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Dawg Days: Abroad

Spend 2-weeks in Bristol and London, United Kingdom and earn 3-credits towards your UMBC degree. Only 30 incoming UMBC students will get to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Program Dates: July 27, 2020 – August 9, 2020
Who: Open to all new incoming UMBC students (freshmen and transfers)
Program Fee: $4,500 (see below for all that’s included)

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What does the program fee include?

  • Airfare (round-trip direct from BWI to London Heathrow)
  • Accommodations in Bristol (11 nights) and London (1 day trip); Students will stay in a Residential Hall at the University of Bristol and the Clink78 Hostel in London.
  • Tuition for a 3-credit UMBC course that fulfills a General Education Program (GEP) requirement for all students
  • 2-day orientation at UMBC with all meals included, a family orientation, and 1-night in a residence hall
  • Transportation to and from Airports in the US and UK
  • Entry to: Stonehenge, Roman Baths, Victoria Art Gallery, Caerphilly Castle, Big Pit Coal Museum, SS Great Britain (with guided tour), Bristol Graffitti Walking Tour, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Palestinian Museum, Welsh National Assembly, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Salisbury Cathedral
  • All meals

What is not included in the program fee?

  • Passport expenses
  • Personal spending

Day to Day Itinerary:

The following itinerary is subject to minor changes

Day 1 – Arrive to UMBC with family, begin orientation program. Families will depart at the end of the day and students stay overnight in a residential hall
Day 2 – Continued orientation activities and travel to the airport
Day 3 – Arrival in London, airport pick up and travel to Bristol
Day 4 – Welcome and orientation by Bristol staff, lunch, Guided graffiti walking tour of Bristol
Day 5 – AM – class, PM – train to Bath; Visit Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery
Day 6 – AM – class, PM – visit Palestinian Museum, Harbourside Dinner
Day 7 – Travel to Wales; Visit Caerphilly Castle and Big Pit National Coal Museum
Day 8 – AM – class, PM – Travel to Cardiff, visit Welsh National Assembly and Cardiff Castle
Day 9 – AM – class, PM – Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Day 10 – AM – class, PM – Stonehenge Visit and Salisbury Cathedral (view the Magna Carta)
Day 11 – AM – class, PM – visit SS Great Britain, Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Day 12 – AM – class, PM – free time in Bristol
Day 13 – AM – Final exams, PM – Farewell Dinner
Day 14 – AM – Day trip to London, PM – Depart for USA

Fall Semester IHU Details:

As part of the Dawg Days Abroad program, students are required to take an Introduction to an Honors University course in the fall following the trip.

IHU (Y-section) – Introduction to an Honors University (required in the fall semester)

Dawg Days: Abroad staff are dedicated to your academic success – not only in the summer but beyond. All students in the program will participate in an Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) course during the fall 2020 semester to learn about the resources and requirements of attending UMBC. You will also continue to meet with the Dawg Days: Abroad advisor throughout the fall and spring to help ensure that your first-year goes well. The Introduction to an Honors University seminar reinforces the lecture through study skills, exam preparation, time management, and other key skills. You will use what you learn in the IHU throughout your entire college career. Information about how to register for this course will be provided at summer orientation.


Application Process:

The 2020 Dawg Days: Abroad application will be open at the end of January 2020.

  • Click the above “Apply Now!” button to submit an application request. Once submitted, you will receive instructions for how to access and complete the application via our application portal.
  • Applicants will have to submit a short statement of purpose and conduct a short Skype interview with UMBC staff as part of their application (This interview can be scheduled and conducted in person during New Student Day on Saturday, April 18, 2020).
  • There are also a few signature documents that need to be submitted (signed parent/guardian form, etc.). All signed documents can be emailed to

Program deposit due by: May 11, 2020

  • All accepted applicants will be asked to submit a $500 program deposit by May 11 in order to confirm their spot.

Remaining program fee due by: June 1, 2020

  • All program participants must submit the remaining program fee by June 1.


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