• BTC sponsored the conference <i>The Role of the United Nations and Civil Society in Advancing Effective Global Governance</i> at the University of Maryland
  • BTC students participate in a range of civic learning experiences, such as this trip to the United Nations headquarters in New York City
  • Our film and seminar series included a special panel and screening of <i>The Good Soldier</i>, with the film's directors and veterans featured in the film.
  • BTC students engage in a variety of civic learning experiences. Here they joined in the AIDS Walk Washington, DC
  • Beyond the Classroom students have the opportunity to engage in global learning experiences in countries throughout the world.
  • Beyond the Classroom Director Dr. james Riker (left) joins previous year's seminar participants Michael Beer, Director of Nonviolence International, Dr. Asna Husin, Director of the Peace Education Program in Aceh, Indonesia.
  • Guest speakers for the Envisioning Peace in Africa Series included Emira Woods of the Institute for Policy Studies, Human Rights Advocate in Sierra Leone David Alan Harris, and Peter Kimeu of the Catholic Relief Services

Beyond the Classroom is an interdisciplinary living-learning program for upper-level undergraduate students interested in:

  • Internships related to local, national and global issues

  • Citizen action and community service

  • Social change with an impact

  • Leadership and advocacy for non-profits and NGOs

  • Researching solutions that address real-world problems
Are you ready to make a difference? Find out more about Beyond the Classroom Living and Learning Program. Read our brochure.


    Our Students Say...

BTC has strengthened my passion for social action and has given me the tools to create positive change.
R.B. (BTC Graduate)

The classes in the BTC program are extremely different from my other classes, which is what drew me to the program. I have learned a lot from my peers and have heard about the issues that they care about. This has opened me up to new ideas and perspectives. My experiences through BTC remind me of civic issues in every day life, how they affect the average citizen, and what we can do about them.
A.S. (BTC Graduate)

Throughout BTC, I've gained knowledge on civic issues that everyone should be concerned about as a citizen. I loved being surrounded by other engaging, intelligent, and inspring students who showed how amazing college students can be. BTC truly influenced me and has shaped me who I am now.

   M.N. (BTC Graduate)


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    BTC Fall 2014 Courses


Click here to learn about BTC's upcoming courses for Fall 2014, featuring two seminar series that are free and open to the public (and available as for-credit courses):

"Ensuring a World Fit For Children? Rethinking Our Civic Responsibilities"

and a new seminar:

"Beyond Study Abroad: Global Citizenship, Citizen Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange for Social Change"

View the list of past films and seminars

    Spend Spring Break 2015 in Japan with BTC!


Click here to learn about BTC's new 3-credit spring break 2015 study abroad course: "Civil Society, Recovery, and Reform in the Wake of Disaster." Travel from Tokyo to Sendai to learn from NPOs and Japanese university students involved in Japan's recovery from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Applications due October 1, 2014. University of Maryland sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all majors are eligible to apply; BTC membership is not required.

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