Global Initiatives

Career Application

Career Benefits of a Global Education

Studying abroad and participating in globally-focused courses and events on campus have numerous benefits for students, including:

  • Developing business knowledge on a global scale;
  • Improving students’ language abilities;
  • Developing their global mindset;
  • Giving students a competitive edge in the global market; and
  • Improving intercultural communication and leadership skills.

Career Resources

The Centers for International Business and Research (CIBER) recently announced a new resource, Global Professional Search, which helps students with global skills, including language and overseas experience, connect with jobs that require those talents. The site is free for students and alumni.

2017 Consulting Opportunities

Rwanda: Engaging Government and Non-profit Agencies in Incorporating Solar Energy Systems

Project location

Kigali, Rwanda

Faculty

Charley Olson, Professor of Practice, Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Program Dates

October Launch; Course Work: Term C + Spring Break travel + Term D

During Term C, students will participate in consulting workshops with UMD faculty to prepare for the on-site consulting project and begin working on the project with the client. During Term D, students will conclude the consulting workshops, finalize project recommendations, and make a final presentation to the client. Meetings prior to and after travel, dates TBD.

Dates Abroad

Spring Break March 2017, exact dates TBD

Program Cost

Please see Networth.

Registration & Credits

Students will be enrolled in Testudo by MPO once students are selected. Students will earn a total of four credits, two in term C and two in term D.

Eligibility

All 2nd and 3rd year full time and part time MBAs are eligible to apply. Eligible candidates will have relevant academic, professional, and soft skills, such as: excellent interpersonal abilities and high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty that will ensure their success in an international cross-cultural consulting setting.

About the Company and Project Goals

The Global Consulting Practicum allows students to translate their classroom learning into the development of real world solutions. Students will work on a 5- to 6-person collaborative consulting project for a full-service architectural, engineering, and logistics Maryland-based firm that handles infrastructure, environment, energy, information technology, and government relations projects. The firm’s goal is to implement solar power systems into companies and government as stand-alone projects in Rwanda. The final project will be to create a market-entry and implementation plan.

Preferred student qualifications:

  • extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
  • past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
  • flexibility and adaptability and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting
  • project management skills
  • experience in micro-finance
  • experience in energy
  • experience in mechanical/electrical engineering 

China: Design and Market Digital Platform to Protect and Conserve Energy & Environment

Destination

China; exact locations TBD

Faculty

Robert H. Smith Faculty TBD

Program Dates

October Launch; Course Work:Term C + Spring Break travel + Term D

During Term C, students will participate in consulting workshops with UMD faculty to prepare for the on-site consulting project and begin working on the project with the client. During Term D, students will conclude the consulting workshops, finalize project recommendations, and make a final presentation to the client. Meetings prior to and after travel, dates TBD.

Dates Abroad

Spring Break March 2017, exact dates TBD

Program Cost

Please see Networth.

Registration & Credits

Students will be enrolled in Testudo by MPO once students are selected. Students will earn a total of four credits, two in term C and two in term D.

Eligibility

All 2nd and 3rd year full time and part time MBAs are eligible to apply. Eligible candidates will have relevant academic, professional, and soft skills, such as: excellent interpersonal abilities and high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty that will ensure their success in an international cross-cultural consulting setting.

About the Company and Project Goals

The global consulting practicum allows students to translate their classroom learning into the development of real world solutions. Students will work on a 5 to 6 person consulting and design project for an innovative and entrepreneurial company based in United States and China. The company is focused on enabling innovative and best-in-class ideals, ideas, products, and technologies to speed up China’s environmental protection and energy sustainability. The final project will be to provide recommendations on how to re-design and innovate their website, garner service providers, implement plug-in-play options, and a cost/benefit analysis of their re-design. Students will be expected to review the system, map the process, reach out to providers and build community around the site, and be entrepreneurial in their processes. Prize, summer internship, and/or partnership potential offered.

