Spend a semester in the capital one of the most dynamic economies of the world and host to some of today’s important business stories! Beijing is at the heart of the world’s second largest economy and the home of many of China’s most important cultural and financial institutions: Tiananmen Square, dozens of Fortune Global 500 companies, the Great Wall of China, the People’s Bank of China. Live with an English-speaking Chinese roommate, stroll around the nearby Olympic Village, engage in an exciting internship, and travel around the world’s most populous country. The Robert H. Smith School of Business has partnered with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) to offer students an immersive, academic, and fascinating program. Building off the existing relationship with UIBE as part of the Smith Executive MBA program, our undergraduate students have many opportunities for an engaging experience through events like dinner with Smith faculty and networking with the area executives.


Enroll in up to 6 courses through TEAN and UIBE:

Core course (required) Chinese Culture and History – Gives students an understanding of modern China and its traditional customs and belief systems. Also includes weekend field trips.

Language Course (optional, but strongly recommended) – Elementary or Business Chinese (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced).

Electives – A wide range of business-related courses available, including economics, finance, law, management, and marketing. Courses are evaluated at UMD as transfer credit.

Internship – Students have the opportunity to undertake a part-time internship in conjunction with their academic studies, with the possibility of being extended through the summer.

Download course equivalencies.


Students live in pre-arranged housing offered by TEAN. Accommodation consists of full-furnished off-campus apartments, with an opportunity to have integrated housing with local Chinese students. This provides an excellent opportunity for fuller immersion into Chinese culture and the Mandarin culture. All apartments come pre-equipped with wireless internet access.

Program Fees (estimated)

Program Fee: $10,650 (includes tuition, excursions, orientation, etc)

Housing: $3,900

Optional Part-time internship: $500

Study Abroad Fee: $400

TEAN UMD Discount: ($400)

Scholarships are available from the University of Maryland Education Abroad office, TEAN, and other sources. 


Dates and Deadlines

Spring: February – July

Fall: September – December

Eligibility & How to Apply

The Smith-in-Beijing program is open to any undergraduate student interested in China and business. This program is not restricted to Smith School students, and students from other schools are encouraged to apply. Non-Smith students will have less variety in course selection, however. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Admission to the program is made on a rolling basis and early application is strongly encouraged. Please contact Chris Olson at or 301.405.4824 for more information.