How do I apply?

Before you begin your application to study at the University of Maryland, you must first contact the international office at your home institution and verify that your university is a UMD exchange partner.

If you are nominated by your home institution to participate in UMD's exchange program, your home university will notify you of your nomination and send a Nomination Form to the appropriate exchange coordinator at UMD so that you can begin UMD's incoming exchange student application.

The full application process is listed below.  

Please note that you must have completed your undergraduate degree to apply as a graduate student.

Application Period & Deadlines

Fall/Full Year terms (1st semester):  Applications will be accepted from December 15 to April 1

March 1 - Best consideration deadline.  Students who send applications by this deadline will be able to register for fall classes by the end of March.  UMD cannot guarantee that students will be able to register for their first choice of classes.  Students should choose a list of alternates. 

(April 1 is the final deadline for submitting applications for study in fall or full year)

Spring term (2nd semester):  Applications will be accepted from August 15 to November 1

October 1 - Best consideration deadline.  Students who send applications by this deadline will be able to register for spring classes by the end of October.  UMD cannot guarantee that students will be able to register for their first choice of classes.  Students should choose a list of alternates. 

(November 1 is the final deadline for submitting applications for study in the spring)

Incoming Exchange Application Process

**Exchange students do not have to pay any application fees. Any application fees that are charged to their UMD student accounts or that they need to pay up front to submit an application will be refunded.**

STEP 1:

The exchange coordinator or advisor at the student’s home university must submit the UMD Nomination Form by completing the following steps:

  1. If needed, upload the latest free version of Adobe Reader from the Adobe website.
  2. Download the UMD Nomination Form
  3. Complete the fields and email the completed form to the appropriate Incoming Exchange Contact.
  4. Save a copy of the form for your own records.

*** The form has space for only three nominees.  If you are nominating more than three students, you can complete and submit the form more than once.

STEP 2:

As soon as the nomination has been confirmed, which can take up to one week, the UMD Education Abroad Office will create a student account for the incoming exchange student on the system, “MyEA.”

MyEA is the application system that the University of Maryland uses to manage student applications and important post-acceptance materials and resources.

MyEA will automatically generate a message to the student including a temporary log in and password that is only good for 24 hours. Students must log into MyEA within 24 hours to change their password. Once the student has done so, he or she can access the complete UMD exchange required application forms, submissions and readings. Each student’s application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until all of the forms and submissions have been completed as requested.

STEP 3:
Students submit application documents through MyEA by the application date. Application materials on MyEA consist of the following:

  • Completed and signed Undergraduate Exchange Student Online Application Form or Graduate Application Online Application Form
  • Photocopy of the photo, personal information, and signature page of your passport
  • DS-2019 Information Sheet
  • Proposed Units of Study Form
  • Current original transcript with translation to English and grade translation scale demonstrating the equivalent of a 3.0/4.0 GPA grade scale.  The original must be mailed to the Exchange Coordinator at UMD.
  • Proof of English Proficiency demonstrating the following qualifications:

TOEFL IBT
Total Minimum Score: 90   
Minimum Sectional Scores: 22   

IELTS
Total Minimum Score: 6.5   
Minimum Sectional Scores: 6.5   

Students must provide a copy of their TOEFL or IELTS test results with their application.

**Students who do not meet the above qualifications will no longer be admitted provisionally. If students do not meet the minimum English proficiency scores listed above, they will not be accepted as UMD exchange students.

Please note that students are exempt from providing the English language proficiency documentation listed above if they fall under one of the categories below:

o    Native English speakers.
o    Students who have received a degree from an institution of higher education in the US (official transcript from US institution is required).
o    Students who have completed at least 7 years of education at an institution in an English-speaking country (official documentation of enrollment in this institution must be provided).
o    Students from exchange partner institutions in non-native English speaking countries where students are taking ALL of their classes in English toward their degree program.  Nominated exchange students must have completed at least one-year of course work at their home institution before studying at UMD (UMD will need an official letter from the student’s home institutions confirming that the student’s entire degree program is taught in English).
o    If non-native English speaking students are taking their degree program at an institution in an English-speaking country where all of their classes are in English and they have studied at that institution for one year.
  • Proof of Financial Support showing an available minimum balance of:

    The anticipated proof of finance amount that students will need to show for the 2013-2014 academic year may be as high as:

    • $15,750 for students studying at UMD for the full year 
    • $7,000 for students studying at UMD for the fall semester only.

    Students can demonstrate proof of financial support in the following ways:

1)    A bank statement on bank letter head signed by a bank official with the applicant’s full name listed as the account holder (first and last name).

2)   If the bank statement is not in the matriculating student's name, a letter of support must be submitted and signed by a sponsor stating that the sponsor is accepting full financial responsibility for the applicant accompanied by a bank statement on bank letter head signed by a bank official with the sponsor’s full name listed as the account holder.

3)    A scholarship letter from the sponsoring organization listing the amount of the award and the student’s full name (first and last name).

Please note:  Bank statements or letters must be dated within 6 months of the date the application is submitted.  Applicants cannot submit statements from investment accounts or loan agencies.  It must to be a regular checking or savings account from which applicants or sponsors can withdraw money at any time.

A student’s application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until all of the forms and submissions have been completed as requested on MyEA.
 
Once a student’s application is complete, it may take up to 3 weeks for UMD to process the application and send the student’s acceptance letter.