Global Initiatives

Financing Study Abroad


For Undergraduate Students Only

Studying abroad takes a financial commitment and the University of Maryland and the Robert H. Smith School of Business are working together to make it affordable for everyone. Scholarships for all 1st-time abroad students are available, as are funds based strictly on need and/or merit. Students currently receiving financial aid may be able to apply all, or some, of it towards study abroad.

Smith School Scholarhips 

2017-2018 Global Scholarship

Global Scholarships for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 semester programs are available for students who have not previously earned credits from a UMD global program and/or transferred in any credits from a foreign university. Students may participate in any UMD global, for-credit program and are eligible if they are a student in either: 1) the Robert H. Smith School of Business, 2) QUEST, or 3) the College Park Scholars Business, Society & the Economy (BSE) program. 

Apply Now. Deadline: April 1

  • $1,100 Scholarship for Semester Abroad Programs
  • $750 Scholarship for Summer-long Program (1 month or longer)
  • $600 Scholarship for Faculty-Led Short-Term Global Course

Please note that there is a Global Leadership & Service requirement for all scholarship recipients. Details on application.

CIBER & Dingman International Internship Scholarship

Students with an unpaid internship in a foreign country (either through the Global Internship Program or independently) are eligible for the Maryland Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) International Internship Scholarship. Applications are competitive and details will be announced soon for Summer 2017 opportunities.

Students participating in the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) are also eligible for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship scholarship, but can only receive one of the scholarships.

Please read the instructions carefully when submitting your application. The two scholarships share the same application, but the essay prompts are different. Applications are competitive. Students will be notified approximately 1-2 weeks after the application deadline.

Download: Instructions | Application

Faculty-led Short-term Study Abroad Courses

Course program fees, ranging from $1,900 - $3,200, include UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in  shared accommodations; transportation to/from scheduled activities; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; most group meals; professor and partner fees; pre- and post-departure meetings and excursions; UM Education Abroad services; and international health insurance. Not included: international airfare, personal expenses, some meals and optional trip insurance.  Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

Find a list of short-term courses for 2016-17 by clicking here.

Semester Programs

Exchange Programs: Students pay what they currently pay for UMD tuition (whether that be In-State or Out-of-State). Students are billed by the University of Maryland as they normally would any other semester. There is no additional program fee. On-the-ground costs (such as housing and meals) will be paid either to the partner university or individually, depending upon the partner’s policies.

Find a list of exchange programs by clicking here.

Maryland-in Programs: There is a flat program fee, which usually includes tuition, housing, orientation, and excursions. Students should check the details of the particular program to view what is covered.

Direct-Enroll Programs: All financial arrangements will be made directly with the institution by any student who direct enrolls at an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) or Equis (European Quality Improvement System) accredited university.

Funding Sources for Maryland Programs (Fall 2017):

Other Study Abroad Financial Aid Sources




I am not admitted to the business school yet, and so don’t have an advisor. What should I do?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to advise you as to how your courses abroad might transfer for BMGT credits. We strongly recommend that you either fulfill your lower level elective requirements abroad or wait until you are through your first semester at Smith before going abroad.

Does the 30-credit rule apply if I go on exchange?

Students wishing to do a semester study abroad during their final 30 credits should make an appointment with their advisor. Please refer to the following website for information:

Can I go abroad and still participate in a Junior/Senior BMGT Fellows program?

Some Fellows programs are 1 year in length therefore making study abroad very feasible. When choosing a 2 year Fellows program, check if there is a flexible semester. If not, students must choose between the Fellows program or study abroad. It is important to note that some Fellows programs have study trips available and students should consider alternatives to a semester abroad such as a summer or winter study abroad experience.

What courses can I take abroad?

If the study abroad program is AASCB or EQUIS accredited, then students are permitted to take BMGT courses abroad. For those students with Upper Level ECON, free electives, or University CORE remaining, enrolling in these courses is also an option.

I am fluent in the language of my host country. Can I take classes in that language?

Yes. Please be advised however that you may have to get your syllabi translated – while you know the language, your advisor and department chair may not!

Are classes taught in English?

Yes. All of our partners offer business classes in English.

Can I take a language while abroad?

Yes. Most universities offer either an intensive language class that starts 2 weeks before the semester, or language classes throughout the semester. We highly recommend taking these classes – it’s a great way to meet people, plus you will need to know the language when you are out and about in the city. Language classes are not usually accepted for credit however, this is an extracurricular activity.

When will my classes be entered onto my transcript?

After the semester concludes, your host university will send an official transcript to our offices. We will evaluate the transcript and enter your classes/credits. This usually happens about eight (8) weeks after your semester abroad.

How will my classes be entered onto my transcript?

