Students without U.S. citizenship or permanent residency must obtain a J-1 visa to study at UMD on exchange. The J-1 visa is used for educational and cultural exchange programs at the University of Maryland. You can learn more about applying for your visa on the International Student & Scholar Services website.
You will need a DS-2019 form issued by UMD to apply for your J-1 visa. You will request this DS-2019 form using the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS) online portal, iTerp. In iTerp, you will need to provide proof of financial support for your exchange (through a bank statement and/or scholarship letter). You will receive instructions once you have completed your exchange application.
J-1 students interested in practical training in their field of study (major) may apply for Academic Training.
You are required to have health insurance while you are in the US per J-1 visa regulations. All incoming exchange students will automatically be enrolled in the UMD Student Health Insurance Policy (SHIP). The UMD SHIP insurance meets the J-1 visa minimums for insurance. It is accepted at the Health Center on campus as well as by many providers in the US.