Global Initiatives

Other Study Abroad Financial Aid Sources

Boren Scholarship

Provides award money to students who plan to study abroad in regions critical to U.S. national security. Students will work in a U.S. Government agency for a minimum of one year upon graduating college. Open to all years and majors.

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan

For study abroad in Japan. Recipients receive $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for an academic year. Open to Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors and all majors.

Critical Language Scholarship

Open to all majors and years of study. Sponsored by the US Department of State, this scholarship takes place in the summer and is awarded to students who plan to study a critical language.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

For study, thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. Open to Sophomores and Juniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Gilman International Scholarship

Open to students who receive Pell Grants.

Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Open to all years of study and majors with a survival proficiency of Chinese. This scholarship is applicable to students who plan to study at a Mandarin speaking university or college-affiliated Mandarin training center. Website:

Project GO ROTC Language and Culture Project

AROTC, AFROTC, NROTC students from any major and year of study are invited to apply. This program is sponsored by the Department of Defense and sends applicants to study critical languages.

United States-Indonesia Society Summer Language Program

Applicants must be college seniors, recent graduates (within 6 months), or graduate students. Recipients win a place in an intensive ten-week language and general studies program held in Central Java. Website:

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Open to Juniors of all majors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Minorities and women are invited to apply. Individuals majoring in fields relative to international affairs receive up to $40,000 for their senior year of undergraduate studies and their first year of graduate studies.

Delta Phi Alpha

The national German honor society offers scholarships to graduating German majors and Sophomore and Junior German majors who plan on studying abroad. You must be a member of Delta Phi Alpha to be considered.

Adele Austin Rickett Memorial Scholarship

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.

Dr. Tsung Chin Scholarship for Chinese Language

Open to all students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarships for summer study abroad in Taiwan

Open to all UMD students who study Chinese.

A World of Business at Smith

Brian Wallace is American, studying for an MBA at the Smith School of Business, and spending the fall semester at a business school in Germany. Norma Athamary is Peruvian, studying for an MBA at ESADE in Barcelona, now spending a semester abroad in the U.S. at Smith. Both students are profiting from the Semester Exchange Program managed by Smiths Center for Global Business in partnership with top business schools worldwide.

Students from Australia and Poland Visit Smith School

The campus, the professors, the technology 40 MBA and undergraduate business students from Australia and Poland are impressed by it all. Coming from 110-degree temperatures in Australia, through heightened security (even shoe checks), 31 students from RMIT University (the former Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and nine students from the Polish-American Center at the University of Lodz arrived in the United States in January for a two-week academic study program at the Smith School.

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

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


  • 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:

Questions? Contact Kristin LaRiviere at

Smith School Hosts 50 Students from Australia

The Office of Global Initiatives at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted 50 Australian EMBA, MBA, and undergraduate students from RMIT University in Melbourne – one of Australia’s most highly-ranked business schools – from Jan. 4-18, 2014, in College Park. The students, most of whom had never been to the United States, traveled to Maryland to experience business education in an American setting and immerse themselves in U.S. business culture. 

Green Office Program

Green Office Program Participant

Global Initiatives is a member of UMD’s Green Office Program

The Office of Global Initiatives is committed to green principles and sustainability. We have joined the Office of Sustainability's Green Office Program in the hopes of showcasing and sharing the environmental and financial benefits of sustainable business practices with our peers at the Smith School and across the University of Maryland.  We're well on our way to reaching our next milestone - Bronze Certified Green Office. 

The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a dynamic initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices/units that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. It seeks to motivate environmentally friendly behaviors by providing definitive guidelines and reducing confusion about best practices. The program operates through a network of representatives (GO Reps) in schools, centers and administrative units.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Engage the campus community in activities that will strengthen the University of Maryland’s position as a national leader in sustainability
  • Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability
  • Educate participants about how and why to take action
  • Support the University’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan
  • Further integrate sustainability into campus culture
  • Conserve water, save energy, minimize waste and save money
  • Promote campus policies that support sustainability

OGI's Green Office Representative: Ryan Steinbach,
For more information on the Green Office Program
For more information about campus sustainability


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