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Take on Grand Challenges

Graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to address global injustice.

Collaborate with peers in Egypt to advance global food safety

This Global Classrooms course is offered by the University of Maryland and Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, using One Health principles ensuring food safety and security through a global lens. 

One Health: Food Safety and Security

Where it is: virtual, on-campus

Who it’s for: undergraduate and graduate students. 

Global Classroom FPO

Study sustainability and solutions to global climate change in Iceland

Travel to Iceland over spring break to explore the land of ice and fire. The course explores the generation, use and impacts of both geothermal energy and hydroelectric power to prepare students with the inspiration, skills and confidence to combat climate change.

UMD-Spring Break: Iceland

Where it is: abroad, Iceland

Who it’s for: undergraduate students

Five UMD students explore an old geothermal farm in Iceland.

Service learning opportunities around campus

Grow as an empowered citizen with Alternative Breaks

Focus on social justice issues that impact local, national, and international communities. From environmental conservation to public health, Alternative Breaks offer several opportunities throughout the year to work with fellow Terps.

Where it is: off-campus, in the U.S.

Who it’s for: undergraduate and graduate students


Prepare for international service in the Peace Corps

A partnership between the Peace Corps, School of Public Health’s Global Health Initiative, and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, this undergraduate certificate program will prepare you to be a competitive applicant to the Peace Corps. Take the first step towards serving the world today. 

Where it is: on-campus

Who it’s for: undergraduate students


Help disadvantaged communities with Engineers Without Borders

Join this Maryland student group to serve communities around the world through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students.

Where it is: on-campus and abroad

Who it’s for: undergraduate and graduate students. You do not need to be an engineering major.


Find fellowship and award opportunities for your research and projects

International Graduate Research Fellowships

Supports Maryland students who are interested in conducting collaborative research abroad with international colleagues.

About the Fellowships

Funding for student-led projects in sustainability and social innovation

Each spring, Universitas21 (U21) hosts the RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) showcase to accelerate student-led projects by connecting them with a network of experts in academia and industry. 

Get involved with U21 RISE

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