Go Global with Smith!
Brazil: Emerging Global Companies (Consulting project)
There are two sections for this course.
Education Abroad’s new withdrawal and refund policy is now in effect.
The Smith School is committed to growing global citizens, and both the Smith
School and the University of Maryland are committed to engagement with Brazil and
South America, and student understanding of the BRIC countries.
Emerging markets have become one of the main drivers for global growth in the
past few years. After two decades of economic turbulence (1980's and 1990's), Brazil
certainly seems to be on the right path for sustained growth. This course will bring
a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities related to doing business
in and from Brazil. We will focus both on multinational companies operating in Brazil
and local companies at different stages of globalization.
The course comprises lectures, company visits, cultural activities and an opportunity
to work directly with a company on a critical issue. Through direct contact with
executives and academics working in the country, students will obtain hands-on knowledge
of Brazil and expand their business network.
As Brazil looks to host the soccer World Cup in 2014, we will also take some
time to learn about the business and cultural implications associated with the event.
Please do not purchase airfare until class is confirmed, December 15th. Students
are advised by UMD Education Abroad to purchase refundable airline tickets, and
we recommend STA Travel.
The UMD drop schedule and refund schedule apply for the one-credit BUSI788 course.
There is an additional $500 penalty if you drop the course after the course is confirmed,
December 15th, 2012.
A visa is required for US citizens, and costs around US$140 - $160. Students
of other nationalities should check the consular office for visa information and
requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date, and
you should have 2 blank visa pages available. We will send the letter of invitation
you need after the course is confirmed.
In-country flights are expected to be about $200. We will advise as to dates,
times and recommended airline.
The time abroad IS the class and any instances of: being late and therefore
delaying the group, noise in hotel hallways, damage to hotel rooms, hung-over
behavior, sleeping during meetings or public displays of affection will be
frowned upon as it would for any business traveler on meetings or conferences
abroad. You are expected to incorporate professionalism while abroad, and
professionalism is part of your total grade. It is our intent to develop world
citizens and savvy business travelers, and the courses abroad should be
undertaken as serious academic endeavors.