Global Initiatives

BMGT498I: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context

Program Dates

January 8 – January 24, 2015
First paid night for accommodation in Cape Town is Friday, January 9th. Last paid night for accommodation in Cape Town is Thursday, January 22nd.

Destinations

Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty

Associate Dean Victor Mullins, PhD & Jeanette Snider, MA

Program Fee

$3,000 | Click here to submit SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION for 1st time abroad experiences

Application

Apply online
NOTE: Admission of students with complete applications is on a competitive basis and application review will take place during the one week period following the "last day to apply" date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2014.

Ranked by the World Bank as an “upper middle-income country”, South Africa is the largest economy in Africa – and it remains rich with promise. It was admitted to the BRIC group of countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China (known as BRICS) in 2011... The economy has a marked duality, with a sophisticated financial and industrial economy having grown alongside an underdeveloped informal economy. It is this “second economy” which presents both potential and a developmental challenge.” - Source: www.southafrica.info.

While there are many emerging perspectives on social entrepreneurship and innovation, most generally a social innovation can be understood as a positive, creative shift in systemic social, economic, and/or environmental patterns. Many social innovations have global ambitions, but even when pursued primarily at the local level, social innovations go beyond simply providing a needed service or action. They challenge and experiment with a given system’s underlying building blocks: its rules, policies, technologies, structures, beliefs, habits, values, etc.

This course will offer students, as emergent social entrepreneurs, a theoretical and practical immersion in the field of social innovation in a South African context. The course will provide opportunities for theoretical engagement, visits to businesses and government agencies and reflection through a combination of seminars (both theoretical and experiential) and seminar linked site visits in the surrounding communities of Cape Town, South Africa.   This dynamic program is in partnership with the University of Cape Town.

This course emphasizes practical application of course concepts and frameworks in real-world contexts. During this course, we will ask you to see yourself as a social entrepreneur. We will take an interactive approach to familiarizing you with social innovation as both a discipline and practice. The course provides a dynamic academic, practical, and personal experience.  Students are immersed in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies that can be customized for each student. By the end of the course, you will have formed your own approach to social entrepreneurship and innovation, and you will have begun to develop the concepts, mind-sets, skills, and relationships that will enable you to continue to be an effective social innovator throughout your life.

Quotes from Smith students who were part of May 2014’s course to South Africa: 

"The Smith trip to South Africa has changed my life, not in one way, but every way possible. I now consider myself an agent of change. I have a deeper understanding of other people due to the course being a place of engagement and play rather than note-taking. And I am also more aware of who I am as a person and how to bring my FULL self to the table. These are rare life lessons, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that must be experienced." - Chris Lane

"The resilience, optimism, and beauty of the people matched with the breathtaking scenery definitely made this an experience that I not only will never forget but also one that changed my view on humanity, business, and social responsibility forever." - Foluke Tuakli

What else do you need to know?

PROGRAM DETAILS   International flights should not be booked until confirmation of course acceptance.  Once registered for the course, students are advised, but not required, to purchase refundable airplane tickets to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in unforeseen circumstances. Oftentimes, students have made their travel arrangements through STA Travel, a discount student travel agency. Details for an optional group flight from Dulles International Airport to Cape Town will be made available asap.  Each student will, however, be responsible for payment in full of their own flight. 

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE ($3,000) includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared accomodations; transportation in and around Cape Town for scheduled activities; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; most group meals; professor and partner fees; pre-departure meetings and excursions; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage. Not included: personal expenses, a few meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable. 

PAYMENT OF THE PUBLISHED PROGRAM FEE is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly: 

(1) A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.

(2) Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.

(3) The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad's website for other Refund and Withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.

Other Study Abroad Financial Aid Sources

Boren Scholarship

Provides award money to students who plan to study abroad in regions critical to U.S. national security. Students will work in a U.S. Government agency for a minimum of one year upon graduating college. Open to all years and majors.
Website: www.borenawards.org

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan

For study abroad in Japan. Recipients receive $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for an academic year. Open to Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors and all majors.
Website: www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.html

Critical Language Scholarship

Open to all majors and years of study. Sponsored by the US Department of State, this scholarship takes place in the summer and is awarded to students who plan to study a critical language.
Website: clscholarship.org

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

For study, thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. Open to Sophomores and Juniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Website: www.daad.org/?p=47220#objectives

Gilman International Scholarship

Open to students who receive Pell Grants.
Website: www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Open to all years of study and majors with a survival proficiency of Chinese. This scholarship is applicable to students who plan to study at a Mandarin speaking university or college-affiliated Mandarin training center. Website: www.moetwdc.org/english

Project GO ROTC Language and Culture Project

AROTC, AFROTC, NROTC students from any major and year of study are invited to apply. This program is sponsored by the Department of Defense and sends applicants to study critical languages.
Website: www.rotcprojectgo.org

United States-Indonesia Society Summer Language Program

Applicants must be college seniors, recent graduates (within 6 months), or graduate students. Recipients win a place in an intensive ten-week language and general studies program held in Central Java. Website: www.usindo.org/programs/summer-language-study

