Global Initiatives

Study Abroad Ambassadors

Sumit Dalsania, Senior, Finance & Biology

Sumit DalsaniaStudy Abroad: IE Business School Exchange – Spain (Spring 2016)


Interests: Hiking, biking, running, reading, and traveling

Global Mindset goals developed: Meeting students from all over the world and learning about their lives. Connecting with locals and experiencing everyday life in a Spanish town. Learning four types of traditional Spanish dancing. Traveling through Western and Eastern Europe, Israel, and Morocco.

Best memory or story abroad: A three-hour hike in the Canary Islands from a picturesque village to a beach through a gorge with a landscape straight from Jurassic Park.

Zahara Fisher, Senior, Finance & Marketing

Zahara Fisher

Study Abroad: Global Immersion Course – Australia and Dubai (Winter 2015) & Maryland-in-Barcelona - Italy (Spring 2016)


Interests: Communications, analytics, and travel

Global Mindset goals developed: Colloquial proficiency in Spanish, spend a semester abroad (done!), and to travel to every continent during my lifetime.

Best memory or story abroad: During my time in Barcelona, I traveled to Madrid for a weekend with some friends. While in Madrid, we visited Parque del Retiro and ran into like five other people from UMD! We spent the whole day there talking to people and sharing experiences. It made the world feel a lot smaller having those connections from home.

Evan Hass, Senior, Marketing

Evan HassStudy Abroad: IE Business School Exchange – Spain (Spring 2016)


Interests: Cars, sports (basketball, soccer, baseball), biking, hiking, and Spanish

Global Mindset goals developed: Explore career opportunities abroad, continue to get better at adapting to ambiguous situations, improve my Spanish

Best memory or story abroad: A UMD friend studying abroad in Manchester visited me for a few days. He clicked instantly with the friends I made abroad and we all got to re-explore Madrid through his perspective. We spent his last night hanging out until 3:30 AM, exchanging stories from abroad and talking about our lives

Sara Ho, Senior, Accounting & Information Systems

Sara HoStudy Abroad: Business Exchange at National Taiwan University – Taiwan (Fall 2015)


Interests: Traveling, and photography

Global Mindset goals developed: Strengthening of cross-cultural communication skills (main language spoken in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese); Gain a better understanding about all aspects of life in Taiwan; Becoming more independent as I had never been away from home/family/friends for so long (I live 20-25 minutes away from campus)

Best memory or story abroad: Attending a huge new year's concert in Taipei - I went very early at 8am (the concert didn't start till 7pm) with a friend to scope out a good spot (we ended up being in the front row of our section - it was all standing area). It was one of the best nights of my life getting to experience New Year's like that. It was also pretty cool since we were in the front row my friends and I were featured on TV numerous times during the live broadcast!

Rachel Holzman, Senior, Marketing

Rachel HolzmanStudy Abroad: Maryland-in-Barcelona – Rome (Spring 2016)


Interests: Sports, international retail companies, ad agencies, and the outdoors

Global Mindset goals developed: Work for a company in an office oversees to experience business and life in another culture

Best memory or story abroad: My best memory from abroad was a compilation of the times I was walking down the streets of Barcelona where I studied, taking in the different culture and experiencing a laid back and socially oriented way of life, very different from what I experience in the U.S.

Sachi Khemka, Senior, Finance & Information Systems

Sachi KhemkaStudy Abroad: Cass Business School Exchange – London (Spring 2016)


Interests: Travel, entrepreneurship, rowing, and ceramics

Global Mindset goals developed: Sometime within the next 5 years, I hope to move to Australia. Having taken the Global Mindset Colloquium sophomore year, I realized how global all business is. It is so important to understand how to communicate with people who are different from you and to be able to apply a global mindset to all group settings in which you work. Therefore, I hope to use my cultural experiences as I pursue a career abroad.

Best memory or story abroad: One of my favorite memories from abroad was when my friends and I went down to southern England one weekend for a beach/hiking trip. We had a small picnic and then enjoyed the sunset on the cliff with the water below us. It was a great ending to midterms!

Jordan London, Senior, Supply Chain Management

Jordan LondonStudy Abroad: ISA Florence - Italy (Spring 2016)


Interests: Drawing, playing soccer, and being a part of my sorority

Global Mindset goals developed: Having a global mindset means learning about other cultures and keeping an open mind for different ways of thinking

Best memory or story abroad: My best memory was paragliding over the Swiss Alps

Dan Moscatiello, Senior, Finance

Dan MoscatielloStudy Abroad: Global Immersion Experience – Australia (Winter 2015) & Maryland-in-Rome – Italy (Spring 2016)


Interests: Travel, college basketball and football, hockey, music, and sightseeing

Global Mindset goals developed: Being able to step out of your comfort zone by spending time living in and interacting with another culture. The ability to look at business activity and come up with solutions from an international context does wonders for your personal and professional development.

