Global Initiatives

Israel, Palestine, and Jordan: Cross-Border Greywater Feasibility Project

Destinations Israel
Faculty In collaboration with the Center for Social Value Creation, Professor Robert V. Percival from the Carey School of Law, and the School of Public Health
Program Dates During the Spring Semester students will participate in consulting training with UMD faculty to prepare for the on-site consulting project.
Class meetings prior to travel. Dates TBD. Dates abroad March 14th – March 22nd
Program Cost Approximately $2350. OGI and CIBER will offer grants to student participants.
Registration Students will be enrolled in Testudo by MPO once students are selected.


The application process is competitive. Enrollment in the MBA Global Consulting Practicum is not guaranteed. Students must apply to be considered in the selection process. 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.

To apply, students must submit a resume and cover letter to OGI at with GLOBAL CONSULTING PRACTICUM in the subject line. The application, resume, 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.

Additional follow-up interviews will be held with a subset of the applicant pool to select students and assign them to specific projects.

The selection process will favor:

  • Students who already have extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
  • Students with past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
  • Students who can demonstrate that they are flexible, adaptable and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting

*Language skills of the host country are not required, although desirable

Two students will be selected. Submit resume and cover letter to OGI at Application deadline is Friday, October 31st.  Cover letter should address each of the following:

1) The reasons for your interest in participating in a Global Consulting Practicum, the particular project in which you would like to participate, and your expectations for personal gain from participation in this project.

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.

4) Experience working and/or studying in cross-cultural settings.

Description of Project:

The global consulting practicum allows students to translate their classroom learning into the development of real world solutions. Students will work on a 6-person multi-disciplinary collaborative consulting project for the Arava Environmental Institute (AIES), a premier environmental studies and research program in the Middle East. The final project will explore mechanisms to improve Arava’s business model so as to move the project away from one of charity to one of sustainability. Students will be expected to look at factors such as connection or usage fees for the recycled greywater that would lower the costs associated with potable drinking water.

Project goals:

  • Study the feasibility of using greywater for small-scale crop production.
  • Assist in finding solutions to water scarcity in the region, which is expected to get worse in the future.
  • Solve a complex environmental problem that implicates legal, public health, and economic issues.

Students will travel to the Middle East, where water is a precious commodity, and becoming more valuable every day as climate change brings longer, and more significant droughts to the area. Average yearly rainfall amounts have also been declining.

MBA, law, and public health students will work the Arava Institute to look at potential solutions to water scarcity, by specifically focusing on the reuse of greywater for agricultural production in off-the-grid communities who only receive potable drinking as little as once every three weeks. Using greywater (as opposed to higher quality drinking water) for agriculture frees up potable water for other purposes such as consumption and bathing.

The collective input from MBA, law, and public health students on the use of greywater in the Middle East has the potential to benefit other arid developing countries. For example, the law students from the team will bring legal expertise to overcome legal obstacles to the expansion of greywater projects, public health expertise will help ensure the safety of such projects, and business students will assist in the development of business models in order to scale up the project.

Students will be expected to read materials concerning the geographical, historical, political and environmental characteristics of the region affected. Students will be required to produce a collaborative report, based on the findings from the travel component and additional research. The final report will address legal, public health, and business considerations arising from the greywater project.

MBA Global Consulting Practicum

The Smith School Global Consulting Practicum is offered as a 2 or 4-credit independent study course to MBA students during their 2nd year.  Enrolled students will be assigned to teams based on their interests and skill sets, and each team will be assigned a Smith faculty advisor.

A client in each country will provide an actionable consulting project for which student teams will collaborate to develop and present an innovative, operational plan that will have the most significant impact and best possible outcome for their clients. Past clients include the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka, KW Foundation in Uruguay, AFAR in Tunisia, and 3M in Chile.

Past consulting projects include:

  • Designing an export-development plan for frozen-packed fish, defining a procurement and marketing strategy, and identifying new markets.
  • Helping a retailer with offices in Bangkok and Chonburi expand their market.
  • Developing an export strategy for a telecommunications firm.

Upon completion of the Global Consulting Practicum students will gain:

  • In-depth, first-hand experience providing consulting services in a foreign country.
  • Knowledge of global business practices.
  • Insight into cross-cultural differences that affect leadership and interpersonal 
    interactions such as communication, negotiation, conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity, which is intrinsic to all global experiences.
  • Capacity to deliver innovative, operational plans to clients.
  • Increased competitiveness in today’s job market.

Students interested in the Smith School Global Consulting Practicum can expect to incur costs for roundtrip international airfare, tuition for enrollment in the course, and costs for personal extracurricular travel activities while in country. Costs for lodging, meals and site visits in-country will be covered by the program fee.  Grants are offered by OGI and CIBER to reduce program costs.

Spring Break, March 2015

Israel, Palestine, and Jordan: Cross-Border Greywater Feasibility Project

India: Facilitating Economic Growth with Tibetan Refugees

Doing Business in Chile: Chile at a Crossroads



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.


Santiago and surrounding areas


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. 


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. 


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.


Cape Town, South Africa


Associate Dean Victor Mullins, PhD & Jeanette Snider, MA

Program Fee

Click here to submit SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION for first time abroad experiences


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.

“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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gilman International Scholarship

Open to students who receive Pell Grants.

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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

Adele Austin Rickett Memorial Scholarship

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.

Dr. Tsung Chin Scholarship for Chinese Language

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarships for summer study abroad in Taiwan

Open to all UMD students who study Chinese.


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