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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 Lisa Barnard.

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 Programs
2308 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:

Incoming Students

Incoming International Students

The University of Maryland is an energetic place with classes and activities to serve a student body of about 50,000 students. We are located an easy 20 minute metro ride from downtown Washington, D.C., and the campus benefits from the close proximity to the broader Washington and Baltimore metropolitan communities.

Maryland provides an academic environment that stimulates and challenges students both inside and outside the classroom, and exchange students are encouraged to take advantage of our diverse community.

We have a gorgeous gym, a beautiful performing arts center, and all of the free activities available in Washington, D.C., such as concerts, museums, the zoo and more.

 

 

Jung Whan Lee

"I had found that UMD, especially its business school has good reputation for its famous faculty members and great facilities. One of former exchange students of my home school recommended me Smith school strongly. Also being close to DC and New York City attracted me. I have found diversified students with different backgrounds and it has been very unique experience, which was the very reason why I wanted to study abroad as an exchange student at the first time. Beautiful campus, great facilities such as recreation center and the events such as football games are exciting too."

- Jung Whan Lee

 

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.

*Global Scholarships for 2014-15 are available for students who have not previously earned credits from a UM global program and/or transferred in any credits from a foreign university.  Students may participate in any UM 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:  Global Scholarship Application

  • $1,000 Scholarship for UM Semester Abroad Program                                                                                  
  • $450 Scholarship for Faculty-Led Short-Term Global Course

Please note that there is a Global Leadership & Service requirement for all scholarship recipients. Details on application. 

Faculty-led Short-term Study Abroad Courses

Course program fees, ranging from $1,900 - $3,200, include UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in  shared accommodations; transportation to/from scheduled activities; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; most group meals; professor and partner fees; pre- and post-departure meetings and excursions; UM Education Abroad services; and international health insurance. Not included: international airfare, personal expenses, some meals and optional trip insurance.  Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

Find a list of short-term courses for 2014-15 by clicking here.

Semester Programs

Exchange Program: 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 and/or a Smith-in Program: 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 Program: 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 and/or a Smith-in Program Programs (Spring 2015):

Other Study Abroad Financial Aid Sources

Horizon

Summer Programs

INTERN. LEARN. CONSULT. CHANGE LIVES.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ALL 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 the summer programs below and earn up to nine credits!

If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship for all programs on this page except the England/Germany course. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Dominican Republic 

June 23 – August 16, 2014
DEADLINE: MARCH 28, 2014

Full details and application: ter.ps/msecdr

Join the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program and combat poverty in the Caribbean by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique eight week, nine credit study and internship program will teach you to basic principles of social entrepreneurship through courses, case studies, discussions, and hands-on, practical experience. You will work side-by-side with SEC development professionals and local field based entrepreneurs to develop self-sustaining micro-consignment businesses in the Dominican Republic. You will have the opportunity to make a profound community impact while gaining an in-depth knowledge of rural economic development work. Smith School Professor Susan White is the faculty lead for this experience.

All students are guaranteed a $2,000 scholarship for this course. If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman

NICARAGUA

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Nicaragua 

May 25 – July 18, 2014
DEADLINE: MARCH 28, 2014

Full details and application: ter.ps/msecnicarag

Join the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program and combat poverty in Central America by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique eight week, nine credit study and internship program will teach you to basic principles of social entrepreneurship through courses, case studies, discussions, and hands-on, practical experience. You will work side-by-side with SEC development professionals and local field based entrepreneurs to develop self-sustaining micro-consignment businesses in Nicaragua. You will have the opportunity to make a profound community impact while gaining an in-depth knowledge of rural economic development work. Smith School Professor Susan White is the faculty lead for this experience.

All students are guaranteed a $2,000 scholarship for this course. If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman

AUSTRALIA

Smith School Australia Internship Program

May 28 – August 9, 2014
DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2014 (NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS)

Apply now: ter.ps/sumausbmgt

Program Cost: $8,400;GUARANTEED $2,000 SCHOLARSHIP!

Spend the summer of a lifetime with a two-week BMGT course and an eight-week internship in Sydney Australia!

The program starts with a 2-week short-term course, BMGT454 (Global Marketing) for 3 credits taught by Mary Harms, a Smith School faculty member. Site visits and meetings with Australian and multinational companies in Sydney will give participants a sense of doing business in Australia.

