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In 2021, UMBC won the APLU Gold Award for Leadership and Pervasiveness in Internationalization

UMBC’s internationalization work has been multifaceted, with a focus on making global engagement more accessible for all community members. And it’s produced great results.

UMBC has been repeatedly recognized for its Award-Winning International Student Career Development

Recognized in 2019 by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) with the Best Practices in International Education Award in Intercultural Awareness and Programming.

Selected as a finalist for the 2018 PIEoneer Award, the only U.S. university honored in the Student Support category.

International Student Resources

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

OISS is dedicated to supporting UMBC’s international student and scholar community and helping them achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. The office offers a variety of programs and services to assist students and scholars in pursuit of their goals.

Global Students

Global Students is a UMBC initiative to provide resources and information for prospective students interested in applying for a degree program.

International Admissions

The English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute (ELI) provides high quality training to those who need to strengthen their English skills.

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Other Resources for International or Non-English Speaking Students:

Education Abroad & Global Learning Opportunities

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Education Abroad

Education Abroad helps UMBC students find a summer, winter, semester or academic year study abroad program that will let them earn credits toward their UMBC degree while having a life-changing experience in one of dozens of countries around the world.

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Student Organizations and Groups

Student organizations and groups are a great way to get involved in a vast array of projects offered by our diverse university community. Students get to work closely with faculty and staff, meet new people, and form lasting bonds along the way.

Peace Corps Prep

The UMBC Peace Corps Prep Program comes out of a longstanding relationship between the university and the U.S. Peace Corps. The goal of this program is to prepare students for international development work and global citizenship through coursework and experiential learning.

Faculty and Staff Resources

International Research

International collaborations enhance creative achievement and research, often resulting in publications that have a higher citation impact than purely domestic collaborations. UMBC has many resources to support faculty and staff interested in or already involved in international research.

Teaching Abroad

Opportunities to teach abroad reflect UMBC’s commitment to accessible and impactful education abroad programs.

Other Resources for Faculty and Staff

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International Partnerships

International Partnerships are foundational to global engagement at UMBC.

Partnerships with foreign governments, universities, private companies, and NGO’s are critical to UMBC’s engagement in research, creative achievement, and teaching and learning as a global endeavor.

Our Center for Global Engagement, through its English Language Institute (ELI), Education Abroad & Global Learning, and Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) empowers UMBC to take full advantage of these global opportunities.

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Our Global Partnerships

Our Work Makes an Impact

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Contact Us

Center for Global Engagement


University Center (UC)
2nd Floor, Room 207


Available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Phone: +1-410-455-2831

Fax: +1-410-455-1115

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