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We have a comprehensive list of quality semester, year, and short-term academic programs in a wide variety of locations all around the world. Click on map pins to learn more.

Study Abroad Programs

In addition to programs we’ve developed directly with universities abroad, we collaborate with affiliate study abroad program providers


Program Lengths

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  • Go abroad independently for a longer-term experience (semester or year)
  • See what it's like to be a student at a university abroad
  • Immerse yourself in another culture with ample time to explore and travel while there
  • A variety of programs are offered to suit different majors at UMD

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  • Direct Study Summer Programs
    • Go abroad independently for 1–3 months during the summer term
    • See what it's like to be a student at a university abroad
    • Immerse yourself in another culture with time to explore and travel while there
    • A variety of programs are offered to suit different majors at UMD
  • UMD Faculty-led Programs | May, Summer, or Winter Break
    • Go abroad with a group of students to take a UMD course abroad
    • Programs are led by UMD Faculty and are 2–6 weeks in length
    • Courses topics vary yearly and range from 3–6 credits
    • The course can count as your Global Perspectives Liberal Education Requirement​​​​!
    • Anyone from any major can apply as long as you meet the pre-requisites
  • UMD International Student Teaching
    • Education majors can fulfill student teaching requirements abroad
    • We partner directly with UMD's Department of Education in the College of Education and Human Service Professions to offer these programs
    • Locations include: Croatia, Mexico, Slovenia, & South Korea

FAQs:

  • How long can I study abroad? You can study abroad for a semester, year, or on a short-term program (winter break or May/summer term). 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. Note that most programs have an application fee. UMD’s study abroad application fee is $50.
  • What can I study? Almost anything! There are a variety of subject areas offered in most programs making it possible to find something to suit your major. You can fulfill Liberal Education requirements, degree requirements, or take electives. Bonus: enrolling in specified UMD study abroad programs fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirement at UMD! Browse our Study Abroad Course Database to see which classes past students have taken abroad and begin 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 studying abroad 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 degree-seeking 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 professional 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.