UMD: A Globally Connected University

Our Offices

Photo by John T. Consoli, University of Maryland.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) enhances the international character of the university by:

  • Facilitating the university's international partnerships,
  • Coordinating international programs and events on campus,
  • Offering international opportunities—both local and abroad—to the university community, and
  • Providing administrative oversight for the offices listed below.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) supports international students and scholars attending the University of Maryland by:

  • Assisting with the application process to UMD,
  • Advising on immigration requirements,
  • Helping them make the most of their academic experience at UMD, and
  • Assisting the campus community in bringing international visitors to campus and sending Maryland faculty and students abroad.

Education Abroad (EA) offers advising and international, academically-based experiences in support of students’ personal, professional and intellectual development. Through short and long-term study abroad programs, students become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively engage with local and global communities and become culturally perceptive citizens.

Office of China Affairs (OCA) provides non-degree training for Chinese leaders working to advance public welfare and collaborates with Chinese and American partners to:

  • Strengthen institutions,
  • Advance knowledge of best practices, and
  • Promote stable U.S.-China relations.


Annual Report, AY 2015-16

In AY 2015-16, OIA and its constituent units continued to foster the internationalization of the University of Maryland. EA helped more than 1,900 UMD students gain significant overseas experiences, adding an exciting suite of new opportunities for students including an increasing number of credit-bearing internships focused on improving the common good around the globe. ISSS helped a record number of degree-seeking international students integrate into the life of the university and greater Washington, D.C., including a six percent increase in undergraduate international enrollment and four percent increase in overall international enrollment.  Existing OIA-sponsored programs also continued to grow. Four more Global Classroom courses were added, a 50 percent growth in the options UMD students now have to connect with peers around the world in digital-based classrooms working on real world projects. OCA increased by 40 percent the number of trainees in its tailored programs for Chinese administrators, while also further expanding its service to those on campus and in the region who are, or wish to be, engaged with China.

Learn more about the exciting work being done by our offices in our latest annual report.