The course will be followed with a guaranteed 8-week internship that will provide students with a first-hand look at what a career in Australia might look like and how their chosen industry works. Based in Sydney, Australia, the internship program will give students an international experience that is invaluable for building their professional development and resumes, while supplementing their current course of academic study at the Smith School.

If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman. These funds are in addition to the $2,000 guaranteed scholarship. 

GERMANY & UNITED KINGDOM

Doing Business in Germany and the United Kingdom: European Entrepreneurship

May 23 - June 1, 2014
DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2014 

Full details: Click here

This course will give real-life insight into the entrepreneurial and business culture of England and Germany. Students will have the opportunity to experience two different European cultures on this course. Among other locations, students will visit Munich -- Germany's entrepreneurial hotbed. We have visits planned to the BMW production facility and we will meet with German entrepreneurship students of the Technical University of Munich for an interactive workshop, Last year’s session was considered by most students the highlight of the course. As part of the business visits we have scheduled time at the Bavarian Economic Development agency to explore how US companies do business in Germany. Students receive 3 BMGT credits for participating in this class.

Smith students are eligible for up to $2,000 in scholarship assistance for this course. 

Other Options

For partner program summer opportunities, the application process is managed by the partner institution, but students must seek approval for each program through UMD’s Education Abroad Office. The programs listed below are entirely run by partners, so students must abide by deadlines, requirements, and restrictions that are set by the partner.

Some programs are listed in UMD’s study abroad directory, while others are not. If the program in which a student is interested is listed on the list of UMD approved programs on this website, the student should first apply on myEA to get approval from the University of Maryland.

If the program is not listed, students must file a Non-UM program petition to get approval from Education Abroad. The process is not difficult but must be completed by March 15.

To receive approval to transfer business credits, students must also speak with their Smith School academic advisor. The Smith School cannot guarantee that courses will transfer or apply to students’ degree program.

Please note that in addition to the individual program fees, students will be required to pay up to $250 in a study abroad fee and will automatically be enrolled in international health insurance approx. $33/month.

Graduate

MBA StudentsThe Smith School encourages MBA students who are able to fit a study abroad experience into their coursework to take advantage of this opportunity. Part-time MBAs are able to go after finishing the core courses, and full-time students are able to go abroad during the second year. Full-time students please note that you will transfer 9 credits; take an extra class during the semester or a winter term/summer 1/summer 2 class to stay on schedule for graduation Also, you will need to make provisions for the ethics ELM. The MBA office will help you determine how best to fulfill that requirement.

In order to apply to study abroad, please contact the Office of Global Programs well in advance of the deadline to obtain the forms and schedule an interview.

Objectives for graduate exchanges:

  • To develop an understanding of business and cultural environment in other countries.
  • To demonstrate ability to work effectively in an international setting.
  • Where applicable, to acquire the ability to communicate in the world's major business languages.
  • To adapt to conditions in the world's most important business centers.

University

Country

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

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Australia

Guanghua School of Management

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China 

Copenhagen Business School

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Denmark

SKEMA

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France

WHU - Koblenz

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Germany

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

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Hong Kong

National Taiwan University

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Taiwan

Undergraduate 'Maryland-in'

The University of Maryland's nine "Maryland-in" programs provide a great way to spend a semester abroad with more support than an exchange semester, semester abroad through a provider, or by direct enrolling. Often there is resident credit available (classes will appear on your transcript as if you took them here). Business students in particular should review the London, Rome, and Barcelona programs for how they might fit in with your academic plan, as these programs have a substantial number of business courses available in English.

