Global Initiatives

Vietnam and Hong Kong

APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 12

BMGT438Q: Saigon and Hong Kong:  From Emergent to Developed – A Mix of Markets

Program Dates January 6 – January 17, 2016. First paid hotel night in Ho Chi Minh City is Thursday, January 7. Last paid hotel night in Hong Kong is Saturday, January 16.
Destinations Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Hong Kong
Faculty David Ashley, faculty lead and Pamela Armstrong, faculty program assistant
Program Fee $3,190
Scholarships $500 Smith School Scholarships available for 1st time study abroad experience. Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Application deadline is October 1, 2015. APPLY NOW AT: http://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/11322.
Note: Admission of students with complete applications is on a competitive basis but rolling admission and application review will take place prior to the "last day to apply" date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.

From a recent Wall Street Journal article:
““The next decade will be incredibly interesting… This could be what I call Vietnam’s golden hour,”  says Henry Nguyen one of the best-known business figures in Vietnam…. Foreign direct investment to Vietnam rose nearly fivefold between 2005 and 2013, while inflows to China expanded 1.7 times, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. One of the three Samsung smartphone plants here is the company’s largest anywhere in the world….AT Kearney, in a recent report, noted that Internet penetration rates are rising faster in Vietnam than anywhere else in the region. It also has more Internet users—more than 40 million--than anywhere else in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, which has a population of more than 250 million.”
Read article.

This course will focus on the transition from the emerging economy in Vietnam to the well-developed economy of Hong Kong. Students will compare the differences in culture, business approaches and world economic status and will benefit from interfacing with students and faculty from Saigon University and from Hong Kong University.  These interactions will include a campus tour, an exchange of academic/education practices, and a general discussion of cross cultural differences. Key focal points of the company visits will be financial, marketing, operations, materials sourcing, shipping, and quality related issues. Student teams will develop a product concept for development in Asia bound for the U.S. Market. Student teams will present their projects at the beginning of the spring 2016 semester on campus.

For QUEST students, this course fulfills a core QUEST objective – building multidisciplinary teams (business, engineering, and CMNS students) to solve a business issue – in this case – teams that are charged with understanding the global marketplace in the development and delivery of a new product. 

Eligibility

Priority will be given to QUEST upperclassmen students.  Students should have satisfactorily completed BMGT 190 Introduction to Design and Quality prior to start of course.  Other students will only be considered for acceptance as space permits. 

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.

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE: $3,190 includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared accomodation; flight between Vietnam and Hong Kong is expected to be included; transportation in and around Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong 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(S) FOR THE COURSE 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 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.

Smith Showcases Global Initiatives

Everything that is global at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business was on colorful display outside of Van Munching Hall on May 7, 2015, for the first Smith Global Showcase organized by the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI). Hundreds of students, staff and faculty gathered around the table displays to share stories from their undergraduate study abroad experiences this past year, while dozens more detailed the global learning they enjoyed here in College Park.

France & The Netherlands

BMGT498H:  The Business of French and Dutch Design and Culture

Priority Acceptance will be given to Business Honors students.

Program Dates March 11 – March 20, 2016. First paid hotel night in Paris is Saturday, March 12. Last paid hotel night in Amsterdam is Saturday, March 19. Depart for the USA on Sunday, March 20.
Destinations Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands
Faculty Mary Harms Clinical Associate Professor, Marketing, Faculty Lead
Emily Heavin, Program Assistant
Program Fee $3,100
Scholarships $500 Smith School Scholarships available for 1st time study abroad experience. Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Application deadline is October 1, 2015. 
APPLY NOW AT: globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/11319.
Business Honors students will receive priority acceptance. Students of all other majors and classes will be accepted if space allows.
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.
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 “An important part of any culture is its cuisine.  From Parisian sidewalk cafes to Dutch pancake house, we’ll again an understanding of their heritage through traditional foods.”

