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Make your college experience truly unique with a study abroad program.

Have you ever thought about walking along the banks of the Danube as you study at McDaniel's Budapest campus? Shadowing doctors at a Chilean clinic? Participating in conservation efforts in South Africa? Or exploring the role of water in the history and society of China? 


McDaniel's signature study abroad program offers semester-long courses on a wide array of topics, ranging from global studies, business, and liberal arts. For those looking for a shorter term experience, you can also participate in exchange programs or Jan Term abroad experiences. 

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Discover Your Options

You don't have to wait until you're enrolled at McDaniel to discover your study abroad options. Explore our exchange programs, affiliated partners, and of course, our McDaniel College Europe programs. Program costs and information are available to you before you even enroll.

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Study Abroad Climb Higher, See Farther

Your time at McDaniel can be defined by your time away - be it a semester abroad or a January Term spent stateside. 

McDaniel Budapest in Hungary has been our signature study abroad program since 1994 and is our most popular semester-long destination. Exciting and dynamic classes are offered in areas such as global studies, business, and liberal arts. All classes are taught in English, and federal, state, and institutional aid may be applied to this program.

Jan Term destinations are a traveler's dream, with itineraries in places like The Bahamas, China, Florida, Greece, Arizona, and more.

Abroad by the Numbers

McDaniel students gain new experiences and world-views through their study abroad experiences.

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of students go abroad each year, whether on semester, summer, and/or Jan term programs.

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is our most popular study abroad destination due to the McDaniel campus located there.

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countries are accessible to students for study abroad through more than 30 partnerships.

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of graduating students in the Class of 2019 studied abroad more than once.

The Distance to McDaniel Budapest

Here on the Hill we say that you climb higher and see farther with every step you take. Just imagine what you can accomplish when you choose to study abroad. In case you're wondering, that's 9,044,000 steps from the Hill to our very own European campus.

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Scholarships & Financial Support

We know that costs and funding for study abroad are major concern for students. Fortunately, with early planning, it is possible to financially prepare for study abroad. Meet with us to learn more!

McDaniel supports study abroad:

  • McDaniel scholarships and all state and federal financial aid (FAFSA) may be used for McDaniel Budapest trips and on all exchange programs.
  • The Dr. Debora-Johnson Ross grant is a new McDaniel program to help students of color and students with high financial need study abroad. 

How the aid applies depends on the program:

  • Federal and state aid (FAFSA) can be used on affiliated partner programs but McDaniel scholarships and grants cannot.
  • No aid may be used on unaffiliated opportunities.
Student internship in Chile.

Without Limits Pre-med student savors lifetime opportunity interning at Chilean hospital Hands-On Learning

Rowail Khan’s pre-med internship in Santiago, Chile, intensified what already was her passion for medicine, but she also hopes it serves as an empowering example to other science majors that study abroad is indeed within their reach. The experience, through IES Abroad, was perfect for Khan, a Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. Study abroad can be more complicated to arrange for students majoring in a science because of lab courses and prerequisites. But studying abroad is important to Khan, so she used the three-week Jan Term and has arranged her semester schedules so that she can spend a semester at McDaniel’s Budapest campus during her junior year.

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On Your Own Communication Majors Make the Most of McDaniel Budapest 14 Countries in 15 Weeks

Wade Bishop and Will Giles, both Communication majors, may have set a McDaniel study abroad record — they visited 14 countries while earning 16 credits each studying at the McDaniel campus in Budapest, Hungary. With few exceptions, they planned their own weekend getaways, scouring the internet for bargain flights and Airbnbs. During the week they went to class, learned to cook, played soccer with Hungarian friends and enjoyed evenings in local pubs and eateries — totally immersing in the rich culture of the eastern European nation.

Recent News for Study Abroad

  • McDaniel College Class of 2024: By the Numbers

    All 703 of them. A diverse group, they have 35 different undergraduate majors and are from 16 graduate programs. They traveled from 27 countries and 27 states, plus Washington, D.C. Want to know more? Top majors? How many are College Scholars? What was the most popular study abroad destination? Read on!
  • Political Science major’s Jan Term in Ireland leads to graduate school abroad

    Political Science major Gabrielle Gladden knew she wanted to go abroad for graduate school, but it wasn’t until a Jan Term to Ireland and Northern Ireland that she found the right place in Queen’s University Belfast, the oldest school in Northern Ireland and the premier institution in the country.
  • McDaniel College Class of 2023: By the Numbers

    All 649 of them. A diverse group, they have 36 different undergraduate majors and are from 19 graduate programs. They traveled from 18 countries and 28 states, plus Washington, D.C. Want to know more? Top majors? Where they studied abroad? How many are College Scholars?

Connect With Us

Joan Liptrot

Director of International and Off-Campus Programs

Phone: (410) 857-2546

Office: Center for Experience & Opportunity


Roj Student Center
2 College Hill
Westminster, Maryland 21157-4390