University of Maryland
College Park, MD
University Info | School of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
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
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 90 with minimum section scores of 22
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5 overall with minimum section scores of 6.5
Exemptions to the English language proficiency requirement can be found here.
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: late August/early September to late December
- Spring: late January to late May
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Fire Protection Engineering
- Materials Science Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
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.
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Business classes are not available to exchange students at the University of Maryland.
Course Descriptions: Undergraduate | Graduate
Engineering course descriptions and syllabi
Schedule of Classes
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
Additional Application Materials
Students admitted through Global E3 must complete the University of Maryland application for admission and DS2019 Information Sheet.
Once all admission materials have been received, an acceptance package can typically be sent within 2-3 weeks.
After you have been accepted for on-campus housing, 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. To view the different residence hall options and to apply for housing, please visit the Department of Residence Life website .
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
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.