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 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 and winter courses may also be eligible for additional scholarship.

Course Name Term(s) Offered
ENGL391: Advanced Composition: Tolkien in Oxford Summer 2023
ISRL448B/COMM498D: Seminar; Media, Culture, and Society in Israel Spring 2023
ENGL101: Academic Writing: Tolkien Spring 2023
CCJS325: Slavery in the Twenty First Century: Combating Human Trafficking Spring 2023
GVPT356: Capstone in International Development Spring 2023

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
MIEH607/407: One Health: Food Safety and Security Summer 2023
WGSS379L/HIST328I: Online and in the Streets: Protest and Activism in Latin American Feminist Movements Summer 2023
INST408R: Human-Centered Computing in a Global Context Spring 2023
HESI418V: Global Leadership in a Virtual Context Spring 2023
FMSC265: Teaching Menstrual Health: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions Spring 2023
*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 UMD students who enroll in one of the Global Classrooms courses in winter and summer terms, or other select global learning opportunities. Eligible students can receive up to the value of three credits of in-state undergraduate tuition, based on financial need and funding availability.

Summer 2023 scholarship application deadline is Sunday, May 7th.  We strongly encourage students to apply as early as possible. 



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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