Global Initiatives

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

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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.

Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Abroad?

Employers consistently demand that their employees have global competency. But how do students develop such a global competency? The Smith School of Business offers a variety of programs – both abroad and on-campus – to help students develop their global mindset. 

Interested in Studying Abroad?

Stop by our office or schedule an appointment! If you've already started an application to a program and need to fulfill a mandatory advisor meeting, you may schedule an individual meeting here

Smith School Program Offerings

Faculty-led Programs

Think you don’t have enough time to fit in a study abroad experience while earning your degree? Think again!

Earn academic business credits during Winter Break, Spring Break or over the Summer months while experiencing a country or region first-hand. While abroad, visit companies to enhance business acumen and participate in cultural activities designed to facilitate cross-cultural understanding.

Semester Programs

A semester abroad challenges students to develop cross-cultural skills in a variety of settings and programs. Students who study abroad for a longer period learn how to successfully navigate foreign environments, communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and  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.

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, the Caribbean, Europe, or Latin America? Enroll in an one of our summer programs and earn up to nine credits!

On-Campus Programs

Developing a global mindset doesn’t require you to leave College Park! Find out more about global opportunities available on-campus.

Visiting Scholars

The Smith School has hosted hundreds of visiting scholars over the years. Today, the School hosts about 10 visiting scholars annually. Our global visiting scholars play an integral role in the life of the School and add an important dimension to Smith's internationalization. Visiting scholars connect with students, faculty, and other stakeholders in the classroom, conduct research, and participate in co-curricular activities.

Current Visiting Scholars

Emanuel Alsina
Country and City: Modena, Italy
Home Affiliation: University of Modena and Regiio Emilia
Smith Department: Marketing

Mr. Alsina came to the Smith School as a Visiting Scholar in order to work with the Center of Complexity in Business. He is studying the diversity and complexity in group dynamics and the impact that has on group performance and the decision making process.

Alsina

Carmine Cerrone
Country and City: Salerno, Italy
Home Affiliation: University of Salerno, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: cerronecarmine@gmail.com

Carmine Cerrone received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Salerno and his PhD in Operative Research from the University of Calabria. He is currently a post-doc researcher at the University of Salerno. His research interests include vehicle routing, heuristic search, combinatorial optimization, and networks analysis. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Cerrone will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.

Cerrone

Jixiang Chen
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: Renmin University, Graduate student in Mathematical Economics
Smith Department: Finance
Contact: chen.jixiang@yahoo.com

Ms. Chen is an MS candidate in Mathematical Economics and Renmin University. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Wuhan University. She served as a research assistant at Renmin University and also has professional experience at Changjiang Securities in Wuhan. Ms. Chen's research focuses on applying a real investment option model to explain some asset pricing phenomena like momentum and value premium.

 

Ping Chen
Country and City: Tianjin, China
Home Affiliation: Nankai University, Assistant Professor of Logistics Management
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: chenpingbjtu@gmail.com

Ping Chen is Assistant Professor of Logistics Management at Nankai University. Dr. Chen was awarded her BS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Beijing Jiaotong University.

Her research interests include transportation and inventory control in logistics management, combinatorial optimization, and heuristic search. She focuses on models and algorithms of vehicle routing problems (VRPs) in logistics distribution in urban areas. Her research is now centered on disaster relief routing problems. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Chen will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.

Chen

Robert Ciuchita
Country and City: Maastricht, Netherlands; Bucharest, Romania
Home Affiliation: Maastricht University in the Netherlands
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: rciuchita@rhsmith.umd.edu

Mr. Ciuchita came to the Smith School of Business to work on a specific project as a part of his PhD research. He is collaborating with Dr. Roland Rust in the Smith School who is the Executive Director of both the Center for Complexity in Business and the Center for Excellence in Service. Mr. Ciuchita's research focuses on customer relationship management and customer value management. While at the Smith School, Mr. Ciuchita is studying how customer engagement with an interactive service affects the customer's relationship with the service provider. He has studied and worked on international teams in Romania, Iceland, the Netherlands and China all "while keeping one foot in the research world and the other foot in the applied business world." Mr. Ciuchita has presented his research at conferences and consortia such as Frontiers in Service, EMAC, Marketing Science, PDMA - UIC and Art & Science of Service, while the first project of his PhD research has been published in the Journal of Service Research.