This course will allow students to explore the contributions of the French and the Dutch to our world's cultural landscape both historically and in present day.  Paris's reputation for luxury goods dates back many centuries. We'll hear from industry experts on how these fashionable goods have evolved into stealth brands. We'll also explore the significance of the Eiffel Tower during the Industrial Age as well as its iconic status in the marketing of Paris.  Art Deco and Art Nouveau design movements originated in Paris and we'll observe examples of these movements and delve into their significance in products, architecture and fashion in the first half of the 1900's. 

The Golden Age of The Netherlands occurred in the 17th century when the Dutch benefited from a rapidly expanding trade network. We'll look at the economic and cultural impact of the Dutch East and West Indies Companies as well as the region's waterways on that period along with the emergence of the Dutch bourgeoisie and their nurturing of Amsterdam's culture.  Currently Dutch design has distinguished itself in everyday items by creating aesthetically pleasing, highly utilitarian products with a minimalistic look. We'll explore how the Dutch look has morphed through the centuries from Delft ceramics to modern-day furniture. Recently, Amsterdam has been cited as one of the most creative cities in the world. 

This course will provide students with in-depth understanding and appreciation of the arena of global design, innovation and marketing and their economic symbiotic interrelationship, by exposing students to world-class practitioners of design and marketing, the environments they have created, the industries they have influenced and the products they have invented. 

We will be visiting design and marketing firms, museums, and retail shops to learn from practitioners. In addition, we'll explore how culture and the business environment have been defined in France and The Netherlands with a sincere appreciation for stellar design.

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. 

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE: $3,100 includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; shared accommodation for 9 nights, in-country ground transportation, transportation between Paris and Amsterdam via high speed train;  some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and costs for any other mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; 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: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, and personal expenses, and optional trip insurance. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

PAYMENT FOR APPLICATION & 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 program fee 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 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.

Brazil

CIBERBMGT448P/LASC 448P Doing Business in Brazil: A Look at a Growing Economy

ALL MAJORS WELCOME. OPEN TO FRESHMEN THROUGH SENIORS.

Program Dates January 3-10, 2016.  First paid hotel night in Sao Paolo is Sunday, January 3 and the last paid hotel night in Rio de Janiero is Saturday, January 9.
Destinations Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Faculty Professors Susan White and Karen Hallows
Program Fee $2,855
Scholarships $500 Smith School Scholarships available for 1st time study abroad experience. Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Application deadline is October 1, 2015.
APPLY NOW AT: globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/11318.
WHILE THE FOCUS IS ON FINANCE AND ECONOMICS, ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME.

This 3-credit course will explore business in Brazil from an economic and financial standpoint. Students will compare business in Brazil to business in the U.S. primarily through research on economic and financial factors.  Students will meet with top government officials, senior executives and industry experts during visits to a variety of businesses – in differing industries, U.S. companies doing business in Brazil, local and global Brazilian companies and financial institutions.   These visits will provide students with a better understanding of market entry strategies, government procedures, business practices and specific business opportunities in Brazil, skills which are transferable to doing business in a variety of locations around the world.  Substantive presentations in Brazil would give students an understanding of differing views on topics such as international financial arrangements, trade policies, taxation and government spending policies, government subsidies, and demographic and labor market issues including immigration. 

Experiencing the complexity of the culture and appreciating the beauty of the natural countryside is an integral part of having a understanding Brazil, the largest and most populous country in South America.  To enhance the immersion experience, there is a planned visit to Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio, one of the 7 new wonders of the world and a tour and picnic in Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paolo, among other experiential opportunities.

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 Brazil will be made available asap. Each student will, however, be responsible for payment in full of their own flight. 

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE: $2,855  includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; shared accommodation for 7 nights, in-country ground transportation, transportation between Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero; most meals, business visits, applied learning component, and costs for any other mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; 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: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, some meals, and personal expenses, and optional trip insurance. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

PAYMENT(S) FOR THE COURSE 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 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.

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