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Freshmen Abroad

Freshmen Abroad


Welcome to the University of Maryland - Now study abroad!

Terrapin Take Off (summer) | Destination Programs (semester)  | Program List  |  Destination Program Costs  | Terrapin Take Off Program Costs



Terrapin Take Off

Break out of the ordinary this summer and do something unforgettable - study abroad! Incoming fall admits, spring admits, and Freshmen Connection students are all welcome to apply to Terrapin Take Off programs. You have the opportunity to earn three UMD resident credits as you form lasting relationships with fellow students and UMD faculty. In a Terrapin Take Off program, you will travel with a small group of UMD freshmen and a UMD faculty member for about three weeks as you complete intensive region-specific coursework and discover a new part of the world. Each program provides different credit opportunities that may apply to your major or area of study.

 Still need to be convinced? Check out these reasons to apply to a Terrapin Take Off Program:

  • Develop a close relationship with a faculty member - they might be a future professor and may even write you a great letter of recommendation some day!
  • Get a head start at college by earning three credits abroad
  • Connect to other UMD freshmen - you will bring those friendships with you to College Park in the fall
  • Explore topics that interest you - this can help you decide on your major or area of study
  • Take advantage of time before courses start - this is an excellent opportunity for student athletes, pre-med students, or others who may have competing commitments during the academic year!

So why wait until the fall to become part of the UMD community? Become a fearless Terp this summer through study abroad.

To start an application, browse the programs listed below, create a UMD Directory ID and Password, and then click the "Apply now" button on one of the program pages listed below.

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Destination Programs

Start your college career in a unique way by enrolling in a Freshmen Abroad Destination Program in Rome, Italy or Sydney, Australia. These programs, developed exclusively for spring admitted students, allow you to spend your first semester as a college student living and leaning in one of the world’s most vibrant, exciting, and globally important cities. Explore the city as you form lasting relationships with fellow UMD freshmen and program faculty. Destination Programs are designed to give you a head start both academically and professionally. During your semester abroad, you will earn 12-16 credits that will count towards your major or general education requirements. You will also gain marketable international experiences and cross cultural skills that are critical in our increasingly global workforce.

If accepted to a Destination Program, the program coordinator in our office and an academic advisor will work with you as you schedule courses, obtain necessary travel documents, and prepare for departure. Once abroad, you will have the full time support of local staff and resident assistants.

To start an application, create a UMD Directory ID and Password and the, click the "Apply now" button on one of the program pages listed below. Take hold of your opportunity to develop a cross-cultural skill set and kick off your college career by becoming part of the Maryland Destination community. You do not have to commit to UMD in order to apply!

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Freshmen Abroad Programs