Global Initiatives

Passion For Diversity

Passion For Diversity Stamp

Interest in learning about cultures and world events, and taking initiative to seek out more information about local contexts.

Activity Description Eligible
SUSA Club Join a SUSA club that opens your mind to new ways of thinking with a diverse group of classmates. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Diversity Empowerment Council Join a diverse group of students as they focus on strengthening unity, student integration and academic excellence at the Smith School. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
CIBER Case Challenge Participate in an international case challenge with participants from around the world, hosted by UConn. Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Global Business Savvy

Global Business Savvy Stamp

Knowledge of business environments and growth drivers (institutional, geographic, cultural, and economic) that operate in and between countries.

Activity Description Eligible
CIBER Distinguished Speaker Series Attend events showcasing the latest trends in international business and with conversations among students, policy experts, and business executives, including the Emerging Markets Forum in April. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS) Join the student organization that connects students with professionals in the economics and finance industries from an international viewpoint.  Sophomore
Junior
Senior
SUSA NYC Trek-International Business Track Take part in the annual SUSA NYC Trek and visit international companies and organizations. All
EY Global Mindset Colloquium Enroll in this 1-credit class that allows you to apply lessons from international legal, tax, human capital, and communication issues to a real-world case with guidance from EY. Sophomore
BMGT463 Learn how cross-cultural differences affect business and develop management and leadership strategies to tackle the challenges. Junior
Senior
Major Specialization Courses Enroll in the international course of your major (international finance, international marketing, etc.) for specific implications of the global marketplace in your field.  Junior
Senior
Global Consulting Fellows Apply for this two-semester honors program to learn about cross-cultural issues in management and work on real-world projects for actual clients. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Business Majors Develop expertise in international business by majoring in IB - learn how to work in the global economic environment in which we live. Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Tolerance Of Ambiguity

Tolerance of Ambiguity Stamp

Ability to navigate unclear or uncertain situations without feeling stress or anxiety. Comfort with vague instructions or information.

Activity Description Eligible
Alternative Breaks Join hundreds of UMD students each year on service-learning trips around the world. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Faculty-led Study Abroad Program Participate on a 3-credit 8-21 day course in another country led by a faculty member. Courses have included microfinance in Nicaragua, social entrepreneurship in South Africa, and marketing and design in Paris and Amsterdam. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs.  Junior
Senior

Passport to Global Mindset

Passport World Stamps

What is Global Mindset?

“…one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across countries and markets with a propensity and ability to see common patterns across countries and markets.” – Financial Times

Different authorities may take different approaches to defining global mindset. The important thing to remember is that people with a global mindset can understand differences among cultures and business practices, welcome the opportunity to learn about similarities.

We’ve broken ‘Global Mindset’ into seven competencies – attributes that those with a global mindset exhibit. Click on each one to learn more about how to develop it and discover programs that at the University of Maryland that will help you do so!

And be sure to stop by the OGI office in VMH 2410 for more information or if you have any questions!

Global Mindset Competencies

Tolerance of Ambiguity Ability to navigate unclear or uncertain situations without feeling stress or anxiety. Comfort with vague instructions or information.
Global Business Savvy Knowledge of business environments and growth drivers (institutional, geographic, cultural, and economic) that operate in and between countries.
Passion for Diversity Willingness to seek out and consider diverse viewpoints, appreciate the values and beliefs of others, and collaborate on diverse teams.
Cultural Curiosity Interest in learning about cultures and world events, and taking initiative to seek out more information about local contexts.
Adaptability Ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations.
Self-awareness and Humility Confidence in oneself without overestimating one's abilities while valuing the experience and backgrounds of others.
Relationship Building Eagerness to interact with new people and develop a strong network built on communication, empathy, and mutual respect.

Faculty-Led Short Term Courses

FACULTY-LED ** FOR CREDIT ** OPEN TO ALL UMD STUDENTS

2017 Winter, Spring and Summer Break Courses

“Coming to college, I never thought I'd have the time or money to study abroad but thanks to scholarships I received from the Smith School's Office of Global Initiatives and the Education Abroad office, I was able to make this dream a reality. It was the first time I ever went abroad on my own, and in addition to being one of the most exhilarating educational experiences of my life, it also taught me a lot about myself and helped me mature. The things I learned about process improvement and product design not only helped me in my courses, but will continue to be helpful in both my educational and professional careers.” - Anthony Trinh, China, Winter Break

CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECT…. CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION….CHOOSE YOUR DATES… APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS… GO GLOBAL!

