College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Study Abroad

How do I plan for study abroad? 
The Education Abroad Office has a number of excellent resources available on their website to help students with planning a study abroad experience, so make that website your first stop! 

Planning your study abroad for ANSC:

  • If you think you may be interested in a study abroad, start planning early! When you construct your course plan, look at what semesters could be optimal for you to fit in a study abroad.
    • For students intending to go to veterinary school, keep in mind that some vet schools have a requirement that all of your vet school requirements be taken at a US institution. If this applies to you, plan your courses so that you have a semester where you can take general education or elective courses when abroad. More information about how vet schools evaluate foreign courses is available on pp. 14-15, and then on page 20 of this VMCAS Instruction Manual
    • The University has a policy that a student's final 30 credits must be taken here at UMD, but students looking to study abroad in their final 30 credits can request permission to do so by filling out an Exception to Policy request. 
    • All internships, practicums, and experiential learning opportunities must be supervised by UMD faculty, so students CANNOT earn elective credits for experiential learning study abroad experiences.
  • Keep in mind that there is more than one way to Study Abroad! If you cannot fit an entire semester away into your schedule, you can look at going abroad during the Winter or Summer terms, for varying lengths of time.
  • If you are looking at taking Animal Science courses abroad, make an appointment to speak with the ANSC Undergraduate Office to discuss possible course equivalencies or course credits. Prior to such a meeting, make sure to have at least course descriptions (and ideally syllabi) on hand to go over.

Once you have done those steps for ANSC, you will need to follow procedures laid out by the Education Abroad Office:

  • Consider your goals and think about how you will finance your international experience.
  • Research possible program options.
  • Want to talk with someone about your choices? Schedule an appointment with someone in Education Abroad and get an overview of options for study abroad. 
  • Make sure you have a passport that will be valid 6 months after the completion of your program. If not, make sure you obtain a passport.
  • Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to determine if program is approved for academic credit.
  • If you are considering an external program, follow these instructions to apply to your program of choice.
  • Once you have been accepted to your program, complete your Course Pre-Approval Approval and other forms.
  • Attend your required Pre-Departure Orientation

UMD semester and short term programs now adhere to fixed deadlines for all study abroad and scholarship applications. Under the new policy, late applications will not be accepted. Students must complete their applications on or before the published deadlines. Admission to all programs, including those with limited space, will be determined according to the merits of individual applications rather than the timing of their submission. Therefore, while we encourage early applications, students may not be informed of their admissions status until approximately two weeks after the announced application deadline for their programs and scholarships. For more information contact Education Abroad.

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