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Direct Programs

With UMBC Direct Programs, students can enroll directly in one of dozens of universities throughout the world.  Enrolling directly in a university overseas is geared for mature, independent students who may not need the additional services provided by UMBC Affiliate Programs.

Students interested in applying directly to an international university should keep the following issues in mind when making this choice. While you do save yourself the costs of having someone do the administrative leg work for you, you alone will be responsible for arranging accommodation, arrival and class registration with the international office of your host university. Students pay all tuition, fees, room and board costs directly at the international institution.

Many, but not all, universities in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada are able to admit visiting students for a summer, semester or academic year. Other universities have special programs specifically designed for visiting international students.

Direct Enroll in Canada

Laval University Quebec City, Quebec
University of Quebec at Chicoutimi Saguenay, Quebec

Terms: fall, spring, academic year, summer or January term

Requirements: minimum 2.75 GPA, between 0 and 4 semesters of university-level French

Notes: Students enroll at either Laval University’s Ecole des langues vivantes or the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi’s  (UQAC) Ecole de la langue francaise et culture quebecoise in intermediate, advanced or superior level, depending upon results of placement examination.  All students take a combination of French grammar, conversation and composition.  UQAC offers a January program Francais et neige, in addition to three- and five-week summer courses.

Direct Enroll in Egypt

American University of Cairo Cairo

Term: fall, spring, academic year, summer or January term

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Notes:  All instruction at AUC is in English, and the university offers a full curriculum of academic majors. There is no language requirement, but students may wish to take advantage of AUC’s Arabic language offerings.  AUC also offers an intensive Arabic institute during the summer, a comprehensive summer school, and several programs in Arabic and Middle Eastern history during the January term.

Direct Enroll in Germany

Phillips Universität Marburg Marburg

Term: fall, spring, academic year or summer

Direct Enroll in Ireland

National Universitiy of Ireland: Cork Cork
Trinity College: University of Dublin Dublin

Terms: fall, spring, academic year, summer

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Notes: UMBC students of any academic major may enroll for a semester or acdemic year.  Students enroll directly in these institutions, taking regular university classes with Irish and other international students.  Trinity College permits students to enroll for academic year programs only.  It offers no guarantee of on-campus accommodation.

Direct Enroll in Korea

Yonsei University Seoul

Terms: fall, spring, academic year, summer

Requirements: minimum 2.5 GPA

Notes:  UMBC students of any academic major may enroll for a summer, winter, semester or academic year.  Students enroll directly in this institution, taking regular university classes with Korean and other international students. Yonsei offers many courses  in English.

Direct Enroll in Taiwan

National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center Taipei

Terms fall, spring, academic year, summer

Requirements: minimum 2.5 GPA

Notes: UMBC students of any academic major may enroll for a summer, semester or academic year. Students enroll in intensive language courses.

Direct Enroll in the United Kingdom

Locations: More than one dozen locations throughout England and Scotland

University of Aberdeen Aberdeen, Scotland
University of  Bristol Bristol, England
Lancaster University Lancaster, England
University of Glasgow Glasgow, Scotland
Goldsmiths College, University of London London, England
University of Manchester Manchester, England
University of Nottingham Nottingham, England
Queen Mary, University of London London, England
University of Reading Reading, England
St. Andrews University St. Andrews, Scotland
University of Stirling Stirling, Scotland
University of Sheffield Sheffield, England
University of York York, England

Terms: fall, spring and academic year

Requirements: minimum 2.8 to 3.0 GPA, depending on the university

Notes:  UMBC students of any academic major may enroll for a semester or acdemic year.  Students enroll directly in these institutions, taking regular university classes with British and other international students. Summer options may be available, but will most likely be offered with other visiting American students.