Advising

Once you have attended a Study Abroad 101 session, you can enter into the advising phase of studying abroad.

We recommend you begin planning for your study abroad experience at least a year in advance in order to meet all program and scholarship deadlines. However this is just a recommendation, not a requirement.

Unsure what to do next?  Check out our application workflow!

If you are planning to study abroad during the summer or winter terms, you can meet with a Peer Advisor, a UMBC student who has studied abroad and been trained to help you identify a program to fulfill your advising requirement.

Peer advising hours are now available over Winter!

Winter peer advising hours will be available only via scheduled appointment.  You may sign up for an appointment here!

Spring peer advising hours will be available soon, stay tuned!

UMBC Education Abroad Advisors are here to help you sift through the hundreds of study abroad programs at your finger tips to find the right experience for you.  If you are planning to study abroad abroad for a semester or academic year you are required to meet with the Education Abroad Advisor to fulfill your advising requirement, however they are also available for advising on faculty-led programs, study abroad scholarships and any other concern you may have about studying abroad.

Please note that it is required to attend Study Abroad 101 before scheduling a meeting with an Advisor.

Advising for the following terms is now available: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year ’22-’23

To schedule advising, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have completed Study Abroad 101
  2. Have completed your advising profile here (https://goabroad.umbc.edu/)

When both of these criteria have been met, you will receive an email from our office inviting you to schedule your advising appointment.

Please refer to our Operations During COVID-19 for the most updated information on available program locations and application processes.

If you feel you have met all of the above criteria and have not been contacted by our office with an invitation to schedule your advising appointment, please contact us at peeradvisors@umbc.edu.

You should speak with you academic advisor(s) to find out what coursework you still have left to take, and if any of it can only be taken at UMBC or in a specific order. Once you understand your academic plan we can begin identifying programs that offer the coursework you need to stay on track. Below are some recommended questions to get the conversation started:

  • How can I review my degree audit?
  • What coursework do I need to take during ____ semester?
  • Can those courses be taken abroad or do they need to be taken at UMBC?

If you receive financial aid or scholarships you should speak to your Financial Aid Advisor or scholarship source to identify if your funding will transfer to your study abroad program. Some recommended questions are:

  • Does your funding rely on UMBC tuition being charged?
  • Can my aid/scholarship be used toward study abroad?
  • Have a completed my FAFSA for the term I want to study abroad? If not, when is that due?