Global Initiatives

Guanghua School of Management - Beijing, China

http://www.gsm.pku.edu.cn/index/en/P10201426881378194558454.htmlGuanghua

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.

Academics

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.

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

Pre-Decision

  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 clolson@rhsmith.umd.edu. 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 myea.umd.edu 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

Post-Decision

  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 clolson@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301-405-4824.

Contact Us

Office of Global Initiatives
2410 Van Munching Hall
Email: ogi@rhsmith.umd.edu

Rebecca Bellinger, Director

Rebecca Bellinger

Rebecca L. Bellinger has over a decade of experience leading international strategy, programs, and partnership development in higher education. She served previously as University Director of International Programs and Services at Pace University in New York City where she oversaw study abroad, international student and scholar services, national scholarships, and bridge (English-language) programs. Prior to this, she was Director of International Programs at the School of International Service, American University, where she designed international opportunities for graduate students and developed school-wide international partnerships. Her experience in international education also has included positions with the Institute of International Education/CIES; the Congressional Youth Leadership Council; Envision, EMI; and various private schools in Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, and Serbia). Rebecca is a graduate of the Transatlantic Master’s Program and holds an MA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from the University of Rochester (NY). 

Rebecca also spends time out of the office supporting global education. She has a special interest in public diplomacy and volunteers with the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) and A-SMYLE (America-Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange) programs with the American Councils for International Education. She is also the founder of the Member Interest Group on Graduate Study Abroad in NAFSA and is an active presenter and contributor to this association and others.  

Her passion for international relations began with a semester abroad in Milan, Italy, continued into graduate school with fieldwork and study completed in the UK and Italy, and has led her to over 50 different countries for work, study, and leisure. Cuba, India, Jordan, and Kazakhstan are among the more interesting locations she has visited. 

She still calls upstate New York her home but has lived in the DC area off and on for the last 12 years. 

Phone: 301-405-6171; Email: RBellinger@rhsmith.umd.edu

Claudia Donnelly, Program Manager

Claudia Donnelly

Claudia Donnelly’s position with the Robert H. Smith School of Business is two-fold.  She is the manager of undergraduate short-term programs for the Office of Global Initiatives and also coordinates study programs for visiting international university groups.   The Smith School sends a greater portion of UG’s abroad for 10 day-2 week 3-credit courses during scheduled school breaks than any other department at UMD.  As the assistant director of the Business, Society & the Economy (BSE) program of College Park Scholars, a special living-learning by-invitation only program, Claudia helps students adapt to college life as freshmen and helps them navigate through their sophomore years. 

Claudia has helped develop and has accompanied students on global study programs to the United Arab Emirates, Singapore/Malaysia, Australia, France/Netherlands and Israel and enjoys personal travel with her family. She is a first generation American and recognizes the unique challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that go along with this.

Phone: 301-405-0200; Email: CDonnelly@rhsmith.umd.edu

Christopher Olson, Program Manager

Christopher Olson

Chris coordinates the semester programs (undergraduate and graduate) for the Office of Global Initiatives. He serves as the main point of contact for both outgoing and incoming exchange students participating on the Smith School of Business exchange programs.

Chris' international experiences began with a semester program in Paris as an undergraduate at the George Washington University. After graduation, he returned to France as an English teaching assistant working in a middle and high school in Tours – about two hours southwest of Paris. While in France, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and developed a taste for extravagant pastries and Wiener Schnitzel. He’s traveled extensively throughout France and also to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the UAE.

Chris is currently enrolled in UMD's Master of Public Policy program. While at GW, Chris studied international affairs at the Elliott School. Combined with his experiences abroad, he is excited to be able to help American and international students have similarly impactful opportunities.

Originally from the Boston area, Chris has lived in DC since 2004.

Phone: 301-405-4824; Email: CLOlson@rhsmith.umd.edu; Make an appointment: ter.ps/clolson

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.

Career Benefits

This page is designed for Smith students who are looking to utilize their study abroad experience to enhance their job search.

How to articulate your experience abroad to an employer

You know you experienced personal growth when you studied or lived abroad; maybe you took care of yourself while barely being able to read the labels in the grocery store, dealt with new levels of ambiguity and confusion with grace, made friends with people of different values and histories, and understood conflict in a different way.

But how do you talk to an employer about these skills? Very few employers set out to hire people with abroad experience as their number one qualification – but the way you illuminate the skills you have from your time abroad could set you apart from your competitors; you may well have developed the skills they are hoping for.

Some soft skills honed in a semester abroad could include:

  • flexibility
  • patience
  • maturity
  • decisiveness
  • leadership
  • responsibility
  • self-reliance
  • independence
  • managing, organizing
  • communicating

Before you go abroad

Plan on returning with at least one way you can say you went above and beyond. Some ways to begin to think about this:

  • What are you interested in that you can learn more about while abroad?
  • How can you help or learn more about the local people, even in a short time?
  • What professional connection might you be able to make? Do you have time for an informational interview? Or only enough time to discover an organization, but one that you can contact once back home?
  • What ways can you plan to show leadership or thoughtfulness going into the program?
  • Remember that many employers think that the only reason you’ve gone abroad is to have a good time. Make sure you come back with some serious things to say about how you used your time effectively.

