No, most programs offer coursework in English. Even in countries where English is not the first language, coursework is offered in English and an optional “survival course” in the native language will likely be offered before the start of the semester. The MyEA application should indicate the language of instruction.
For most programs (including all exchange programs) the minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. In some special cases students with a GPA slightly below 3.0 will be considered. There are a limited number of programs with a GPA requirement below 3.0.
ou should apply for a VISA as soon as you are accepted and have received all necessary documentation to complete the application. It is a good idea to apply for a passport as soon as you decide to study abroad. Typically a passport can be processed in 4-6 weeks. For an additional fee and effort this process can be expedited. Please visit the U.S. Passport website.
- How long are you looking to study abroad for?
- What region do you prefer?
- What are your financial considerations?
- What special considerations for study abroad are associated with your major?
Ideally, no. With proper research and planning students should be able to maintain their four year plan. By moving courses around between semesters and planning ahead most students are able to stay on track without very much difficulty.
Credit transfer depends on the type of program. Students will get all of their courses (and corresponding credits) approved to transfer back before they leave by UMD faculty. Typically courses will transfer credits back on a pass fail basis.
There are many short term programs available during summer term and winter term. Please visit Maryland Short-term Programs to explore your options.
Become familiar with the types or programs, attend an upcoming information session, meet with a study abroad advisor and begin to research programs that you are interested in.