Best memory or story abroad: My favorite memory was spending the last two weeks of the program with all my new friends from both UMD and other schools around the country. Almost every free moment we had, we would eat out at a nice restaurant, go out at night, sightsee all throughout Rome, and even just throw the Frisbee around in Villa Borghese, my favorite park in all of Rome. It really gave us a chance to solidify the bonds we made throughout the semester and laugh and remember all the memories we made and stories we would tell when we go back home. I still keep in touch with a lot of my abroad friends to this day!

Marissa Sawicki, Senior, Supply Chain Management and Operations Management/Business Analytics minor

Marissa SawickiStudy Abroad: Bocconi University Exchange – Italy (Spring 2016)


Interests: Traveling, hiking, running, trying new foods, and cooking

Global Mindset goals developed: Challenge myself in an unfamiliar environment, develop an international network, have fun!

Best memory or story abroad: A group of friends and I took part in a 60 KM bike ride of the entire Amalfi coast from Salerno to Sorrento. Due to the steep inclines of the route, it is a ride very few people do. The combination of the route's intensity and the handicap of the copious gelato I consumed throughout the semester definitely made this a feat for the books.

Meredith Soule, Senior, Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Meredith SouleStudy Abroad: Summer Global Internship – Australia (Summer 2015) & Cass Exchange Program – England (Spring 2016)


Interests: Skiing, surfing, scuba diving, hiking, and traveling

Global Mindset goals developed: Upon graduation, I am pursuing a career in marketing for an international company. My experiences abroad have given me a cultural curiosity that lends itself well to my career goals. Within a global role, one must be eager to learn about the different markets they are working in and be appreciative and aware of the differences in cultures across the world. I also hope to continue building my network to encompass business contacts from many countries.

Best memory or story abroad: When I was interning in Australia, I had the opportunity to go to Cairns for a weekend. During my trip, I went skydiving and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef within a 24 hour time period. It was such an incredible experience and two of the most adventurous things I've ever done!

Foluke Tuakli, Senior, Marketing

Foluke TuakliStudy Abroad: Milan Exchange – Italy, Summer 2014 & Short-Term – Hong Kong & Dubai (Winter 2016), Cape Town (Spring 2016)


Interests: Media, musical, theatre, social innovation, and gospel choir

Global Mindset goals developed: Encourage more students of color to pursue international experiences

Best memory or story abroad: There are so many! YIKES!

Smith Global Consulting Fellows

The Smith Global Consulting Fellows program is designed for students who have an interest in the world’s people and cultures and a desire to apply business and language skills to enhancing economic development worldwide and helping others succeed. The goals of the Global Consulting Fellows program are:

  • Developing global awareness and appreciation for the world’s business cultures, and cultural competencies for students seeking to work in the global/consulting arena, whether for U.S. firms or for companies and agencies abroad.
  • Providing instruction and practice in business consulting concepts and methods in international contexts.

Students in Global Consulting Fellows will study intercultural issues in global management and learn skills in group research and consulting through two courses: Cross-cultural Challenges in Business, and Practicum in Global Consulting.  Students will work in teams to conduct research and develop feasible business ideas which contribute to business, social and economic development, especially in emerging economies. 

Dr. Pat Cleveland is the Faculty Champion for this program.

Curriculum – 1-year program

  • BMGT 364 (Management and Organization Theory) - Pre-requisite; may be taken concurrently with BMGT463F
  • BMGT 463F (Cross-cultural Challenges in Business) - Fall
  • BMGT 468P (Fellows Program Practicum in Global Business) - Spring 
  • COMM 107 or equivalent highly recommended

Co-Curricular Activities & Events

  • Intercultural communication and negotiation workshop
  • Site visits to embassies, global firms located in Baltimore/D.C.

Fellows Program Eligibility

  • BMGT majors - Management or International Business majors preferred, but all BMGT majors encouraged to apply. (You may also apply if you are applying to Smith for 2014-2015.)
  • Preference for those with double-major or minor in foreign language or demonstrated fluency
  • Junior standing – advanced-standing sophomores with BMGT core completed will be considered
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Process

The application period for the 2014-2015 Fellows program has closed. 

Questions? Contact Emily Doane at

International Education Week

November 14-18, 2016

Monday, Nov. 14

Smith is Global Kick-Off
9-11 a.m. | VMH Entrance

Stop by the Employer of the Day desk at the front of Van Munching Hall for breakfast treats and learn more about International Education Week events.

Cross Cultural Card Commotion
6:30-7:30 p.m. | 2333 VMH

Communication is vitally important in today's business world, but many managers just aren't very good at it. Through this interactive exercise, learn how to communicate with different people and develop tools to successfully communicate in many different types of situations. Sponsored by DEC and MPO.
RSVP today.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace
6:30-8:15 p.m. | 2333 VMH

Learn from five panelists about the global capabilities that make students more competitive for employment in today's job market. The speaker panel lasts from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and is followed by a networking reception from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. Sponsored by CIBER, OCS and EMA.

