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University of Maryland is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in College Park, Maryland, USA.

Located just outside Washington, D.C., the campus is a 1,250-acre oasis in suburban College Park, with green lawns, shady oak trees,and stately architecture. The campus is a short Metro ride from all the culture and opportunities of such an international city—including dozens of embassies and potential internships at places like the National Institutes of Health, the World Bank,and the International Monetary Fund. You’ll be a car, bus,or train ride from Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia

Please note: Students must have a 3.2 GPA (minimum) in order to apply for this destination.

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: Late August – late December
Spring Semester: Late January – mid-May

Language of instruction

English

Application deadlines

Fall Semester: April 1st
Spring Semester: November 1st

Course offerings

UMD is divided into 14 Colleges and Schools, of which the College of Arts & Humanities, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, and College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences may be of most interest to UC students. These Colleges offer courses in many disciplines, but other colleges or schools are open to exchange students as well. In general, students should not expect to take more than 2 or 3 classes in one department. Departments with high enrollment/limited class size courses are Biological & Environmental Sciences, Communication, Computer Science, Crimionology, Economics (Economics majors do have priority here), Government & Politics, Journalism and Psychology. If you want to take courses from these department, you need to be very flexible in your course choice because registration is not guaranteed. Apart from this, UCU has an agreement with the UMD Honors Program. This means that you can also take honors courses: courses with a limited class size, a large amount of participation, extra debates, etcetera. Information on the Honors College can be found here. Honors students take a mix of honors courses and ‘regular’ courses.

The list of courses available each term can be found on the Testudo website.

Course levels

Course numbers at UMD have a 4-letter academic 

department code followed by a three-digit course number. The course numbers indicate the following:

-  000-099: Non-credit courses.

-  100-199: Primarily first-year courses (not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees).

-  200-299: Primarily sophomore courses (not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees).

-  300-399: Junior and senior courses (not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees).

-  400-499: Junior and senior courses acceptable for credit toward some graduate degrees. The number of such credits is limited by policies of the Graduate School and by the graduate program.

-  500-599: Professional school courses (Dentistry, Law, Medicine) and post- baccalaureate courses not for graduate degree credit.

-  600-898: Courses restricted to graduate students (see above for exceptions).

-  799: Master's thesis credit.

-  899: Doctoral dissertation credit. 

Credit system

UMD credits convert to ECTS by multiplying by 2; i.e. 1 UMD credit = 2 ECTS. So, you’ll have to take 15 credits to do a course load equivalent to UCU. Conversion: 15 credits = 30 ECTS

Grade system

UMD uses an A-F grading scale (see table).  

Grade Basic grade point Grade range
A 4.0 3.86 - 4.00
A- 3.7 3.46 - 3.85
B+ 3.3 3.16 - 3.45
B 3.0 2.86 - 3.15
B- 2.7 2.46 - 2.85
C+ 2.3 2.16 - 2.45
C 2.0 1.86 - 2.15
C- 1.7 1.36 - 1.85
D 1.0 0.51 - 1.35
F 0.0 0.00 - 0.50
Housing

Undergraduate exchange students are advised to apply for on-campus housing. In most cases, they will be assigned a double room in specific undergraduate dorms, generally in the South Hill or Leonardtown Communities. These rooms are furnished with a couch, bed, desk, and chair, but students will need to bring their own bed linens and other living items. Students who are assigned traditional campus housing without a kitchen are required to purchase a Resident Dining Plan (different options). Students who are assigned a room in on-campus apartments with a kitchen are not required to purchase a dining plan, but they can purchase an Apartment Dining Plan should they not wish to. Students may also choose to live off-campus, but this is not recommended. 

Costs

Undergraduate on-campus dorm or apartment fees vary. For one semester, they are between $2,600–3,350 (€2215–2855). The meal plans cost about $2100 (€ 1790) per semester. Generally, you need to show proof of $6,500 (€5540) for one semester to be admitted and (as a next step) apply for a J-1 student visa, which costs $180 for the application fee (€153). The UMD Student Activity Fee that is required for all exchange students is about $40 (€34). More information about costs can be found here.

In addition, exchange students are required to participate in the Student Health Insurance Policy (SHIP) at UMD. Approximate costs are $650 (€553) per semester. This is mandatory even if you already have coverage elsewhere. More information about SHIP can be found here.

Orientation

All exchange students must attend the required Incoming Exchange Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester.

The orientation takes place over the course of 3 days and begins about a week before the first day of classes for the semester. The following topics are addressed: academics, student code of conduct, housing, immigration, campus tour, health & safety, adjusting to American cultures. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to do an excursion to DC. 

Student experiences

The workload is generally quite high but easier than at UCU. The students who have gone to UMD recommend taking lab courses! They also say that it is wise to sign up for courses as much in advance as possible. Also keep in mind that many courses have prerequisites. Small courses are generally of a higher quality. There is an active student life on campus: “It's is like its own city!” Sports is a big thing on campus and many teams are easy to participate in. There are plenty of things to do in the area and DC is very close by as well.

The University Career Center offers a database of on and off campus jobs called Careers4Terps as well as services to assist resume and cover letter writing, building interviewing skills, and networking tutorials. Students on the J-1 visa can work on campus part time or be approved to work off campus as long as the position is directly related to their area of study. 

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.