UMD: A Globally Connected University

Welcome to Global Classrooms

 

WHAT ARE GLOBAL CLASSROOMS?

Global Classrooms are an innovative way to gain international experience, virtually, from wherever you are! Join forward-thinking students and faculty from UMD and international peer institutions to gain real-world skills while collaborating on global challenges and designing contributive solutions for meaningful impact.

Global Classrooms come in a range of shapes and sizes, from one-session experiences to full semester, project-based courses to explore new ways of engaging and collaborating across diverse, multi-cultural environments in the virtual space.

Global Classroom courses qualify for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. These courses are also open to students in the Inter-institutional Enrollment Program.

GLOBAL CLASSROOMS: WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

Global Classrooms Courses

A groundbreaking program now in its sixth year, semester-long Global Classrooms enable you to collaborate with classmates, faculty and communities from 25+ partner universities around the world on virtual, project-based coursework that addresses global challenges. Whether you’re helping to advance healthcare in Bangladesh, design agricultural technology in Liberia, or create an AI language app in Ecuador, semester-Global Classrooms empower you to have global impact without leaving home! 

Students: Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain the skills you need to thrive in our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, all while sticking to your four-year plan. Talk to your advisor to see how Global Classrooms Courses can fit into your schedule.

Global Classrooms Connections

These Global Classrooms are short-term, virtual experiences ranging from one-class sessions, to multi-day modules, to full winter or summer terms. All are intentionally designed to facilitate meaningful connection with global experts and/or partners, going beyond the typical online class experience to help you grow cross-cultural competencies.

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WHERE ARE GLOBAL CLASSROOMS?

    CURRENT OFFERINGS

    SPRING 2021 COURSES 

    Registration closes Feb. 5, 2021 

     

    ARCH601: Bridging the Gap Studio: Collaborative Design Thinking Across Cultures

    Time: M/W/F 2-6 p.m.

    Location: TBA

    Instructor: Madlen Simon

    Credits: 6

    Partner institution: Al Nahrain University, Iraq

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, sustainable design, theoretica/conceptual issues, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues.

    Restricted to ARCH, URPD or ARCP majors.

    AREC360: Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa

    Time: W 10 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Instructor: Taryn Devereux

    Credits: 3

    GenEd:DSSP/DVCC

    Partner institution: Liberia International Christian College, Liberia

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: The objective of the course is to identify challenges faced by farmers in Nimba County, Liberia, and work collaboratively across borders to discuss these challenges and develop extension education programming that will be implemented in the region in order to empower local farmers. The course is designed to create a paradigm shift for both cohorts of students who will educate and learn from each other in what is now becoming a critical context - the globalized workspace. UMD and LICC students will be grouped together to identify and develop particular thematic areas most needed by local farmers, and then as a cohort create a week-long extension program to be implemented on the ground.

    For more course information or to obtain permission to enroll, contact Jill Janofsky at jjanofsk@umd.edu.

     

    CPSS225: College Park Scholars Capstone: Science, Technology, and Society

    Instructor: Matthew Aruch
    Credits: 3
    Time: Tu/Th 12:30-1:45 p.m.
    GenEd: DSHS/SCIS

    Partner Institution: University of Cuenca, Ecuador
    Restriction: must be in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.
    Register on Testudo

    Course Description: Exploration and understanding of ways science and technology shape and are shaped by society.
    Offered for the first time, course participants will learn and investigate STS concepts and case studies in collaboration with engineering faculty and students from the University of Cuenca in Ecuador. 

    EDHI788T: International Education & Cultural Exchange: Policies & Practices

    Time: Tu noon-1:30 p.m.

    Location: Online

    Instructor: Taylor Woodman

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Multiple 

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: International Education & Cultural Exchange will survey key aspects of international education exchange administration, policy, and practice. The course is designed to introduce students to various arenas of the international education field with an emphasis on the internationalization efforts of American universities, current trends in the field of international higher education exchange, and the university's role in academic diplomacy efforts. This semester the course will be offered in a Global Classrooms format that will allow students to engage with international scholars and practitioners through a guest speaker series. Guest speakers will provide students with insights into the varied ways international education work is carried out around the globe and expand students' international higher education networks.

    GVPT356:Capstone in International Development

    Time: Tu 9-11:45 a.m.

    Instructor: Stacy Kosko

    Credits: 3
    GenEd: DSSP/DVCC

    Partner institution: Leiden University 

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.

