UMD: A Globally Connected University

Maryland-in-London (UK)

London, United Kingdom
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.75
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

students in london

London, one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the world, serves as the setting for an experience that could become the most exciting and rewarding opportunity of your undergraduate program. The London program has been running since 1980 and is the oldest of all the university’s study abroad opportunities.

The Maryland-in-London program is a catalyst for personal and academic growth, and can lay important foundations for your future career plans. The program incorporates analysis and reflection that ties coursework to the artistic, literary, economic and political heritage of Britain and the world beyond. MIL students have many unique opportunities to develop skills and competencies that are transferable, cross-cultural and potentially industry-specific, including internships (work placements) for academic credit.

Maryland-in-London has three components to the academic program:

  1. Courses taught by adjunct London-based faculty who teach only Maryland participants
  2. Courses taught at our partner institution, Queen Mary University of London, where students are integrated into the British education system
  3. Internships (work placements)

Classes make maximum use of the city as a classroom through field trips, guest lectures, visits to museums and galleries, historical walks, and attendance at theater productions.

There are two main housing options so students can decide which suits them best: residential accommodation an international dorm or shared apartments with other MIL students. Students may also choose independent housing arranged individually.

The program also includes a number of opportunities to integrate into the fabric of British life, to get to know British people, and to discover the country. All students are given membership at two unions where they can join clubs, societies and gyms. Students are offered the chance to spend a weekend with a British family, as well as a day or weekend excursion to another part of the United Kingdom.

For a more detailed summary of the program, including policies, procedures, and logistics, view the London Student Handbook.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is 2.75. Students who wish to register for a QMUL course must have a 3.0 GPA.

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to this program.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

All students register for Maryland courses, designed exclusively for the program by local adjunct faculty who are experts in their fields. These unique classes promote interactive and in-depth academic study of the artistic, literary, economic and political heritage of London, Britain and the world beyond. Faculty use the city as a classroom and students are offered unprecedented access to the diverse and comprehensive amenities of London.

In addition to Maryland courses, students can choose to take one module at our prestigious local partner institution, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), or to undertake an academic work placement (internship).

The London program allows students to fulfill major, minor, Honors and Gen Ed requirements, thereby ensuring that your time in the UK keeps you on track for graduation. All students must be registered full-time (minimum 12 credits) and all courses must be taken for a grade (no audit or pass/fail).

For more details on the academic structure of this program and related policies, please refer to the Maryland-in-London Academic Overview

You can also view the Maryland-in-London Course List

London - a global city and world leader in business, arts, media and politics - is the perfect place to take advantage of the unique opportunity to engage with an international working environment. Maryland-in-London students can combine their classes with an unpaid internship for academic credit (called a work placement in the UK). The work placement option allows students to step beyond the classroom and develop skills and competencies that are transferable, cross-cultural and potentially industry-specific.

A wide range of placement areas are available for students to choose from, including various business sectors, not-for-profit, political, public sector and creative organizations. In previous semesters students have interned as political campaigners; performing arts administrators; think tank researchers; event planners; social justice activists; SME marketers; and more.

The work placement takes place in conjunction with an international internship course (IIC). This essential component allows students to reflect upon and analyze their intercultural experiences, and to connect academic theories to real-life situations.

The Foundation for International Education (FIE) coordinates the on-site logistics, manages the process of securing the placements, and runs the IIC. All students work with the UMD Career Center to prepare for the work placement and course.

For detailed information how work placement operates and placement options, consult the Work Placement Overview.

Housing is an important aspect of time abroad, and the program gives three options so you can decide which suits you best:

  1. If you are interested in living with someone from another country and meeting international students on a regular basis, a limited number of spaces are available in International Students House (ISH). ISH participants share a twin room with a student who is not on the Maryland program (photos).
  2. If you prefer apartment living and want to live with other Maryland-in-London participants, pre-arranged flats are provided by a housing agent. Typically four students live in a two-bedroom apartment (photos).
  3. If your priority is independence, you can identify and arrange your own housing without using one of the university’s partners.

For more details on these housing options, refer to the Maryland-in-London Housing Overview.

Fall Budget

These costs are for Fall 2015.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $12,730
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $500 non-refundable deposit: Due by March 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration. Due August 20th.

The program fee includes: $500 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition and fees, course related activities, on-site student services and support, subsidized excursions and home host opportunities, membership to local student organizations, academic support, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.

Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing (estimate) $6,000
This housing cost refers to students renting apartments/flats. Students who live in International Students House can expect to pay about $4,500. Please note that housing and personal expenses will vary depending on the currency exchange rate.
Meals (estimate) $3,000
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Passport $140
Student Visa Application $520
The Student Visa Application costs above refer to the Tier 4 Student Visa. Students who wish to participate in the work placement, the anthropology course, or do any type of volunteering will need the Tier 4 Student Visa. There is no cost associated with General Student Visitor Visa.
Course materials $250
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $3,000
Optional international trip cancelation/interruption insurance (estimate) $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $27,270

Spring Budget

The costs below are for spring 2016.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $12,730
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $500 non-refundable deposit: Due by October 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration. Due January 20th.

The program fee includes: $500 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition and fees, on-site student services and support, subsidized excursions and home host opportunities, membership to local student organizations, academic support, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.

Out-of-pocket Costs
Costs will depend on the currency exchange rate and the academic track chosen. Please read the Academic Overview and the Housing Overview carefully.
  Tracks I and II Track III
Housing (estimate)
The housing cost refers to students renting apartments/flats. Students who live in International Students House can expect to pay about $4,600 (Tracks I+II) or $5,800 (Track III).
$6,300 $8,400
Meals (estimate) $3,000 $3,800
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300 $1,300
Passport $140 $140
Student Visa Application
The Student Visa Application cost refers to the Tier 4 Student Visa which is required for students who wish to participate in the work placement, the anthropology course, or do any type of volunteering.
$520 $520
Course materials $250 $250
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $3,000 $3,500
Optional international trip cancelation/interruption insurance (estimate) $350 $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $27,640 $31,040

Please be advised of the following optional course costs:

  • Track II students: The cost of the work placement is included in the program fee. Enrolling in a  Queen Mary University of London course in addition to the work placement will incur an £1800 charge.
  • Track III students: The cost of enrolling in one QMUL course is included in the program fee. Enrolling in a second Queen Mary University of London course will incur an additional £1800 charge.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Deborah Lake, Maryland-in-London Coordinator
Deb LakeDeborah advises prospective and admitted students in the Maryland-in-London program and is responsible for program admissions. You can contact her with any questions about your application, admissions, logistics, academics, finances, housing, and engagement opportunities.
 

Dr. Laurie Koehler, Resident Director
Laurie KoehlerDr. Koehler has been Resident Director of the London programmes since 1993, responsible for the smooth running of all academic and non-academic aspects of the London study abroad.  She holds a B.A. and B.M from Oberlin College, and a PhD in Musicology from the University of Göttingen (Germany). Dr Koehler participated on various study abroad programmes to Austria and Germany as an undergraduate, followed by a Fulbright grant to Germany. She has remained in Europe ever since, a testament to how life-changing study abroad can be. She advises students on academic and personal matters, and can be a source of support as they adjust to living in another country.

Dr. Amanda Milburn, Assistant to the Resident Director

Amanda MilburnDr Milburn assists Dr Koehler with the smooth running of the London programmes and teaches the one-credit Connecting across Cultures class. She has a BA in History and an MA in Welsh History from Cardiff University, and a PhD in History from Swansea University.  A native ‘Brit’, Dr Milburn is half-Scottish, grew up in England, and lived in Wales for almost a decade before moving to London. Dr Milburn has worked for the University of Maryland since 2012, and particularly enjoys helping students to navigate British society and culture.

 

Integral to study abroad is learning about yourself, your own culture and your host country. Foundations are laid in your classes, but education goes well beyond the classroom. The program offers students a number of opportunities to integrate into the fabric of British life, to get to know British people, and to discover the country.

All students have access to unions at International Students House and University College London where clubs, societies, karaoke evenings, debates, gyms, travel clubs, and much more are offered. Regular participation in these events and activities is a great way to meet students at other British universities.

Students can sign up to stay with a British family for a weekend. Hosts are volunteers who enjoy getting to know people from other parts of the world and sharing their lives and local communities with them. Activities past students have reported as particularly memorable include bell-ringing in Colchester, paddling in the ‘other’ side of the Atlantic Ocean in Weymouth, delivering a lamb in Northern Ireland, and (of course) drinking lots of tea regardless of location.

The program also offers students the chance to sign up for a subsidized weekend excursion. Past excursions have included Bath & Stonehenge, Oxford, the Cotswolds & Stratford-upon-Avon, and horseback riding in Wales. The excursions introduce students to the regional differences within the United Kingdom, and have been highly rated as entertaining, informative and good value for money.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2015 03/01/2015 02/01/2015 09/14/2015 12/19/2015
View the Maryland-in-London Academic Calendar for more details.
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 10/11/2015 01/04/2016 06/11/2016
Please refer to the Maryland-in-London academic calendar for more details.