Global Initiatives

The Global Summer Internship Program

Pre-Internship Course (1 credit) & Internship Course (6 credits)

OPEN TO ALL UMD MAJORS (SOPHOMORES-SENIORS)

Program Dates June to August, 2017
Destinations Sydney, Australia
Prague, Czech Republic
Hong Kong
Dublin, Ireland
Singapore
Program Fee Approx. $6200
Scholarships available!
Application

Sydney, Australia
Hong Kong
Dublin, Ireland
Singapore

Deadline: February 1

INFORMATION
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Spend the summer of a lifetime working in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Prague or Dublin at a for-credit guaranteed internship!

Students begin with a 1-credit pre-internship course Spring 2016 and then travel abroad for a 6-credit internship. Participants will experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities of working in another country and with people from different cultural backgrounds. Based in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Prague or Dublin, the internship program gives students an international experience that is invaluable for building their professional development and resumes, while supplementing their current course of academic study at the Smith School.

All majors are eligible, though some restrictions may apply to certain disciplines for internships. Please contact the Office of Global Initiatives for more information.

The Course

The pre-internship course will give students a solid foundation for working abroad. By the end of the class, students will be equipped with tools work with people from different cultural backgrounds and succeed in a multitude of workplace environments. 

The Internship

Students will be placed in an eight-week unpaid internship with a company, organization, or government agency relevant to their academic and professional interest.  Students are guaranteed a meaningful business internship placement, however, placements will vary based on:

  1. students' previous work and leadership experiences, 
  2. quantity of core business courses completed, and 
  3. interview confirming intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and flexibility necessary for a successful work experience abroad.

The Accommodations

Students will be placed in shared accommodations. Accommodations may vary across programs, but most will be in apartment-style residences.

Tentative Schedule

March - May

 1-credit Pre-internship course

June 6 - June 10*

Orientation and welcome activities on-site

June 13 - August 6

Guaranteed full-time internship

*Please note: These dates may change based on program adjustments and location-specific programming.

What else do you need to know?

PROGRAM FEE includes: UMD tuition for 7 credits; lodging in shared accommodation; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UMD Education Abroad services; International health insurance.

Not included: personal expenses, most meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare (optional discounted group flight information will be provided). Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa, if 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 the 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. 

Jacqueline Kwan: Global Spotlight

 

Nicholas Bondura – First, what led you to Germany and doing all the things you’re doing now?

Jacqueline Kwan – I always thought of Germany very favorably because in high school I had to write a paper on the Greek Economic Crisis and I was really impressed with how Germany managed to stay above water during that entire time. Then when I joined the QUEST program, I had a friend who went to WHU and really emphasized how it was such an academically strong and fun university. That really convinced me to choose Germany. As for why I decided to study abroad as a whole, I did a short-term study abroad program this winter and I had such a great time experiencing the culture and being with a close-knit group of people during those two weeks that I thought I would have to do a semester abroad because there would be no other time for me to integrate myself in a different culture at my leisure.

NB – If you were to introduce yourself to a group of Maryland students with a focus on your Education Abroad experience, how would you describe yourself?

JK - I never pegged myself as particularly creative or flexible, but studying abroad definitely helps with that. Going abroad empowered me and not only have I become increasingly independent, but I have also become better at understanding and working with different opinions and mindsets.

NB – Could you describe your role and responsibilities that you have in your position abroad?

JK - I am president of the Tauschie Government, and Tauschie is just the way to say ‘Exchange Student’ in German. The International Relations Office and Vallendar Integration Program work with me and two other members to ensure that all exchange students do not encounter any issues with the school. We were all elected by our fellow students- around 150 – to plan the end of semester party as a thank you gift for the WHU students. In order to fundraise for that party, we throw Tauschie Tuesdays which are events where different students can showcase foods from other cultures for the German students. We started off with Italy and Spain and we’ve done Japanese with Sushi as well. This week is actually Mexican food, and it’s a great way to interact with the German students.

