UMD: A Globally Connected University

Welcome to 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 experiences are available every term and range from immersive, project-based Signature Courses to several modalities of global engagement-focused Connections that exist as short-term programs or embedded elements within regular UMD courses. Explore new ways of engaging and collaborating across diverse, multi-cultural environments in the virtual space.

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

Global Classrooms Signature courses & Global Classrooms Connections 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.

Faculty: Global Classrooms can support your teaching, service and research agenda by:

  • Creating global connections between your research, teaching and service

  • Advancing institutional internationalization goals 

  • Maintaining and strengthening your research networks and partnerships

  • Enhancing future study abroad programming

  • Increasing student exposure to global research and networks, providing alternatives to U.S.-centered policy, practice and ideas

  • Providing access to global opportunities for students

Engaging in the Global Classrooms initiative means access to workshops, design sprints, grants and consultations that help you make the most of the experience. Are you a faculty member interested in developing a Global Classrooms course or curious to learn more about the process? Fill out the Faculty Interest Form and we'll be in touch.  




    Global Classrooms Connections Courses

    Connections offer a range of virtual learning opportunities, including one-class experiences, multi-day sessions embedded within courses, or winter/summer term-length courses.

    Regardless of length, all of these virtual experiences are intentionally designed to facilitate meaningful connection with global topics, experts and/or partners, going beyond the typical online class experience to help students grow cross-cultural competencies. Participants in Summer 2022 programs may also be eligible for additional scholarship.

    Course Name Term(s) Offered
    HLSA601: Introduction to Health Systems (Sections: PLH1, PLP1) Fall 2022
    HLSA300: Introduction to Health Policy and Services (Section: ESG1) Fall 2022
    ENGL101: Academic Writing (Sections: 1213, 1404) Fall 2022
    ENGL391: Advanced Composition (Sections: 1101, 1301) Fall 2022
    GVPT306: Global Environmental Politics Fall 2022
    GVPT409W: Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Southeast Asia in Contemporary Global Politics Fall 2022
    ENSP340: Water: Science, Ethics, and Policy Fall 2022
    HESI315: Student Leadership in Groups and Organizations Fall 2022
    ENGL391: Advanced Composition: Tolkien in Oxford Summer 2022
    CCJS325: Slavery in the Twenty First Century: Combating Human Trafficking Spring 2022
    ENGL101: Academic Writing  Spring 2022
    ENGL391: Advanced Composition  Spring 2022
    GVPT273: Introduction to Environmental Politics Spring 2022
    GVPT356: Capstone in International Development Spring 2022
    GVPT484: Government and Politics of Africa Spring 2022
    GVPT487: American Foreign Relations Spring 2022
    HESI315: Student Leadership in Groups and Organizations Spring 2022
    ISRL448B/COMM498D: Media, Culture, and Society in Israel Spring 2022

    Global Classrooms Signature Courses

    Immersive, project-based courses that focus on virtual collaboration with peers at partner institutions. Offerings may be available in the spring, winter, fall and summer.

    These courses 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, Global Classrooms Signature Courses empower you to have global impact without leaving home! 

    Course Name Term(s) Offered
    FMSC286: Assisted Reproduction Law and Policy in the US and Brazil Fall 2022
    MITH301/MITH628C: Digital Publishing with Minimal Computing: Humanities at a Global Scale Fall 2022
    NFSC230: Global Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems Fall 2022
    HESI418V: Global Leadership in a Virtual Context Fall 2022
    MIEH 607/407: One Health: Global Food Safety and Security Summer 2022
    LACS348A/WMST379L/HIST328I: Special Topics in Latin American Studies; Online and in the Streets: Protest and Activism in Latin American Feminist Movements Summer 2022
    ARCH601: Bridging The Gap Studio Spring 2022
    AREC360: Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa Spring 2022
    CPSS225: College Park Scholars Capstone: Science, Technology, and Society Spring 2022
    FMSC265: Teaching Menstrual Health: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions Spring 2022
    HIST429G/PERS498W/SLLC499I: The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamic Cultures through Computational Textual Analysis Spring 2022
    INST408R: Human-Centered Computing in a Global Context Spring 2022
    *Courses are tentative and subject to change



    The Office of International Affairs is committed to increasing student access to international education opportunities, both at home and abroad. The OIA International Education Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to students who enroll in one of OIA's Global Classroom's for Summer 2022. Eligible students can receive up to the value of three credits of undergraduate tuition ($1,122) based on financial need and funding availability. 

    Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Degree seeking UMD student in good academic standing who is registered for one of the Summer 2022 Global Classrooms courses

    Apply by 11:59 pm EST on May 15, 2022. Funding decisions will be released by May 23. 



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



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

    MRED's Tanya Bansal and Maria Day-Marshall, with colleagues in South Africa in 2019.

    Cross-Continental “Global Classroom” Examines the State of Affordable Housing

    UMD & Cairo University Students Collaborate Virtually to Advance Global Food Safety
    Architecture students design buildings in "Bridging the Gap," a project exchange with students in Baghdad, Iraq

    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"

    UMD's Joint Program in Survey Methodology explores big data in immigration research with partners in Germany  
    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
    "Our Egyptian classmates were crucial for this project because they really helped identify which interventions were feasible, which locations we should target, how we should advertise the campaign, etc. That kind of knowledge from people who are familiar with Cairo neighborhoods and the culture was invaluable and I think all my classmates from UMD learned a lot, especially about gender norms and patriarchal societies. That information helped me think more about how I should approach these types of campaigns in the future and it gave me a different perspective on what may work in one country versus another."  -- MIEH607 Student, UMD


    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. 



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