University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland
United States of America

Language of instruction


There’s no better place to get a college experience than at the University of Maryland, one of the world’s top-ranked public research institutions.

Students and alumni are called Terps, short for terrapin, or turtle. UMD's mascot is a bronze statue of a diamondback terrapin, after Testudo the Turtle who resided on campus in the 1930s. Students will often rub the statue's beak for luck before exams. Known for its ability to bite off the hands and feet of the unwary, the mascot coined UMD's slogan "Fear the turtle". 

Located just outside Washington, D.C., the campus is a 1,250-acre oasis in suburban College Park. Shuttle buses make it easy to get around the College Park campus, with plenty of eclectic hangouts and cool vibe. Plus, you’ll be a car, bus, or train ride from Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View UMD's academic calendar


Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

TBC for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

15 credits at UMD is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UMD.

Find courses

Search the UMD course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Animal studies
Art history
Biological engineering
Chemical engineering
Classical languages
Electrical engineering
English literature
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Mathematics and statistics
Nutrition science

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

TBC for Semester 2 of the following year.


Undergraduate exchange students are guaranteed on-campus housing at UMD, provided they comply with the application requirements. Students can apply to live in any of the residence communities on-campus.

Cost of living

The University of Maryland provides an estimate of semester expenses for incoming exchange students. This includes everyday costs associated with living and studying in College Park. 

Additional Mandatory Fees

The University of Maryland has additional mandatory fees which are outlined on the estimated expenses page. These fees cannot not be waived. the Student Activity Fee and SEVIS fee for J-1 Students apply to exchange students. Incoming students will be required to pay a technology fee to UMD (this is automatically charged to your student account once accepted to UMD).

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All exchange students are required to purchase University of Maryland's Student Health Insurance Plan. Exchange students are not eligible to waive this requirement. All exchange students will be automatically enrolled in the insurance and billed to the student's UMaryland account.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

TBC for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UMD provides visa and immigration information for international and exchange students.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

TBC for Semester 2 of the following year.