UMD: A Globally Connected University

Faculty Involvement

Faculty Involvement

Maryland Programs Abroad Overview  |  Developing and Leading a Maryland Program Abroad  |  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 1-8 week faculty-led study abroad experiences during winter, spring break, or summer. Students typically earn 3-6 credits while completing rigorous coursework in a global setting. As students are sometimes 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. Learn more about current Maryland Semester programs to see the variety of disciplines and locations for these international experiences.

Maryland Virtual Programs

Global Classrooms are semester-long courses that enable you to collaborate with students, faculty and communities from around the world on virtual, project-based coursework that addresses global challenges. Global Classrooms Connections are short-term, virtual experiences ranging from one-class sessions, to multi-day modules, to full winter or summer terms. These courses are intentionally designed to facilitate meaningful connection with global experts and/or partners, going beyond the typical online class experience to help students grow cross-cultural competencies and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). *OIA provides support to faculty to develop these innovative, project-based courses that bring together UMD students and students from partner universities around the world using digital technologies. These exciting courses aim to provide our students with international experiences that mirror the work they will encounter throughout their lives: cross-cultural, project-based and virtual.* For more information, contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs.

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Developing and Leading a Maryland Program Abroad

If you are interested in developing and leading a new Maryland Short-term Program, please review our proposal guide for more information. 

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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 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. 

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