A common source of concern among UMBC students is the residency requirement, commonly called the 30-credit rule. UMBC's residency
requirement states that the final 30 credits of a student's degree must
be completed at UMBC.
Many students fear that this means they may not study
abroad during their senior year. This is definitely not the case. Students may earn up to fifteen credits on an approved study abroad
program during their senior year. They must, however, be enrolled on
campus during their last semester. Therefore, students may study abroad
as late as their second-to-last semester prior to graduation.
An important note: Through pre-approval, all UMBC students may request
(through completion of a residency waiver form in the Registrar's Office)
permission to take a maximum of two courses (up to 8 credits) at another
institution during their senior year. For students who go abroad in
their senior year, approval of the Study Abroad Verification of
Transferability form constitutes residency waiver approval for up to 15
credits, which is well above and beyond the credit maximums approved for
seniors wishing to transfer non-study-abroad courses. Therefore, no
further residency waivers can be approved to take coursework at other
institutions upon your return to UMBC.