Cicuchita

Li Du
Country and City: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Home Affiliation: Xidian University
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: ldu@rhsmith.umd.edu

Ms. Du was graduated from Xidian University. Her research interests focus on modeling different types of online retail mechanisms such as online auctions, pay-per-bid auctions, group-buying and presales. As a visiting scholar, she is working with Dr. Jie Zhang who is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Smith and researching the effect of mobile advertising on consumer purchase behavior.

Du

Gadi Fibich 
Country and City: Tel Aviv, Israel 
Home Affiliation: Tel Aviv University 
Smith Department: Marketing 
Contact: fibich@umd.edu 

Gadi Fibich is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1994. He works on mathematical modeling in various areas, such as Nonlinear Optics, Biochemistry and Biology, and more recently Marketing and Economics. See www.math.tau.ac.il/~fibich for more information. 

 

Mingpeng Huang
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, Peking University, Guanghua School of Management
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: mphuang2010@gmail.com

Mingpeng Huang graduated from Wuhan University with Bachelor's degrees in Management and Engineering. He has published in Acta Psychologica Sinica and China Market and presented papers at the Academy of Management Annual Conference and Biennial Conference of International Association for Chinese Management Research. While in residence at Smith, Mr. Huang is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project about strategic leadership.

Huang

Chunhua Lan
Country and City: Sydney, Australia
Home Affiliation: University of New South Wales, Department of Banking and Finance
Smith Department: Finance
Contact: c.lan@unsw.edu.au; 4425 Van Munching Hall

Chunhua Lan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Her research interests include asset pricing, financial intermediaries in setting asset prices, and liquidity. Before joining the UNSW, she received her PhD in Finance at Boston College and Doctor of Science in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her papers have been presented at top finance conferences such as the American Finance Association annual meetings. She has been awarded several research grants from UNSW.

Lan

Xiaoping Liu
Country and City: Guangzhou, China
Home Affiliation: Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Sun Yat-sen University
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: liuxp@mail.sysu.edu.cn, 4505 Van Munching Hall

Xiaoping Liu is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and Vice Chair of the Business Administration Department at Sun Yat-sen Business School of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. He received his BA in Education Administration from Jiangxi Normal University in 1994 and his PhD in Organizational Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2000.

Dr. Liu's has received four grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Provincial Social Science Foundation, and various companies. His research focuses on risk perception in the employee-organization relationship, commitment mechanisms, and social identity. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational behavior and human resource management, Professor Liu also consults for such clients as Siemens, Danone, and Coca-Cola. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project.

Liu

Zhi-qiang Liu
Country and City: Wuhan, China
Home Affiliation: Associate Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, School of Management
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: zqliu@mail.hust.edu.cn

Zhi-qiang Liu is Associate Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology's School of Management and received his PhD from HUST in Human Resource Management in 2006. He has taught at HUST since 2006 and previously held visiting positions at City University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Liu's research interests include status competition within organizations; knowledge creation and innovation; career stagnation of knowledge workers; and ethics in human resource management. He has published in the following English language publications: International Journal of Human Resource Management, The Service Industries Journal, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Organization and Management Development. Dr. Liu has been awarded research support from National Natural Science Foundation of China, China Ministry of Education, Hubei Province, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

While in residence at Smith, Professor Liu is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.

Liu

Jules Munier
Country and City: Lausanne, Switzerland
Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, University of Lausanne
Smith Department: Finance
Contact: jules.munier@unil.ch, 4458 Van Munching Hall

Jules Munier is in residence at the Department of Finance during the fall semester. His research focuses on theoretical corporate finance, primarily by using dynamic cash models to explain managers' decisions. His current working papers are about managerial optimism and dividend smoothing. He is working at the Swiss Finance Institute with Norman Schürhoff and Erwan Morellec. Jules was attracted to the Smith School by the opportunity to work with Dean Triantis and other faculty. He has a Master's degree from the University of Geneva in Management and a Master's degree from the University of Lausanne in Finance.

