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Schwäbisch Gmünd Closure

General Announcement

At the end of the Spring 2002 semester, University of Maryland University College closed permanently the international student residential campus in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. The university made this difficult decision for financial reasons. Since its inception in 1992, the Schwäbisch Gmünd campus operated at a significant annual deficit, and the University, as a State of Maryland public university, is not able to sustain the financial losses in the face of formidable challenges in the current economic and technological environment.

The decision to cease operations in Schwäbisch Gmünd was not easy. The campus provided students from around the world the unique experience of an American education in an historic European setting. Many people in Europe and in Adelphi, Maryland, worked tirelessly over the past decade to make our German campus a success. In this endeavor, the University enjoyed the participation and support of the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd. It is with regret that all these efforts did not change the fundamental financial profile of the campus.

It should be noted that this action does not affect in any way UMUC's operations with the U.S. Department of Defense. UMUC is the major provider of educational opportunities to U.S. service members on military bases throughout Europe and Asia. The Schwäbisch Gmünd campus is not connected to those operations

Student Information

For information about transcripts, courses taken, or degrees, please contact Cynthia Lyons, Associate Registrar, at

For information about SG-related financial assistance please contact James E. Green at

Alumni Information

For alumni information, please contact Cynthia Sikorski, Director of Alumni Relations, at

Faculty/Staff Information

For information about employee personnel records, please contact Jean Bielefeldt, Director of Human Resources Services, at

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