Office of International Affairs

Office of International Affairs

The University of Maryland aspires to become one of the most globally connected universities in the world, and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) plays a leading role in realizing this ambition. OIA is in charge of coordinating international activities within the university’s seven colleges and five schools, advancing a strategic plan for internationalization, fostering and nurturing international partnerships, as well as developing innovative programming for faculty and students that will facilitate their development as global leaders committed to the improvement of the common good.
The University of Maryland has more than 170 active partnerships across the globe. It sends more than 2,000 students abroad each year on a variety of programs that focus on global competence and professional development. And, it welcomes more than 4,500 international students and 1,500 international scholars to College Park each year.

Learn more about OIA and its programs at globalmaryland.umd.edu

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

UMD International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) assists international students with transitioning to the U.S., advising on immigration requirements, and making the most of their academic experience at UMD. ISSS also assists the campus community involved with international educational exchange in the process of bringing international visitors to campus, or in sending Maryland faculty and students abroad.

Find out about Visa renewal, I-20s, status, and employment at globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services.

Education Abroad

Education Abroad (EA) offers advising and international, academically-based experiences in support of students’ personal, professional and intellectual development. Through short and long-term study abroad programs, students become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively engage with local and global communities and become culturally perceptive citizens.

Learn more at globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad

Office of China Affairs

Office of China Affairs (OCA) provides non-degree training for Chinese leaders working to advance public welfare and collaborates with Chinese and American partners to strengthen institutions, advance knowledge of best practices, and promote stable US-China relations.

Learn more at globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/china

Undocumented Student Resources

The University of Maryland is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including undocumented students. Undocumented students, who often face barriers and challenges as they navigate campus policies, require support services that address their unique needs. As such, the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) and the Asian American Studies Program (AAST) have partnered with other UMD departments and allies to increase institutional support for undocumented students, providing advising related to financial aid and admissions. Ultimately, the University strives to provide resources and guidance to support the advancement of undocumented students during their time at Maryland. The website is funded in part by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Find out more at undocumented.umd.edu