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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 submit the following materials in your MyEA application:

  • Current original transcript from your home institution
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • A list of the courses you plan to take at UMD
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Confirmation that you have submitted the general UMD application (instructions in MyEA)

Step 3: Receive admission decision

UMD will notify you of your admissions decision within 4 weeks of the application deadline. Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, not all at one time.




Nominations/Application Open

Applications Due (Best Consideration)

Fall/Full Year

January 15

March 15 (March 1)


August 15

October 1 (September 15)

If you wish to enroll in courses in Limited Enrollment Programs, we recommend that you apply by the best consideration deadline. Please note that registration for courses in these programs is not guaranteed. See the “Academics” tab for further information.


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, IELTS or Duolingo English Test results with your application, taken within the last two years.

  • TOEFL minimum score: 90, with minimum sectional scores of 22.
  • IELTS minimum score: 6.5, with minimum sectional scores of 6.5.
  • Duolingo English Test minimum score: 110.

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.