Office of Global Initiatives

Celebrate International Education Week! Nov.17th-21st
Celebrate International Education Week! Nov.17th-21st

The Robert H. Smith School of Business infuses global opportunities and perspectives into our students’ education to create a global mindset. Our student population of 5,100 comes from 96 countries and 30 percent of our 200 faculty hail from beyond U.S. borders. Many others teach and conduct research on a variety of international business topics. Smith is proud to have a truly international curriculum which includes a strong undergraduate International Business major with more than 200 students and nearly 20 courses that focus on international business and cross-cultural issues.

The Office of Global Initiatives spearheads the internationalization of Smith’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, research, curricular, and co-curricular activities. The Smith School offers robust global opportunities such as:

  • Exchange programs with 14 partners in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Short-term study abroad courses in 12 countries
  • International consulting projects
  • International internships
  • Annual China Business Plan Competition at Peking University in Beijing
  • Leadership Executive MBA program in China

Globalization is a two-way street at Smith. Not only does the Smith School send more students abroad than any other school at the University of Maryland, but we host significant numbers of international students on campus. Such a high degree of global connectivity, including a vast Smith School alumni network of 55,000 alumni in 58 countries, offers significant opportunities for networking and career-building before and after graduation.

  • 600+ Smith students study abroad each year (30 percent of all UMD students who study abroad)
  • Smith hosts 170 incoming international students on exchange and short-term programs annually

While we encourage our students to take advantage of our extensive global opportunities, students do not necessarily need to leave College Park to gain a global perspective. To this end, Smith offers a blend of on-campus academic and social programming to help our students achieve a global mindset and get to know their peers, faculty, and international students outside of the classroom. For example, experience one of Hinduism’s most important festivals with South Asian dancing and food at Smith’s annual Diwali Night celebration or simply invite the German exchange student in BMGT 446 out to lunch. Undergraduates are encouraged to join the International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS), an internationally-focused Smith student organization that has diverse social, academic, and professional-oriented activities.

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is an integral component of the Office of Global Initiatives. Smith CIBER is a national resource center for teaching, research and outreach in international business and related fields. Established in 2006, CIBER implements major initiatives and activities such as the Emerging Markets Forum focused on four themes: government policy, emerging markets, global entrepreneurship, and sustainability. CIBER is grateful to the U.S. Department of Education, the Smith School, and the University for their generous support of the Center.