Coming Home

Are you thinking about your return to UMBC?  Below are some resources to help you transition back.


Transfer of Credits Taken Abroad

In order for your credits to be transferred an official transcript from your host university must be sent to the address below:

Center for Global Engagement

Education Abroad Office
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University Center 207
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 USA

Please be sure you have approval for all the courses you took while abroad. It can take several weeks after our office receives your transcript for your credits to be processed.


Registering for UMBC Classes

Registering for classes upon your return to UMBC is usually identical to the process you follow for registering for classes at home.

Registration in AWAY 098/099 for the semester guarantees your continuous enrollment at UMBC. You will receive a registration appointment via e-mail to your UMBC account. You will need your academic advisor’s clearance in order to register for the semester. Please make certain to contact your advisor in plenty of time to receive registration clearance. After you receive clearance, you can then register using myUMBC.

Summer and January-term students will register as normal for the subsequent term; no special procedures are required.

If you are having problems with your registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office via the RT system of myUMBC.

Returning to UMBC Housing

For students studying abroad in the Fall, you should contact Caitlin Scheidegger ( in Residential Life and let her know that you plan to apply for housing for the Spring semester only. For students studying abroad in the spring, you must cancel your housing contract with Caitlin Scheidegger in Residential Life.

Get Involved!

Pre-Departure Orientation

We are looking for a limited number of volunteers that can donate 45 minutes of their time to serve on the Returned Student Panel to talk about their time abroad. It is important to have a good representation of countries and regions. Interested volunteers should email

UMBC Conversation Partner Program

The English Language Institute (ELI) Conversation Partner Program matches English-speaking UMBC students, faculty and staff with ELI students. The goal of the program is to promote cultural exchange, international friendship, and language learning. ELI students and UMBC volunteers meet for at least 1 hour a week for informal conversation. In many cases, ELI students and volunteers go beyond just talking: partners can attend events on campus, go to movies, or even participate in activities happening in Baltimore!

UMBC Certificate in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages)
These two intensive, non-credit courses are designed for busy professionals and recent college graduates who are interested in exploring the TESOL field as a future career opportunity. Course participants learn and practice a wide variety of methods and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Through face-to-face or online instruction and weekly discussions, participants explore best practices for teaching English as a second and a foreign language and learn how to create an effective, communicative language classroom for students of varied ages and levels. The course uses a practical, hands-on approach that includes classroom observations, tutoring sessions, and classroom teaching. The total number of hours required to complete these courses is 100+ hours.