When you go abroad, try to find an internship or other activity (informational interview, job shadowing, or volunteer program) that will:

  1. demonstrate your leadership abilities
  2. show that you took your semester abroad seriously and used it to expand your real world knowledge of international business.

Having experience outside of your university will give more examples to share with your interviewers about your adaptability and your willingness to go above and beyond. This is what most companies want in their new employees. Also remember to provide specific examples- this will give the interviewer a better sense of who you would be as an employee, and will set you apart.

Once you return

Develop three to four stories that you can share with employers. Everyone who has studied abroad has their own list of "wild and shocking" stories to share with friends. These edgy cross-cultural experiences are fun to share, but not with potential employers. You need to modify them or devise a new set of cross-cultural career related stories about your study abroad experience. Craft these stories ahead of time, and build them to reinforce professional skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Describe your role when working with student teams while abroad.
  • Describe your encounters when meeting professionals working in your field.
  • Speak about personal encounters that gave you insight into the local culture.
  • Speak about the link between your country and the host country, especially in terms of the workplace.

You only need three or four of these pre-scripted career stories when job searching. One story alone is often enough to demonstrate a whole grouping of your professional skills, maturity, insightfulness, sound judgment, cross-cultural knowledge, etc.

Before the interview

Before your interview, consider whether your potential employer values your experience abroad or does not yet understand the value. This will help shape what you share and how much you speak about study abroad.

If you think your employer already wants to see some abroad experience on your resume, then jump right in with your stories and be ready to tell how you excelled. How did you go above and beyond while abroad? How did you lead cross-cultural teams, informally or in class? Remember that your interviewer may want to share some of his/her experiences abroad – ask them (briefly)!

If you think your employer could not care less about your time abroad, you are going to need to take a few steps back. Remember two things:

  1. They almost certainly have some preconceived notions of what you did – have a good time and backpack around – while abroad. You are going to have to be that much savvier about how to talk about your experience.
  2. Most new graduates will be “domestic internationals” – employees whose international work is based in their home country. Most people continue to live and work at their home base, but with links to the world.

Be prepared to answer questions about your time abroad: "Why did you decide to study abroad?", “How did the experience live up to your expectations?". Remember to use specific examples when you can- this will always be viewed better than general answers such as- "because it sounded like fun", "so I could get away from mom and dad for a while", etc. You might find it helpful to think back to what you wrote in your essays to be accepted into the program, and why you chose to travel to your host country. If you can convey your passion for where you went, and why, your answer will stand out from others who stick to generalities. Also, you may want to think of things that surprised you about your host country while you were over there, however, remember to stick to the positive. You may find it helpful to keep some sort of journal where you can list the things that stood out to you while you were overseas. This will provide something for you to refer back to prior to your interview.

Interviewers may also ask you what accomplishments you were most proud of from your experience abroad. Again, activities outside of class will help you stand out. You can discuss the pride that came from learning how to not only adapt to college life in a foreign country, but also how to adapt to a work culture abroad. Discuss how this has made you a more well-rounded individual and worker. Also discuss how this experience would tie into your abilities at the specific job you are interviewing for. This piece of advice leads into other questions you may be asked- “What did you learn overseas that will help you do this job successfully?”, or “What have you accomplished during your time abroad that you are most proud of?” Again, providing specifics is the key to these questions. Discuss the goals you laid out for yourself prior to going abroad, and how you were successfully in achieving those goals.

Here are some questions to get you started, no matter how long you were abroad:

  • Were you creative in solving problems by applying familiar concepts to unfamiliar situations? How could that help in the job you are applying for?
  • Did you have to be flexible and adaptable? Able to work in ambiguous circumstances? Almost all employers like to see “self-starters” – does this experience abroad prove that you are?
  • Describe your encounters when meeting professionals working in your field.
  • Speak about personal encounters that gave you insight into the local culture.
  • Speak about the link between your country and the host country, especially in terms of the work place. Describe your professional skills through a story about a cross-cultural encounter that went wrong.

Specific tips for those who participated in short-term study abroad courses

Unless you are applying for a position abroad, employers are probably going to be more interested in the actual skills you picked up in your short time abroad and what you learned in the class. You will probably need to be succinct.

  • What was the class topic? Can you develop one sentence about what you learned? Why were you interested in that course?
  • Short-term study abroad is very intense – not much downtime, a lot of together time. Is this of value in the position you are applying for? Think it through and discuss until you distill a good story.
  • What is one good story from your time that illuminates your ability to understand something quickly or adapt.
  • What professional contacts did you develop? How did you make them? What do they offer you and your potential employer?
  • How do you understand the global aspects of the industry now?

Compiled from Jean-Marc Hachey, The BIG Guide to Living and Working Abroad
Short-term study abroad and Effective Marketing of International Experiences to Employers by Cheryl Matherly, Rice University.