Below is the list of 2017 faculty-led, for-credit global courses open to all University of Maryland undergraduates -- not just those from the Smith School -- as well as students from other universities. Click on each course below for more details.

Application details at: www.myea.umd.edu.

Scholarship details at: Financing Study Abroad.

Winter Break, January 2017

Brazil – Sao Paolo & Rio de Janeiro
Finance in Brazil

Europe – UK, Belgium, Amsterdam, NYC, DC
Accounting in London - Brussels - Amsterdam - New York - DC
(Business accounting students only, unless accepted by approval)

South Africa – Cape Town
Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa

Spring Break, March 2017

Nicaragua – Managua, Granada, and San Juan del Sur
Microfinance in Nicaragua

 

Why Study Abroad?

  • 100% Greater GPA Improvement – In one analysis, students who studied abroad increased their GPA’s TWICE as much as those who stayed home. (Recent study conducted by University of California/Merced)
  • 97% Percentage of alumni who secured a job within one year after graduation, compared to only 49% of respondents in the general college graduate population. (Recent study by IES Abroad)
  • 25% Higher Salaries – Students who study abroad get paid 25% more than average graduating students in their 1st job. (Recent study conducted by University of California/Merced)

Need to know more? Listen to these students who have completed a global course:

Here's another reason to study abroad - watch video.

Semester Programs

Studying abroad for a semester is an amazing experience that you will remember for the rest of your life! Not only will it broaden your horizons, but it will enhance your ability to succeed in business. Students who study abroad learn how to successfully navigate foreign environments, to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and to adapt to a variety of situations. Some students may also choose to practice a foreign language; however, all of our partner schools offer courses in English.

There are three ways to study abroad for Smith students:

1. University of Maryland Programs

University of Maryland Programs are designed for all undergraduate students (not just business students) to study abroad. These options consist of the “Maryland-in…” programs and exclusive institutional partnerships setup by the University. For more information on these programs, visit the University Education Abroad Office.

2. Smith School Exchange Partners

The Smith School has set up exclusive exchange agreements with top business schools throughout the world. These partnerships allow you to pay the same Maryland/Smith tuition and fees you normally pay while studying business courses abroad. All programs offer courses taught in English and provide for a valuable immersive experience at one of our partner institutions.

3. Affiliate or Other Approved Programs

Affiliate and other programs are coordinated by agencies, organizations, or for-profit companies not directly associated with the University of Maryland. Students can also participate in direct enroll programs where they take courses directly with either a foreign or American institution that offers courses abroad. Students should be aware that in order to receive business credit for these programs, the institution granting the credit must be AACSB or EQUIS accredited.

Determining how you will study abroad is a personal decision that is impacted by a number of factors including: financing, course transfer, choice of destination, and more! Students are highly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor and the Office of Global Initiatives for assistance in planning their study abroad.

Here’s what some students said about their semester abroad experiences:

A Semester in Valencia, Spain Semester
A Semester in Melbourne, Australia
A Semester in Shanghai, China
A Semester in Bangkok, Thailand

Student Quotes

“Definitely participate - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. You won't regret any experience or penny.”

- Molly Tannen, class of 2010 (semester exchange in London)

“I wouldn’t trade my semester abroad for anything. Even if you have to take a loan for just this semester, then I definitely recommend doing it. Employers I’ve talked to, especially some US Federal agencies, like to see that I took the initiative to live abroad and that I have that cross-cultural experience. They have commented that it’s a great add to my resume. Some have also commented that just knowing that much more German from living in Vienna is very valuable and they have encouraged me to add that to my resume.”

- Sean Moore, class of 2010 (semester exchange in Vienna)

“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 (semester exchange in Hong Kong)

Summer Programs

INTERN. LEARN. CONSULT. CHANGE LIVES.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PROGRAMS!

