Global Initiatives

Doing Business in Chile: Chile at a Crossroads

Chile

BUSI788L/BUSI 798L

Course closed for 2015. 2016 global business courses will be announced in Spring 2015.

For the Academic Year 2014-15, the BUSI798 series will be four credits total (1 credit in the fall, 3 in the spring) starting with the one credit fall BUSI788 course.

Students in the fall BUSI788 one-credit course will automatically be registered for the spring BUSI798 module.

Cities

Santiago and surrounding areas

Faculty

Dr. Bennet Zelner

Dates Abroad

On-campus Course Dates TBD. Depart January 10, 2015 (arrive in Santiago January 11); Depart from Santiago January 18, 2015.

Program Fee and Dean's Global Scholarship

The $2,250 program fee covers shared hotel room, some meals, cost of any scheduled cultural or industry visit activities, professor and partner costs. Not included: international airfare, personal expenses, and most meals.
The $1,000 Dean's Global Scholarship is available to eligible full-time and part-time MBA students who are participating on a UMD program abroad in 2014-15. Only students who have not studied abroad previously on a UMD program are eligible for this $1,000 scholarship. There is no application form required for the scholarship. Instead, it will be automatically applied to your student account after our office has verified in our records that this your first time studying abroad with UMD. All DC Weekend students participating on a UMD program abroad during their 1st year will automatically receive the $1000 Dean’s Global Scholarship.

Additional Costs

There is an additional $250 to the Education Abroad Office as well as a $39 fee for the mandatory insurance. No visa is required for U.S. citizens. Students of other nationalities should check the consular office for visa information and requirements. 

Registration

Register on Testudo for fall BUSI788L section DC06 at the same time as your other fall courses. You will automatically be registered for the other module(s).

Chile is a beautiful, exciting country renowned for its economic stability in the South American region. It leads South and Latin American nations in competitiveness, quality of life, economic freedom, and boasts a low perception of corruption. Some of Chile's famous exports include grapes, excellent wines, and fine fish. Mining and minerals are also big business in the country. Chile's progressive economic policies mean that the U.S. is a major destination for Chilean products and services. This class will examine the thoughtful and effective strategies that contribute to the country's wealth. We will explore the development and performance of the Chilean economy in a world continuing to undergo rapid globalization. Capitalizing upon its stature as an economically and politically stable country with an abundance of strong market segments, Chile continues to expand its business presence globally. An integrated set of course readings, cultural excursions, and business visits will facilitate the learning described above. Students will come back with an understanding of the political and economic history of Chile and its place in the global economy.

In addition to a focus on Chilean companies and their domestic and global expansion strategies, students will explore businesses in several disciplines and learn about the country's culture and history. Students will consider issues surrounding the political, economic, historical, geographic, and social framework of Chile. This course will focus on teambuilding and teach leadership skills that can be put into practice in a global business environment. Students will increase their cultural self-awareness and begin to recognize and appreciate culture-specific patterns of difference. Through experiential learning, students will gain cross-cultural communication skills that will help them navigate the Chilean and other global business environments. 

NOTES:

UMD's regular withdrawal and refund schedule applies for the one-credit BUSI788L course. Students dropping the course series after October 15 (when we make financial commitments abroad) will be charged the program fee equivalent.

Do not purchase airfare until course is confirmed. Students are advised by UMD Education Abroad to purchase refundable airline tickets.

Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee.

The time abroad IS the class and any instances of: being late and therefore delaying the group, noise in the hotel hallways, damage to hotel rooms, hung-over behavior, sleeping during meetings, or public displays of affection will be frowned up as they would be for any business traveler. You are expected to act professionally while abroad and this professional is part of your total grade. It is our intent to develop world citizens and savvy business travelers, and the courses abroad should be undertaken as serious academic endeavors.

Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in more than one BUSI788/798 abroad during your time at Smith. Up to two course series can apply toward the MBA degree.

Smith Students Take on Summer Internships in Australia

Right after spring final exams, 10 undergraduate students at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business traveled to Sydney, Australia, with Mary Harms, a clinical associate professor of marketing. The program began with an intensive two-week global marketing course taught by Harms and culminated with eight-week internships at companies such as PwC, Chubb, Otis, Nielsen, 3M, and the Greater Western Sydney Giants. 

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

Program Dates

January 4-16, 2015
First paid night for accommodation in Cape Town is Monday, January 5, 2015. Last paid night for accommodation in Cape Town is Thursday, January 15, 2015.

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 first 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.

Cape Town recently hosted the 5th Entrepreneur Expo and Conference and is considered the entrepreneurial capital of South Africa.  Students will be immersed in the field of social innovation by visiting local businesses and government agencies that support Cape Town’s growing venture activity.  They will also engage with students currently enrolled in the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Cultural visits will foster understanding of the unique South African story so that students can fully engage in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change.

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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