NB – How has studying abroad changed your career outlook?

JK - It hasn’t really, I always knew I wanted to work abroad because I can speak conversational Mandarin. Getting to know different languages is always a plus because the world is becoming more and more globalized. Studying abroad has made me realize that I could be open to working in an international location, but I want to work in a US-based firm and then travel to other places.

NB – Do you have any lessons that you’ve learned from being abroad?

JK - One small lesson would be to take your time adapting. No one is used to everyone immediately and it can take a while to warm up to different procedures, such as all the shops closing on Sundays or European lunch breaks. That and just be aware of the cultural differences. Things that are really small are sometimes really huge in the end. Here they are really big on independence, which you can say about anywhere, but here they handle it very calmly.

NB – Any stories about stark cultural differences?

JK - I haven’t experienced too many stark cultural differences other than their independence and their working hours. The WHU students’ diligence is constant versus what I am used to back home. Back home during exam time, everyone is very stressed shortly before an exam takes place. Here they get very stressed about memorizing and for weeks ahead of time. All the tests are very heavily based on remembering the information rather than applying it. The way that they process information is very different and challenging.

NB – How do you plan on bringing your experience back and what does a global mindset mean to you?

JK - When I talk to recruiters they’re always very interested in the differences you see between home life and the city you went to. That’s one way I plan on bringing back experiences. Before, I never really had real leadership opportunities, but here I was given a lot of autonomy with how I choose to budget money, plan events, and work with intermediaries and suppliers. It isn’t characteristic of what I plan to do, but it has made me more well-rounded in what I can handle and it has helped my one-on-one negotiation skills. I can bring that skill set back. In terms of a global mindset, I would go back to having flexibility. Being global means you have to know the cultural differences and know how to move through it and leverage that in a beneficial way.

Interview conducted by Nicholas Bondura, Marketing 2015.

International Business Consulting

BMGT448N and LASC 448W: International Business Consulting in Nicaragua (3 Credits)

Program Dates March 17-26, 2017
Pre-departure and post-experience sessions will be required. Dates for these sessions will be announced soon.
Please see the academics tab for more info.
Destinations Managua, Granada, and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Faculty Karen Hallows
Scholarships $600 Smith School Scholarships available for first time study abroad experience.
Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Learn more and apply today!
Application deadline is October 1, 2016
Syllabus Sample syllabus | 2014 Itinerary

Join “International Business Consulting – Nicaragua” during Spring Break 2017 and impact real businesses with your business knowledge. Students in this course will be paired with Nicaraguan students from Universidad Americana, a bilingual business college to work on consulting projects for local organizations as well as local entrepreneurs. Speaking Spanish is a plus, but is not required for participation.

1) CONSULT FOR A MICROFINANCE ORGANIZATION: Student teams will expand and continue consulting services, develop generic business plans and market assessment tools to microfinance lending organizations including, Opportunity International.

2) CONSULT WITH LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS: Students will extend and continue consulting services to new local entrepreneurs to develop and revise business plans, devise strategies and reorganize their business structures. Students will we welcomed at a round-table gathering of those who business people who have already been helped by previous Smith teams.

3) EXPLORE NICARAGUAN CULTURE: Students may visit an active volcano, art galleries, artisan shops, a chocolate factory, enjoy the local cuisine, folklore dancing and music, as well as surfing, swimming and zip lining.

Read student blogs from prior courses: Smith's Global Blogs from Nicaragua.

Smith Business Magazine Article: Microfinance in Action
A laptop, several mannequins and the know-how of 11 visiting Smith School students were all it took to help Roxana, a small entrepreneur in Nicaragua, expand her in-home clothing business. The students accomplished this feat on their study abroad course to Nicaragua in January 2012, helping Roxana and several other local entrepreneurs get a financial leg up. Read more.

Eligibility

Course is open to freshmen through seniors and all majors are welcome.

