Global Initiatives

Copenhagen Business School - Copenhagen, Denmark


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.


Work Opportunities


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

Vienna University of Economics and Business


Vienna, Austria

With about 20,000 students from Austria and abroad, Vienna University of Economics and Business (known in German as Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, or WU) is the EU’s largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences. The Financial Times has ranked WU among Europe's Top 50 Business Schools. Its wide range of courses as well as the international orientation of its teaching and research have made WU a renowned center of knowledge in many key fields of business and economics.


Buddy Program


Vienna University offers over 100 courses taught in English each semester. Proficient speakers may also take courses in German. WU also offers intensive German language courses to assist with living in Austria.

Exchange students are assigned a “host” student who acts as a local guide to answer questions and help orient them to the city.

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

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

What Smith students have to say about Vienna:

Sean Moore in Vienna“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


Karena Miller and Erika Kale in Vienna“Vienna University is the perfect mix of everything. The classes are good, there’s time to travel, and the city is awesome. You’re immersed with people from all cultures. You’re not at a university abroad with a group of other Americans, you’re challenged in the classroom by people from all over the world and you get a chance to understand how others view the US. If you’re worried about not speaking the language, don’t be – everyone speaks English really well in Vienna.”

- Karena Miller and Erika Kale, Class of 2010

RMIT - Melbourne, Australia


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.


Work Opportunities


Since all courses are in English, hundreds of options are available. RMIT offers numerous courses each semester in business. Courses available in Australian culture and society.

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

National Taiwan University


Taipei, Taiwan

National Taiwan University (NTU) is widely considered the best and most prestigious university in Taiwan. NTU has an enrollment of almost 30,000 students at six campuses. The main campus is located in Taipei, the largest city in Taiwan. Taipei serves as both the center of government and industry for the country.


Work Opportunities


NTU offers about 70 business courses taught in English each semester. Exchange students may also take Chinese language courses to improve their mastery of the language.

Unfortunately, exchange students are not eligible to work in Taiwan.

Exchange students are guaranteed on-campus housing in dorm-style accommodations shared with other exchange students.

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

What Smith students have to say about NTU:Rachelle Bye

"Taiwan, known for its political complexities, rich history, and technological contributions, was also the place I got to call home for 5 months. While the language was often a difficult barrier, the patience and friendliness of the locals made up for it ten-fold. I now have a friend from every continent, a better understanding of America's role in the world, and an experience I will never forget."

- Rachelle Bye, Class of 2010

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong University

Hong Kong, China

The University of Hong Kong is named the best university in Asia in QS Asian University Rankings (in May 2009 & 2010) and The World University Rankings (in Sep 2010); and ranked the 21st best university in the world by Times Higher Education (powered by Thomson Reuters) World University Rankings and 23rd best university in the world by QS World University Rankings in 2010. About 45% of academic staff members are drawn from overseas. 94% of teachers have Ph.D. and/or higher professional qualifications.


Work Opportunities


All classes are taught in English and there is an opportunity to learn Mandarin or Cantonese. Classes use Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a pedagogical system that has a set of problems mirroring real-world situations as the drivers for learning. In a PBL curriculum, students are presented with a problem and work in collaboration with each other to find solutions.

Exchange students are not allowed to work in Hong Kong.

Residence halls form part of the tradition of the university. They are part of the education system rather than just a means of accommodation. Because hall members have to learn to be independent and interact closely with students of different backgrounds under the same roof, halls are a very effective means to integrate students' social and intellectual lives, and therefore offer a golden opportunity for a whole-person education.

For more information, visit University of Hong Kong’s exchange program website.

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

The London Times lists Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) among the top 50 universities in the world. The University is housed in a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking Port Shelter on the Clear Water Bay peninsula, less than 30 minutes' driving time from central Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a vibrant city imbued with international outlook, cosmopolitan lifestyle, and Chinese culture. This is one of our more competitive exchange offerings; if you are interested in HKUST it is best to see your advisor and apply well before the posted deadline.


Work Opportunities


All classes at HKUST are taught in English. The system is very similar to ours in terms of credits and class management. Many business courses are offered each semester.

Exchange students in Hong Kong are eligible to work part-time. Jobs need to be arranged through HKUST.

HKUST offers on-campus residence halls with air conditioning, internet access, and all the comforts of the halls found here. Off-campus housing options are available but may be expensive.

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

What Smith students have to say about HKUST:

Christina Lam“HKUST is known for its campus, it’s gorgeous. It really hits you though when you move into your dorm and realize you are going to get to look at the ocean every day for the next five months. They are very friendly and go above and beyond to make the exchanges feel welcome. 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

Guanghua School of Management - Beijing, China

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.


Work Opportunities


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.

Guidelines for Course Work Approval

All courses taken by BMGT majors off-campus must be approved in advance by BMGT Undergraduate Studies advisors. Acceptance and applicability of course requirements in fulfillment of BMGT requirements will be determined within the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Transferring University General Education and/or Electives

The Smith School will accept credits in fulfillment of University General Education requirements and/or lower and upper-level electives from ANY foreign university that is recognized by the Education Abroad Office, as long as equivalency has been determined by the appropriate department.

Transferring Upper-Level BMGT Requirements

The Smith School will accept credits in fulfillment of upper level BMGT requirements - either core Business requirements or major requirements - only if earned from EQUIS or AACSB-accredited schools which offer international study coursework, or from a limited group of international schools that offer commensurate U.S.-style programs. Please check with your BMGT advisor for details. Course content must be deemed equivalent for courses to be accepted toward BMGT requirements.

