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


Guides and additional information

UMD has online resources available to help you get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

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

Course restrictions

Generally, UMD students do not take more than 2 or 3 classes within their major discipline of study during the semester. Most departments will not allow students to take more than 3 classes within a single department. Economics and journalism departments will only allow students to take a maximum of 2 courses in one semester.

When applying for exchange at UMD, you should plan to take a few elective classes as well as 2 or 3 classes in your major discipline of study. Students are expected to select their first choice classes and an alternative class list with their application. UQ cannot guarantee that students will be able to register for particular classes at UMD.

The following departments or schools have high enrollment demand and limited space in classes. You will need to have maximum flexibility in course choices if you wish to study within these departments. The UMD Exchange Team will make every effort to place students in classes within the following departments, however, registration cannot be guaranteed. These departments are:

  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, & Environmental Sciences and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Government & Politics
  • Psychology
  • Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

Business is not available to exchange students.

Postgraduate studies not available to exchange students.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at the University of Maryland:

  • 000-099: Non-credit course
  • 100-199: Undergraduate first year courses
  • 200-299: Undergraduater second year courses
  • 300-399: Undergraduate third and fourth year courses
  • 400-499: Undergraduate third and fourth year courses
  • 500-599*: Professional School courses (Dentistry, Law, Medicine) or post baccalaureate courses not for graduate degree credit
  • 600-899: Postgraduate courses
  • 799: Masters Thesis credit
  • 899: Doctoral Dissertation credit

UMD has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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.

Financial support

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


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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 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, Global Experience 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

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.