    HESI771: The College Student and Student Personnel Services in a Global Context

    Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Location: Online

    Instructor: Candace Moore

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: University of Cape Coast in Ghana

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: The course centers on the acquisition of local knowledges to decolonize conventional narratives of higher education practices. Students gain an understanding of Ghanaian and American approaches within the praxis of student affairs to student development theory, student support services, and the role of student affairs practice in student learning. Additionally, the course offers a cross-cultural, project-based platform for students to apply student development theories in the context of diverse campus environments. Specifically, the areas of psychosocial and cognitive structural development will be emphasized through multiple perspectives including moral development, intellectual development and social identity development. Moreover, the course offers a demographic study of the characteristics of college students in Ghana and the U.S. as well as a study of their aspirations, values, and purposes. Finally, the course explores  best practices and emerging trends in global student affairs practice.

     

    HESI418V: Global Leadership in a Virtual Context

    Blended Learning

    Instructor: Genevieve Hiltebrand

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Most course activities will be conducted online, but students will be expected to meet in person 6 times out of the semester. During these sessions, students will interact and learn with students and faculty from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in a virtual classroom environment. Contact leadershipstudes@umd.edu for more information.

    HIST429G/PERS498W/SLLC499I: The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamic Cultures through Computational Textual Analysis

    Time: Contact Department for Details

    Instructor: Matthew Miller

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Aga Khan University, United Kingdom

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: An introduction to the use of computational methods for the study of Islamic cultures & societies.

     

    HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

    Time: Th 6:30-9 p.m.

    Location: Online

    Instructor: Temim Nusraty

    Credits: 3
    GenEd: DSHS/SCIS

    Partner Institution: American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

     

    This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 4 or 5 weeks where this course will meet on Sundays for teleconferencing meetings with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights.

    INST408R: Human-Centered Computing in a Global Context

    Time: M/Tu 11 a.m.-1:50 p.m. & F 2-2:50 p.m.

    Location: Blended

    Instructor: Ge Gao

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Fudan University in China 

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: This course is jointly offered by two institutions: the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at UMD in the U.S., and the College of Computer Science at Fudan University in China. Students will learn existing theories and practices that outline the cultural differences regarding human users' expectations, practices, and problems of using technology to address social issues. Students from both universities will work in virtual groups to perform design projects together. Given the time difference between countries, students who register for this course should be up for group work at early-morning or late-night slots. INST362 or equivalent (Highly Recommended).

     

    VIRTUAL CLASSROOM, REAL-WORLD IMPACT

    Read on for a brief sampling of the many student projects created through virtual exchange with international partners.

    A School of Public Health student presents on waste management in Bangladesh

     

     

     

        UMD's Joint Program in Survey Methodology explores big data in immigration research with partners in Germany

    A School of Agriculture course offers cross-cultural collaboration on agricultural technology in Liberia

     

     

     

     

              In "Technology, Education and Society," students work with Ecuadorian classmates on medicine and tech-based projects

    Students explore technology in education with Cuban peers in "Búsquedas Investigativas"

     

     

    Architecture students design buildings in "Bridging the Gap," a project exchange with students in Baghdad, Iraq


    Students collaborate with Cairo University to explore global food safety and security
     
    STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
    Above: A word cloud derived from Global Classrooms student testimonials
     
    “The Global Classroom experience offered an opportunity to engage with a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge uniquely situated in both American and Ghanaian contexts that helped to broaden my frame of thinking around higher education structures and best practices. It helped to reframe my often binary way of thinking about student affairs and to foster cohesion and complexity in what the future of the field will look like.”  -- HESI771 Student, UMD
     
    “Global classroom for food safety was useful in bringing in students from different backgrounds and expertise into one virtual classroom, to present global food safety issues, understand, discuss and brainstorm ideas on what the public should know about food safety, guidance for public education, and potential impact on community. It was a great introduction to a new culture that has taught us to be more aware of and sensitive to others’ culture and ideas. It provided a platform for communication, critical thinking, and concern for global food safety issues.”  -- MIEH606 Student, UMD
     
    “I learned how to communicate effectively and how to work with people who don't take the same classes as me and think in the same way.”  -- Student Partner, Leiden University, The Netherlands
     
    “This course taught me concepts of multidisciplinary teamwork, as not all students which participated were public health students. I also learned that important work can occur across borders without leaving home. But one of the most important lessons … was that technology of today makes it possible for students to have multicultural, global experiences which will enhance their education and prepare them for work in the global health sector.”  -- MIEH 607 Student, UMD
     
