Global Initiatives

MBA Exchange

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

In order to apply to study abroad, please contact the Office of Global Initiatvies 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.
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MBA Global Consulting Practicum

The Smith School Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) is offered as a 4-credit independent study course to MBA students during their 2nd year.  Enrolled students will be assigned to teams based on their interests and skill sets, and each team will be assigned a Smith School faculty advisor.

An international business client will provide an actionable consulting project for which student teams will collaborate to develop and present an innovative, operational plan that will have the most significant impact and best possible outcome for their clients.

Past consulting projects include:

  • Designing an export-development plan for frozen-packed fish, defining a procurement and marketing strategy, and identifying new markets.
  • Helping a retailer with offices in Bangkok and Chonburi expand their market.
  • Identifying a new international market and market-entry strategy for an education publishing company.

Upon completion of the GCP students will gain:

  • In-depth, first-hand experience providing consulting services in a foreign country.
  • Knowledge of global business practices.
  • Insight into cross-cultural differences that affect leadership and interpersonal 
    interactions such as communication, negotiation, conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity, which is intrinsic to all global experiences.
  • Capacity to deliver innovative, operational plans to clients.
  • Increased competitiveness in today’s job market.

Students interested in the Smith School GCP can expect to incur costs for roundtrip international airfare, fees from the UMD Education Abroad Office, tuition for enrollment in the course, and costs for personal extracurricular travel activities while in country. Costs for lodging, most meals and site visits in-country will be covered by the program fee.  Grants are offered by OGI and CIBER to reduce program costs.

New for the 2016-2017 Global Consulting Practicum:

Projects with travel over spring break (March):

Projects with travel over winter break (January):

Application Instructions

Applications for the GCP are now closed. 

Key Dates: 

  • Application submission opens: August 23
  • Interviews conducted on a rolling basis upon application
  • Application submission closes: September 6
  • Application review period: August 23 – September 8
  • Offers to students made by: September 14
  • Students accept offers by: September 19
  • Project kick-off meeting by end of October

General student qualifications (please see each project for specific qualifications):

  • extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
  • past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
  • flexibility and adaptability and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting
  • previous strategic consulting experience, or experience in an entrepreneurial start-up setting

Regional language skills are not required, although desirable.

The cover letter should address each of the following:

  1. The reasons for your interest in participating in a consulting project and your expectations for personal gain from participation in this project, as well as your future career aspirations.
  2. The skill sets, knowledge and work expertise that you can bring to this particular project. Indicate previous work experience, class/study, internship, etc.
  3. Substantive experience closely related to the specific industry of the project and to the specific region where the overseas consulting will take place, or substantive experience in an entrepreneurial start-up setting, or in strategic growth of small private enterprises.
  4. Experience working and/or studying in cross-cultural settings.

Past Global Consulting Practicum

  • Asia-Pacific: Handwriting Without Tears Market Research Project
  • Israel: Arava Institute
  • India: Facilitating Economic Growth with Tibetan Refugees

MBA Global Business Courses

Check the Networth site for up to date information regarding course numbers, registration details, program fees, withdrawal and refund policies, and scholarship opportunities.

Winter Break - January 2017

CHINA AND HONG KONG: Shanghai and Hong Kong
Opportunities in China’s Service Sector

Mega Projects Management in the United Arab Emirates

JAPAN & SINGAPORE: Tokyo and Singapore
Asia's Tigers Old and New

INDIA: Delhi and Bangalore
An Engine for Growth and Opportunities

Doing Business in South Africa: Opportunities Along the Path to Economic Maturity

Capetown, South Africa

Spring Break - March 2017

BRAZIL: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
Growth Opportunities in an Emerging Market

EUROPE: Berlin and Milan
Doing Business in Europe: Central Germany and Northern Italy

Berlin and Milan


Professional Staff

Rebecca Bellinger
Managing Director

Phone: 301-405-6171

Marina Augoustidis
Assistant Director, CIBER Programs

Phone: 301-405-9477

Elizabeth Burzenski

Phone: 301-405-8822

Olivia Nouailletas
Program Manager, Graduate Programs
Phone: 301-405-9575

Christopher Olson
Program Manager, Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 301-405-4824
Schedule an appointment:

Gregory Rafal
Program Manager, Undergraduate Programs

Phone: 301-405-8849


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