Global Initiatives

How to Apply


  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 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 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


  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 or 301-405-4824.

Universita Comerciale Luigi Bocconi - Milan, Italy


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. 


Work Opportunities


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.


Work Opportunities


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


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.


Work Opportunities


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 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.


Work Opportunities


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, 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.


Buddy Program


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

RMIT - Melbourne, Australia


Formerly Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University commenced operations in 1887. Since then, the university has grown to become one of the largest in Australia and has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in vocational and technical education and research. RMIT is Australia's most international and culturally diverse university. It is an urban university with about 57,000 students total, and the business school is located a few blocks from other university buildings. Australia is the most popular choice among our undergraduate students.


Work Opportunities


Since all courses are in English, hundreds of options are available. RMIT offers numerous courses each semester in business. Courses available in Australian culture and society.

Exchange students can work up to 20 hours per week while in school. Students are responsible for finding their own jobs but assistance is available.

As an urban campus, RMIT does not offer on-campus housing. However, a variety of options are available including: apartments, student hostels, and homestays.

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

What Smith students have to say about RMIT:

“Deciding to study abroad is by far the best decision I have ever made in my life. The moment I stepped off of the plane in Melbourne I knew that I would be having the time of my life and that a semester abroad is far too short. The best part was that the locals were more then happy to teach me about their culture and consider me their 'mate.' Till this day I cannot stop thinking about my incredible opportunity there and I highly urge everyone to take a risk and go somewhere unfamiliar. Not only did I learn so much about the country, but I learned a lot about myself. Australia gave me a chance to see my world very differently and I would give anything to go back to the land down under.

- Smith Student, Class of 2006

National Taiwan University


Taipei, Taiwan

National Taiwan University (NTU) is widely considered the best and most prestigious university in Taiwan. NTU has an enrollment of almost 30,000 students at six campuses. The main campus is located in Taipei, the largest city in Taiwan. Taipei serves as both the center of government and industry for the country.


Work Opportunities


NTU offers about 70 business courses taught in English each semester. Exchange students may also take Chinese language courses to improve their mastery of the language.

Unfortunately, exchange students are not eligible to work in Taiwan.

Exchange students are guaranteed on-campus housing in dorm-style accommodations shared with other exchange students.

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

What Smith students have to say about NTU:Rachelle Bye

"Taiwan, known for its political complexities, rich history, and technological contributions, was also the place I got to call home for 5 months. While the language was often a difficult barrier, the patience and friendliness of the locals made up for it ten-fold. I now have a friend from every continent, a better understanding of America's role in the world, and an experience I will never forget."

- Rachelle Bye, Class of 2010

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong University

Hong Kong, China

The University of Hong Kong is named the best university in Asia in QS Asian University Rankings (in May 2009 & 2010) and The World University Rankings (in Sep 2010); and ranked the 21st best university in the world by Times Higher Education (powered by Thomson Reuters) World University Rankings and 23rd best university in the world by QS World University Rankings in 2010. About 45% of academic staff members are drawn from overseas. 94% of teachers have Ph.D. and/or higher professional qualifications.


Work Opportunities


All classes are taught in English and there is an opportunity to learn Mandarin or Cantonese. Classes use Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a pedagogical system that has a set of problems mirroring real-world situations as the drivers for learning. In a PBL curriculum, students are presented with a problem and work in collaboration with each other to find solutions.

Exchange students are not allowed to work in Hong Kong.

Residence halls form part of the tradition of the university. They are part of the education system rather than just a means of accommodation. Because hall members have to learn to be independent and interact closely with students of different backgrounds under the same roof, halls are a very effective means to integrate students' social and intellectual lives, and therefore offer a golden opportunity for a whole-person education.

For more information, visit University of Hong Kong’s exchange program website.

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

The London Times lists Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) among the top 50 universities in the world. The University is housed in a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking Port Shelter on the Clear Water Bay peninsula, less than 30 minutes' driving time from central Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a vibrant city imbued with international outlook, cosmopolitan lifestyle, and Chinese culture. This is one of our more competitive exchange offerings; if you are interested in HKUST it is best to see your advisor and apply well before the posted deadline.


Work Opportunities


All classes at HKUST are taught in English. The system is very similar to ours in terms of credits and class management. Many business courses are offered each semester.

Exchange students in Hong Kong are eligible to work part-time. Jobs need to be arranged through HKUST.

HKUST offers on-campus residence halls with air conditioning, internet access, and all the comforts of the halls found here. Off-campus housing options are available but may be expensive.

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

What Smith students have to say about HKUST:

"I figured studying in Hong Kong would be no problem. I was brought up in Chinese culture; I knew how to understand and speak Mandarin; I went to Taiwan many times as a child. But I was wrong. I learned so much more about my culture than I would have ever imagined. I was able to travel to five other countries during my three months abroad, and through my travels, I gained a greater worldview and made so many new friends. Studying abroad was one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career and I highly recommend it if given the opportunity - you won't regret it!"

- Vania Chen, Fall 2014



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