Munier

Jenny Nossack
Country and City: Siegen, Germany
Home Affiliation: University of Siegen, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: jenny.nossack@uni-siegen.de

Jenny Nossack studied Mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin. She currently works as a research assistant at the University of Siegen at the Department of Management Information Science of Professor Erwin Pesch. She received her doctoral degree in 2013 and currently holds a post-doc position. In her dissertation she addressed logistics problems (e.g., routing and partitioning issues) encountered in intermodal freight transportation. Her work was awarded a dissertation prize from the German Operations Research Society (GOR). She has also published her research in international journals such as Computers & Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and International Journal of Production Economics. 

Nossack

Manuel Chica Serrano
Country and City: Asturias, Spain
Home Affiliation: European Centre for Soft Computing
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: manuel.chica@softcomputing.es

Mr. Chica Serrano was drawn to the Smith School of Business by the research of Dr. William Rand, who is the Director of Center for Complexity in Business. Now, he is working in the Marketing Department studying agent-based modeling, optimization algorithms and social simulations. He obtained his PhD at the University of Granada on the use of multiobjective optimization and soft computing for combinatorial industrial problems. Then, he moved to the European Centre for Soft Computing where he is the associate researcher of his unit. He also hopes to link his capabilities with local businesses and other international researchers working with the research group at the Smith School during his time at Smith.

Serrano

Ana Suarez Vazquez
Country and City: Oviedo, Spain
Home Affiliation: University of Oviedo
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: asuarezvazquez@rhsmith.umd.edu

Ana Suarez is associate professor of marketing at Oviedo University, Spain. She has received a three months mobility grant from de International Campus of Excellence to come as a visiting scholar to the Marketing Department of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her research interests include consumer choice models and the role of emotions in consumption. Her research is now focused on the analysis of the cinema market and in the marketing health field.

Vasquez

Wouter Vermeer
Country and City: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Home Affiliation: RSM Erasmus University
Smith Department: Marketing
Contact: wvermeer@rhsmith.umd.edu

Mr. Wouter is at Smith working with the Center for Complexity in Business to perform research around the propagation and diffusion of information in complex networks. As global markets are increasingly interconnected, businesses often need to partner and collaborate in order to meet customer demand. This new business model, called the smart business network, is a major component of Mr. Wouter's research. He is currently working to model information flows in order to identify the role of the structure of interactions on the outcomes of such processes.

 

Shuxi Wang
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: University of International Business and Economics, Assistant Professor
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Contact: swang128@umd.edu

Wang

Dong-min Yang
Country and City: Gwangju, South Korea
Home Affiliation: Lecturer, Chonnam National University
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact: ponasada@hanmail.net

Dong-min Yang is a lecturer at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. He completed his PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior concentration) at Chonnam University in 2012. He has published in Korean Academy of Organization and Management, Korean Management Review, Korean Corporation Management Review, Korean Journal of Management, DAEHAN Journal of Business, The Journal of Business Education, The Korean Journal of Human Resource Development, and The Journal of Industrial Innovation. Dr. Yang has presented his research at conferences in Australia, China, Macau, and Singapore.

Professor Yang has taught courses in business ethics, human relations, organizational behavior, organizational development, and organizational theory. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.

Yang

Jie Zhang
Country and City: Xi'an, China
Home Affiliation: Xi'an Jiaotong University, School of Management, PhD candidate
Smith Department: Management & Organization
Contact: elsa20130412@gmail.com

Jie Zhang is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at Xi'an Jiaotong University's School of Management. She has published articles in China Soft Sciences, Management Review, and Nankai Business Review. Ms. Zhang teaches courses in microeconomics and organizational behavior at Xi'an Foreign Language University and she holds a BS in Engineering from Jilin University.