    “I learned how to deal with challenges and benefits that come from working with an international team while maintaining a high standard of work and professionalism.”  -- QUEST UMD Student, UMD
    “I learned that business isn't done the same everywhere, and we learned all the steps to have a successful negotiation for anything. [We learned to apply these skills] to a different culture and understand how they do business. I would [not have otherwise] learned that universities students have different views with regards to school in Ecuador.”  -- SPAN 422 Student, UMD

    “[We came together] for a gathering with American and Australian students to share our respective countries' culture and politics. It was interesting to gather international perspectives on hot-button topics.”-- QUEST Student, UMD

     

    PAST GLOBAL CLASSROOMS

    Winter 2021 

    CLAS308G/ARTH369D/CLAS688G​: Greek and Roman Culture in Context

     Examine the ancient Greeks and Romans in Italy through virtual visits to significant sites, monuments and museum collections in Rome and the Bay of Naples area, connecting students with original artifacts to better understand ancient cultures.

    Meet the Professor

    LARC489N/HONR348N/HONR338B: Sustainable Transformation and Adaptation - Culture and Earth

     Learn about sustainability best practices in New Zealand, as well as the cultural systems that evolved from colonization and shape the country’s society today, through the practices of field sketching and observation as well as the virtual exploration of historic sites, monuments, art and artifact museums, aboriginal settlements, natural wonders, and environmental restorations.

    Meet the Professor

    ENGL391: Advanced Composition: Tolkien in Oxford

    A professional writing course explores the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, professor and author of The Lord of the Rings, through virtual visits with scholars and experts in Oxford, England, offering an opportunity to learn about the writer's world and the unique intersections between his scholarship and fantasy (GenEd: FSPW).

    Meet the Professor

    Fall 2020 

    MITH301: Digital Publishing with Minimal Computing: Humanities at a Global Scale

    Cross-listed with CMLT398M, ENGL378M, and LASC348C

    Time: W 12:00-1:50/F 12:00-12:50

    Location: HBK0301

    Instructor: Raffaele Viglianti

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Universidad del Salvador Buenos Aires, Argentina 

    NFSC230: Global Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems

    Time: TBD

    Location: Online

    Instructor: Margaret Udahogora

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

    Register on Testudo 

    HONR269T: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

    Time: Th 6:30-9:00 pm

    Location: ANA0120

    Instructor: Temim “Tim” Nusraty

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan 

    Register on Testudo

    FMSC286: Assisted Reproduction Law & Policy in the U.S. & Brazil

    Time: T/Online

    Location: 1102 HJP

    Instructor: Kerry Tripp

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

    Register on Testudo

     

    Summer 2020 

    ARCH688A: Carbon Neutral Development through Net Zero

    Dates: June 1-July 10

    Time: TBD

    Location: Online

    Instructor: Ming Hu

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Nankai University, Tianjin, China

    Graduate Students Only

    Register on Testudo

    MIEH607: Risk Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety and Security

    Dates: June 1-July 10

    Time: TBD

    Location: Online

    Instructor: Abdel-Razak Kadry, Muhiuddin Haider

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

    Open to Senior Undergraduates

    Register on Testudo

    Spring 2020 

    HESI771: The College Student and Student Personnel Services in a Global Context

    Time: W 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Location: EDU 2102

    Instructor: Candace Moore

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: University of Cape Coast in Ghana

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: The course centers on the acquisition of local knowledges to decolonize conventional narratives of higher education practices. Students gain an understanding of Ghanaian and American approaches within the praxis of student affairs to student development theory, student support services, and the role of student affairs practice in student learning. Additionally, the course offers a cross-cultural, project-based platform for students to apply student development theories in the context of diverse campus environments. Specifically, the areas of psychosocial and cognitive structural development will be emphasized through multiple perspectives including moral development, intellectual development and social identity development. Moreover, the course offers a demographic study of the characteristics of college students in Ghana and the U.S. as well as a study of their aspirations, values, and purposes. Finally, the course explores  best practices and emerging trends in global student affairs practice.

     

    AREC360: Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa

     

    Time: W 10:00 am - 12:50 pm

    Location: SYM 2200B

    Instructor: Taryn Devereux

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Liberia International Christian College, Liberia

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: The objective of the course is to identify challenges faced by farmers in Nimba County, Liberia, and work collaboratively across borders to discuss these challenges and develop extension education programming that will be implemented in the region in order to empower local farmers. The course is designed to create a paradigm shift for both cohorts of students who will educate and learn from each other in what is now becoming a critical context - the globalized workspace. UMD and LICC students will be grouped together to identify and develop particular thematic areas most needed by local farmers, and then as a cohort create a week-long extension program to be implemented on the ground.

