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Faculty Involvement

Faculty Involvement

Maryland Programs Abroad Overview  |  Developing and Leading a Maryland Program AbroadProposal Timeline  |  Program Planning Considerations  |  Learning Resources | Connecting and Sharing  |  Contact Us

We partner with faculty in every college on campus to develop innovative programs that provide students of all disciplines with valuable international experience.


Maryland Programs Abroad Overview

Our Maryland programs are faculty-led international living and learning experiences that promote cultural understanding, personal enrichment, and professional development for both students and you as faculty. In support of our mission, these programs serve to internationalize the curriculum, encourage foreign language acquisition, and prepare students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences to become engaged global citizens. As a faculty member, you play an integral role in creating and shaping these unique learning opportunities for our students. 

Maryland Short-term Programs

Maryland Short-term programs are 2-8 week faculty-led study abroad experiences during winter, spring break, or summer. Students typically earn 3-6 credits while pursuing an intensive study of topics in a global context. As students are sometime deterred from studying abroad for an entire semester, Maryland Short-term programs provide greater access to opportunities for experiential learning in another country. Explore the current Maryland Short-term programs to see the variety of disciplines and program structures integrated into these international experiences. 

Maryland Semester Programs

Our Maryland Semester, or “Maryland-in,” programs are semester- or year-long study abroad experiences designed by our office in collaboration with UMD academic units and partners abroad. Each program is led by UMD faculty or a UMD-affiliated resident director and combines the benefits of an immersion experience with added on-site support. 

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Developing and Leading a Maryland Program Abroad

We welcome proposals for new programs that support one or more of the following outcomes and goals:

  • Diversify UMD faculty-led study abroad opportunities for students
  • Expand the UMD study abroad program portfolio to underrepresented regions including Africa, Eastern Europe, and South and Southeast Asia
  • Provide opportunities for students typically underrepresented in study abroad
  • Further integrate study abroad experiences into departmental and program curricula through pre- and post-programming
  • Support internationalization efforts on campus
  • Promote experiential learning, project-based learning, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and innovation
  • Facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration

Preference will be given to program proposals that incorporate experiential learning (e.g., field work, project-based learning, service-learning, etc.), increase foreign language acquisition, or have the potential to fulfill a General Education learning outcome such as Scholarship in Practice.

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Program Proposal Timeline

For Maryland Short-term programs, please refer to the following timeline:


Winter or Spring Break


Meet with EA to discuss development of the program. Regardless of whether you have a complete itinerary or just an idea, we will provide assistance in program development and can connect you with our international partners.

Two months to a year prior to proposal submission

Submit a program proposal. We will send you a link to the online proposal after discussing your idea. You can also look through a preview of the program proposal (.pdf).

March 1

September 15

We will notify you of the EA Faculty Advisory Committee’s decision.

April 1

October 15

We have established these dates so our EA Faculty Advisory Committee can review your proposal and reach a decision (accept, reject, or revise and resubmit) with adequate time for our office to develop marketing materials and program budgets prior to opening applications. Because of these constraints, late proposals cannot be considered.

In addition, the Short-term Program Development Timeline (.pdf) provides a more comprehensive overview of program development and planning, admissions, pre-departure preparation, and post-program wrap-up.

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Program Planning Considerations

  • Academic Course: A study abroad course should be of comparable academic rigor to one offered on campus and support the curriculum in your department. Adequate contact hours must be built into the program design for the number of credits being offered (see University Course Policies and Practices). In addition, you should assign an appropriate amount of reading material to support your course and assess the students in such a way that holds them accountable for the required work.

  • Engagement and Professional Development Opportunities: Determine how participation in your program will enhance students' understanding and experience in the field. Internships, hands-on fieldwork, project-based learning, and opportunities for intercultural collaboration are examples of experiences offered in our current programs.

  • Course Number and Listing: Courses that fulfill one or more General Education learning outcomes (e.g., Understanding Plural Societies, Scholarship in Practice, etc.) will interest students and allow you to draw from a larger pool of applicants. It is your responsibility to submit a study abroad course for General Education review through your department. Cross-listed courses can also expand the applicant pool. We can assist you with making contacts in other departments or campus units for cross-listing your course. Your department scheduler should identify the appropriate course number, and we will handle the course scheduling and registration.

  • Audience: You should design a course that targets a specific population and yet is broad enough to appeal to a larger group. Most short-term programs have a minimum enrollment of 10 students but can accommodate more (we generally recommend 20-25 as the maximum enrollment for short-term programs). Consider whether your course is designed primarily for undergraduate students, graduate students, or a mix of both.  Decide whether you want the course open only to UMD students or also to applicants from other institutions.

  • Location: Consider what location and cultural context is most appropriate to meet the learning objectives of the course. In addition, keep in mind factors such as potential health, safety, and security risks; weather; the current political situation; and local festivals or events that might coincide with the program dates.

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Learning Resources

We offer a variety of services and resources for internationalizing your teaching experience at UMD.   

  • EA Faculty List: EDABROADFACULTY is an announcement list where we share information with current and prospective faculty directors about new program initiatives as well as policies, procedures, and deadlines related to developing and leading programs abroad. To subscribe, send an e-mail to with the message “subscribe edabroadfaculty First Name Last Name.” The subject can be left blank.
  • Workshops: We hold mandatory workshops for faculty leading our programs. Topics covered include risk management, financial policies, and standards of good practice. Workshops are interactive in nature, providing you with opportunities to raise issues, questions, and concerns specific to your program as well as to learn from experienced colleagues.
  • Faculty Director Handbook: We have created a handbook that covers all aspects of leading a program abroad, including program development, budgeting, marketing and outreach, admissions, pre-departure and on-site orientation, crisis management abroad, and more.

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Connecting and Sharing

Serving on a Committee:  If you are interested in serving on a committee such as the EA Faculty Advisory Committee that reviews program proposals, please contact Leanne Johnson.

Mentoring: If you are an experienced faculty director interested in being a mentor, or a new faculty director who would like to be mentored, please contact

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Contact Us

For general short-term program inquiries please e-mail us at If you have specific questions, please reach out to the appropriate EA staff member:

Program Manager, Kerry O'Brien,
Kerry serves as the Manager for short-term programs and oversees the Summer portfolio.  She is the first point of contact for faculty of approved Summer programs. 

Program Specialist, Maria Barra,
Maria is the first point of contact supporting students through the application, acceptance, pre-departure and returnee phase of UMD short-term programs. She will assist the short-term programs teams across the Winter, Spring Break and Summer portfolios.  

Program Coordinator, Sonya Henry,
Sonya serves as the Coordinator for short-term programs and oversees the Winter and Spring Break portfolios.  She will be the first point of contact for faculty of approved Winter and Spring Break programs once she completes her training.   

Senior Business Manager, Alex Brosovich,
Alex supports budget development for all faculty working on short-term programs. In addition, she is responsible for spending tracking, staff flight coordination, reconciliations, financial withdraws and overall financial planning and analysis.