Program Fee

The program fee for BMGT Short-Term programs is based on final enrollment numbers. Please find below the program cost given the final number of enrolled students. Enrollment numbers will be confirmed by October 21, 2016. The final program cost will be confirmed on October 22, 2016.

Number of students Cost
15-19 $2,475.00
20-24 $2,410.00
25 $2,450.00

Fee does not include airfare, visa processing, most meals, and personal expenses.

Questions?

Contact Greg Rafal, Undergraduate Program Manager, at grafal@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa

BMGT498I: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context (3 credits)

Program Dates January 3-17, 2017
Pre-departure and post-experience sessions will be required. Dates for these sessions will be announced soon.
Please see the academics tab for more info.
Destinations Cape Town, South Africa
Faculty Associate Dean Victor Mullins, PhD & Jeanette Snider, MA
Scholarships $600 Smith School Scholarships available for first time study abroad experience.
Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Learn more and apply today!
Application deadline is October 1, 2016

The time in Cape Town will inspire students’ academically, professionally and personally by immersing them in the field of social innovation. The course includes visits to locally owned companies such as BPeSA, and government agencies that support Cape Town’s growing venture activity. Also included are thought-provoking tours of Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former maximum-security prison where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. At the District Six Museum, students will learn the sobering history of apartheid and, in Langa Township, residents will share their stories of rising above their history to improve their livelihoods and local infrastructure for themselves and their fellow countrymen.

Understanding of the unique South African story so that students can fully engage in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change will be promoted by engaging with students currently enrolled in the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students will be challenged to design creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies.

By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate their own definition and approach to social entrepreneurship and innovation and will have begun to develop the concepts, mind-sets, skills, and relationships that will result in becoming effective life-long social innovators.

Eligibility

Course is open to freshmen through seniors and all majors are welcome.

Program Fee

The program fee for BMGT Short-Term programs is based on final enrollment numbers. Please find below the program cost given the final number of enrolled students. Enrollment numbers will be confirmed by October 21, 2016. The final program cost will be confirmed on October 22, 2016.

Number of students Cost
15-17 $2,965.00
18-20 $2,785.00

Fee does not include airfare, visa processing, most meals, and personal expenses.

Questions?

Contact Greg Rafal, Undergraduate Program Manager, at grafal@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Accounting in London - Brussels - Amsterdam - New York - DC

BMGT 428D ‐ Accounting's Future, Present, and Past (3 credits)

Program Dates January 1-19, 2017
Pre-departure and post-experience sessions will be required. Dates for these sessions will be announced soon.
Please see the academics tab for more info.
Destinations London, UK
Brussels, Belgium
Amsterdam, Netherlands
New York, NY
Washington, DC
Faculty James McKinney and Eugene Cantor
Scholarships $600 Smith School Scholarships available for first time study abroad experience.
Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Learn more and apply today!
Application deadline is October 1, 2016

This course will explore current topical themes in accounting in the United States and abroad as well as look at historic foundations of accounting that brought us to this point. A large part of the course would include visits to sites that are significant to the development of the accounting profession and offices of accounting thought leaders. The course will explore histories behind the institutions and the how to research accounting and auditing pronouncements and publications developed by these same institutions. Students will have the option to gain experience working with professional accounting and auditing research databases as well as other databases that are useful for accounting and auditing research. The course including the research component is structured in anticipation of explicitly meeting the New York State accounting research requirement for the CPA Exam. This course will count as an accounting elective for degree requirements for students majoring in accounting.

"In addition to the educational benefits, I view this course as an employment vehicle - with all of our New York and DC large accounting firm recruiters being made aware of the participants and at times interacting with them. The organizations and persons we will meet with, affect virtually every professional accountant in the US and most accountants overseas and affect almost all large multinational corporations. The organizations they will visit will be integral to their lives as professional accountants and will only increase in importance to them as they progress through their careers. Students will be able to compare the professional and educational careers of professional accountants in the US, UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands." - Jim McKinney, Course Leader

For more detailed information regarding the winter 2017 course, please see the course website.

