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University of Maryland

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the University of Maryland. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the University of Maryland!


Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is a public research university and the largest university in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The university has close funding and institutional links to the capital – receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security.

Take a virtual tour of the University of Maryland's campus.

Level of competitiveness

Less competitive *

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Find out more about academics at the University of Maryland.

Not suitable for students from the School of Business and Management.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: August to December

Semester 2: January to May

For more information, visit the University of Maryland's academic calendar.


Important: this destination is NOT suitable for three-year degree programme students within Queen Mary's School of Business and Management, as they do not have priority access to Business modules at Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business (therefore no guaranteed access to modules required for their degree programme). This is the case for all Business courses at Maryland, therefore this also applies to any WAYA degree programme student looking to follow any Business courses.

Exchange students can select from thousands of course offerings over 10 colleges.  A complete list of current course offerings can be found on the UMD Schedule of Classes.

Students completing a full-year exchange at the University of Maryland within the College of Arts & Humanities (ARHU) may be eligible to complete an internship as part of their exchange during spring semester. Find out more about completing an internship while studying in the Department of English.

Students reading degrees within our School of Engineering and Materials Sciences may have the opportunity to work on a research project with an academic in UMD's School of Engineering. Students would take 2-3 taught modules per semster alongside the research project.


Students need to take 12-15  credit hours (usually four x 3 credit courses) per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Undergraduate students are guaranteed housing as long as they complete the online housing application on the Department of Resident Life website.  

Cost of Living

The detailed budget provides estimated costs for a semester at UMD.

The estimated cost of living for one semester is: 13,200 USD

Support Services

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the following on-campus resources:

Campus Life

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the following on-campus resources to get the most out of their UMD experience:

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