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Education Abroad

Studying abroad is an invaluable opportunity and the experience of a lifetime.

Interested Students FAQ

I want to study abroad. When should I go?

ARHU supports students who wish to go abroad at any point in their academic careers.  Most students will only need to complete a minimum of 12 credits* when they return to campus, although some students can even spend their final semester abroad if they wish.  The earlier students start planning the more options they will have.

*The University's "Residency Requirement" will apply to some students wishing to study abroad in their senior year.  Please meet with Mr. Bob Crane, Dr. Paula Nadler or Ms. Amanda Bachert to see how this policy might apply to you individually.

I want to study abroad. How can I pay for it?

Students who are eligible for financial aid are eligible to apply their financial aid to any certified study abroad program. Students who receive scholarships can also apply those scholarships if they study through a University of Maryland/University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) program. To see if your financial aid and scholarships can be applied to your program, please contact the Financial Services Center.

In addition, there are a number of scholarships available for University of Maryland students who wish to study abroad for both long and short term programs:

I want to study abroad. Where should I go?

Students who wish to study abroad can literally study almost anywhere in the world.  The University of Maryland has specific "Maryland-in" and "USAC" programs where students earn residency credit while abroad.  There are also a wide range of study abroad opportunities through other universities and private organizations.

Students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with an Education Abroad advisor to discuss study abroad opportunities.

I have been accepted into a study abroad program. What should I do now?

Once you have been accepted into a study abroad program you must (in this order):

  1. Go see the Education Abroad Office in 1125 Holzapfel. They will assign you to a study abroad counselor who will help you coordinate while you are abroad.  They will also give you a "Permission to Study Abroad" form that you need to have approved.
  2. Go see your departmental advisor for approval of your "Permission to Study Abroad" form.  Even if you are not taking any classes toward your major, you must still have the department sign off since you will be gone for a semester and will need advising prior to your departure.
  3. Go see Ms. Amanda Bachert, Mr. Bob Crane or Dr. Paula Nadler in ARHU in 1120 Francis Scott Key Hall.  We will approve your courses for transfer, conduct an audit, and ensure that you know where you stand for graduation prior to your departure.  Study Abroad approval with Arts & Humanities can be completed either in a scheduled advising appointment or during walk-in advising hours.

Please make sure to leave enough time to complete all three steps prior to departure; often, the approval process coincides with busy parts of your semester (finals, papers, etc.)

Will my courses abroad count for graduation?

ARHU will work with you to make sure you know exactly how courses abroad will count for graduation.  In general, classes taken abroad do count toward graduation.  Exceptions include field studies, some internships, and courses that we do not offer at the University of Maryland (fashion design, culinary classes, editing/production/direction classes for film and television, etc).

How will I know when I am supposed to register for classes?

Students should check Testudo for their registration date and time.  Registration dates and times are assigned by the Registrar based on total credits that students have completed.  These dates and times cannot be changed and students with travel plans during their registration period should make alternative arrangements with a family member or a friend to register on time.  (Students are reminded, for security, to change their password if they give it someone else.)

Students are encouraged to update their correct email address in Testudo so they will receive all appropriate University communications while they are abroad.

Current Study Abroad Students FAQ

What grade do I need to earn to receive credit at UM?

Students must earn a 70% in order for credit to transfer back to Maryland.  However, every program is different in terms of what equals 70%.  Please contact an Education Abroad advisor for specific details about your program.

What if I have advising blocks?

ARHU will lift your advising blocks (if you have them) while you are abroad for ARHU and your ARHU department.  For double majors outside of ARHU, you will need to contact that department/college to lift the advising block.

What if I have questions about advising?

ARHU recommends contacting your department for specific questions about your major. For general questions, please use Degree Navigator.

If you still have questions you can email Dr. Paula Nadler, Mr. Bob Crane or Ms. Amanda Bachert for assistance.

I am abroad and need to change a class(es).

Please email Dr. Paula Nadler about your new courses.  Not all courses will count for credit, so try to give as much notice as possible of such a change.  You might also need to wait until you return to know how a course you change might count towards graduation requirements.

Note: All students must complete a “Permission to Study Abroad” form prior to their departure or their enrollment may be canceled. Furthermore, students who have registered for courses at UM and then decide to Study Abroad MUST cancel their UM registration at the Mitchell Building, located on the first floor. Simply dropping your courses via Testudo is insufficient and may lead to financial penalty.

The Value of Study Abroad

Why Study Abroad?

  • Study abroad programs provide opportunities for learning critical to the education of American college students;
  • Allows students to lead responsibly, collaborate abroad, and compete effectively in the global arena;
  • Exposes students to foreign language skills, cross-cultural understanding, and an appreciation of our diverse and interconnected world
  • Makes students more employable by increasing their global awareness, according to the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE).

Top five reasons to study abroad:

  1. Doing so, ensures the educational system has made students globally literate;
  2. Educating students internationally is an important way to share the values of the United States, to create goodwill for the United States around the world, to work toward a peaceful global society, and to increase international trade;
  3. 79% of people in the U.S. agree that students should have a study abroad experience during college, in contrast to the 1% of American students who study abroad each year;
  4. Study abroad programs help people from the U.S. be more informed about the world and develop the cultural awareness necessary to avoid offending individuals from other countries;
  5. 87% of students in the United States between the ages of 18 and 24 cannot locate Iraq on a world map, 83% cannot find Afghanistan, 58% cannot find Japan, and 11% cannot even find the United States.