Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in a foreign language and culture – travel abroad!

Notes and Recommendations

• The best time to do an academic year study abroad program (fall, spring, or both semesters) is junior year, leaving the last year of registration to complete the advanced courses which can only be taken at UMD.

• Consult with your advisor in the FLL Department and with the International Programs office, when planning your study abroad experience.

• Before you leave, and when you return, make an appointment to see the Department Chairperson and the Director of International Programs.

• If you have course-related questions while you are abroad, please send an email to the Chair, Prof. Carlos Benavides and/or Christina Bruen, Director of the International Programs Office, with:

  • Your name, student ID number, and college (Arts & Sciences; Business; Engineering; CVPA; Nursing)
  • Your current major, plus any concentrations and minors
  • An e-mail address to which we can send responses
  • The city and country you are currently in, plus the name and sponsoring university of your study abroad program
  • Your questions. Be specific! For example, if your question is about how classes will count toward your degree program, be certain to include class titles, descriptions and syllabi if available.

• Make sure your transcript is sent to the Office of International Programs after the end of your academic term abroad. The Office of International Programs will assign credits.

• Once the credits appear on your transcript, make an appointment with the FLL Chair. The Chair will be able to officially evaluate the credits for your concentration, minor, or elective requirements. A given course need not exactly match a course in our curriculum but it must be sufficiently advanced to qualify for upper-level credit.

• Keep your syllabi, transcripts and any course materials (papers, quizzes, tests) available. The Chair will review these materials and determine if and how the courses will count toward your concentration or minor in the Dept. of FLL. The more details you have in support of your classes, the more accurate the Chair can be in assigning credit.

Have a wonderful study abroad experience!