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Unapproved Study Abroad Programs

EA understands and appreciates the desire of students to enroll in courses that will further their academic studies, and is committed to working with students to find accredited and legitimate opportunities for study abroad. Students are encouraged to speak with an EA regional advisor to find a suitable academic program for their academic requirements.

Summer Programs in China
Education Abroad is aware of an increasing number of private organizations in the People’s Republic of China that offer summer programs hosted on the campuses of local universities. The stated mission of these programs is to offer Western-style curricula to students in China. These organizations recruit Chinese students who are matriculated in U.S. degree programs to take summer courses to be transferred back to their respective programs in the U.S.

Education Abroad, International Students and Scholars Services and the UMD Registrar have conducted a review and have determined that these types of programs are not an extension of the host institution and are therefore not accredited as study abroad programs. UMD retains the right to deny transfer credit from non-accredited programs. 

As of February 2015, UMD will not accept transfer credit from the above mentioned types of programs.  This includes but is not limited to SIE: International Summer Sessions, LION Education International, and the Jinan University Summer Session. 

Programs at Language Study Centers
UMD will not apprpove programs that are hosted at language study centers and which are not regcognized by the local authority for higher education accreditation or the ministry of education in the host country.