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
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
CIBER Case Challenge Participate in an international case challenge with participants from around the world, hosted by UConn. Sophomore

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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

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 9, 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
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)
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

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.

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



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:

Summer 2017

Global Internship Program

Smith School Global Internship Program

June - August, 2017


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

Program Cost: Approx $6200. Scholarships available!

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.

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

Internships for nearly 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:



Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC)


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

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:

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:

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.




On Campus Global Opportunities

On-Campus Programs

Broadening your global mindset isn’t limited to study abroad programs. The Smith School offers an abundant amount of opportunities to get involved in global learning while on campus – from internationally-focused classes to student clubs and speaker series. Join us, and get involved!

CIBER Distinguished Speaker Series Events

The Distinguished Speakers Series presents the latest trends in international business and provoke conversation among undergraduate and graduate students, policy experts, and business executives. Recent speakers include the Qatari Ambassador to the United States; the Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Lockheed Martin; and the Chief of TATA Sustainability Group.

International Education Week

International Education Week is a great opportunity to celebrate international education and exchange throughout the world. The Smith School is thrilled to showcase our international reach and celebrate global learning on campus with a variety of events throughout the week. Visit the IEW website for detailed information on events.

Global Showcase

The Office of Global Initiatives partners with CIBER to host an annual global showcase to give recently-returned study abroad participants the opportunity to create poster presentations and present to a panel of judges and guests. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about global business while networking with classmates.

Global Young Professionals Institute

OGI is proud to be a part of the Young Professionals Institute and partner with the Smith Start program to reach out to freshmen and introduce them to the important of global mindset. With a guest speaker and an introduction to the Passport to a Global Mindset, the event is a don’t-miss for all first-year students.

Global Coursework

Take part in the International Business Institute (IBI) or an international business course to expand your global business acumen while on campus.

Student Clubs

Join academic or social clubs on campus to network with students with international interests.

Global Consulting Fellows Program

The program aims at developing a global awareness of the world’s business cultures, as well as learning business consulting concepts in international contexts. The fellows program is open to all business majors.


The University of Maryland offers many ways for domestic students to get involved with international students on campus, including the Language Partner Program or International Student Orientation. Volunteer your time and make new friends from all over the world.

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 Winter & Spring Break 2017 faculty-led programs, and Spring 2017 semester programs 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: November 1, 2016

  • $1,100 Scholarship for Semester Abroad Programs
  • $750 Scholarship for Summer-long Program (1 month or longer)
  • $600 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.

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 2016-17 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 Programs (Spring 2017):

Other Study Abroad Financial Aid Sources




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:

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.


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.


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.


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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