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Maryland Leadership and Discovery Grants (for International Travel and Research)

DEADLINE: April 9, 2014
Up to $6,000 awards available!

The Maryland Leadership and Discovery Grants enable undergraduates to turn a good idea into a great project with real impact. Your idea should address vital problems, questions, or needs of society. The proposed project should involve important service, leadership, intellectual, or social entrepreneurial goals. Projects are invited to be international in scope and/or impact. Projects should involve substantial work off the Maryland campus; international travel is possible and encouraged. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors may apply to this grant program.  

For complete information and to apply please visit www.scholarships.umd.edu/leadershipgrant.php.

Smith School Australia Internship Program

May 28 – August 9, 2014
DEADLINE HAS PASSED; PLEASE CONSIDER APPLYING NEXT YEAR
Program Cost: $8,400. $2,000 scholarships available!

Spend the summer of a lifetime with a two-week BMGT course and an eight-week internship in Sydney Australia!

The program starts with a 2-week short-term course, BMGT454 (Global Marketing) for 3 credits taught by Mary Harms, a Smith School faculty member. Site visits and meetings with Australian and multinational companies in Sydney will give participants a sense of doing business in Australia.

The course will be followed with a guaranteed 8-week internship that will provide students with a first-hand look at what a career in Australia might look like and how their chosen industry works. Based in Sydney, Australia, the internship program will give 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.

Maryland Summer Scholars Program

DEADLINE HAS PASSED; PLEASE CONSIDER APPLYING NEXT YEAR
Up to $4,000 research awards available!

Undergraduates who will have earned a minimum of 30 credits by the end of spring semester 2014 (typically those who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2014-2015 academic year), and who have a GPA of at least 3.4, are eligible to apply. Maryland Summer Scholars may conduct their summer research on the College Park campus or elsewhere in the United States or abroad as required by the nature of the project. Students whose projects require travel to off campus locations should submit a travel supplement request as requested in the online application form.

For the summer of 2013, the program provided scholarships of $3,000 to approximately 30 outstanding undergraduates. Awardees are required to submit research reports at the end of the summer, and to present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Day event the following spring.

Maryland Summer Scholars gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, national scholarships, and other awards. Many MSS awardees expand their research into an independent study or honors thesis during following fall semester.

For complete information and to apply please visit www.ugresearch.umd.edu/summerscholars.php.

The Australian Summer Internship Program

Australia

BMGT 454: Global Marketing (3 credits) & Internship Course (3 credits)

Program Dates

May 28 to August 9, 2014

Destinations

Sydney, Australia

Faculty

Mary Harms

Program Fee

$8400

Application

 

Apply Now !

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15

Applications completed after this date will be reviewed if spaces are available. The final deadline will be January 1.

Spend the summer of a lifetime with a two-week BMGT course and an eight-week internship in Sydney Australia!

The program starts with a 2-week short-term course, BMGT454 (Global Marketing) for 3 credits taught by Mary Harms, a Smith School faculty member. Site visits and meetings with Australian and multinational companies in Sydney will give participants a sense of doing business in Australia.

The course will be followed with an 8-week internship that will provide students with a first-hand look at what a career in Australia might look like and how their chosen industry works. Based in Sydney, Australia, the internship program will give 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.

Sydney is the largest city and financial capital of Australia, the 15th largest economy in the world (and one of the few countries that escaped recession!). Beyond the iconic Opera House, Sydney is home to many cultural institutions – not to mention some of the most famous beaches in the world.

The Course

The Global Marketing course will provide students with an understanding of marketing functions from the perspective of the global executive. Content will include: coverage of global marketing policies relating to product adaptation, data collection and analysis, channels of distribution, pricing, communications and cost analysis. Consideration is given to the cultural, legal, financial and organizational aspects of global marketing. Classroom content will be supplemented with site visits to businesses, governmental organizations, and local universities. This course will fulfill major requirements for International Business and Marketing majors.

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 in Sydney’s Central Business District. Each unit will include a kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, along with close access to bus & rail lines, cafes, shops, and internet access throughout the program.

Tentative Schedule

May 28, 2014

Depart United States. Suggested group flight will be provided.

May 29

In transit.

May 30

Arrive in Sydney; airport transit provided. Orientation activities begin, including group welcome dinner.

May 31

Sydney Walking Tour and Orientation.

June 1

Day trip to Blue Mountains.

June 2 – June 6

Class (Weekend free)

June 9 – June 13

Class (Weekend free); Group Dinner June 13

June 16 – June 20

Internship (Weekend free); Group Dinner June 20

June 23 – June 27

Internship (Weekend free)

June 30 – July 4

Internship (Weekend free)

July 7 – July 11

Internship (Weekend free); Group Dinner July 11

July 14 – July 18

Internship (Weekend free)

July 21 – July 25

Internship (Weekend free)

July 28 – August 1

Internship (Weekend free)

August 4 – August 8

Internship; Group Dinner August 7

August 9

Depart Australia

 

What else do you need to know?

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared apartment-style accommodation; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance.

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

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.

