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Getting Involved

Collaboration with faculty and staff on campus help make international education possible. Below are ways you can get involved in encouraging international education opportunities. Contact our office at any time and we look forward to working with you!

Classroom Presentations

Let us come to you! Study abroad alumni or staff can give a brief presentation about study abroad to your students. We'll share a little about our experiences, a few photos, and general information about how to get started. Interested? Fill out this form to schedule a visit.


One of the most effective ways students learn about study abroad is hearing about it directly from faculty, staff, or advisors. We hope you're willing to recommend, encourage, and support these opportunities! We don't expect you to know all about study abroad, so please feel free to send students our way. They can attend Study Abroad 101 available every Tue. & Wed. at noon (a perfect session for interested students to attend). If students want to talk with staff, there are also drop-in advising hours daily from 10–11AM. Otherwise, students can always visit our office at 138 Kirby Plaza (across from TCF bank and next to the coffee shop) and they can always talk with any of our peer advisors at the front desk.

Display Promotional Materials

We're happy to provide printed materials for you to display in your office or classrooms. To request promotional materials, contact Stephanie Bartsch.

Workshops / Events

International Education Advisor Training

  • Developed for UMD faculty & staff who work with undergraduate students
  • Covers the general process, academic, personal, and financial basics on how UMD students plan for studying abroad
  • Learn practical information on how our office works with students
  • Learn about tools and resources for working with students interested in study abroad
  • Next session: TBD

Contact our office for more information. The next session will be held during the spring semester, date TBD.

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Council

The Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Council assists the Study Abroad office with overseeing study abroad curriculum as well as study abroad program reviews. This committee meets monthly throughout the academic year. The committee includes faculty and/or administrative staff member from each collegiate unit.

Charge to Faculty Advisory Council: 
  • Review and evaluate proposals for short-term faculty led study abroad programs
  • Make recommendations and selecting programs to run in the following summer term
  • Assess programs for a wide range of functions and aspects, including but not limited to academics, logistics, health, and safety, potential to meet enrollment goals, geographic and disciplinary representation, as well as other related factors 

2017–18 Members:

  • Karl Markgraf (Chair), Director of International Programs and Services (IPS)
  • Lyndsey Andersen, Associate Director, Study Abroad, (IPS)
  • CEHSP: Kim Riordan, Department of Education
  • CLA: David Syring, Department of Anthropology
  • LSBE: Seung Lee, Department of Management Studies (2016-2018)
  • SCSE: Howard Mooers, Department of Earth & Environmental Science
  • SFA: Robert Repinski, Department of Art & Design

Site Visits

Site visits allow faculty, advisors, and staff to take part in organized visits to selected program sites. These experiences provide the UMD community a greater understanding of programs available to students. Site visits are also available through program providers and UMD affiliates to locations worldwide. Contact our office for further information.

Program Reviews

The Study Abroad office is committed to developing and maintaining quality programs. We engage in an active process of reporting and evaluation using reviews that are consistent with The Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad as identified by The Forum on Education Abroad.

2016–17 Program Reviews

University of Birmingham, England
University of Worcester, England
University of Passau, Germany
Curtin University, Australia
University of Waikato, New Zealand