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Open to Juniors of all majors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Minorities and women are invited to apply. Individuals majoring in fields relative to international affairs receive up to $40,000 for their senior year of undergraduate studies and their first year of graduate studies.
Website: woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/#about

Delta Phi Alpha

The national German honor society offers scholarships to graduating German majors and Sophomore and Junior German majors who plan on studying abroad. You must be a member of Delta Phi Alpha to be considered.
Website: deltaphialpha.org/funding/scholarships

Adele Austin Rickett Memorial Scholarship

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.
Website: advancement.umd.edu/celebration/showScholarship.php?main_id=125

Dr. Tsung Chin Scholarship for Chinese Language

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.
Website: advancement.umd.edu/celebration/showScholarship.php?main_id=115 

Huayu Enrichment Scholarships for summer study abroad in Taiwan

Open to all UMD students who study Chinese.
Website: www.edutw.org/english/scholarships

On Campus Global Opportunities

Smith Global Consulting Fellows

The Smith Global Consulting Fellows program is designed for students who have an interest in the world’s people and cultures and a desire to apply business and language skills to enhancing economic development worldwide and helping others succeed. The goals of the Global Consulting Fellows program are:

  • Developing global awareness and appreciation for the world’s business cultures, and cultural competencies for students seeking to work in the global/consulting arena, whether for U.S. firms or for companies and agencies abroad.
  • Providing instruction and practice in business consulting concepts and methods in international contexts.

Students in Global Consulting Fellows will study intercultural issues in global management and learn skills in group research and consulting through two courses: Cross-cultural Challenges in Business, and Practicum in Global Consulting.  Students will work in teams to conduct research and develop feasible business ideas which contribute to business, social and economic development, especially in emerging economies. 

Dr. Pat Cleveland is the Faculty Champion for this program.

Curriculum – 1-year program

  • BMGT 364 (Management and Organization Theory) - Pre-requisite; may be taken concurrently with BMGT463F
  • BMGT 463F (Cross-cultural Challenges in Business) - Fall
  • BMGT 468P (Fellows Program Practicum in Global Business) - Spring 
  • COMM 107 or equivalent highly recommended

Co-Curricular Activities & Events

  • Intercultural communication and negotiation workshop
  • Site visits to embassies, global firms located in Baltimore/D.C.

Fellows Program Eligibility

  • BMGT majors - Management or International Business majors preferred, but all BMGT majors encouraged to apply. (You may also apply if you are applying to Smith for 2014-2015.)
  • Preference for those with double-major or minor in foreign language or demonstrated fluency
  • Junior standing – advanced-standing sophomores with BMGT core completed will be considered
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Process

The application period for the 2014-2015 Fellows program has closed. 

Questions? Contact Emily Doane at edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Sophomore Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium

The Sophomore Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium is aimed at students who want to develop a deeper understanding what constitutes a global mindset. Students will also learn how to best apply global mindset techniques and practices to address real-world business situations by participating in a real-time consulting project with EY. Aimed to ready students to address contemporary global business issues, this program is open to all majors.

Dean Victor Mullins and Kristin LaRiviere will be directing the program.

Curriculum-1 semester program

BMGT298F: Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium*

*Course will require substantial out of class commitment due to consulting project

Eligibility

  • Must be entering second year at Smith during Fall 2014 semester
  • All Business majors are encouraged to apply
  • Must have taken the Global Mindset Inventory
  • Must have completed 75% of Freshmen Fellows Events 

Application Process

Now accepting applications through February 21, 2014: ter.ps/mindset14.

Questions? Contact Kristin LaRiviere at klarivie@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Smith School Hosts 50 Students from Australia

The Office of Global Initiatives at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted 50 Australian EMBA, MBA, and undergraduate students from RMIT University in Melbourne – one of Australia’s most highly-ranked business schools – from Jan. 4-18, 2014, in College Park. The students, most of whom had never been to the United States, traveled to Maryland to experience business education in an American setting and immerse themselves in U.S. business culture. 

Green Office Program

Green Office Program Participant

Global Initiatives is a member of UMD’s Green Office Program

The Office of Global Initiatives is committed to green principles and sustainability. We have joined the Office of Sustainability's Green Office Program in the hopes of showcasing and sharing the environmental and financial benefits of sustainable business practices with our peers at the Smith School and across the University of Maryland.  We're well on our way to reaching our next milestone - Bronze Certified Green Office. 

The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a dynamic initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices/units that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. It seeks to motivate environmentally friendly behaviors by providing definitive guidelines and reducing confusion about best practices. The program operates through a network of representatives (GO Reps) in schools, centers and administrative units.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Engage the campus community in activities that will strengthen the University of Maryland’s position as a national leader in sustainability
  • Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability
  • Educate participants about how and why to take action
  • Support the University’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan
  • Further integrate sustainability into campus culture
  • Conserve water, save energy, minimize waste and save money
  • Promote campus policies that support sustainability

OGI's Green Office Representative: Ryan Steinbach, rsteinbach@rhsmith.umd.edu
For more information on the Green Office Program www.greenoffice.umd.edu
For more information about campus sustainability www.sustainability.umd.edu

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