International Students

The University of Maryland is among the top 20 U.S. universities serving international students and is ranked 19th among those U.S. institutions hosting international scholars. In 2013, there were 127 undergraduate and 994 graduate students enrolled at the Smith School alone. At Smith, we believe that exposure to unique cultures enriches our lives and our community. International students are exposed to not only U.S. culture, but to cultures of students from around the world. 

Domestic and International students alike are encouraged to think globally. We offer many opportunities to do so through the Center for Global Business at the Smith School. 

International Student and Scholar Services

The role of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is to promote diversity and advance mutual understanding throughout the University community by supporting international education. ISSS provides assistance and information on matters pertaining to the international students and scholars who come to UMD to fulfill their educational and professional goals as well as services necessary to meet the special immigration needs of the F, J, H, O and TN populations. This office also facilitates the transition of international students to life at Maryland and the United States through programs that enhance interaction between the international and domestic populations.

Smith Clubs, Events and Resources

  • International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS)
  • International MBA Association (IMBAA)
  • Elevate Your Job Search Strategy for International Students
  • Smith School Intensive Oral English Skills Class
  • International Night

Campus Events

  • International Orientation
  • Chinese Language and Culture Day
  • Campus International Coffee Hour
  • International Movie Screenings
  • ISSS Immigration Session
  • Workshops, career services and more


University of Maryland Arrival Guide - The Arrival Guide is an excellent resource for students new to the country and new to the University of Maryland. It includes information about American culture and customs, the University of Maryland campus, how to navigate your way around the area, and other resources relevant for international students, scholars, and visitors.

For more information about international student life at the University of Maryland, subscribe to the ISSS e-newsletter.