Looking for a way to enrich your summer? Can’t fit a semester abroad in your schedule? Want to gain professional and academic experience in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Caribbean, Europe, or Latin America? Enroll in one of the summer programs below and earn up to nine credits! 

If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship for all programs on this page. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman.

Summer 2016

SUMMER 2016

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC)

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Dominican Republic
June 22 – August 15, 2016
DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
Full details and application: ter.ps/msecdr

Join the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program and combat poverty in the Caribbean by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique eight week, nine credit study and internship program will teach you to basic principles of social entrepreneurship through courses, case studies, discussions, and hands-on, practical experience. You will work side-by-side with SEC development professionals and local field based entrepreneurs to develop self-sustaining micro-consignment businesses in the Dominican Republic. You will have the opportunity to make a profound community impact while gaining an in-depth knowledge of rural economic development work. Smith School Professor Susan White is the faculty lead for this experience.

 

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Ecuador
May 291 – July 22, 2016
DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
Full details and application: ter.ps/msececuador

Join the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program in their mission to combat poverty across Latin America by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique eight week study and internship program will teach you the basic principles of social entrepreneurship through courses, case studies, discussions, and hands-on, practical experience. You will work side-by-side with SEC development professionals and local field based entrepreneurs to develop self-sustaining micro-consignment businesses in Ecuador. Take on this exciting opportunity to make a profound community impact while gaining in-depth knowledge of rural economic development work. Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program headquarters are located in Cuenca, Ecuador. Field sites include communities in/near: Loja, Zamora, and Riobamba.

 

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Nicaragua
May 22 – July 15, 2016
DEADLINE March 15, 2016
Full details and application: ter.ps/msecnicarag

Join the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program and combat poverty in Central America by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique eight week, nine credit study and internship program will teach you to basic principles of social entrepreneurship through courses, case studies, discussions, and hands-on, practical experience. You will work side-by-side with SEC development professionals and local field based entrepreneurs to develop self-sustaining micro-consignment businesses in Nicaragua. You will have the opportunity to make a profound community impact while gaining an in-depth knowledge of rural economic development work. Smith School Professor Susan White is the faculty lead for this experience.

 

Global Internship

Smith School Global Internship Program

June - August, 2016
Applications Deadline: CLOSED

Program Cost: $6150. Scholarships available!

Spend the summer of a lifetime working in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, 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 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.

Internship credit can be applied towards Marketing or Supply Chain Management major requirements, or elective credit for other majors.

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

Pell Grant recipients are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman.

 

Other Options

For partner program summer opportunities, the application process is managed by the partner institution, but students must seek approval for each program through UMD’s Education Abroad Office. The programs listed below are entirely run by partners, so students must abide by deadlines, requirements, and restrictions that are set by the partner.

Some programs are listed in UMD’s study abroad directory, while others are not. If the program in which a student is interested is listed on the list of UMD approved programs on this website, the student should first apply on myEA to get approval from the University of Maryland.

If the program is not listed, students must file a Non-UM program petition to get approval from Education Abroad. The process is not difficult but must be completed by March 15.

To receive approval to transfer business credits, students must also speak with their Smith School academic advisor. The Smith School cannot guarantee that courses will transfer or apply to students’ degree program.

Please note that in addition to the individual program fees, students will be required to pay up to $250 in a study abroad fee and will automatically be enrolled in international health insurance approx. $33/month.

On Campus Global Opportunities

Smith Global Consulting Fellows

The Smith Global Consulting Fellows program is designed for students who have an interest in the world’s people and cultures and a desire to apply business and language skills to enhancing economic development worldwide and helping others succeed. The goals of the Global Consulting Fellows program are:

  • Developing global awareness and appreciation for the world’s business cultures, and cultural competencies for students seeking to work in the global/consulting arena, whether for U.S. firms or for companies and agencies abroad.
  • Providing instruction and practice in business consulting concepts and methods in international contexts.

Students in Global Consulting Fellows will study intercultural issues in global management and learn skills in group research and consulting through two courses: Cross-cultural Challenges in Business, and Practicum in Global Consulting.  Students will work in teams to conduct research and develop feasible business ideas which contribute to business, social and economic development, especially in emerging economies. 