Lisa K. Hunt,
 Executive Vice President, International Services & Special Business Development, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Rick Callaway, Global Supply Chain Australia Manager, Northrop Grumman
Kirsten Brecht Baker,
 CEO, Global Professional Search
Marc Melkonian, Business Development Manager, Defense and Security, Bechtel Corporation
Daniella Taveau, Global Regulatory and Trade Strategist, King & Spalding

RSVP today. Download brochure.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

International Dance Workshop
10:30 a.m.-Noon | 2517 VMH

Stretch your legs and celebrate International Education Week by learning more about Scottish and Greek dancing. Sponsored by OGI, HR and the Snider Center.
Download brochure. RSVP today.

International Coffee Hour
3-4:30 p.m. | 2333 VMH

Enjoy a casual gathering for global conversation. Sponsored by OGI, ISSS and Education Abroad.
Download brochure

Global Internship Information Session
5-6 p.m. | 2515 VMH

Learn how you can spend the summer of a lifetime working in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dublin or Prague at a guaranteed internship and gain 7 credits. 

Thursday, Nov. 17

Language Learning for Business
5:30-6:30 p.m. | 2511 VMH

Hear about language learning at UMD and how employment opportunities arise when you are multi-lingual. Free pizza will be served. Sponsored by OGI and SLLC.
Download brochure. RSVP today.

ChangeTheWorld Showcase
6:30-8:30 p.m. | 2517 VMH

This semester, 60 talented students used their business skills to help nonprofits and social ventures solve complex problems. Stop by to learn from their experience and vote for the team you think developed the best solution. Sponsored by CSVC. 

Friday, Nov. 18

Global Trivia Game
12-1 p.m. | VMH Atrium

Stop by the OGI table in the Van Munching Atrium and play a quick game of global trivia. Winners will be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize.


International Education Week events are sponsored by the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI); the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER); the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets; the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC); the Office of Human Resources & Payroll (HR); the Office of Career Services (OCS); International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS); the Diversity Empowerment Council (DEC); the Emerging Markets Association (EMA); Education Abroad (EA); the Masters Programs Office (MPO); and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC). 

Smith School Hosts Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill

On Sept. 12, 2016, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business celebrated its partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce by hosting a discussion about "Maryland Open for Business" with Mike Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, and Smith School Dean Alex Triantis. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, and local partners attended the event, which was sponsored by the school’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Office of Global Initiatives (OGI).

Quality Management In Japan

BMGT 438Q Japan: The Birthplace Of Quality

Program Dates January 8-17, 2017
Destinations Tokyo and Kyoto
Faculty Professors David Ashely and Pamela Armstrong
Scholarships $600 Smith School Scholarships available for first time study abroad experience.
Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application This program is no longer accepting applications.

As we prepare to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the QUEST Program, a trip to Japan - the birthplace of modern quality methods - is a perfect fit for this academic year. This course will focus on both the old and new aspects of the Japanese culture. In particular, how did their culture contribute to the success of quality management in Japan? Tokyo offers a wide array of modern business practices that we will explore. We will visit a number of facilities and see firsthand how a variety of Japanese manufacturers and service providers ensure quality. Students will learn about lean production by visiting the Toyota factory in Nagoya. In Kyoto, a major cultural center, we will visit a number of traditional Japanese sites and experience the unique culture of Japan and its people through a variety of activities. Student team projects that showcase Japanese and American business approaches will complete the quality picture.


This program will be open to all UMD students with priority given to students in the QUEST program. Students who have not taken BMGT 190 will have additional assignments prior to program departure.

Program Fee

The program fee for BMGT Short-Term programs is based on final enrollment numbers. Please find below the program cost given the final number of enrolled students.

Number of students Cost
15-19 $4,333.00
20-24 $3,760.00
25 $3,373.00

Fee does not include airfare, visa processing, most meals, and personal expenses.


Contact Greg Rafal, Undergraduate Program Manager, at

Study Abroad: Start Here

Step 1: Explore the possibilities

Not sure if study abroad is right for you? Have questions about your options? Take this quiz and then stop in for walk-in advising with an OGI staff member or Study Abroad Ambassador.

Monday - Thursday: 4pm to 5pm

All walk-in advising happens in VMH 2410.

Step 2: Navigate your options

Learn more about program options and important details regarding academics, finances, and applications steps.

Option 1: Attend a 30 minute in-person information session.

Fridays | 1pm-2pm | RSVP Here

Option 2: Follow the online module.

Access the online module here.

Step 3: Embark on your journey

Already attended an information session or completed the online module? Schedule an appointment with an OGI advisor to talk about a specific program or answer any follow-up questions. Please bring your Advising Aid from Step 2 to your meeting. It’s also recommended that you bring your Study Abroad Assessment with you.

Make an Appointment

Make sure that you’ve completed Step 2 before scheduling a meeting with an OGI advisor.

Still have questions? Contact Chris Olson ( or Greg Rafal ( directly!


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