Preferred student qualifications:

  • extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
  • past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
  • flexibility and adaptability and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting

Israel and Palestine: Governance, Capacity and Safety for an Off-Grid Water Project

Destination

Jericho, Palestine & Jerusalem

Faculty

Brent Goldfarb, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Robert Percival, Stanton Professor of Law at the Francis King Carey School of Law

Program is in collaboration with students from the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus and the School of Public Health

Program Dates

October Launch; Course Work: Winter travel + Term C + Term D

During Term C, students will participate in consulting workshops with UMD faculty to prepare for the on-site consulting project and begin working on the project with the client. During Term D, students will conclude the consulting workshops, finalize project recommendations, and make a final presentation to the client. Meetings after travel, dates TBD.

Dates Abroad

Winter Break January 2017, exact dates TBD

Program Cost

Please see Networth.

Registration & Credits

Students will be enrolled in Testudo by MPO once students are selected. Students will earn a total of four credits, two in term C and two in term D.

Eligibility

All 2nd and 3rd year full time and part time MBAs are eligible to apply. Eligible candidates will have relevant academic, professional, and soft skills, such as: excellent interpersonal abilities and high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty that will ensure their success in an international cross-cultural consulting setting.

About the Company and Project Goals

The global consulting practicum allows students to translate their classroom learning into the development of real world solutions. Students will work on an 8 person multi-disciplinary team with a premier environmental studies and research program in the Israel to address challenges faced by an off grid community that has scarce irrigation resources. The final project will require students to produce a collaborative report which provides recommendations for a business model, corporate governance structure and integration of water quality monitoring both.

Preferred student qualifications:

  • extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
  • past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
  • flexibility and adaptability and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting

Application Instructions

The application process is competitive. Enrollment in the MBA Global Consulting Practicum is not guaranteed. Students must complete the general MBA Global Consulting Practicum application and state their project preference. Their preference and applicable experience and skills will be considered in assigning projects to students.

Key Dates:

  • Application submission opens: August 23
  • Interviews conducted on a rolling basis upon application
  • Application submission closes: September 6
  • Application review period: August 23 – September 8
  • Offers to students made by: September 14
  • Students accept offers by: September 19
  • Project kick-off meeting by end of October

To apply, students must complete the application online and attach their resume and cover letter via Qualtrics. The résumé, and cover letter will be used to evaluate each student's background and career interests in order to determine which potential consultants are the best fit for the Global Consulting Practicum. Follow-up interviews will be held with a subset of the applicant pool to select students.

Regional language skills are not required, although desirable.

The cover letter should address each of the following:

  1. The reasons for your interest in participating in this project and your expectations for personal gain from participation in this project, as well as your future career aspirations.
  2. The skill sets, knowledge and work expertise that you can bring to this particular project. Indicate previous work experience, class/study, internship, etc.
  3. Substantive experience closely related to the specific industry of the project and to the specific region where the overseas consulting will take place, or substantive experience in an entrepreneurial start-up setting, or in strategic growth of small private enterprises.
  4. Experience working and/or studying in cross-cultural settings.

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

Freeman-ASIA

For undergraduates who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Website: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA 

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

Guidelines for Course Work Approval

All courses taken by BMGT majors off-campus must be approved in advance by BMGT Undergraduate Studies advisors. Acceptance and applicability of course requirements in fulfillment of BMGT requirements will be determined within the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Transferring University General Education and/or Electives

The Smith School will accept credits in fulfillment of University General Education requirements and/or lower and upper-level electives from ANY foreign university that is recognized by the Education Abroad Office, as long as equivalency has been determined by the appropriate department.

Transferring Upper-Level BMGT Requirements

The Smith School will accept credits in fulfillment of upper level BMGT requirements - either core Business requirements or major requirements - only if earned from EQUIS or AACSB-accredited schools which offer international study coursework, or from a limited group of international schools that offer commensurate U.S.-style programs. Please check with your BMGT advisor for details. Course content must be deemed equivalent for courses to be accepted toward BMGT requirements.

