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Exchange Programs

UMBC exchange programs offer a cost efficient way to spend a semester or year overseas. Students pay tuition and fees to UMBC (or its partner institution Frostburg State University for the ISEP program). They do not pay international student tuition or fees to their host institution.  All federal financial aid and most UMBC scholarships can be used for any of the programs listed below.  All credits earned on these programs can be used for your UMBC degree program.


National University of Ireland, Galway

Location: Galway, Ireland

Term: fall, spring and academic year

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Notes: Students may enroll in the vast majority of majors at the National University of Ireland, Galway, with the exception of law, medicine and journalism.



Kassel University

Location: Kassel, Germany

Term: Spring term only or academic year

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA


Universidade do Porto

Location: Porto, Portugal

Notes: students interested in studying in Portugal should contact the SAO.


Mälardalen University

Location: Västerås and Eskilstuna, Sweden.  Both campuses are located within an hour of Stockholm.

Term: fall, spring and academic year

Requirements: minimum 2.75 GPA

Notes: Mälardalen University offers a wide variety of courses taught in English in social science, engineering, and the humanities.  The university has four schools:

  • School of Education, Culture and Communication, UKK
  • School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, HVV
  • School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, IDT
  • School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology, HST

United Kingdom

Newcastle University – NEW!!

Location: Newcastle, England, UK

Term: fall, spring and academic year

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

Notes: Students may enroll in any department at Newcastle.


Swansea University

Location: Swansea, Wales, UK

Term: fall, spring and academic year

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

Notes: Students may enroll in any department at Swansea.  Students may opt for a fall pre-session London Experience, a three-week September session.  The cost of this session is not included as part of the tuition exchange.


More Exchange Options

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

Location: Programs in over 40 countries

Term: fall, spring, summer and academic year

Requirements: ISEP programs are available for students who have completed at least one year of university coursework. The GPA requirement for most programs is a 2.75, although some host universities may require a higher GPA or foreign language prerequisites.

Notes:  Students pay tuition, room and board to Frostburg State University for all ISEP exchanges options.  The ISEP direct tuition and fees are listed on their webpage.