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.

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If you are planning to study abroad and don’t know where to start searching, 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!

Peer advising hours will be available only via scheduled appointment.  You may schedule an appointment by sending an email to

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 Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 is now available.

Please email for scheduling!

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?