Course Selection & Academic Calendar

TestudoUndergraduates must register for twelve credits (usually this will be four courses) and MBA exchange students must register for at least nine credits at the Robert H. Smith School of Business (twelve credits is a typical load). This is a visa requirement. We recommend that undergraduates and graduates not take more than 15 credits.

Course listings and the academic calendar are available on our registration Web site. Click on "schedule of classes", then on the appropriate semester, and then follow the directions below:

Undergraduates may choose from courses listed on Testudo as "BMGT" from levels 500 and below. The courses BMGT494 and BMGT495 , and courses with an “F” or “N” are reserved for Smith students only. Please choose at least 7 options; we recommend listing 8-9 course choices. Please feel free to indicate an order of preference. Please include the section number as well, for example, 0101, 0102, etc.

Graduates may choose from courses listed on Testudo as BUDT (Information Technology), BUMK (Marketing), BULM (Logistics), BUAC (Accounting), BUFN (Finance), BUMO (Management and Organization), and BUSI (General) at the 700 level and above. Please choose at least 6 options; we recommend listing 7-8 course choices. Please feel free to indicate an order of preference. Please include the section number as well, for example, 0101, 0102, etc.

Please be advised that graduate courses are offered in four different locations. You will want to take courses listed as held in Van Munching Hall (sections 0101, 0201, etc). You may consider courses held in Washington, D.C. (sections DC01, Dc06, etc.); there is a metro stop right inside the classroom building. You would need a car to get to the other locations, Shady Grove and Baltimore. Do not choose courses listed as BA01, BA02, etc., or SGI or SGII - these indicate Baltimore and Shady Grove.

Another way to determine that a course is held in College Park or Washington, D.C. is to look for "VMH" and "DC".

Examples of appropriate section numbers :

0101(09927) Avramov, D. (Seats=60, Open=43, Waitlist=0) Books

TuTh...... 3:30pm- 4:45pm (VMH 1202)

DC01(09928) STAFF (Seats=35, Open=25, Waitlist=0) Books
Tu........ 4:00pm- 6:40pm (DC 330A)

Prerequisite classes are listed in the course posting. Please make sure you have fulfilled these requirements with similar courses at home and are ready to take your indicated class.

You are able to request classes that are already full (shown in gray on testudo). We will waitlist you for those classes and explain how the waitlist works. Unfortunately, you cannot be in one section and waitlisted for another section so you will need to decide if you want to go for the sure thing or take a risk with a preferred (waitlisted) section.

Housing

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates will have the option to live on campus, and should receive housing forms with this package or shortly thereafter. Please return these forms as quickly as possible to ensure a space. It is your responsibility to return these forms quickly in order to have on campus accommodations. Most of our residence halls require that you purchase a meal plan. There are few self-catering units available with kitchens where you would be exempted from the meal plan. Please remember that our residence halls do not include pillows, linens or blankets. Please see Residence Life for details about residence halls and current costs. Also on the international site study abroad site there are links for housing options.

Graduate Students

Graduate students must find their own accommodations. We understand very well the challenges of finding short-term leases, but unfortunately there is not enough housing on campus to accommodate everyone. The best place to start your search is www.och.umd.edu

Dining Services

There are many food options on campus available at www.dining.umd.edu

Estimated Expenses

As part of your application process you will need to certify that you have sufficient available funds for the expenses not expressly provided by the exchange. Please complete and submit with your application the Certification of Finances Form. You will need to include a letter from your bank verifying their ability to provide you with these funds. If you are to be supported by your government enclosed a verification of the arrangement.

You must submit a bank statement showing an available balance of a minimum of:

  • $14,625 for the year
  • $6,500 for the semester

Note: If the bank statement has someone else's name on it, you must include a letter from that person stating that he/she will support you with the required amount listed above. You cannot use an investment account. It has to be a regular checking or savings account that you (or the person listed on the account) can withdraw from at any time. 

Sample Bank Letter [ Word Doc ]

Download Certification of Finances Form:

How to Apply

Exchange students

Welcome to University of Maryland! If you are a prospective student, we encourage you to learn about the Smith School and our excellent offerings. If you have already been accepted, we are excited to have you be a part of our vibrant academic environment, and we look forward to your contributions and varying perspectives on business practices.

If you are a prospective exchange student, please ensure first with your exchange program coordinator that you are attending a partner school. We will help you with the Smith registration process as a team. Any questions, please email Chris Olson.

I. Application Procedures

For application procedures, please refer to our University of Maryland Education Abroad website.

Please note that all materials should be sent to:

Chris Olson
University of Maryland
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Office of Global Initiatives
2410 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742
United States

II. Administrative Issues

The University of Maryland is a large school and many arrangements are handled by computer. Once you are admitted, you may receive routine mailings asking for deposits or payment of bills. You may disregard these.

At a later date we will be sending you more specific information regarding arrival, orientation, course and registration information, and housing application forms.

After your application process has been completed we will send you the DS-2019 with which you can obtain your visa.

Please see visit the Testudo Web site for the academic calendar.

Web sites of interest for UMD incoming students:

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