 

Calling all Smith MBAs: Applications Now Open for Winter 2014 Consulting in Sri Lanka

International Smith Experience Opportunity: Sri Lanka 2014

BUSI758-O: Building Capacity in Sri Lanka

The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), in collaboration with the International Executive Service Corps (IESC)’s USAID funded

BMGT469C: The Global Business of Philanthropy in Thailand (3 Credits)

Program Dates

January 8-19, 2014 or January 8-22, 2014* First paid hotel night in Bangkok is Thursday, January 9.  First scheduled course activity is Saturday, January 11. Last paid hotel night in Bangkok is Saturday, January 18. A River Dinner Cruise on January 17 is the last scheduled course activity.

Destinations

Bangkok, Thailand.

*Optional excursion:  For an additional fee, students are invited to participate in an excursion to Chiang Mai, departing Bangkok on January 19 for 4 days/3 nights.

Faculty

Patricia Cleveland, Lecturer

Program Fee

$2,550 (without optional excursion to Chaing Mai for an additional approx. $500)

Application

Complete online application

APPLICATION & $500 PROVOST SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15, 2013.

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 (October 1, 2013). Admission notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.

Thais by culture and tradition are a charity oriented society and giving is a part of the way of life. One of the major aspects of Buddhism, the religion of most people in Thailand, is 'making merit’ through good deeds, including donating money. Non-government organizations (NGO’)s benefit from strong government support and Bangkok, in particular, is often chosen as the regional hub for organizations operating in Asia.

This course provides real life, hands-on international experience in the profession and practice of consulting, philanthropy and fundraising. Students will use the knowledge gained in the course preparation and in other undergraduate studies to affect the lives of people in an international community. This is a course that requires preparation, engagement and work on a service project while abroad.

Students will observe and assess current fundraising capabilities and operations of our client, Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities in Thailand (CCD-Thailand). Currently, CCD relies on the contributions of volunteer staff, including a small and dedicated board of directors in Maryland. Students will work with CCD to achieve their current goal of raising funds to build a vocational center for the students in the CCD’s Bangkok residential program.

COURSE DATES:

  • Regular Program: Depart January 8, arrive January 9 Bangkok; depart Bangkok Jan. 19
  • Optional End Trip to Chiang Mai: Depart January 19, return home January 22
  • Free time to explore Bangkok and environs is built into the schedule, along with cultural tours and activities, for a balanced experience of the culture and people of Thailand in the context of our service mission in global consulting and philanthropy.

COURSE ELIGIBILITY/REGISTRATION:

  • Priority acceptance will go to Smith School Global Fellows Program’ students who have completed BMGT 463F and BMGT 468P.
  • Non-fellows students will be considered for acceptance with consideration given to:
    • prior coursework or experiential background in service learning
    • demonstrated interest in and understanding of Asian cultures through prior coursework and/or work, travel, experiential learning programs etc.
    • Thai language proficiency is a special plus!

GLOBAL FELLOWS STUDENTS:

What else do you need to know?

EXACT PROGRAM DATES will be determined (if not already set) after the course is confirmed by the Office of Global Initiatives. Once accepted, 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 includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared hotel room; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage.

Not included: personal expenses, most 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.

Doing Business in Chile: A Macro and Micro Examination

Chile

BUSI788L/BUSI 798L

This global business course is only open to 2nd and 3rd year MBA students.

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.

This course may incorporate consulting projects.

Cities

Santiago and surrounding areas

Faculty

Dr. Bennet Zelner

Dates Abroad

Course dates:

  • Nov 9, VMH 1511, 12-7 p.m.
  • Dec 7, VMH 1511, 12-7 p.m.
  • Feb 8, VMH 1511, 12-7 p.m.
  • Feb 22, VMH 1511, 12-7 p.m.

Depart January 2nd (arrive in Santiago the 3rd); Depart from Santiago January 11th.

Program Fee and Dean's Global Scholarship

The $2,250 program fee covers shared hotel room, some meals, cost of any scheduled cultural 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.

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 BA01 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 economy as well as cross-cultural communication and leadership.

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 encourafed 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.

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.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

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:

Christina Lam“HKUST is known for its campus, it’s gorgeous. It really hits you though when you move into your dorm and realize you are going to get to look at the ocean every day for the next five months. They are very friendly and go above and beyond to make the exchanges feel welcome. The main point is to immerse yourself in a culture and learn something new – you get a chance to be in a whole new country and have to learn how they are and how they think. That helps when you make global friends, which is the most important thing to do while you’re there! It’s worth it just to go, just meet people and learn about their lives and how they view my life; it’s interesting to learn how they view lives in America and what opportunities they think we have -- makes me appreciate my life.”

- Christina Lam, Class of 2010

Copenhagen Business School - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen

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.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

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

Guanghua School of Management - Beijing, China

Guanghua

The Guanghua School of Management, Peking University is one of the best business schools in China. The School is staffed with about 100 full-time teaching faculty members. About half of the faculty earned their PhD degrees from prestigious universities overseas including: Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and UC-Berkeley. Guanghua has a total enrollment of more than 3,000 students and recently won first place as the most Influential MBA of China in a ranking conducted by World Executive.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

Guanghua offers 15-20 business courses taught in English per semester. Students are also encouraged to take Business Chinese.

Exchange students are eligible to access all career services including corporate presentations, career coaching, and job postings.

Due to overwhelming demand for on-campus housing, students must find private accommodations on their own. Assistance from the Office of International Relations is provided.

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

National Taiwan University

Taipei

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.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

NTU offers about 25 graduate 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.

- Rachelle Bye, Class of 2010

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