Dr. Pat Cleveland is the Faculty Champion for this program.

Curriculum – 1-year program

  • BMGT 364 (Management and Organization Theory) - Pre-requisite; may be taken concurrently with BMGT463F
  • BMGT 463F (Cross-cultural Challenges in Business) - Fall
  • BMGT 468P (Fellows Program Practicum in Global Business) - Spring 
  • COMM 107 or equivalent highly recommended

Co-Curricular Activities & Events

  • Intercultural communication and negotiation workshop
  • Site visits to embassies, global firms located in Baltimore/D.C.

Fellows Program Eligibility

  • BMGT majors - Management or International Business majors preferred, but all BMGT majors encouraged to apply. (You may also apply if you are applying to Smith for 2014-2015.)
  • Preference for those with double-major or minor in foreign language or demonstrated fluency
  • Junior standing – advanced-standing sophomores with BMGT core completed will be considered
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Process

The application period for the 2014-2015 Fellows program has closed. 

Questions? Contact Emily Doane at edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Sophomore Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium

The Sophomore Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium is aimed at students who want to develop a deeper understanding what constitutes a global mindset. Students will also learn how to best apply global mindset techniques and practices to address real-world business situations by participating in a real-time consulting project with EY. Aimed to ready students to address contemporary global business issues, this program is open to all majors.

Dean Victor Mullins and Kristin LaRiviere will be directing the program.

Curriculum-1 semester program

BMGT298F: Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium*

*Course will require substantial out of class commitment due to consulting project

Eligibility

  • Must be entering second year at Smith during Fall 2014 semester
  • All Business majors are encouraged to apply
  • Must have taken the Global Mindset Inventory
  • Must have completed 75% of Freshmen Fellows Events 

Application Process

Now accepting applications through February 21, 2014: ter.ps/mindset14.

Questions? Contact Kristin LaRiviere at klarivie@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Financing Study Abroad

For Undergraduate Students Only

Studying abroad takes a financial commitment and the University of Maryland and the Robert H. Smith School of Business are working together to make it affordable for everyone. Scholarships for all 1st-time abroad students are available, as are funds based strictly on need and/or merit. Students currently receiving financial aid may be able to apply all, or some, of it towards study abroad.

Smith School Scholarhips 

2016-2017 Global Scholarship

Global Scholarships for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 are available for students who have not previously earned credits from a UMD global program and/or transferred in any credits from a foreign university. Students may participate in any UMD global, for-credit program and are eligible if they are a student in either: 1) the Robert H. Smith School of Business, 2) QUEST, or 3) the College Park Scholars Business, Society & the Economy (BSE) program. 

Click here to apply.
Deadline: April 1, 2016

  • $1,000 Scholarship for UMD Semester Abroad Program
  • $750 Scholarship for Summer-long Program (1 month or longer)
  • $500 Scholarship for Faculty-Led Short-Term Global Course

Please note that there is a Global Leadership & Service requirement for all scholarship recipients. Details on application.

Summer 2016 International Internship Scholarships

Students participating on an internship during summer 2016 are eligible for one of two Smith School Scholarships:

  • CIBER International Internship Scholarship – Smith School students who have an unpaid internship or are participating in the Global Internship Program or MSEC may apply for a competitive $1000 scholarship from CIBER.
  • Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship MSEC Scholarship – Smith School students or Innovation and Entrepreneurship minors who are participating in MSEC may apply for a competitive $1000 scholarship from the Dingman Center.

Please read carefully the instructions and application before submitting. There is one application for both scholarships, but those students who are applying for both must submit two applications.

Faculty-led Short-term Study Abroad Courses

Course program fees, ranging from $1,900 - $3,200, include UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in  shared accommodations; transportation to/from 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- and post-departure meetings and excursions; UM Education Abroad services; and international health insurance. Not included: international airfare, personal expenses, some meals and optional trip insurance.  Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

Find a list of short-term courses for 2015-16 by clicking here.

Semester Programs

Exchange Programs: Students pay what they currently pay for UMD tuition (whether that be In-State or Out-of-State). Students are billed by the University of Maryland as they normally would any other semester. There is no additional program fee. On-the-ground costs (such as housing and meals) will be paid either to the partner university or individually, depending upon the partner’s policies.

