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The Application Process

Step 1: Apply through your home university to be an exchange student

Contact the international office at your home institution and verify that your university is a UMD exchange partner.  If so, then you must first apply to be an exchange student through your home university and your international office will nominate you to UMD.

Step 2: Log in to MyEA and complete required materials

Within a week of  your home university sending your  nomination, UMD Education Abroad will create a student account for you in MyEA and you will be notified via email. You will receive a Login ID and temporary password.  The temporary password expires within 24 hours. Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until all of the forms and submissions have been completed.

You will need the following documents for your UMD application:

  • Current original transcript with translation to English and grade translation scale demonstrating the equivalent of a 3.0/4.0 GPA grade scale.
  • Photocopy of the photo, personal information, and signature page of your passport;
  • A list of the courses you plan to take at UMD;
  • Proof of English Proficiency

Step 3: Receive admission decision

UMD will send you the decision letter within four weeks after you have completed all materials.

Exchange students do not have to pay any application fees. Any application fees that are charged to your UMD student account or that you  need to pay up front to submit an application will be refunded.




Application Open

Applications Due (Best Consideration)

Fall/Full Year

December 15

April 1 (March 1)


August 15

November 1 (October 1)

If you wish to enroll in courses in Limited Enrollment Programs, we recommend that you apply by the best consideration deadline. We cannot guarantee any specific courses. Please refer to the UMD Academic Calendar for important university dates and holidays.


Academic Requirements: You must have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale and have completed 2 semesters at your home university to be eligible to study at UMD as an exchange student.

English Proficiency: You must provide a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS test results with your application. The minimum total score for the TOEFL IBT is 90 with minimum sectional scores of 22. The minimum total score for the IELTS is 6.5 with minimum sectional scores of 6.5. You are exempt from providing the English language proficiency if:

  • You are a native English speaker; or
  • You have received a degree from an institution of higher education in the US (official transcript from US institution is required); or
  • You have completed at least 7 years of education at an institution in an English-speaking country (official documentation of enrollment in this institution must be provided); or
  • You attend an exchange partner institution in a non-native English speaking country where students are taking at least one year worth of coursework of their degree program in English (this includes lecture, reading, writing, and assessment in English). UMD will need an official letter from the student’s home institution confirming that the student's degree program meets this requirement; or
  • You are a non-native English speaker enrolled in a degree program at an institution in an English-speaking country where all of your classes are in English. You must have studied at this institution for at least one year.