University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC, formerly UMUC) was founded in 1947 as the College of Special and Continuation Studies, a branch of the University of Maryland's College of Education. In 1949, answering the call of the U.S. government, UMGC became the first university to send faculty overseas to educate active-duty military personnel in Europe. What started off as a noble experiment, with seven professors in six cities in Germany, has turned into a globally-recognized, award-winning institution that includes graduates from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and over 20 countries and territories worldwide. UMGC Europe is proud to be in a continued partnership with the U.S. military and the state of Maryland to provide quality education to 14,000 students annually in 16 countries and 50 on-base locations in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. We are wherever the military is, whether permanently stationed or deployed.
Times have changed since those first classes in war-torn buildings 70+ years ago. Now we deliver courses both on-site and online using cutting-edge technology, tailored class schedules for individual military units, and innovative live streaming formats at many locations. More than one million servicemembers have taken UMGC courses. This long relationship has made the university particularly sensitive to the needs of the military community and has prepared UMGC to handle key details, including veterans benefits and the transfer of credit earned in military specialty schools. By proving that high standards of excellence can be maintained in nontraditional settings, UMGC Europe has established itself as an integral part of military life.
UMGC is an accredited state university that offers online and on-site academic programs in fast-growing and in-demand fields. With no-cost digital course materials in nearly every course, and multiple military locations in Europe, Downrange, and around the world, we give you the opportunity to earn a respected degree from just about anywhere life takes you. Even if you transfer between Europe, the USA and/or to Asia, we have UMGC teams there to ensure you can seamlessly continue and complete your education. Our understanding of military tuition assistance (TA), financial aid, scholarships, and degree plans will help you succeed. We hope to see you soon!