Students are allowed to transfer:

  • Up to two (2) major requirements
  • Up to two (2) upper-level Smith Core requirements
  • Upper-level ECON requirements
  • Upper-level electives

Students are NOT allowed to transfer:

  • BMGT 367
  • BMGT 495
  • The first course in the major (ie. BMGT 340 for finance majors, BMGT 350 for marketing majors, etc.)
  • Courses taken pass/fail

Before studying abroad

The Smith School will review, on a case-by-case basis, coursework taken at foreign universities with comparable business programs. This Smith School has an ongoing process of course evaluation for the exchange programs affiliated with the Office of Global Initiatives -- many of the courses that students might want to take at exchange programs may have already been evaluated. Check with your Undergraduate Studies advisor for details.

In the event that a BMGT course you want to take at a Smith exchange has not yet been evaluated, the Undergraduate Studies Office will sign off on these courses only after the appropriate BMGT faculty member has completed a formal evaluation. You will need to provide a course syllabus to your BMGT advisor as far in advance as possible to ensure timely evaluation of the class. Please realize that whether you are going abroad through Smith, or the campus Education Abroad Office, ultimately all of your paperwork must be signed by the Office of Global Initiatives or Education Abroad Office (depending on the program your choose) and your BMGT advisor. This process takes time, so please do not wait until the last minute.

Students need to leave adequate time for the completion of all paperwork. Study abroad forms are not completed on an "on demand" basis, as there is usually a formal evaluation that must be completed for the proposed classes.

While studying abroad

If students register for courses abroad that were not pre-approved, they must email their Smith academic advisor with the syllabus for approval. The student must then forward the approval to their study abroad advisor (either in Smith's Office of Global Initiatives or the Education Abroad Office). This facilitates the course evaluation procedure at the conclusion of the program. 

It is imperative that students leaving for a study abroad program plan for their next semester's registration before leaving the United States. Students going abroad should take with them an updated copy of their curriculum sheet, their BMGT advisor's email address, their undergraduate catalog, and schedule of classes. While abroad, students can check their pre-registration date for the next semester via Testudo in the Records and Registration area, and can register via Testudo. Students should know which classes they want to take and arrange for any special requests, such as internship permission, etc., prior to leaving. 

How to Apply

Pre-Decision

  1. Talk with your academic advisor about the feasibility of studying abroad. Most students can spend a semester abroad if they plan early with their academic advisor.
  2. Research programs on the Smith School website and the Education Abroad website.
  3. Contact the Smith School Office of Global Initiatives (OGI). Chris Olson is the coordinator for semester programs, and can be reached at clolson@rhsmith.umd.edu. He will help advise and start the application process for the exchange programs.
  4. Complete your application:
    1. Visit the Education Abroad website and click on BMGT Exchanges.
    2. Log-on with your Directory ID and password. Answer any questions pertaining to Emergency Contact Information and past disciplinary action.
    3. You will arrive at the program application page and will be asked to complete the following requirements. Note that you do not need to complete all requirements in one session. Simply log-on to myea.umd.edu with your Directory ID and log-in to revisit open applications.
      1. Submit an official transcript to the Smith School Office of Global Programs. This can be requested at the Mitchell Building and costs $8.
      2. Schedule an appointment with Chris Olson, your regional advisor.
      3. Electronically sign the Buckley Amendment Waiver and Terms and Conditions of Participation.
      4. Upload a copy of your current resume.
      5. Complete the Personal Statement, answering the questions listed.
      6. Complete the Study Abroad Academic Plan
      7. Complete Academic Recommendation Requirements
    4. Take note of the application deadlines:
      1. October 1 - Spring exchange programs
      2. March 1 - Fall exchange programs

