Join Beyond the Classroom!

BTC students in front of part of the Berlin Wall, housed at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Want to join us for the Spring 2018 semester?


Learn How to Apply

Currently acccepting applications for Spring — Apply Now!

Are you a 2nd semester sophomore, a junior, or a senior who wants to:

  • Apply what you’ve learned in school to real world problems?
  • Prepare professionally for life after graduation?
  • Make connections with the people and organizations that inspire you?
  • Change the world?

If that’s you: consider Beyond the Classroom (BTC). Our 3-semester leadership program brings together UMD students from all majors to prepare for a lifetime of personal and professional civic engagement and social change in any career field.

Our program combines:

Coursework & Seminars

Earn credit and get a BTC transcript notation in Civic Engagement and Social Change for completing the program. Engage with your peers and the public in our weekly seminars on major civic issues.

A Professional Internship

Complete an internship that matters (anywhere in the world). Your path to professional growth is totally integrated into the BTC program— from our 1-on-1 career advising meetings to your final capstone project. Learn more.

Service Learning & Events

We're not called "Beyond the Classroom" for nothing: every semester, all BTC students attend and organize extracurricular opportunities to make real change in the world and to learn from today's experts. Visit our Facebook page to see upcoming and recent events.

Plus, optional Housing in South Campus Commons!

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