Zhang

RMIT - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne

Formerly Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT 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.

Academics

Work Opportunities

Housing

MBA course offerings are similar to our own core courses with a particular focus on strategy. Electives are also available.

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

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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Work Opportunities

Housing

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

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

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

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

Copenhagen Business School - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is a private educational institution established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education. CBS has around 15,000 students and an annual intake of around 1,000 exchange students. With this number of students as well as around 400 full-time researchers and around 500 administrative employees, CBS is one of the three largest business schools in Northern Europe.

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Work Opportunities

Housing

CBS offers over 100 courses taught in English each semester. Exchange students participate in a “crash course” prior to the semester designed to orient them to the language and culture of Denmark.

Exchange students are eligible to work part-time up to 15 hours per week. However, students are forewarned that jobs in Denmark are scarce.

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

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

What Smith students have to say about Copenhagen:

"I had the time of my life, living with people from about 20 different countries. It was a great chance to network, to meet people from other cultures, and to know about different lifestyles. Their exchange crew was VERY, VERY good... we had the most amazing introduction week and got to make good friends with the Danes and also other exchange students. Their international office was also very helpful in addressing all of our concerns. However, their study system was a little hard to get used to."

- Smith Student, Class of 2007

SKEMA Business School - Sophia Antipolis, France

France

SKEMA is one of our global partners in the Global Technology and Management Consortium, a group of 5 leading universities around the world focused on technology. Located in the French Riviera, SKEMA is close to many highly regarded technology enterprises. This is generally a graduate exchange, but undergraduates interested in attending this school for a semester will be able to do so.

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Work Opportunities

Housing

SKEMA offers over 40 graduate business courses taught in English each semester. Courses in French are also available to exchange students with language proficiency.

Exchange students are eligible to work part-time in a non-paid internship while taking classes.

Exchange students can choose from on-campus apartments or private accommodations in nearby Haut Sartoux or Antibes. The Housing office assists with exploring these options and roommate matching.

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

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz, Germany

WHU is considered the preeminent business school in Germany. WHU has a strong interest in international business, as well as corporate responsibility. It is a small school, with about 600 students and the classroom dynamic is lively and interactive. Koblenz is a small town located on the Rhine and Mosel rivers, about 1 hour west of Frankfurt.

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Work Opportunities

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All MBA and MSc courses are taught in English. Exchange students are eligible to enroll in courses from both the MBA and MSc programs.

The placement office is available to exchange students and they will work with you on securing a work permit for a post-semester internship.

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

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

Doing Business in Europe: Central Germany and Northern Italy

Faculty lead Charles Olson
Destination Berlin, Germany and Milan, Italy
Dates abroad March 18-25, 2017
Dates on campus Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 (9am-6pm; tentative, but please plan for entire day)
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Sunday,  April 23, 2017
Relevant career track(s) Strategy and general management
Eligibility Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 16-17.
Estimated Costs Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 program fee
Program fee covers shared accommodation, in-country ground transportation, some group meals, business visits, applied learning component, and cultural activities for the abroad portion of the program.
Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)
Not included: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.
Credit structure 1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester. Total credits earned = 4 credits.
Registration instructions March 2016: Register for MBA Global Business Courses when registering for Fall 2016 courses.
Add/drop deadlines Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016.

The course will illustrate the experience of Germany and Italy as well as industry clusters and companies within these nations at using business models to foster industrial and commercial development. The focus will be on the application of the following models: Five forces, the cluster model, Porter's diamond and national policy in both a historical and current context. It is expected that students will have a knowledge of the global environment from BUSI 683 before taking the course. The theme of integrated planning for business and export success in today's global environment will be explored in the course through readings and cases, cultural experiences, business visits and an applied learning project.

Applied learning component

Students will develop a plan for a new business that would fall within one of the clusters studied.

Skills and knowledge gained

  1. Learning and application of the cluster and diamond models in commercial Europe.
  2. Develop and understanding of contemporary Germany and Italy through observation and experimentation.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Global Initiatives at ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu.

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