each program has slightly different eligibility standards, usually a minimum 2.5 GPA is necessary to study abroad. Students who do not have the required GPA may consult the Study Abroad Office for special approval procedures. Students currently on academic probation are not eligible for study abroad programs, and should wait until their academic situation improves before applying to a study abroad program.
When should I study abroad?
UMBC strongly suggests students to have at least second semester sophomore standing before they can study abroad. We advise students to begin looking and researching a study abroad program during their freshmen year. Also, students may study abroad their next to last semester, but UMBC requires that the final 15 credits be taken on the UMBC campus.
Where can I study abroad?
Just about anywhere! Programs of study exist in almost every corner of the world. Foreign language proficiency is not a requirement, as there are numerous programs in English. The only restriction is that UMBC students may not participate on a study abroad program in a country with an active US State Department Travel Warning.
Will I earn credit for a study abroad program?
With prior approval, the credits you earn while overseas will be entered on your UMBC transcript and will count toward graduation as long as you receive a grade of C or better. It is possible to fulfill major, minor, and general foundation requirements (GFRs) while studying abroad.
Isn't study abroad expensive?
Studying abroad can be an affordable experience. Many study abroad programs. particularly our tuition exchange programs, are very affordable, costing roughly the same as tuition, room and board plus your travel expenses.
Will my UMBC financial aid and scholarships transfer?
Most forms of federal and state financial aid (including subsidized and non-subsidized student loans, Pell Grants, and Maryland State Grants) can be used to finance summer, semester and academic year study abroad programs. Most UMBC and outside merit scholarships can also be used for almost any study abroad program. Additional scholarship money is also available.
How do I get started?
It is important to start planning early for your study abroad experience. Begin by attending a session of Study Abroad 101, the twice-weekly preliminary group advising sessions, after which point you can schedule an appointment with the staff of the Study Abroad Office.