Global Initiatives

Adaptability

Adaptability Stamp

Ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations.

Activity Description Eligible
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
Global Consulting Fellows Apply for this two-semester honors program to learn about cross-cultural issues in management and work on real-world projects for actual clients. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs. Junior
Senior

Cultural Curiousity

Cultural Curiosity

Willingness to seek out and consider diverse viewpoints, appreciate the values and beliefs of others, and collaborate on diverse teams. 

Activity Description Eligible
Global UMD Campus Activities Visit globalmaryland.umd.edu for a list of upcoming international-focused activities on campus. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
UMD Passport Day Apply for the ticket to get you around the world: your very own passport! Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Student Orientation Volunteer Volunteer with International Student & Scholar Services by helping with international student orientation in August or January. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Language Partner Program Interact with international students outside of the classroom to practice the foreign language you're studying. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Faculty-led Study Abroad Participate on a 3-credit 8-21 day course in another country led by a faculty member. Courses have included microfinance in Nicaragua, social entrepreneurship in South Africa, and marketing and design in Paris and Amsterdam. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs. Junior
Senior

Passion For Diversity

Passion For Diversity Stamp

Interest in learning about cultures and world events, and taking initiative to seek out more information about local contexts.

Activity Description Eligible
SUSA Club Join a SUSA club that opens your mind to new ways of thinking with a diverse group of classmates. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Diversity Empowerment Council Join a diverse group of students as they focus on strengthening unity, student integration and academic excellence at the Smith School. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
CIBER Case Challenge Participate in an international case challenge with participants from around the world, hosted by UConn. Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Global Business Savvy

Global Business Savvy Stamp

Knowledge of business environments and growth drivers (institutional, geographic, cultural, and economic) that operate in and between countries.

Activity Description Eligible
CIBER Distinguished Speaker Series Attend events showcasing the latest trends in international business and with conversations among students, policy experts, and business executives, including the Emerging Markets Forum in April. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS) Join the student organization that connects students with professionals in the economics and finance industries from an international viewpoint.  Sophomore
Junior
Senior
SUSA NYC Trek-International Business Track Take part in the annual SUSA NYC Trek and visit international companies and organizations. All
EY Global Mindset Colloquium Enroll in this 1-credit class that allows you to apply lessons from international legal, tax, human capital, and communication issues to a real-world case with guidance from EY. Sophomore
BMGT463 Learn how cross-cultural differences affect business and develop management and leadership strategies to tackle the challenges. Junior
Senior
Major Specialization Courses Enroll in the international course of your major (international finance, international marketing, etc.) for specific implications of the global marketplace in your field.  Junior
Senior
Global Consulting Fellows Apply for this two-semester honors program to learn about cross-cultural issues in management and work on real-world projects for actual clients. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Business Majors Develop expertise in international business by majoring in IB - learn how to work in the global economic environment in which we live. Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Tolerance Of Ambiguity

Tolerance of Ambiguity Stamp

Ability to navigate unclear or uncertain situations without feeling stress or anxiety. Comfort with vague instructions or information.

Activity Description Eligible
Alternative Breaks Join hundreds of UMD students each year on service-learning trips around the world. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Faculty-led Study Abroad Program Participate on a 3-credit 8-21 day course in another country led by a faculty member. Courses have included microfinance in Nicaragua, social entrepreneurship in South Africa, and marketing and design in Paris and Amsterdam. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs.  Junior
Senior

Passport to Global Mindset

Passport World Stamps

What is Global Mindset?

“…one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across countries and markets with a propensity and ability to see common patterns across countries and markets.” – Financial Times

Different authorities may take different approaches to defining global mindset. The important thing to remember is that people with a global mindset can understand differences among cultures and business practices, welcome the opportunity to learn about similarities.

We’ve broken ‘Global Mindset’ into seven competencies – attributes that those with a global mindset exhibit. Click on each one to learn more about how to develop it and discover programs that at the University of Maryland that will help you do so!

And be sure to stop by the OGI office in VMH 2410 for more information or if you have any questions!

Global Mindset Competencies

Tolerance of Ambiguity Ability to navigate unclear or uncertain situations without feeling stress or anxiety. Comfort with vague instructions or information.
Global Business Savvy Knowledge of business environments and growth drivers (institutional, geographic, cultural, and economic) that operate in and between countries.
Passion for Diversity Willingness to seek out and consider diverse viewpoints, appreciate the values and beliefs of others, and collaborate on diverse teams.
Cultural Curiosity Interest in learning about cultures and world events, and taking initiative to seek out more information about local contexts.
Adaptability Ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations.
Self-awareness and Humility Confidence in oneself without overestimating one's abilities while valuing the experience and backgrounds of others.
Relationship Building Eagerness to interact with new people and develop a strong network built on communication, empathy, and mutual respect.

Faculty-Led Short Term Courses

Engage in an experience that will broaden your global mindset by fostering cultural curiosity and adaptability. Smith School short-term programs provide students with the opportunity to apply a comparative international lens to their business education and professional career. 

Explore our 2017 programs below. Programs for Winter and Spring 2018 will be announced in April!

