BTAA Online Course Sharing Program

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Online Course Sharing Program

Through the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), several universities have joined together to make online course offerings available to students at participating institutions for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Beginning Fall 2020, undergraduate students at any of the participating universities can take one online course from another participating Big Ten school each semester as part of their academic experience, with all associated tuition and fees waived.

Participating Institutions

  • Indiana University
  • University of Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • The Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students currently enrolled as degree seeking undergraduate students at a participating Big Ten university are eligible to enroll in one course at one of the participating universities.

Information for UMD Students

Please review the following information if you are a current UMD student and would like to take a course at a participating institution through this program.

  • Enrollment in this program cannot be used to establish full-time status at the University of Maryland.
  • Courses taken through this program will appear as transfer credit on your official transcript.
  • Find a Course and Complete the Application Process: Visit the BTAA Online Course Sharing Program webpage to browse available courses and application deadlines for participating universities. Once you have identified a course, follow the instructions on the Application Process tab to verify your eligibility, select the institution in which you hope to enroll, and follow the instructions to apply and register for the course.
  • Complete the Permission to Enroll Process: You must complete the University of Maryland Permission to Enroll process to determine if the course is acceptable for transfer and to request approval from your academic advisor.
  • Review Participating Institution's Deadlines and Policies: Students participating in this program are responsible for following the offering university's deadlines, procedures, and policies related to enrollment, adding, dropping, withdrawing, and other enrollment-related functions for the online course.
  • Request Official Transcript from Participating Institution: Once you have completed the course, you must request a copy of your official transcript from the offering institution to have your credits transferred to the University of Maryland (note that your credits will be accepted only if you have received approval through the Permission to Enroll process indicated above). Send your official transcript to:

    University of Maryland
    Office of the Registrar
    1113 Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Building
    College Park, MD 20742
    registrar-help@umd.edu
NOTE: This program is different from the Big Ten CourseShare program for less commonly taught language courses.

Information for Visiting Students from Participating Big Ten Institutions

Please review the following information if you are enrolled at a participating institution and would like to take a course through the BTAA Online Course Sharing Program at the University of Maryland.

REGISTRATION BEGINS AUGUST 10, 2020

  • Find a Course: Review the following listing of available courses from UMD (note that only those courses and sections listed are available through this program).

  • *Online courses can be provided synchronously, asynchronously, or with a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Click here for details.

  • Complete the Application Process: Once you have identified a course, follow the instructions on the Application Process tab to verify your eligibility, select the University of Maryland and follow the instructions to apply and register for the course.
  • *Online courses can be provided synchronously, asynchronously, or with a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Click here for details.
  • Review UMD's Deadlines and Policies: Students participating in this program are responsible for following the University of Marland's deadlines, procedures, and policies related to enrollment, adding, dropping, withdrawing, and other enrollment-related functions for the online course.
  • Access UMD Services: You will receive an email after your registration is processed. The email will include instructions for setting up your UMD login (directory ID and password) which provides access to UMD services, including ELMS the University's learning management system.
  • Request Official UMD Transcript: At the completion of the semester you will need to have your UMD official transcript sent to your home institution. Visit Testudo to request a copy of your official transcript.

Questions? Contact the University of Maryland Registration Coordinator at btaa@umd.edu.