Eligibility

This course is open to all majors but will primarily benefit accounting majors. This course is accounting focused with almost all visits having an accounting theme. Students must have satisfactorily completed BMGT 220 - Principles of Accounting I prior to start of course.

Program Fee

The program fee for BMGT Short-Term programs is based on final enrollment numbers. Please find below the program cost given the final number of enrolled students. Enrollment numbers will be confirmed by October 21, 2016. The final program cost will be confirmed on October 22, 2016.

Number of students Cost
15-17 $3,729.00
18-20 $3,499.00

Fee does not include airfare, visa processing, most meals, and personal expenses.

Accounting Related Site Visits and Other Activities

  • US and Global Headquarters of Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC as well as the US offices of Grant Thornton and London offices of RSM
  • US, UK, European Union, and global accounting and auditing standard setters such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA - top CPA organization, US non-issuer auditing standard setter, preparer of the CPA exam, publisher of top accounting publication), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB - top US accounting standard setter), and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB - International accounting standard setter). We will also anticipate visiting the EU DG-FISMA, EU FEE, UK FRC, IAASB, UK ICAEW, IFIAR (and Dutch AFM), US PCAOB, and the US SEC)
  • You will also participate in cultural and business tours of New York, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam and visit the 9/11 Memorial, One World Trade Center, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the canals of Amsterdam.
    ...and much more!

Questions?

Contact Greg Rafal, Undergraduate Program Manager, at grafal@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Finance in Brazil

BMGT448P/LASC448P Business in Brazil: A Comparative Study with US Business (3 credits)

Program Dates January 8-18, 2017
Pre-departure and post-experience sessions will be required. Dates for these sessions will be announced soon.
Please see the academics tab for more info.
Destinations Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Faculty Professors Susan White and Karen Hallows
Scholarships $600 Smith School Scholarships available for first time study abroad experience.
Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Learn more and apply today!
Application deadline is October 1, 2016

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 of Sao Paolo, among other experiential opportunities.

Eligibility

Course is open to freshmen through seniors and all majors are welcome.

Program Fee

The program fee for BMGT Short-Term programs is based on final enrollment numbers. Please find below the program cost given the final number of enrolled students. Enrollment numbers will be confirmed by October 21, 2016. The final program cost will be confirmed on October 22, 2016.

Number of students Cost
15-19 $3,286.00
20-24 $3,014.00
25 $2,880.00

Fee does not include airfare, visa processing, most meals, and personal expenses.

Questions?

Contact Greg Rafal, Undergraduate Program Manager, at grafal@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Course Selection & Academic Calendar

TestudoUndergraduates must register for twelve credits (usually this will be four courses) and MBA exchange students must register for at least nine credits at the Robert H. Smith School of Business (twelve credits is a typical load). This is a visa requirement. We recommend that undergraduates and graduates not take more than 15 credits.

Course listings and the academic calendar are available on our registration Web site. Click on "schedule of classes", then on the appropriate semester, and then follow the directions below:

Undergraduates may choose from courses listed on Testudo as "BMGT" from levels 500 and below. The courses BMGT494 and BMGT495 , and courses with an “F” or “N” are reserved for Smith students only. Please choose at least 7 options; we recommend listing 8-9 course choices. Please feel free to indicate an order of preference. Please include the section number as well, for example, 0101, 0102, etc.

Graduates may choose from courses listed on Testudo as BUDT (Information Technology), BUMK (Marketing), BULM (Logistics), BUAC (Accounting), BUFN (Finance), BUMO (Management and Organization), and BUSI (General) at the 700 level and above. Please choose at least 6 options; we recommend listing 7-8 course choices. Please feel free to indicate an order of preference. Please include the section number as well, for example, 0101, 0102, etc.

