Global Initiatives

Incoming Students

The University of Maryland is an energetic place with classes and activities to serve a student body of about 50,000 students. We are located an easy 20 minute metro ride from downtown Washington, D.C., and the campus benefits from the close proximity to the broader Washington and Baltimore metropolitan communities.

Maryland provides an academic environment that stimulates and challenges students both inside and outside the classroom, and exchange students are encouraged to take advantage of our diverse community.

We have a gorgeous gym, a beautiful performing arts center, and all of the free activities available in Washington, D.C., such as concerts, museums, the zoo and more. 

Jung Whan Lee

"I had found that UMD, especially its business school has good reputation for its famous faculty members and great facilities. One of former exchange students of my home school recommended me Smith school strongly. Also being close to DC and New York City attracted me. I have found diversified students with different backgrounds and it has been very unique experience, which was the very reason why I wanted to study abroad as an exchange student at the first time. Beautiful campus, great facilities such as recreation center and the events such as football games are exciting too."

- Jung Whan Lee

 

Relationship Building

Relationship Building Stamp

Eagerness to interact with new people and develop a strong network built on communication, empathy, and mutual respect.

Activity Description Eligible
International Student Orientation Volunteer Volunteer with International Student & Scholar Services by helping with international student orientation in August or January. All
Language Partner Program Interact with international students outside of the classroom to practice the foreign language you're studying. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Study Abroad Ambassador Promote study abroad and other global opportunities to your classmates as a returned study abroad student. Junior
Senior

Self-Awareness And Humility

Self Awareness and Humility Stamp

Confidence in oneself without overestimating one's abilities while valuing the experience and backgrounds of others.

Activity Description Eligible
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
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
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

Adaptability

Adaptability Stamp

Ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations.

Activity Description Eligible
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
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
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

Cultural Curiousity

Cultural Curiosity

Willingness to seek out and consider diverse viewpoints, appreciate the values and beliefs of others, and collaborate on diverse teams. 

Activity Description Eligible
Global UMD Campus Activities Visit globalmaryland.umd.edu for a list of upcoming international-focused activities on campus. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
UMD Passport Day Apply for the ticket to get you around the world: your very own passport! Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Student Orientation Volunteer Volunteer with International Student & Scholar Services by helping with international student orientation in August or January. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Language Partner Program Interact with international students outside of the classroom to practice the foreign language you're studying. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Faculty-led Study Abroad 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
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
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

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

Engage in an experience that will broaden your global mindset by fostering cultural curiosity and adaptability. Smith School short-term programs provide students with the opportunity to apply a comparative international lens to their business education and professional career. Attend a Short Term Abroad information session and apply today!

Short Term Study Abroad Info Sessions | Sign-Up Here!

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. | VMH 1336
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 5 p.m. | VMH 2333D
  • Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. | VMH 2509

Application Deadline: October 1, 2016 | Apply today!

$600 Global Scholarship: Available for first time study abroad students |Learn more!

Winter Break - January, 2017

Japan – Tokyo & Kyoto (QUEST)
Quality Management in Japan
Japan
Brazil – Sao Paolo & Rio de Janeiro
Finance in Brazil
Sao Paolo
Europe – UK, Belgium, Amsterdam, NYC, DC
Accounting in London - Brussels - Amsterdam - New York - DC
(Business accounting students only, unless accepted by approval)
Brussels
South Africa – Cape Town
Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa
Cape Town

Spring Break - March 2017

Nicaragua – Managua, Granada, and San Juan del Sur
International Business Consulting
Managua

The Smith Common Core Framework

Our robust model ensures students get the most out of their international experience. The model incorporates pre- and post- study abroad sessions specifically designed to prepare students to take full advantage of their cultural immersion and leverage their global business acumen in their future career.

Session Content
Pre-program Global Mindset and International Business- Learn how an openness and awareness of cultures, markets, and trends affects both global business.
Pre-program Course Specific Content- As determined by instructor.
Pre-program Pre-Departure Orientation- Health, safety, culture, and logistics.
Post-Program Course Specific Content- As determined by instructor.
Post-Program Professional Development- Develop a robust narrative connecting study abroad to your career.
Post-Program Global Showcase- Show off your global mindset and business knowledge through team poster presentations.

Exact meeting dates and times will be detailed in the course syllabus.

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