I want to study abroad. How do I start the process?
Step 1: Study Abroad 101
Come to a Study Abroad 101 information session. You only need to come to one. They are held in room 301 in the Administration Building on Mondays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. throughout the semester, and by appointment during the summer and winter terms.
Step 2: Research Programs (Optional)
Research different Study Abroad Program options with the information you received at Study Abroad 101 and on our website. When you find a program of interest that you think may count for credit back here at UMBC (for your major, minor, electives or general education) make a list of that program’s course title(s), corresponding course description(s) and syllabus (if available) before meeting with your academic advisor to discuss your created list.
Step 3: Meet for Advising
If you are unsure of what program you want to apply to or not sure what to do next you can meet with a Peer Advisor for advising!
If you plan to apply to ISEP, an Exchange, or to an Approved Direct program you will need to also meet with an Education Abroad Advisor.
You may also schedule with an Education Abroad advisor after you have met with a Peer Advisor if you have additional questions, concerns about your time abroad or need additional help narrowing down program options!
Step 5: Apply
Complete the UMBC Study Abroad Application by the deadline (see below). You may have an additional application for your specific program. In most cases, students need to complete a UMBC-specific application and a program application. Program deadlines may vary.
|*ISEP Exchange||**UMBC Exchange||UMBC Direct/Affiliate||UMBC Faculty-Led|
|Fall and Academic Year||January 15||January 15th/ March 10||March 10||n/a|
|Spring and Calendar Year||August 15||August 15th/ October 10||October 10||n/a|
|Summer||n/a||n/a||March 10||February 15|
|Winter||n/a||n/a||October 10||September 17|
*The ISEP website may have a deadline other than what is stated here. This earlier deadline is established so that students are able to complete the multi-step application process required to participate in this program. Please ask a study abroad advisor if you have questions or are interested in applying to ISEP.
** Our exchange with Seoul National University and Nanzan University have an earlier application due date of either January 15th or August 15th depending on the term.