Global Initiatives

Summer Programs

SUMMER PROGRAMS: Details for 2015 are not yet posted. Below are the programs offered last summer and are provided for informational purposes only.
APPLICATIONS & SCHOLARSHIP INFO EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE BY NOVEMBER. APPLICATION DEADLINE WILL BE FEBRUARY 1, 2015.

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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.

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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.

Download course equivalencies

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
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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
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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
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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.

Semester Programs

Studying abroad for a semester is an amazing experience that you will remember for the rest of your life! Not only will it broaden your horizons, but it will enhance your ability to succeed in business. Students who study abroad learn how to successfully navigate foreign environments, to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and to adapt to a variety of situations. Some students may also choose to practice a foreign language; however, all of our partner schools offer courses in English.

There are three ways to study abroad for Smith students:

1. University of Maryland Programs (Undergraduates only)

University of Maryland Programs are designed for all undergraduate students (not just business students) to study abroad. These options consist of the “Maryland-in…” programs and exclusive institutional partnerships setup by the University. For more information on these programs, visit the University Study Abroad Office.

2. Smith School Exchange Partners

The Smith School has set up exclusive exchange agreements with top business schools throughout the world. These partnerships allow you to pay the same Maryland/Smith tuition and fees you normally pay while studying business courses abroad. All programs offer courses taught in English. For more information on these partners, see the pages for graduate and undergraduate students.

3. External or Direct Enroll Programs

External programs are coordinated by agencies, organizations, or for-profit companies not associated with the University of Maryland. Students participate in direct enroll programs when they take courses directly with either a foreign or American institution that offers courses abroad. Students should be aware that in order to receive business credit for these programs, the institution granting the credit must be AACSB or EQUIS accredited. More information is available here.

Determining how you will study abroad is a personal decision that is impacted by a number of factors including: financing, course transfer, choice of destination, and more! Students are highly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor and the Office of Global Programs for assistance in picking a program.

Here’s what some students said about their semester abroad experiences:

A Semester in Valencia, Spain Semester
A Semester in Melbourne, Australia
A Semester in Shanghai, China
A Semester in Bangkok, Thailand

Student Quotes

“Definitely participate - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. You won't regret any experience or penny.”

- Molly Tannen, class of 2010 (semester exchange in London)

“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 (semester exchange in Vienna)

“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 (semester exchange in Hong Kong)

External Programs

In addition to the short-term courses abroad offered by the Smith School, students are also eligible to participate in a variety of other summer and short-term options. Generally, these options fall into one of four categories:

  1. University of Maryland Short-Term Programs: The University offers a number of short-term programs over winter term, spring break, and in the summer. These 3- to 6-credit programs focus on a variety of topics and generally count as University electives.
  2. University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) Programs: The University of Maryland is a member of USAC which offers a number of summer programs for undergraduate students ranging from 4 to 10 weeks. More information on applying to a USAC program as a University of Maryland student can be found here.
  3. Direct Enroll Programs: Students may wish to enroll directly in a short-term program at one of our partner institutions. A partial list of these programs can be found below.
  4. External Program Providers: Various organizations and companies exist to provide study abroad experiences for students. These programs, while generally more expensive than those listed above, often provide a high-touch experience for participants and may include internships or other additional services. Students are encouraged to explore third-party providers carefully to ensure that they are reliable organizations. Here are a few recommended program providers: Study Australia, Cultural Experiences Abroad, Council on International Education Exchange, IES Abroad.

Short-term Programs at Partner Institutions:

MBA

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Courses

2014-15 faculty-led short-term study abroad courses

Below is the list of courses offered for 2014-15. Courses are open to all University of Maryland undergraduates -- not just those from the Smith School -- as well as students from other universities. Click on each course below for more details. To register, go to: www.myea.umd.edu.

“Coming to college, I never thought I'd have the time or money to study abroad but thanks to scholarships I received from the Smith School's Office of Global Initiatives and the Education Abroad office, I was able to make this dream a reality. It was the first time I ever went abroad on my own, and in addition to being one of the most exhilerating educational experiences of my life, it also taught me a lot about myself and helped me mature. The things I learned about process improvement and product design not only helped me in my courses, but will continue to be helpful in both my educational and professional careers. " - Anthony Trinh, China, January 2014

“It was important for me to go into each of our consulting projects humble and ready to learn. I may have had business knowledge, but I was immersed in a new market and a new culture. We developed a catalogue, an inventory system, and a method to track orders to help our client better manage costs. The trip was filled with hours of work but there were also many adventures and chances to embrace this new world: zip lining across lagoons to visiting a chocolate factory to trekking through the rainforest at the peak of the volcano Mombacho.” – Marissa Goon, Nicaragua, January 2013

Winter Break, January 2015 (Applications Closed)

China & Hong Kong (open only to QUEST students)
Doing Business in China

China

China & Hong Kong 
Entrepreneurship, Financial Markets, and Corporate Finance

Hong Kong

South Africa 
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

Spring Break, March 2015 (Applications Closed)

Nicaragua
Microfinance Consulting

Nicaragua

Summer Break, May 2015 (Course Details & Applications TBA)

Germany & Italy
European Entrepreneurship
APPLICATIONS ARE NOT YET OPEN

Italy

What Else Do You Need to Know?

SCHOLARSHIPS: The Provost has again generously provided the Smith School with scholarships for each BMGT student who has never studied abroad with a UMD program before and who has not transferred in credits from a foreign university. Click here for details: Financing Study Abroad.

All UMD Students (including BMGT) may apply for additional scholarships through Education Abroad.

Why Study Abroad?

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