Maryland-in-Barcelona

Barcelona Collage

Make a city unlike any other your own through the Maryland-in-Barcelona study abroad program. Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is truly Mediterranean in culture, temperament, and history. Founded in the second century BC, it is now a thriving, culturally rich metropolis known for its modernist architecture, gorgeous beaches, mountains overlooking the sea, and a largely preserved Gothic city center. Barcelona is a city that has earned its reputation and lives up to the hype – an ideal place to live, study, and experience European life. [ LEARN MORE ]

Maryland-in-Haifa

Haifa

Searching for Common Ground Spend a semester in a city where you can experience Israel’s rich and diverse mosaic of cultures. Your classroom will be the land of Israel, a country that is vibrantly modern, yet simultaneously steeped in history. Live and learn in a beautiful city on a gorgeous campus, just minutes from Carmel National Forest, Israel’s largest park. Work on your Hebrew or Arabic with the friends you have made from around the world and watch the sun rise over the hills of the Galilee and set over the Mediterranean Sea. Play a role in the search for common ground and mutual understanding in this fascinating part of the world. [ LEARN MORE ]

Maryland-in-London

London Collage

If you are looking to live and learn in one of the world's most vibrant, exciting, and globally important cities, Maryland-in-London is the program for you. Maryland-in-London is the University of Maryland's oldest study abroad program and offers students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the cosmopolitan hub of England. London is a world leader in business and finance, fashion, art, theater, and music, and an ideal place to study history, politics, and literature. [ LEARN MORE ]

Maryland-in-Rome

Rome

Maryland-in-Rome is based at the American University of Rome (AUR), the oldest independent, four-year, degree-granting American institution of higher learning in Rome. AUR offers a rigorous academic program that is dedicated to excellence in education and promotes cross-cultural exchange. Students in the Maryland-in-Rome program will live and learn in a stimulating, intellectually vibrant environment, with classmates and faculty from around the world. There is an emphasis on active learning, a goal that AUR’s small faculty to student ratio helps to facilitate. The language of instruction is English and Maryland students have access to a wide range of courses offered for resident credit, including courses that will fulfill major, minor, Honors, and CORE requirements. [ LEARN MORE ]

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United Arab Emirates

Shopping malls and souks; skyscrapers and desert dunes; modern and traditional. The United Arab Emirates is a country of contrasts, and there is no better place to experience one of the most globally-minded nations in the world than at the Smith-in-UAE program. Partnering with CIEE and the American University of Sharjah (AUS), the Robert H. Smith School of Business offers students the opportunity to study in Sharjah, the traditional culture capital of the UAE and down the road from Dubai. Students have the opportunity to explore dynamic Dubai and its cultural attractions, nightlife, and world-famous architecture. Students can choose from many available business courses at AUS’s College of Business and Management, accredited by AACSB, in addition to courses throughout the university.

Academics

Students enroll in 15-16 credits at CIEE/AUS. All courses are taught in English by AUS faculty. Students direct enroll in AUS courses alongside regular students.

Electives – A wide range of business courses. Courses are evaluated at UMD as transfer credit.

Language Course (optional) – All levels of Arabic; students are strongly encouraged to take a foreign language.

Internship – Internships may be available through an AUS internship coordinator.

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Housing

Students live in on-campus housing at AUS. Residence halls are grouped according to gender. Most rooms include a small kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Each residence hall also offers shared kitchens, computer labs, exercise rooms, and other common rooms.

Program Fees (estimated)

Program Fee: $17,050 (includes housing, orientation, excursions)

Study Abroad Fee: $400

Scholarships are available from the University of Maryland Education Abroad office, TEAN, and other sources. 

Dates and Deadlines

Spring: January - May (Deadline October 1)

Fall: September – January (Deadline March 1)

Eligibility & How to Apply

The Smith-in-UAE program is open to any undergraduate student interested in the UAE, the Middle East, and business. This program is not restricted to Smith School students and students from other schools are encouraged to apply. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Admission to the program is made on a rolling basis and early application is strongly encouraged. Please contact Chris Olson at clolson@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301.405.4824 for more information.

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China

Spend a semester in the capital one of the most dynamic economies of the world and host to some of today’s important business stories! Beijing is at the heart of the world’s second largest economy and the home of many of China’s most important cultural and financial institutions: Tiananmen Square, dozens of Fortune Global 500 companies, the Great Wall of China, the People’s Bank of China. Live with an English-speaking Chinese roommate, stroll around the nearby Olympic Village, engage in an exciting internship, and travel around the world’s most populous country. The Robert H. Smith School of Business has partnered with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) to offer students an immersive, academic, and fascinating program. Building off the existing relationship with UIBE as part of the Smith Executive MBA program, our undergraduate students have many opportunities for an engaging experience through events like dinner with Smith faculty and networking with the area executives.

