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The UMF International and Global Studies program is highly individualized to help you discover your own global interests and follow your own path as you explore important world issues.

The core of the major is a program of cross-listed courses that may be taken in combination at UMF, through travel courses, and during study abroad, in areas such such as: anthropology, business, Chinese, economics, education, French, geography, history, Japanese, political science, religion and Spanish.

The UMF International and Global Studies program provides you with greater knowledge and appreciation of the world’s diverse socio-cultural, economic, and political systems while exploring critical historical and contemporary issues that span the globe.

It helps broaden your potential career options, including careers in areas such as: international business & tourism, global health, international development, ESL and international education, immigration and refugee services, international law, human rights & conflict resolution, government and foreign service, non-governmental & aid agencies.

We have many opportunities for you to gain a global perspective — from affordable, short-term international travel courses to semester-long study abroad programs.

UMF offers affordable, short-term travel courses typically offered over the winter semester break and during May Term that can count toward your major. Faculty-guided travel experiences have taken students to:

  • Costa Rica
  • Peru
  • Northern Ireland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Panama
  • Scotland
  • Tanzania
  • Spain

The International and Global Studies program also provides you with weekend trips to global cities and international destinations in its new Global Explorations program. Students have gone to Quebec City to international-themed performances at Portland Stage and other quick excursions.

You may also choose to spend an entire semester at one of UMF’s partner institutions: Le Mans Université in France; Beijing University of Technology or Fudan University in Shanghai, China; or Universidad de Alicante, located in San Vicente del Raspeig / Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Spain. You can also participate in a National Education Exchange program in Quebec or Puerto Rico.

UMF also hosts a number of on-campus international conferences, celebrations and experiences:

  • Human Trafficking Conference
  • Latin America Fiesta
  • International Film Festival screenings
  • International Food Banquets

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This program qualifies for a New England Regional Student Program tuition discount of nearly $5,000 for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Canada.