    For more course information or to obtain permission to enroll, contact Jill Janofsky at jjanofsk@umd.edu.

     

    EDHD498G: Social Problems in Education; Cross-Cultural Approaches to Child Development and Poverty in the U.S. and Chile

    Time: W 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Location: HJP 3120

    Instructor: Natasha Cabrera

    Credits: 3

    Partner Institution:
    Register on Testudo

     

    This course will help students gain a cross cultural understanding of child development and poverty in different contexts (U.S. and Chile). Through the use of technology, UMD students will interact directly with their peers in Chile.

     

    EDHI750: International Higher Education 

    Time: M 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm

    Location: EDU 1315

    Instructor: Taylor C. Woodman

    Credits: 3

    Partner Institution:
    Register on Testudo

     

    Comparison of higher education systems in several countries, and of the problems and issues in higher education faced by these countries.

    ENGL362: Caribbean Literature in English

    Time: TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

    Location: TWS 1321

    Instructor: Merle Collins

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Universidad Católica de Salta, Argentina 

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century.

    Also offered as LASC348E. Credit granted for ENGL362 or LASC348E.

     

    SURV699C: Special Topics in Survey Methodology; Big Data in Immigration Research

    Meets February 10 - May 11
    Time: M 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

    Location: TBA

    Instructor: Christopher Antoun

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: University of Mannheim, Germany

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Students from the two partnering universities will form international groups to collaboratively work on the collection and analysis of Big Data to answer immigration-related research questions.

     

    HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

    Time: Th 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Location: ANA 0120

    Instructor: Temim Nusraty

    Credits: 3

    Partner Institution: American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

     

    This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 4 or 5 weeks where this course will meet on Sundays for teleconferencing meetings with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights.

     

    ARCH601: Bridging the Gap Studio: Collaborative Design Thinking Across Cultures

    Time: MWF 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Location: TBA

    Instructor: Madlen Simon

    Credits: 6

    Partner institution: Al Nahrain University, Iraq

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, sustainable design, theoretica/conceptual issues, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues.

    Restricted to ARCH, URPD or ARCP majors.

     

    HESI318I: Applied Contextual Leadership; Global Leadership in a Virtual

    Blended Learning

    Instructor: Gregory Weaver & Genevieve Hiltebrand

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Most course activities will be conducted online, but students will be expected to meet in person 6 times out of the semester. During these sessions, students will interact and learn with students and faculty from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in a virtual classroom environment. Please visit, go.umd.edu/lspglobal or contact instructor, aspear@umd.edu, for more information.

    GVPT356:Capstone in International Development

    Time: Tu 9:00 am - 11:45 am

    Location: HJP 3120

    Instructor: Stacy Kosko

    Credits: 3

    Partner institution: Leiden University 

    Register on Testudo

     

    Course Description: Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.

    Fall 2019 

    MIEH606Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh

    Blended Learning
    Time: F 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Location: SPH 2234CC
    Instructors: ​Muhiuddin Haider
    Credits: 3
    Partner Institution: Independent University of Bangladesh

    Register on Testudo

    Course DescriptionThis course focuses on how to operationalize public health field research/practice on the ground in Bangladesh. The public health threat that will be addressed is solid waste management in Dhaka. With a landmass equivalent to the State of Wisconsin and the world's eighth largest population, Bangladesh is the most densely populated country on the globe. This course will give students the opportunity to collaborate virtually with students in Bangladesh.

    ENGL362: ​Caribbean Literature in English

    Time: TuThW 9:30 AM - 10:45 PM
    Location: TWS 1106

    Instructors: Merle Collins
    Credits: 3
    Partner Institution: University of West Indies, Jamaica
    Register on Testudo

    Course Description:

    Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century.

    Also offered as LASC348E. Credit granted for ENGL362 or LASC348E.

    HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

    Time: Th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: ANA 0120

    Instructors: ​Temim Nusraty
    Credits: 3
    American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    Register on Testudo

    Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

     

    This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 3 to 4 classes where this course will meet on a Saturday or Sunday morning for videoconferencing with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights (exact dates and times are TBA).

     

     

     

    Students: Please contact your advisor to see how your chosen global classroom fits your academic plan.

    Faculty: For more information on the Global Classrooms Initiative, contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs. Learn more about our past Global Classroom courses.

     


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