coordinates specific programs, so if you have in-depth questions on specific programs or world regions, they will be able to assist. Get to know them here and find out who coordinates each program.
- Consider your financial situation to determine how you will pay for your study abroad experience. Talk with parents about support they can offer. Consult with OneStop to see how financial aid can apply, including scholarship opportunities and loan information.
- Meet with your academic advisor to figure out where you are in your academic career. They will be able to tell you requirements for your major/minor and which can be taken abroad. Peruse your APAS report as well in order to effectively choose classes to take abroad.
- Search for programs that match your list of goals. Start with UMD Programs or browse our entire program database which includes our Affiliate programs. Ask peer advisers about their personal experiences abroad. Search our course equivalency database to see all the classes that have transferred back in the past 5 years.
We hope these resources assist you in planning your journey and picking the right program. Once you have figured out what you can and will do, apply here and commit to your exciting international experience!