How to Apply - Approved Programs

UMD students have the opportunity to participate in approved programs or to directly enroll in overseas universities that are not officially sponsored by the University of Maryland. Some outside universities and programs have already been approved and will appear in our listings on MyEA.

If the outside university or program you are interested in is not in our listings, it has not been reviewed. To enroll, you will need to petition Education Abroad for permission to enroll.

Finding and Applying to a Program:

  • Search for programs that have already been approved for UMD students by Education Abroad. If you are not ready to apply, you can save or share the programs that you are considering.
  • If you are ready to apply:
    1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of the program page
    2. Log in with your UMD Directory ID and password
    3. Respond to the questions about emergency contacts, financial aid, etc. You will then be taken to your "applicant home." Click on the name of your program.
    4. To complete your UMD Education Abroad application, fill in the Required Forms, Signature Documents and Assessments.
    5. Then, make an appointment with the regional advisor for your program. You can sign up for an appointment online.
    6. Once approved by Education Abroad, you will also need to apply directly to the host institution or program provider and complete their application process. Make sure you are aware of the specific application requirements for your program of choice.
  • If you are interested in a program that does not appear in the directory, you'll need to meet with your Education Abroad advisor who will discuss how to petition Education Abroad for permission to enroll.

Things to Keep In Mind

Participating in an external program or directly enrolling in an overseas university is a great opportunity and one that many students have taken. However, because these programs are not sponsored by the University of Maryland, there are some things you need to keep in mind:

Academic Credit

  1. Course Options:
    • Your course options may be limited on an external program. Be sure to research carefully how those classes offered by your prospective overseas university or study-abroad provider will transfer back to UMD. Additionally, some departments and classes at overseas host universities may be restricted for visiting students. Classes offered at host institutions that are not also offered at UMD cannot count for credit (fashion, cuisine, tourism, etc.).
    • It is important to begin researching course options well in advance of your program and discuss them with your academic advisor and Education Abroad adviser.
  2. Credit:
    • Courses taken on external programs will be accepted as transfer credit. Courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must receive the equivalent grade of C- or better in order to receive credit toward their UMD degree. The grades for transfer credit courses are not factored into a student's cumulative GPA and do not appear on a student's UMD transcript.
    • Please note that there are some additional requirements regarding the transfer of credit if you participate in a program administered by a study abroad provider (rather than enrolling directly at an overseas university), Be sure to review that information here.
  1. Be sure to review the Financial Policies of UMD
  2. Health Insurance: All UMD students are automatically enrolled in international health insurance for the duration of their study abroad program through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). The CISI plan provides international health insurance with no deductible, emergency medical assistance, evacuation, and other important benefits that are not included in U.S. domestic insurance plans.
  3. Additional Costs: Students pay all other costs, including host university tuition, program fees, and housing, directly to the overseas university or to the study abroad provider.
  4. Financial Aid: Students may be able to apply some or all of their regular financial aid to an external study abroad program, or apply for scholarships. Please see Funding Study Abroad for details.