Please be advised that graduate courses are offered in four different locations. You will want to take courses listed as held in Van Munching Hall (sections 0101, 0201, etc). You may consider courses held in Washington, D.C. (sections DC01, Dc06, etc.); there is a metro stop right inside the classroom building. You would need a car to get to the other locations, Shady Grove and Baltimore. Do not choose courses listed as BA01, BA02, etc., or SGI or SGII - these indicate Baltimore and Shady Grove.

Another way to determine that a course is held in College Park or Washington, D.C. is to look for "VMH" and "DC".

Examples of appropriate section numbers :

0101(09927) Avramov, D. (Seats=60, Open=43, Waitlist=0) Books

TuTh...... 3:30pm- 4:45pm (VMH 1202)

DC01(09928) STAFF (Seats=35, Open=25, Waitlist=0) Books
Tu........ 4:00pm- 6:40pm (DC 330A)

Prerequisite classes are listed in the course posting. Please make sure you have fulfilled these requirements with similar courses at home and are ready to take your indicated class.

You are able to request classes that are already full (shown in gray on testudo). We will waitlist you for those classes and explain how the waitlist works. Unfortunately, you cannot be in one section and waitlisted for another section so you will need to decide if you want to go for the sure thing or take a risk with a preferred (waitlisted) section.

Housing

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates will have the option to live on campus, and should receive housing forms with this package or shortly thereafter. Please return these forms as quickly as possible to ensure a space. It is your responsibility to return these forms quickly in order to have on campus accommodations. Most of our residence halls require that you purchase a meal plan. There are few self-catering units available with kitchens where you would be exempted from the meal plan. Please remember that our residence halls do not include pillows, linens or blankets. Please see Residence Life for details about residence halls and current costs. Also on the international site study abroad site there are links for housing options.

Graduate Students

Graduate students must find their own accommodations. We understand very well the challenges of finding short-term leases, but unfortunately there is not enough housing on campus to accommodate everyone. The best place to start your search is www.och.umd.edu

Dining Services

There are many food options on campus available at www.dining.umd.edu

Estimated Expenses

As part of your application process you will need to certify that you have sufficient available funds for the expenses not expressly provided by the exchange. Please complete and submit with your application the Certification of Finances Form. You will need to include a letter from your bank verifying their ability to provide you with these funds. If you are to be supported by your government enclosed a verification of the arrangement.

You must submit a bank statement showing an available balance of a minimum of:

  • $14,625 for the year
  • $6,500 for the semester

Note: If the bank statement has someone else's name on it, you must include a letter from that person stating that he/she will support you with the required amount listed above. You cannot use an investment account. It has to be a regular checking or savings account that you (or the person listed on the account) can withdraw from at any time. 

Sample Bank Letter [ Word Doc ]

Download Certification of Finances Form:

How to Apply

Exchange students

Welcome to University of Maryland! If you are a prospective student, we encourage you to learn about the Smith School and our excellent offerings. If you have already been accepted, we are excited to have you be a part of our vibrant academic environment, and we look forward to your contributions and varying perspectives on business practices.

If you are a prospective exchange student, please ensure first with your exchange program coordinator that you are attending a partner school. We will help you with the Smith registration process as a team. Any questions, please email Chris Olson.

I. Application Procedures

For application procedures, please refer to our University of Maryland Education Abroad website.

Please note that all materials should be sent to:

Chris Olson
University of Maryland
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Office of Global Initiatives
2410 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742
United States

II. Administrative Issues

The University of Maryland is a large school and many arrangements are handled by computer. Once you are admitted, you may receive routine mailings asking for deposits or payment of bills. You may disregard these.

At a later date we will be sending you more specific information regarding arrival, orientation, course and registration information, and housing application forms.

After your application process has been completed we will send you the DS-2019 with which you can obtain your visa.

Please see visit the Testudo Web site for the academic calendar.

Web sites of interest for UMD incoming students:

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