Students are allowed to transfer:

  • Up to two (2) major requirements
  • Up to two (2) upper-level Smith Core requirements
  • Upper-level ECON requirements
  • Upper-level electives

Students are NOT allowed to transfer:

  • BMGT 367
  • BMGT 495
  • The first course in the major (ie. BMGT 340 for finance majors, BMGT 350 for marketing majors, etc.)
  • Courses taken pass/fail

Before studying abroad

The Smith School will review, on a case-by-case basis, coursework taken at foreign universities with comparable business programs. This Smith School has an ongoing process of course evaluation for the exchange programs affiliated with the Office of Global Initiatives -- many of the courses that students might want to take at exchange programs may have already been evaluated. Check with your Undergraduate Studies advisor for details.

In the event that a BMGT course you want to take at a Smith exchange has not yet been evaluated, the Undergraduate Studies Office will sign off on these courses only after the appropriate BMGT faculty member has completed a formal evaluation. You will need to provide a course syllabus to your BMGT advisor as far in advance as possible to ensure timely evaluation of the class. Please realize that whether you are going abroad through Smith, or the campus Education Abroad Office, ultimately all of your paperwork must be signed by the Office of Global Initiatives or Education Abroad Office (depending on the program your choose) and your BMGT advisor. This process takes time, so please do not wait until the last minute.

Students need to leave adequate time for the completion of all paperwork. Study abroad forms are not completed on an "on demand" basis, as there is usually a formal evaluation that must be completed for the proposed classes.

While studying abroad

If students register for courses abroad that were not pre-approved, they must email their Smith academic advisor with the syllabus for approval. The student must then forward the approval to their study abroad advisor (either in Smith's Office of Global Initiatives or the Education Abroad Office). This facilitates the course evaluation procedure at the conclusion of the program. 

It is imperative that students leaving for a study abroad program plan for their next semester's registration before leaving the United States. Students going abroad should take with them an updated copy of their curriculum sheet, their BMGT advisor's email address, their undergraduate catalog, and schedule of classes. While abroad, students can check their pre-registration date for the next semester via Testudo in the Records and Registration area, and can register via Testudo. Students should know which classes they want to take and arrange for any special requests, such as internship permission, etc., prior to leaving. 

How to Apply


  1. Talk with your academic advisor about the feasibility of studying abroad. Most students can spend a semester abroad if they plan early with their academic advisor.
  2. Research programs on the Smith School website and the Education Abroad website.
  3. Contact the Smith School Office of Global Initiatives (OGI). Chris Olson is the coordinator for semester programs, and can be reached at He will help advise and start the application process for the exchange programs.
  4. Complete your application:
    1. Visit the Education Abroad website list of business exchange programs.
    2. Log-on with your Directory ID and password. Answer any questions pertaining to Emergency Contact Information and past disciplinary action.
    3. You will arrive at the program application page and will be asked to complete the following requirements. Note that you do not need to complete all requirements in one session. Simply log-on to with your Directory ID and log-in to revisit open applications.
      1. Submit an official transcript to the Smith School Office of Global Programs. This can be requested at the Mitchell Building and costs $8.
      2. Schedule an appointment with Chris Olson, your regional advisor.
      3. Electronically sign the Buckley Amendment Waiver and Terms and Conditions of Participation.
      4. Upload a copy of your current resume.
      5. Complete the Personal Statement, answering the questions listed.
      6. Complete the Study Abroad Academic Plan
      7. Complete Academic Recommendation Requirements
    4. Take note of the application deadlines:
      1. October 1 - Spring exchange programs
      2. March 1 - Fall exchange programs


  1. You will be notified by OGI about your application status about one week after the application deadline. If you are approved, OGI will formally nominate you to your host institution and will send you confirmation via email.
  2. If you wish to accept your position, log-on to your myEA account and click “Commit”
    1. Course Pre-Approval Documentation
      1. Meet with your Smith academic advisor to review courses you are interested in taking. Most universities will not have their schedule posted for the semester when you will be abroad. However, look at past course offerings and UMD course equivalencies to get a sense of what may be offered.
      2. Begin the Course Pre-Approval process. Start by making an appointment with the campus Education Abroad (EA) office by visiting their website. You will need to schedule an appointment with the regional advisor of the region of your program. Bring with you the list of courses you discussed with your academic advisor and the EA regional advisor will complete the PSA with you.
      3. Schedule an appointment with your Smith academic advisor and bring the CPA to that meeting. If there are courses that have not been previously reviewed, you will need to bring course syllabi so that your academic advisor can have them reviewed for transfer credit.
      4. Return the completed and signed CPA to Education Abroad, and keep a copy to submit to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
    2. Complete and submit the Student Contract for Study Abroad
    3. Attend mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation
    4. Complete Consent and release for Publicity form
    5. Complete Flight Information form (after you have booked your flights)
    6. Complete Health Disclosure and Accommodations Request form
    7. Complete your Passport Information Form
  3. Complete and submit necessary documents for the host university. This will depend on your particular university and could include an online or paper application or require passport photos. The deadlines will vary, so you must pay attention to communications from the host university. The Office of Global Initiatives will do one mailing per program on behalf of all students for any documents that need to be sent in hard copy. Take note of when OGI sets that deadline so you can have those sent; otherwise you will be responsible for mailing the documents.
  4. Receive confirmation from the host university. Once you receive the packet of information (either electronically or in hard copy), you can begin the process of getting a visa and booking your flight. Every university operates on a different schedule and will mail out acceptance documentation at different times.
  5. Apply for a visa. For most countries, a study visa is required. You will likely not be able to apply for one until you receive information from your host university. Most countries will require an in-person appointment; check with the embassy of your host country for more information.

If you are interested in applying to a semester-long program, please contact Chris Olson at or 301-405-4824.


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