Winter Break - January 2017

Japan – Tokyo & Kyoto (QUEST)
Quality Management in Japan
Japan
Brazil – Sao Paolo & Rio de Janeiro
Finance in Brazil
Sao Paolo
Europe – UK, Belgium, Amsterdam, NYC, DC
Accounting in London - Brussels - Amsterdam - New York - DC
(Business accounting students only, unless accepted by approval)
Brussels
South Africa – Cape Town
Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa
Cape Town

Spring Break - March 2017

Nicaragua – Managua, Granada, and San Juan del Sur
International Business Consulting
Managua

The Smith Common Core Framework

Our robust model ensures students get the most out of their international experience. The model incorporates pre- and post- study abroad sessions specifically designed to prepare students to take full advantage of their cultural immersion and leverage their global business acumen in their future career.

Session Content
Pre-program Global Mindset and International Business- Learn how an openness and awareness of cultures, markets, and trends affects both global business.
Pre-program Course Specific Content- As determined by instructor.
Pre-program Pre-Departure Orientation- Health, safety, culture, and logistics.
Post-Program Course Specific Content- As determined by instructor.
Post-Program Professional Development- Develop a robust narrative connecting study abroad to your career.
Post-Program Global Showcase- Show off your global mindset and business knowledge through team poster presentations.

Exact meeting dates and times will be detailed in the course syllabus.

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

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 Education 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 and provide for a valuable immersive experience at one of our partner institutions.

3. Affiliate or Other Approved Programs

Affiliate and other programs are coordinated by agencies, organizations, or for-profit companies not directly associated with the University of Maryland. Students can also participate in direct enroll programs where 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.

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 Initiatives for assistance in planning their study abroad.

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)

Summer Programs

INTERN. LEARN. CONSULT. CHANGE LIVES.

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, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Caribbean, Europe, or Latin America? Enroll in 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. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman.

Summer 2017

Global Internship Program

Smith School Global Internship Program

June - August, 2017

INFORMATION SESSION: 

January 27 | 1pm | VMH 1518

Program Cost: Approx $6200. Scholarships available!

Spend the summer of a lifetime working in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Prague or Dublin at a for-credit guaranteed internship!

Students begin with a 1-credit pre-internship course Spring 2017 and then travel abroad for a 6-credit internship. Participants will experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities of working in another country and with people from different cultural backgrounds. Based in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Prague or Dublin, the internship program gives 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.

Internship credit can be applied towards Marketing or Supply Chain Management major requirements, or elective credit for other majors.

Internships for nearly all majors are available, though some restrictions may apply to certain disciplines. Please contact the Office of Global Initiatives for more information.

Pell Grant recipients are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship. Full details and application: www.scholarships.umd.edu/gilman.

 

SUMMER 2016

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC)

 

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Dominican Republic
June 22 – August 15, 2016
DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
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.

 

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Ecuador
May 291 – July 22, 2016
DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
Full details and application: ter.ps/msececuador

Join the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program in their mission to combat poverty across Latin America by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique eight week study and internship program will teach you the 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 Ecuador. Take on this exciting opportunity to make a profound community impact while gaining in-depth knowledge of rural economic development work. Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program headquarters are located in Cuenca, Ecuador. Field sites include communities in/near: Loja, Zamora, and Riobamba.

 

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - Nicaragua
May 22 – July 15, 2016
DEADLINE March 15, 2016
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.

  

 

 

On Campus Global Opportunities

On-Campus Programs

Broadening your global mindset isn’t limited to study abroad programs. The Smith School offers an abundant amount of opportunities to get involved in global learning while on campus – from internationally-focused classes to student clubs and speaker series. Join us, and get involved!

CIBER Distinguished Speaker Series Events

The Distinguished Speakers Series presents the latest trends in international business and provoke conversation among undergraduate and graduate students, policy experts, and business executives. Recent speakers include the Qatari Ambassador to the United States; the Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Lockheed Martin; and the Chief of TATA Sustainability Group.

International Education Week

International Education Week is a great opportunity to celebrate international education and exchange throughout the world. The Smith School is thrilled to showcase our international reach and celebrate global learning on campus with a variety of events throughout the week. Visit the IEW website for detailed information on events.

Global Showcase

The Office of Global Initiatives partners with CIBER to host an annual global showcase to give recently-returned study abroad participants the opportunity to create poster presentations and present to a panel of judges and guests. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about global business while networking with classmates.

Global Young Professionals Institute

OGI is proud to be a part of the Young Professionals Institute and partner with the Smith Start program to reach out to freshmen and introduce them to the important of global mindset. With a guest speaker and an introduction to the Passport to a Global Mindset, the event is a don’t-miss for all first-year students.

Global Coursework

Take part in the International Business Institute (IBI) or an international business course to expand your global business acumen while on campus.

Student Clubs

Join academic or social clubs on campus to network with students with international interests.

Global Consulting Fellows Program

The program aims at developing a global awareness of the world’s business cultures, as well as learning business consulting concepts in international contexts. The fellows program is open to all business majors.

Volunteer

The University of Maryland offers many ways for domestic students to get involved with international students on campus, including the Language Partner Program or International Student Orientation. Volunteer your time and make new friends from all over the world.

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