Join us Fall 2018

Welcome to Global Communities!

Each year we invite a select number of academically-talented incoming freshmen to join the program. Global Communities staff review several thousand applications to the University to identify talented, diverse students based upon their background, experience, and educational qualifications. We seek to invite a mix of students who we believe are a good fit for the program. These include those who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in world affairs and global cultures; first-generation and international students who are familiar with and interested in other countries and cultures; and those who demonstrate an open mind and an interest in meeting diverse individuals.

How to Accept Your Invitation

Invitees must take the following three steps BEFORE May 1:

1.  ACCEPT YOUR INVITATION to UMD Global Communities HERE!

2.  CONFIRM your intention to attend UMD via your online undergraduate Admissions portal by May 1 at 12:00 AM.

3.  COMPLETE your Housing/Dining Services Agreement by May 1 to be assured housing with us in Dorchester Hall at

Interested but not Invited?

We recognize that not all students highlight their international interests in their applications to the University, and we may miss them in our review. Please let us know if you think you are a strong candidate for the program by contacting us at or by completing our Self Nomination Form. Self nominations are reviewed after May 1. 

Not interested?

Your invitation to Global Communities is completely optional. We are aware that the program may not be the right fit for all those invited. If you are unable or uninterested in joining our community, simply refrain from accepting your invitation.