Find a list of exchange programs by clicking here.

Maryland-in Programs: There is a flat program fee, which usually includes tuition, housing, orientation, and excursions. Students should check the details of the particular program to view what is covered.

Direct-Enroll Programs: All financial arrangements will be made directly with the institution by any student who direct enrolls at an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) or Equis (European Quality Improvement System) accredited university.

Funding Sources for Maryland-in Programs (Spring 2015):

Other Study Abroad Financial Aid Sources

Horizon

FAQs

Academics

I am not admitted to the business school yet, and so don’t have an advisor. What should I do?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to advise you as to how your courses abroad might transfer for BMGT credits. We strongly recommend that you either fulfill your lower level elective requirements abroad or wait until you are through your first semester at Smith before going abroad.

Does the 30-credit rule apply if I go on exchange?

Students wishing to do a semester study abroad during their final 30 credits should make an appointment with their advisor. Please refer to the following website for information: http://www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad/652.

Can I go abroad and still participate in a Junior/Senior BMGT Fellows program?

Some Fellows programs are 1 year in length therefore making study abroad very feasible. When choosing a 2 year Fellows program, check if there is a flexible semester. If not, students must choose between the Fellows program or study abroad. It is important to note that some Fellows programs have study trips available and students should consider alternatives to a semester abroad such as a summer or winter study abroad experience.

What courses can I take abroad?

If the study abroad program is AASCB or EQUIS accredited, then students are permitted to take BMGT courses abroad. For those students with Upper Level ECON, free electives, or University CORE remaining, enrolling in these courses is also an option.

I am fluent in the language of my host country. Can I take classes in that language?

Yes. Please be advised however that you may have to get your syllabi translated – while you know the language, your advisor and department chair may not!

Are classes taught in English?

Yes. All of our partners offer business classes in English.

Can I take a language while abroad?

Yes. Most universities offer either an intensive language class that starts 2 weeks before the semester, or language classes throughout the semester. We highly recommend taking these classes – it’s a great way to meet people, plus you will need to know the language when you are out and about in the city. Language classes are not usually accepted for credit however, this is an extracurricular activity.

When will my classes be entered onto my transcript?

After the semester concludes, your host university will send an official transcript to our offices. We will evaluate the transcript and enter your classes/credits. This usually happens about eight (8) weeks after your semester abroad.

How will my classes be entered onto my transcript?

When you study abroad, your institution, class titles, and credits are recorded on your UMD transcript, but grades achieved abroad are not; your grades abroad are not part of your UMD GPA. Keep in mind though, if you apply to another institution later you will be asked to submit both transcripts.

What is the minimum grade allowed in order to get credit for a class?

You must achieve the equivalent of better than a C-. Grading systems vary widely from country to country. Check with your host institution as to what grade is indicated as “barely satisfactory”. You must achieve a grade higher than the C- equivalent to receive credit for your class abroad.

Financials

How much will it cost to study abroad?

If you participate in one of our exchange programs, your tuition will remain the same, meaning you will pay according to your current status at the University of Maryland. If you are coded as in-state you will pay the Maryland in-state tuition rate. The same applies for out-of state students. Housing costs vary frequently and are higher abroad, as are food costs. You can be creative about how to save money on food, for example, many cafes/bars provide a “happy hour” type of buffet. The International Student ID card provides some savings on museums, airline flights, etc. You should also be aware that the visa will cost something, and there is a study abroad fee as well. Students want to travel while they are abroad, so set aside some money for that as well. Overall though, the amount you spend depends in large part on the choices you make.

Will my scholarship or financial aid apply when I go abroad?

Yes. Check with your administrator of the program for the details, but your aid or scholarship should remain in place. When you go on an exchange program, you are still listed as active in the UMD system and are billed through Testudo. Your scholarship or aid should not be affected.

I get tuition remission. Will I still be eligible if I go abroad?

It depends. If, for example, your tuition remission is through a parent working at UMD, you should continue to receive that benefit because you are paying UMD tuition and active in the UMD system. However, if you receive tuition remission because you are a student worker, you will not be working while abroad and so will not continue to receive that benefit. Again, check with the administrator of the program for details.

