Global Initiatives

RMIT - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne

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

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Housing

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

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

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

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

What Smith students have to say about RMIT:

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

- Smith Student, Class of 2006

National Taiwan University

Taipei

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.

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Work Opportunities

Housing

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

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

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

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

What Smith students have to say about NTU:Rachelle Bye

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

- Rachelle Bye, Class of 2010

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong University

Hong Kong, China

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

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

Exchange students are not allowed to work in Hong Kong.

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

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

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

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

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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:

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

- Vania Chen, Fall 2014

 

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.

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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.

Undergraduate Exchange

The Smith School has set up agreements with universities around the world that offer business courses in English each semester. Smith students pay University of Maryland tuition to participate in these programs. Please click on the name of the partner university for more information about each program.

Explore the application process.

Learn how to get courses approved for transfer.

ASIA

University Location Term Dates Business Courses/Majors Offered*
Guanghua School of Management Beijing, China Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Sept - Jan
Finance, Management, Marketing, Operations, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English
 
HKUST Hong Kong, China Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Sept - Dec
Accounting, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations
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Courses offered in English
 
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, China Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2: Aug - Dec
Accounting, Finance, Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Strategy
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Courses offered in English
 
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China

Semester 1: Sept - Jan
Semester 2: Feb - June

Accounting, Economics, Marketing
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Course offered in English
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Sept - Jan
Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Operations, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English
 
RMIT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  

Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems
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Courses offered in English

AUSTRALIA

University Location Term Dates Business Courses/Majors Offered*
RMIT Melbourne, Australia Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: July - Nov
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: July - Nov
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: July - Nov
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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EUROPE

University Location Term Dates Business Courses/Majors Offered*
Vienna University of Business and Economics Vienna, Austria Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Oct - Feb
Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered in English 
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management Brussels, Belgium Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2: Sept - Jan
Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English 
Copenhagen Business School Copenhagen, Denmark Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2:August - Dec
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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SKEMA Business School Sophia Antipolis, France Semester 1: Jan - April
Semester 2: Sept - Dec
Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing
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WHU Beisheim School of Management Vallendar, Germany Semester 1: Jan - April
Semester 2: Sept - Dec
Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Strategy, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English
Universita Comerciale Luigi Bocconi Milan, Italy Semester 1: Feb - May
Semester 2: Sept - Dec
Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Management
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IE University

Segovia & Madrid, Spain Semester 1: Jan - May
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing
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University of Navarra Pamplona, Spain Semester 1: Jan - May
Semester 2: Sept - Dec
Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered in English

Cass Business School

London, United Kingdom Semester 1: Jan - April
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered

Manchester Business School Manchester, United Kingdom Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2: Sept - Dec
Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing
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*Course availability subject to change. Please note that most partner universities include Economics within their degree programs.

Undergraduate 'Maryland-in'

The University of Maryland's nine "Maryland-in" programs provide a great way to spend a semester abroad with more support than an exchange semester, semester abroad through a provider, or by direct enrolling. Often there is resident credit available (classes will appear on your transcript as if you took them here). Business students in particular should review the London, Rome, and Barcelona programs for how they might fit in with your academic plan, as these programs have a substantial number of business courses available in English.

Maryland-in-Barcelona

Barcelona Collage

Make a city unlike any other your own through the Maryland-in-Barcelona study abroad program. Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is truly Mediterranean in culture, temperament, and history. Founded in the second century BC, it is now a thriving, culturally rich metropolis known for its modernist architecture, gorgeous beaches, mountains overlooking the sea, and a largely preserved Gothic city center. Barcelona is a city that has earned its reputation and lives up to the hype – an ideal place to live, study, and experience European life. [ LEARN MORE ]

Maryland-in-London

London Collage

If you are looking to live and learn in one of the world's most vibrant, exciting, and globally important cities, Maryland-in-London is the program for you. Maryland-in-London is the University of Maryland's oldest study abroad program and offers students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the cosmopolitan hub of England. London is a world leader in business and finance, fashion, art, theater, and music, and an ideal place to study history, politics, and literature. [ LEARN MORE ]

Maryland-in-Rome

Rome

Maryland-in-Rome is based at the American University of Rome (AUR), the oldest independent, four-year, degree-granting American institution of higher learning in Rome. AUR offers a rigorous academic program that is dedicated to excellence in education and promotes cross-cultural exchange. Students in the Maryland-in-Rome program will live and learn in a stimulating, intellectually vibrant environment, with classmates and faculty from around the world. There is an emphasis on active learning, a goal that AUR’s small faculty to student ratio helps to facilitate. The language of instruction is English and Maryland students have access to a wide range of courses offered for resident credit, including courses that will fulfill major, minor, Honors, and CORE requirements. [ LEARN MORE ]

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
Prague, Czech Republic
Hong Kong
Dublin, Ireland
Singapore

Deadline: February 1

INFORMATION
SESSIONS

December 6 | 4pm | VMH 2509
December 7 | 1pm | VMH 1326

 

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 2017 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.

Want more information? Chat with the Global Internship Ambassador, Victoria Tataw. A junior accounting and management major, Victoria did her internship in Singapore. Email her at v.tataw@gmail.com

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 9, 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.

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