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We’ve worked with campus partners to create a comprehensive list of quality academic programs in a wide variety locations all over the globe.
We have a variety of semester, year-long, and short-term programs. In addition to programs we’ve developed directly with universities abroad, we collaborate with affiliate study abroad providers to cosponsor programs. Have a look at our map and click on the pins to learn more about each program!
UMD Study Abroad Programs
These programs are for those who want more of an independent experience abroad. You would enroll as a full-time student at the institution abroad and could participate for a semester or an entire year. These are a great option for those who want to fully immerse themselves in another culture, have more time to explore and travel, and truly see what it's like to be a student in another country. We have a variety of programs to fit the major areas of study at UMD.
These programs, like semester programs, are ones where you would go abroad independently to the university abroad but for a shorter period of time during the summer term.
These programs are led by UMD faculty and typically offer one course from an existing academic department at UMD. Courses are offered during May, Summer, and Winter Break terms and range from 3–6 credits and many programs welcome students from all majors and minors. Details about academics and prerequisites are available on each program webpage. Programs vary year to year in regards to subject matter and location, and the length is typically between 2–6 weeks.
2020 Winter Programs
- BAHAMAS (SCSE) - Coral Reef Field Studies in the Bahamas
- COSTA RICA (CLA) - Global Surf Culture
- TRINIDAD (SCSE) - Chocolate in Trinidad
2020 May & Summer Programs
- AUSTRALIA (LSBE) - International Business Down Under
- CUBA (SFA) - Arts, History, & Culture of Cuba
- GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, CZECH REPUBLIC (CLA) - Women’s Health & Policy
- IRELAND (SCSE + CLA) - The Irish Landscape
- ITALY (CEHSP) - History of Community Health: Art & Culture in Italy
- NEW ZEALAND (SCSE) - Marine Biology in New Zealand
- NEW ZEALAND (CEHSP) - New Zealand: Youth Power
- PERU (CLA) - Language & Culture in Peru
A great way to fulfill student teaching requirements for UMD education majors is to participate in one of UMD’s International Student Teaching programs. The College of Education and Human Service Professions' (CEHSP) Department of Education and International Programs & Services collaborate to offer programs in:
- How long can I study abroad? You can study abroad for a semester, year, summer term, or on a short-term faculty-led program. Some students study abroad more than once!
- How do I apply? The entire application process is online. Steps vary depending on the program. Visit individual program web pages for specific instructions.
- What can I study? Almost anything! There are a variety of subject areas to find something to suit your major. You can fulfill Liberal Education requirements, degree requirements, or take electives unrelated to your degree. Bonus: enrolling in specified UMD study abroad programs fulfills the Global Liberal Education requirement at UMD! Browse our Study Abroad Course Database to see what classes past students have taken abroad and start the academic planning process early.
- Will I receive academic credit for my studies abroad? Yes. You’ll receive academic credit for all coursework you complete abroad.
- How much does this cost? Costs vary! We offer programs that cost less than, the same as, and more than what you pay at UMD. Browse program costs on any specific study abroad program page. Use our budget planning tool to plan and compare costs at UMD and abroad.
- Does financial aid apply? Yes. Financial aid may apply to study abroad costs. Check out more info about financial aid and study abroad. (Note: you must be a full-time student to receive financial aid.)
- Do I need to know another language? No. While we encourage learning a new language and phrases in the language of your host country, all programs in all of our locations offer courses taught in English (with the exception of language programs).
- When is the best time to study abroad? You can study abroad any time after freshman year (or completing 24 college credits, post completion of high school)—even as soon as the summer after your first year! Be sure to check with your academic or faculty advisor to determine the best time frame for you to study abroad. You may apply to a program during freshman year but must have completed freshman year in good standing to participate
If you are curious about alternative program options, please visit our program types page for further information.