Academics

Enroll in up to 6 courses through TEAN and UIBE:

Core course (required) Chinese Culture and History – Gives students an understanding of modern China and its traditional customs and belief systems. Also includes weekend field trips.

Language Course (optional, but strongly recommended) – Elementary or Business Chinese (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced).

Electives – A wide range of business-related courses available, including economics, finance, law, management, and marketing. Courses are evaluated at UMD as transfer credit.

Internship – Students have the opportunity to undertake a part-time internship in conjunction with their academic studies, with the possibility of being extended through the summer.

Download course equivalencies.

Housing

Students live in pre-arranged housing offered by TEAN. Accommodation consists of full-furnished off-campus apartments, with an opportunity to have integrated housing with local Chinese students. This provides an excellent opportunity for fuller immersion into Chinese culture and the Mandarin culture. All apartments come pre-equipped with wireless internet access.

Program Fees (estimated)

Program Fee: $10,650 (includes tuition, excursions, orientation, etc)

Housing: $3,900

Optional Part-time internship: $500

Study Abroad Fee: $400

TEAN UMD Discount: ($400)

Scholarships are available from the University of Maryland Education Abroad office, TEAN, and other sources. 

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Dates and Deadlines

Spring: February – July

Fall: September – December

Eligibility & How to Apply

The Smith-in-Beijing program is open to any undergraduate student interested in China and business. This program is not restricted to Smith School students, and students from other schools are encouraged to apply. Non-Smith students will have less variety in course selection, however. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Admission to the program is made on a rolling basis and early application is strongly encouraged. Please contact Chris Olson at clolson@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301.405.4824 for more information.

Undergraduate Exchange

The Smith School has set up agreements with universities around the world that offer business courses in English each semester. Smith students pay University of Maryland tuition to participate in these programs. Please click on the name of the partner university for more information about each program.

Explore the application process.

Learn how to get courses approved for transfer.

University

Location

Term Dates

Business Courses/Majors Offered *

ASIA

Guanghua School of Management

Beijing, China

Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Sept - Jan

Finance, Management, Marketing, Operations, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English
 

HKUST

Hong Kong, China

Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations
Download course equivalencies
Courses offered in English
 

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2: Aug - Dec

Accounting, Finance, Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Strategy
Download course equivalencies
Courses offered in English
 

National Taiwan University

Taipei, Taiwan

Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Sept - Jan

Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Operations, Supply Chain
Download course equivalencies
Courses offered in English
 

AUSTRALIA

RMIT

Melbourne, Australia

Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: July - Oct

Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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Courses offered

EUROPE

Vienna University of Business and Economics

Vienna, Austria

Semester 1: Feb - June
Semester 2: Oct - Feb

Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered in English 

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Brussels, Belgium

Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2: Sept - Jan

Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English 

Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen, Denmark

Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2:August - Dec

Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English

SKEMA Business School

Sophia Antipolis, France

Semester 1: Jan - April
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered in English

WHU Beisheim School of Management

Vallendar, Germany

Semester 1: Jan - April
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Strategy, Supply Chain
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Courses offered in English

Universita Comerciale Luigi Bocconi

Milan, Italy

Semester 1: Feb - May
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Management
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Courses offered in English

IE University

Segovia & Madrid, Spain

Semester 1: Jan - May
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered in English

University of Navarra

Pamplona, Spain

Semester 1: Jan - May
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered in English

Cass Business School

London, United Kingdom

Semester 1: Jan - April
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered

Manchester Business School

Manchester, United Kingdom

Semester 1: Jan - June
Semester 2: Sept - Dec

Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing
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Courses offered

* Course availability subject to change. Please note that most partner universities include Economics within their degree programs.

Process

How to Apply

Deadlines

The deadlines to apply are March 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester.

Applying for a Visa

Most exchange students must obtain a visa to stay in their host country for study and because you are there longer than 90 days. To apply, almost all countries require an in-person interview at the consular office in Washington, DC. Schedule the appointment for your interview as soon as you have your letter of admission from your host school. Please consult the host country consular office website to see what the visa costs and what other materials and application forms are required.

Booking Your Flight

You should book your flight as soon as you know from your Smith academic advisor that you have permission to study abroad and as soon as you have your admission letter - you will frequently need to show your flight information during your visa interview.

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