UMD: A Globally Connected University

Universitas 21


The University of Maryland is one of the newest members of Universitas 21 (U21), a network of 27 research universities around the world. Defined as the leading global network of research universities for the 21st century, U21 develops, facilitates, and encourages global connections and programming.

Please bookmark this page and check it on a regular basis for updated information.  For more information about U21 Opportunities, contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs. And, learn more about our current U21 programs.

For Undergraduate Students:

2017 U21 Undergraduate Research Conference: Future Societies, Global Citizens (Scotland)

The University of Maryland has been invited to nominate four undergraduate students to participate in the 2017 Universitas 21 (U21) Undergraduate Summer School being hosted by the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 26-30, 2017. This year’s event, focused on the theme “Future Societies, Global Citizens," welcomes undergraduate students from all fields of study to present their research on an international stage and build a network of remarkable global peers!

What global challenges will face future societies and how can today’s internationally minded students become global citizens?

In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academies, the conference will be positioned under the four main themes of development, health, justice, and the environment.

The conference will offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate scholars to hone their research, public speaking, and networking skills with acclaimed academics and peers from around the world. There will also be the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular events to explore Scotland’s political and cultural heritage, from tours of Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament to a traditional Ceilidh dance.

Submit your application online by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Note that a faculty recommendation is required, and there is a link to the online form embedded in the student application.

For more information, please contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs.


Participation in this program is funded by the Office of International Affairs for an approximate value of $2,400/ student. Airfare, accommodation, most meals, international health insurance, and visa costs (if applicable) will be covered by the Office of International Affairs for four successful candidates. Participating students will need their own spending money for occasional dinners on free nights, transfers to and from the airport, and personal costs while visiting Edinburgh.

This is a competitive application.

*Class Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior graduating December 2017 or later; Minimum GPA: 3.5; Major Eligibility: All Majors


For Graduate Students:

No funding opportunities are available at this time. Please check back later.


For Faculty and Staff:

No funding opportunities are available at this time. Please check back later.