Logistics

When can I go abroad?

Students typically go abroad in their junior year but in some cases, students have gone abroad in the spring semester of their sophomore year or the fall semester of their senior year. Students are not permitted to go abroad in their final semester. Consulting with an academic advisor may help determine when the most appropriate time to be abroad.

Where can I go abroad?

Many students may have a specific school and/or country in mind when initially thinking about study abroad. It is important for students to remain flexible. Some schools or programs may not fit into your curriculum. Planning early and keeping all options open will help when choosing a destination.

What paperwork is due, and when?

In order to nominate you, we need photos, your official transcript, an essay, your resume and the application form. These are due Oct. 1 and March 1 for the following semester abroad. After this initial round of paperwork, there is then paperwork to fill out for your host university to apply for housing, etc. UMD requires a waiver, health insurance information, and a form signed by your advisor(s) that indicates how your credits will transfer back. These forms are due at the end of the semester before your break, i.e. May or December.

Should I expect to be accepted to the program?

Yes. We want you to go abroad, and do our best to facilitate the process. There are very few universities where the process is competitive. We will let you know after the deadline if we have had more students apply than we can send; at that point it is largely decided by GPA. If you do not get your first choice, we will send you to your second choice.

When should I expect to hear from my host university?

We nominate students about one week after the deadline to apply. You should hear something from your host university about one month following that. The first communication you receive from your host university is usually your acceptance letter and the documents required to obtain your visa.

Am I assured housing as part of my exchange?

You are not guaranteed housing as part of your exchange program, so it is critical to make sure you are responsible and return your housing requests. Your host university is expected to assist you to their greatest degree possible in finding housing, but if you do not do your part their obligations end.

How do I find out about housing options?

Most universities have information about housing online. We will also put you in touch with students who studied at your host university in previous semesters, and they should be able to give you recommendations. Almost all schools have you register for housing as soon as you are admitted – be sure to fill out and return those forms as soon as possible in order to guarantee a spot.

Can I room with a friend?

Yes, most schools have the ability to allow you to indicate a roommate.

How do I work on obtaining a summer internship in America while I am abroad?

Students who go abroad in the spring and wish to obtain a summer internship can still search for opportunities and submit their resumes on HireSmith. Students should indicate they are abroad to potential employers. Also, students should meet with an Office of Career Management advisor the semester before going abroad to discuss additional tips and strategies for obtaining an internship.

Travel

Do I need a visa?

Yes. All countries require that you possess a student visa if you are to live and study in the country for longer than a few weeks. Your host university will provide you with their necessary documents. Please check with the consular office for your host country as to further documents required to obtain a visa.

My passport is about to expire, is that a problem?

Yes. Your passport will need to be good for six (6) months AFTER YOUR RETURN.

Can I work abroad?

Some countries will allow you to work 20 hours or less. You need to indicate you want to work when you apply for your visa. Check with your host country’s laws and regulations.

Do you book group flights?

No. You are certainly welcome and encouraged to contact the other students who will be with you at your host university and organize a flight. However, we do not organize flights through the Office of Global Programs.

Other FAQs

Can I talk to students who have already been to the school I am interested in?

Absolutely. Please contact us, and we will send you the contact information for students who have attended your university of interest.

Do I have to get the International Student ID card?

No. This is an optional card. The benefits are 1) it has some insurance that comes with it that satisfies the UMD insurance requirements, 2) it conveys some discounts, and 3) it is sometimes nice to have an ID that does not indicate you are American.

Other Advice

Classes in foreign institutions tend to be focused on lectures, and with one big deliverable/exam at the end. Don’t start thinking you can skip a lot of classes! You will be overwhelmed at the end, and frequently host universities will not let you take the exam more than once, and will not let you take the exam from the states.

Also – we strongly recommend that you come home with at least one story of how you went above and beyond while abroad – whether it is an informational interview at a company of interest, a local industry study, volunteering (if legal in your country) with a local organization or leading a club or other effort. Interviewers are happy to see that you have gone abroad and they know you have learned a lot in your semester – they want to see how you have excelled.

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