UMD: A Globally Connected University

Universitas 21 Programs

UMD student Natasha Westheimer presenting at the 2013 U21 conference in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Nita de Groot.

“International education is undergoing fundamental change, and U21 will help keep us at the forefront.  In our increasingly interconnected world, bilateral relationships are no longer adequate.  Multilateral programs with institutions from many countries give everyone in the network a much greater reach. Membership in U21 will allow UMD to connect with many of the best universities in the world at once. It will advance our mission of bringing the world to the campus and projecting the University on to the world stage.”

—UMD’s Associate Vice President for International Affairs Ross Lewin

For Undergraduate Students

  • The U21 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is an annual weeklong event that brings together the brightest young researchers from throughout the U21 network and provides them with the unique opportunity to present their original research in front of an international audience of their peers. The research conference is hosted by a different U21 member university each year and aims to attract students from a diverse range of disciplines whose research areas focus around a common theme.   
    Call for applications: 2017 U21 URC
  • The U21 Summer School for undergraduate students is an intensive summer seminar consisting of a two-week program of lectures, animated discussions, project-based learning, and relationship building that provides students with an opportunity to engage with their U21 peers around the world.  U21 member universities take turns hosting this annual event which is built around a region or nationally relevant theme selected by the hosting institution.
    Call for applications: Program will not be offered in 2017
  • Through the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala (U21 SEC), students interested in international development will work directly with field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses. The benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Guatemalan, including Mayan culture. The U21 students will experience living with the local families and working intensively with community service organizations and local social entrepreneurs.
    Call for applications: TBD

For Graduate Students

For Faculty and Staff

Learn more information about U21.

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