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Academics Before You Go

Academics Abroad - Before You Go

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Registering for Classes Abroad

The UMD Study Abroad office will assist in planning your academics abroad. In addition to our support, you'll meet with your academic department(s) and professional or faculty advisor when selecting your courses abroad. They will be able to guide you in selecting courses that will count toward your degree. Be flexible when selecting coursework abroad; all courses advertised may not be available during your term abroad. Students are encouraged to choose more courses than they plan to take in case courses are unavailable.

Registration for Study Abroad

The Study Abroad office will register you at UMD for a block of study abroad credits. You'll be automatically registered for the following number of credits based on your semester/term abroad:

  • Semester & academic year programs: 12 credits/semester
  • UMD short-term programs: the exact number of credits as indicated online for your specific program
  • Affiliate short-term programs: 3 credits

When grades are received from the foreign university or study abroad program provider, the study abroad courses are added to your transcript with the Foreign Studies level designator (FORS XXXX). APAS reports will be amended by the respective collegiate Student Affairs office.

Course Selection

You are required you to choose your courses prior to departure. Find course information the foreign university or program provider website. Work with your professional or faculty advisor to find the best fit for your degree requirements, and look at the Academic Planning page for more info about this process. Be aware that programs may have specific minimum and maximum course enrollment requirements. Each semester, you must take at least the equivalent load of a full-time student (12 credits). Short-term program participants will be automatically registered for the corresponding program course. 

Study Abroad & Liberal Education Global Perspectives Category 

Successful completion of one of the following Study Abroad Programs—fulfills the Global Perspectives category within the Liberal Education Program:

  • UMD, co-sponsored, or affiliate semester or year-long program
  • UMD short-term program (less than a semester, typically 3 weeks long)
  • UMD Affiliate short-term program that includes a Global Perspectives Liberal Education course listed in the UMD Study Abroad Course Database

*Note: You cannot fulfill both the Global Perspectives and Sustainability categories during your semester or year abroad. If you would prefer to fulfill the Sustainability category (AND you are enrolled in a class that is equivalent to a Sustainability lib ed), you will need to submit a petition. If approved, the Sustainability category will override the fulfillment of the Global Perspectives category.

Study abroad course reviews & equivalencies 

For information regarding how your courses abroad will transfer back to UMD, see the Study Abroad Course Database. This database includes courses that UMD students have taken abroad in the past 5 years.

Hold on Student Account

If you have a hold on your student account, you will not be able to receive grades nor register for the following semester. Even when you are abroad, you are responsible for clearing holds on your account. The UMD Study Abroad office cannot remove holds. We encourage you to inform your academic advisor when you will be abroad. Schedule required advisor meetings appropriately. You should also meet with a financial aid advisor to ensure that all financial matters are taken care of before you leave.