UMD: A Globally Connected University

Virtual Programs

Virtual Programs

Virtual Programs from the Office of International Affairs

Stay connected, stay global.

Overview  |  Global Classrooms |   Designing the World's Future 



Stay globally connected with virtual courses, internships, and opportunities from UMD and partners around the world. Through these virtual opportunities, you can engage across cultures and learn vital global skills right from your computer. These international education opportunities will allow you to: 

  • Investigate the world beyond your immediate borders and focus on addressing significant global challenges with students from around the world​.
  • Recognize disparate perspectives, others’ and your own, and communicate those ideas effectively.
  • Grow your global network by connecting with international faculty, students and organizations.
  • Gain experience designing projects that improve the global common good.

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Global Classrooms

Global Classrooms allow you to gain international experience, virtually, from wherever you are. These programs are intentionally designed to facilitate meaningful connection and collaboration with global experts and partners, going beyond the typical online class experience as they help you to grow cross-cultural competencies. To learn more about Global Classrooms and explore past programs visit

Global Classrooms courses and Global Classrooms Connections qualify eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship

Registration for Global Classrooms courses and Global Classrooms Connections are open for registration on Testudo. 

If you have any questions, please contact Advisor Maria Barra.


Global Classrooms Connections

Global Classrooms Connections can offer various formats of global engagement, such as guest lectures, tours, dialogues and small-scale projects with partners overseas. 

Course Name Term(s) Offered
CPSS240: Contemporary Issues in STEM Education Spring
EDHI788T: International Education & Cultural Exchange: Policies & Practices Spring
GVPT356: Capstone in International Development Spring


Global Classrooms courses

Global Classrooms are collaborative courses with one of our partner universities where UMD students work with an international professor and classmates on project-based coursework that addresses global challenges. 

Course Name Term(s) Offered
ARCH601: Bridging the Gap Studio: Collaborative Design Thinking Across Cultures Spring
AREC360: Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agricultural Technologies in Africa Spring
CPSS225: College Park Scholars Capstone: Science, Technology, and Society Spring
HESI418V: Global Leadership in Virtual Context Spring
HESI771: The College Student and Student Personnel Services in a Global Context Spring
HIST429G/PERS498W/SLLC499I: The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamic Cultures through Computational Textual Analysis Spring
HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan Spring
INST408R: Human-Centered Computing in a Global Context Spring

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Designing the World's Future - The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Add one credit to your Spring 2021 schedule and increase your global competence with an eight-week course that starts in March!

PLCY200/IDEA200 brings a global focus to your knowledge and ability to act on the world's grand challenges and delivers a global learning experience to you virtually:

  • Collaborate virtually with your international peers from institutions around the world. Invited universities include schools in Mexico, China and New Zealand
  • Learn from Dr. Robert Orr, Dean of UMD's School of Public Policy and the United Nations under secretary-general, and special advisor to the UN secretary-general on climate change.
  • Hear guest lectures from international experts including those who were involved in the creation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Who is eligible? This course is open to all majors. We need people with different skill sets, perspectives and identities to make real change and work toward these global goals. This one-credit addition to your schedule will give you new skills to help us build a better future and expand your international network.

Meet your professor! Dr. Robert Orr's extensive experience with the United Nations will give students first-hand insight into the development and execution of the SDGs. 

Click here for additional course information and to register!