Post-Decision

  1. You will be notified by OGI about your application status about one week after the application deadline. If you are approved, OGI will formally nominate you to your host institution and will send you confirmation via email.
  2. If you wish to accept your position, log-on to your myEA account and click “Commit”
    1. Course Pre-Approval Documentation
      1. Meet with your Smith academic advisor to review courses you are interested in taking. Most universities will not have their schedule posted for the semester when you will be abroad. However, look at past course offerings and UMD course equivalencies to get a sense of what may be offered.
      2. Begin the Course Pre-Approval process. Start by making an appointment with the campus Education Abroad (EA) office by visiting their website. You will need to schedule an appointment with the regional advisor of the region of your program. Bring with you the list of courses you discussed with your academic advisor and the EA regional advisor will complete the PSA with you.
      3. Schedule an appointment with your Smith academic advisor and bring the CPA to that meeting. If there are courses that have not been previously reviewed, you will need to bring course syllabi so that your academic advisor can have them reviewed for transfer credit.
      4. Return the completed and signed CPA to Education Abroad, and keep a copy to submit to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
    2. Complete and submit the Student Contract for Study Abroad
    3. Attend mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation
    4. Complete Consent and release for Publicity form
    5. Complete Flight Information form (after you have booked your flights)
    6. Complete Health Disclosure and Accommodations Request form
    7. Complete your Passport Information Form
  3. Complete and submit necessary documents for the host university. This will depend on your particular university and could include an online or paper application or require passport photos. The deadlines will vary, so you must pay attention to communications from the host university. The Office of Global Initiatives will do one mailing per program on behalf of all students for any documents that need to be sent in hard copy. Take note of when OGI sets that deadline so you can have those sent; otherwise you will be responsible for mailing the documents.
  4. Receive confirmation from the host university. Once you receive the packet of information (either electronically or in hard copy), you can begin the process of getting a visa and booking your flight. Every university operates on a different schedule and will mail out acceptance documentation at different times.
  5. Apply for a visa. For most countries, a study visa is required. You will likely not be able to apply for one until you receive information from your host university. Most countries will require an in-person appointment; check with the embassy of your host country for more information.

If you are interested in applying to a semester-long program, please contact Chris Olson at clolson@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301-405-4824.

Universita Comerciale Luigi Bocconi - Milan, Italy

Milan

Bocconi University is considered the leading university in Business and Economics in Italy and its School of Management has been ranked 11th in Europe and 31st worldwide according to the Financial Times MBA Ranking 2014. Bocconi is a full-fledged urban campus that comprises an entire city neighborhood. 

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

Bocconi offers over 40 business courses taught in English each semester. Exchange students with proficiency can also take courses in Italian.

Placement office is available to exchange students and they will work with you on securing a work permit for a post-semester internship.

Bocconi has a designated residence for exchange students located off-campus. Many students choose to find private housing.

For more information, visit Bocconi’s exchange program website.

What Smith students have to say about Bocconi:

“As for my experience, I’d definitely say it is extremely nerve-wracking the first few days to be away from your family, friends, and familiarity, but if you trust yourself and keep on moving forward, you will have the best experience of your life. Embracing Milan and meeting people from all over Europe expanded my mindset globally and allowed me to consider just how much foreign individuals contribute to how Americans live, even before we wake up for breakfast.”

- Catherine Kreps, Fall 2014

 "Studying abroad in Milan for a semester was the best decision I made in my life thus far. I met a lot of great people, experienced things I never thought I would, and had an overall amazing time. In the process, I learned a lot about myself and grew as a person. The main thing that changed about me is my state of mind. I appreciate everything around more now, and have learned to live in the moment. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything in the world. It's also a great conversation piece in any setting, including professional ones."

- Beverly Dodard-Guillaume, Fall 2014

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Koblenz, Germany

Vallendar, Germany

WHU is considered the preeminent business school in Germany. WHU has a strong interest in international business, as well as corporate responsibility. It is a small school, with about 600 students and the classroom dynamic is lively and interactive. Vallendar, outside of larger Koblenz, is a small town located on the Rhine and Mosel rivers, about 1 hour west of Frankfurt.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

WHU offers 15-20 business courses taught in English each semester.

