University of Maryland
College Park, MD
University Info | School of Engineering Info
Offices Responsible for International Exchange Students
The University of Maryland is a major public research university located on 1,250 acres of rolling land along the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. high-tech corridor.
The University was founded in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College and became the University of Maryland in 1925. In 1988, five University of Maryland campuses reorganized into the University of Maryland System with the University of Maryland, College Park designated as the flagship campus.
The University includes 12 colleges and schools offering 127 undergraduate majors and 112 graduate degrees. Enrollment in Fall 2013 totaled 37,272 students with 26,658 undergraduates and 10,614 graduate students. The faculty includes 3793 full-time equivalent faculty of which 34.2% are tenured/on-track faculty.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students : Accepted
- Graduate Students : Accepted
- Computer Science Majors : NOT Accepted
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based - 90 with minimum section scores of 22
Minimum IELTS score : 6.5 Overall with minimum section scores of 6.5
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Fire Protection Engineering
- Materials Science Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Business classes are not available to exchange students at the University of Maryland.
We also offer several minors and special programs, so courses may be available in nanoscience and technology, nuclear engineering, project management, international engineering, engineering leadership, and technology entrepreneurship.
Additional application materials?
Students admitted through Global E3 must complete the University of Maryland application for admission and DS2019 Information Sheet.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Once all admission materials have been received, an acceptance package can typically be sent within 2-3 weeks.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall : late August/early September to late December (includes final exam period)
- Spring : late January to late May (includes final exam period)
Undergraduate | Graduate
Schedule of classes
Detailed course descriptions and syllabi for engineering classes can be found on each department’s website.
Workload per semester
To maintain their J-1 status, students must take a full course load each semester:
- 12 credits for undergraduate students
- 48 graduate units for graduate students
||No graduate credit
||No graduate credit
The University’s present marking system defining the standards for letter grades is retained under the new plus/minus policy. The present marking system is as follows:
- A+, A, A- denotes excellent mastery of the subject and outstanding scholarship
- B+, B, B- denotes good mastery of the subject and good scholarship
- C+, C, C- denotes acceptable mastery of the subject and the usual achievement expected
- D+, D, D- denotes borderline understanding of the subject, marginal performance, and it does not represent satisfactory progress toward a degree
- F denotes failure to understand the subject and unsatisfactory performance
The marking system defines the standards associated with letter grades under the present grading policy. The new plus/minus grading policy does not change these standards. For example, under the present grading policy, students receiving a grade of C have achieved the standard of “denotes acceptable mastery of the subject.” Under the plus/minus policy, students who receive a grade of C+, C, or C- will have met this same standard.
A copy of your official transcript is sent to the Exchange Coordinator at your home institution. You may also request a transcript online. Transcripts will be sent to the address you provide.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
For information on the cost of housing and dining plans available, please visit the websites of the Department of Residence Life and Dining Services. After you have been accepted, your directory ID and password will be emailed to you, and you will be able to request housing and sign up for a meal plan online.
Graduate students are required to find housing off-campus on their own. Off-Campus Housing Services has listings for housing seekers.
Undergraduate students generally live on-campus. If you live in a regular room on campus without a kitchen, you are required to purchase a meal plan.
You must complete housing forms and sign an agreement to request housing. Below are the residence communities available to undergraduate exchange students:
- South Hill
- Dorchester Hall - Global Communities
*Global Communities, located within Dorchester Hall is an exciting living experience, rich in cultural diversity and academic enhancement. Students from more than 30 countries and the United States, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds, come together to form an international Community. For more information, please see the Global Communities Homepage . To view the different residence hall options and to apply for housing, please visit the Department of Residence Life website .
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
Move-in dates change each semester, but are usually a few days before classes begin.
After you have been admitted to the University of Maryland, you will receive a DS2019 form in your admission package. You will need this to contact the U.S. Consulate in your country to obtain a J1 visa.
Please note: When applying for a visa, you will be required to pay a SEVIS fee of $100.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
You are required to have health insurance while you are in the U.S. If you do not already have health insurance that covers the minimum requirements, you can purchase health insurance through the UM Health Center. The Student Policy meets the J1 insurance regulations. Click here for more information about health insurance. An immunization form will be available once you are accepted. The form needs to be completed and turned into the UMD Health Center during orientation week. You have the option of getting required immunizations (mumps, measles, rubella and TB skin test) after you arrive at the Health Center or at local facilities for a fee.
When should I arrive?
An orientation program is held for incoming exchange students the week prior to classes beginning each semester. Attendance at orientation is mandatory.
Is airport reception available? Only on specific dates.
Is there any bank on campus? Yes.
Many countries operate on a cash-only basis. Not so in the United States, where credit cards and debit cards are very popular options for payment—even at McDonald’s. On the UMD campus, Capital One Bank operates a branch in the basement of the Stamp Student Union.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Cost of attendance
Other administrative fees
Exchange students will need to pay a student activities fee.
Offices Responsible for International Exchange Students
University of Maryland Study Abroad Office
Ms. Krista Uhrig, Exchange Coordinator
A James Clark School of Engineering, Office of International & Leadership Programs
Ms. Jane Fines, Director
UM Education Abroad Office | Clark School’s Office of International & Leadership Programs
You will love taking advantage of our location— a Metro ride away from sights, culture and nightlife of Washington, D.C. home of the new baseball team the Washington Nationals. You will also be half an hour down the road from Baltimore and Annapolis, where you can visit numerous seafood restaurants and try the state delicacy: Maryland crabs. Let the MARC drop you at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, or the Baltimore Ravens football stadium. Check out mega-concerts at the MCI Center, or blues and jazz music at the intimate Blues Alley in Georgetown or stand-up comedians at the D.C. Improv.
Consider the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the National Institutes of Health, the embassies, as your resources for information, internships, or just exploration. Galleries, theaters, festivals, events will vie for your interest and time.
Maryland is a state that offers every kind of natural beauty, from the Chesapeake Bay and ocean beaches to the mountains, lakes and rivers of its western counties. Sailing, thoroughbred racing, skiing, hiking and camping are a few of its features.
The city of College Park offers dozens of eateries, shops, bars, and diversions just for students. Neighboring towns offer multiplexes showing their latest movies, shopping malls for all your needs, a national park, a beautiful lake, and restaurants.