2020 Update:

  • In addition to the courses listed below please feel free to reach out to GC staff at globalcommunities [at] umd.edu to see if another course you are considering would qualify for our GC course requirement.

  • As a reminder, the course must include an experiential learning component, such as working on a project with students from another country. The objective is to apply what you have learned in the classroom in the real world.

Take your learning out of the classroom by enrolling in a globally-oriented experiential course. These experience-based courses are taught by UMD faculty in collaboration with a community partner, non-profit organization, or research initiative. Students who engage in these courses develop writing, interviewing, communication, and analytical skills as they contribute to the mission of the organization. In the classroom, students reflect on the process and conduct background research to understand the particular context of the organization's work. In the field, students will support their partner organization by working on various tasks, such as archiving, conducting interviews, or executing a program. 
Global Communities can approve these for global experience credit on a case-by-case basis.
The following course(s) are pre-approved:

Course Title

Course Description

Global Classroom Courses (3 credits)
Global Classrooms are virtual, project-based courses offered in collaboration with partner universities abroad. Visit Global Classroom Course offerings here

Course Title Examples: 

  • International Higher Education

  • Risk-Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety & Security 

  • Assisted Reproduction Law & Policy in the U.S. & Brazil

UMD Approved Global Partner Courses
(Education Abroad)

Below is a list of pre-approved education abroad courses that are providing online options, recently created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the course list to see what courses are offered and are of interest to you. 

More details at http://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/11780

HESI318M - Applied Contextual Leadership; Leadership and Education
(3 credits) - Usually offered in Spring Semester  
This course will explore public education policy in the United States, including historical context, the achievement gap, school funding, standardized testing, and alternatives to the current public education system. All students enrolled in the course must commit six hours per week of the semester to work with the Maryland Mentor Corps which provides mentoring and tutoring for elementary school children and families in Prince George's County Public Schools. UMD students must receive permission to enroll in this course by contacting abarlow [at] umd.edu (Alison Barlow).
ENGL361 - Recovering Oral Histories

Usually offered in Spring Semester 

Prerequisite: Students must have completed one course in English, Latin American Studies, or Education. Credit only granted for: ENGL261 or ENGL361. 

Students will work with the Cultural Academy For Excellence (CAFE), a Prince George's County based organization which teaches young people of elementary and middle school age to play a musical instrument, the Caribbean steel pan, while also working to develop their ability at intercultural communication. Students will interview (or have informal discussions with) young people in order to construct a narrative about their lives, their perceptions of themselves, and their experience of the Prince Georges County school system.

Contact instructor Dr. Merle Collins for more information.

AAST378 - Experiential Learning in Asian American Studies
Must register for at least 3 credits

Note - Contact instructor for enrollment and more information.

Project options may include:

  • Research Assistant for Study on Ethnic Racial Socialization Among Low SES and Middle SES Chinese American Families

  • Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project

  • Media Preservation - Interviews with Asian Americans

  • AAPI Advocates

GVPT 388E: Latin American Politics (with January 2021 abroad)

This course examines key political and economic policies in Latin America over the past four decades.The course is organized in three sections: readings on the STATE, on the ECONOMY, and on SOCIETY. An important exercise of this class will be to determine how do different authors direct the arrows of causal explanation: do economic factors shape political outcomes? Do state institutions determine political participation? 

The course includes a 10-day trip to Havana, Cuba in January 2021 (tentative), where students will meet with government and community representatives.In order to register students must complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) indicating their commitment to participate in both the on campus (GVPT 388E) and study abroad (GVPT 388C) portions of the class. The MOU is available here and should be submitted via email to Tristan Hightower, Assistant Director of Global Learning, at thighto [at] umd.edu. Please allow two (2) business days for processing and registration holds to be cleared.

ARHU398Q - Elective Course Working with Entrepreneurs in Africa
This QUEST course will consider the subjective, customer-created definition of quality and the social and cultural forces that shape customer perspectives. The course explores the differences in quality perceptions between US and non-US consumers, the sources of these differences, and the challenges they present in measuring expectations, performance, and customer satisfaction in a multinational business environment.
Global Experience - Course at UMD Capstone Poster
Global Experience - Course at UMD Capstone Poster
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