The placement office is available to exchange students and they will work with you on securing a work permit for a post-semester internship.

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

 For more information, visit WHU’s exchange program website.

SKEMA Business School - Sophia Antipolis, France

France

SKEMA is one of our global partners in the Global Technology and Management Consortium, a group of 5 leading universities around the world focused on technology. Located in the French Riviera, SKEMA is close to many highly regarded technology enterprises. This is generally a graduate exchange, but undergraduates interested in attending this school for a semester will be able to do so.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

SKEMA offers 20-25 business courses taught in English each semester.

Exchange students are eligible to work part-time in a non-paid internship while taking classes.

Exchange students can choose from on-campus apartments or private accommodations in nearby Haut Sartoux or Antibes. The Housing office assists with exploring these options and roommate matching.

For more information, visit SKEMA’s exchange program website.

What Smith Students have to say about SKEMA:

Alison Willman

 “The faculty at SKEMA contributed real-world knowledge to the classroom. We learned how to do trading in the European systems as well as American. Study abroad was invaluable; many of the professors were leaders in their field and I feel better qualified as a finance major as a result.”

- Alison Willman, Class of 2010

Copenhagen Business School - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is a private educational institution established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education. CBS has around 15,000 students and an annual intake of around 1,000 exchange students. With this number of students as well as around 400 full-time researchers and around 500 administrative employees, CBS is one of the three largest business schools in Northern Europe.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

CBS offers over 100 courses taught in English each semester. Exchange students participate in a “crash course” prior to the semester designed to orient them to the language and culture of Denmark.

Exchange students are eligible to work part-time up to 15 hours per week. However, students are forewarned that jobs in Denmark are scarce.

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

For more information, visit CBS’s exchange program website.

What Smith students have to say about Copenhagen:

"I had the time of my life, living with people from about 20 different countries. It was a great chance to network, to meet people from other cultures, and to know about different lifestyles. Their exchange crew was VERY, VERY good... we had the most amazing introduction week and got to make good friends with the Danes and also other exchange students. Their international office was also very helpful in addressing all of our concerns. However, their study system was a little hard to get used to."

- Smith Student, Class of 2007

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Vienna

Vienna, Austria

With about 20,000 students from Austria and abroad, Vienna University of Economics and Business (known in German as Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, or WU) is the EU’s largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences. The Financial Times has ranked WU among Europe's Top 50 Business Schools. Its wide range of courses as well as the international orientation of its teaching and research have made WU a renowned center of knowledge in many key fields of business and economics.

Academics

Buddy Program

Housing

Vienna University offers over 100 courses taught in English each semester. Proficient speakers may also take courses in German. WU also offers intensive German language courses to assist with living in Austria.

Exchange students are assigned a “host” student who acts as a local guide to answer questions and help orient them to the city.

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students and local students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

For more information, visit WU’s exchange program website.

What Smith students have to say about Vienna:

Sean Moore in Vienna“I wouldn’t trade my semester abroad for anything. Even if you have to take a loan for just this semester, then I definitely recommend doing it. Employers I’ve talked to, especially some US Federal agencies, like to see that I took the initiative to live abroad and that I have that cross-cultural experience. They have commented that it’s a great add to my resume. Some have also commented that just knowing that much more German from living in Vienna is very valuable and they have encouraged me to add that to my resume.”

- Sean Moore, Class of 2010

 

Karena Miller and Erika Kale in Vienna“Vienna University is the perfect mix of everything. The classes are good, there’s time to travel, and the city is awesome. You’re immersed with people from all cultures. You’re not at a university abroad with a group of other Americans, you’re challenged in the classroom by people from all over the world and you get a chance to understand how others view the US. If you’re worried about not speaking the language, don’t be – everyone speaks English really well in Vienna.”

- Karena Miller and Erika Kale, Class of 2010

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