The Study Abroad Process

You’ve heard some wonderful things about studying abroad. Here’s where to start:

  1. Research the various programs being offered and find out which ones interest you most (Education Aborad has a full list of programs that students can search on their website).
  2. Talk to a Study Abroad advisor about the programs you’re interested in  and confirm suitability of chosen programs.  For information on scheduling an appointment, please click here.
  3. Meet with an English advisor to see how studying abroad works with your remaining major requirements.*
  4. Meet with an ARHU advisor to see how studying abroad is possible with your CORE or General Education requirements and graduation goals.*

*Steps 3 and 4, while a wonderful idea, are optional at this point in the process. Please know that the English Department and ARHU Advising Office want you to study abroad and will work with you to make the experience fit into your 4 Year Plan.

Now you’re ready to apply to your chosen program on the Education Abroad website:

  • Make sure you know the deadlines. Generally speaking:
    • Applications for full year and fall semester abroad are due in early March.
    • Applications for spring semester and winter abroad are due in early October.
    • Applications for summer abroad are due in middle February.

If accepted:

  1. Research study abroad courses offered through your program and identify which ones you would like to take while abroad. Courses that have been pre-approved are listed on the EA website for Maryland-in programs or in UMD’s Transfer Credit Database (TCDB). If you have questions about whether or not a course is pre-approved, contact your Education Abroad advisor.
  2. If you want to take a course that is not pre-approved, follow the Education Abroad Transfer Course Evaluation Request process. You will need a  syllabus for all courses needing review.  

Note: If course syllabi are not available, it is your responsibility to contact the professor or department abroad for the class reading list and written assignment requirements (which includes the final exam). Contact your Education Abroad advisor for assistance..

If you are looking for courses to apply to the English major, please remember that as a rule:

  • For a course to be approved at the 300-level, it must require 10-12 pages of written work and a final exam equivalent
  • For a course to be approved at the 400-level, it must require 12-15 pages of written work and a final exam equivalent.
  1. Meet with your Education Abroad advisor to start the Study Abroad Course Approval (SACA) form. Education Abroad is located in 1118 HJ Patterson Hall.
  2. Make an appointment with an English advisor explicitly for studying abroad in the next semester (this is different from just getting your block removed).  Be sure to bring your Study Abroad Course Approval (SACA) form.  The more courses on your form that have been officially evaluated, the more productive this meeting will be.
  3. Make an appointment with an ARHU advisor after you meet with your English advisor. Call 301-405-2108 to schedule an appointment with an ARHU advisor.

For more information on the SACA process, review the SACA Checklist and sample SACA form.

How to Receive Advising While Abroad

You should still check your UMD e-mail account while abroad for updates on your registration date. You can contact the English department at to be directed to an advisor for pre-registration advising. If you would like to speak on the phone, please schedule an appointment with an advisor as you would for in-person advising.

During registration time, students can receive 30 minutes of phone advising. Any follow-up questions or concerns can be addressed through e-mail or in another scheduled phone advising appointment.