When you study abroad, your institution, class titles, and credits are recorded on your UMD transcript, but grades achieved abroad are not; your grades abroad are not part of your UMD GPA. Keep in mind though, if you apply to another institution later you will be asked to submit both transcripts.

What is the minimum grade allowed in order to get credit for a class?

You must achieve the equivalent of better than a C-. Grading systems vary widely from country to country. Check with your host institution as to what grade is indicated as “barely satisfactory”. You must achieve a grade higher than the C- equivalent to receive credit for your class abroad.


How much will it cost to study abroad?

If you participate in one of our exchange programs, your tuition will remain the same, meaning you will pay according to your current status at the University of Maryland. If you are coded as in-state you will pay the Maryland in-state tuition rate. The same applies for out-of state students. Housing costs vary frequently and are higher abroad, as are food costs. You can be creative about how to save money on food, for example, many cafes/bars provide a “happy hour” type of buffet. The International Student ID card provides some savings on museums, airline flights, etc. You should also be aware that the visa will cost something, and there is a study abroad fee as well. Students want to travel while they are abroad, so set aside some money for that as well. Overall though, the amount you spend depends in large part on the choices you make.

Will my scholarship or financial aid apply when I go abroad?

Yes. Check with your administrator of the program for the details, but your aid or scholarship should remain in place. When you go on an exchange program, you are still listed as active in the UMD system and are billed through Testudo. Your scholarship or aid should not be affected.

I get tuition remission. Will I still be eligible if I go abroad?

It depends. If, for example, your tuition remission is through a parent working at UMD, you should continue to receive that benefit because you are paying UMD tuition and active in the UMD system. However, if you receive tuition remission because you are a student worker, you will not be working while abroad and so will not continue to receive that benefit. Again, check with the administrator of the program for details.


When can I go abroad?

Students typically go abroad in their junior year but in some cases, students have gone abroad in the spring semester of their sophomore year or the fall semester of their senior year. Students are not permitted to go abroad in their final semester. Consulting with an academic advisor may help determine when the most appropriate time to be abroad.

Where can I go abroad?

Many students may have a specific school and/or country in mind when initially thinking about study abroad. It is important for students to remain flexible. Some schools or programs may not fit into your curriculum. Planning early and keeping all options open will help when choosing a destination.

What paperwork is due, and when?

In order to nominate you, we need photos, your official transcript, an essay, your resume and the application form. These are due Oct. 1 and March 1 for the following semester abroad. After this initial round of paperwork, there is then paperwork to fill out for your host university to apply for housing, etc. UMD requires a waiver, health insurance information, and a form signed by your advisor(s) that indicates how your credits will transfer back. These forms are due at the end of the semester before your break, i.e. May or December.

Should I expect to be accepted to the program?

Yes. We want you to go abroad, and do our best to facilitate the process. There are very few universities where the process is competitive. We will let you know after the deadline if we have had more students apply than we can send; at that point it is largely decided by GPA. If you do not get your first choice, we will send you to your second choice.

When should I expect to hear from my host university?

We nominate students about one week after the deadline to apply. You should hear something from your host university about one month following that. The first communication you receive from your host university is usually your acceptance letter and the documents required to obtain your visa.

Am I assured housing as part of my exchange?

You are not guaranteed housing as part of your exchange program, so it is critical to make sure you are responsible and return your housing requests. Your host university is expected to assist you to their greatest degree possible in finding housing, but if you do not do your part their obligations end.

How do I find out about housing options?

Most universities have information about housing online. We will also put you in touch with students who studied at your host university in previous semesters, and they should be able to give you recommendations. Almost all schools have you register for housing as soon as you are admitted – be sure to fill out and return those forms as soon as possible in order to guarantee a spot.

Can I room with a friend?

Yes, most schools have the ability to allow you to indicate a roommate.

How do I work on obtaining a summer internship in America while I am abroad?

Students who go abroad in the spring and wish to obtain a summer internship can still search for opportunities and submit their resumes on HireSmith. Students should indicate they are abroad to potential employers. Also, students should meet with an Office of Career Management advisor the semester before going abroad to discuss additional tips and strategies for obtaining an internship.


Do I need a visa?

Yes. All countries require that you possess a student visa if you are to live and study in the country for longer than a few weeks. Your host university will provide you with their necessary documents. Please check with the consular office for your host country as to further documents required to obtain a visa.

My passport is about to expire, is that a problem?

Yes. Your passport will need to be good for six (6) months AFTER YOUR RETURN.

Can I work abroad?

Some countries will allow you to work 20 hours or less. You need to indicate you want to work when you apply for your visa. Check with your host country’s laws and regulations.

Do you book group flights?

No. You are certainly welcome and encouraged to contact the other students who will be with you at your host university and organize a flight. However, we do not organize flights through the Office of Global Programs.

Other FAQs

Can I talk to students who have already been to the school I am interested in?

Absolutely. Please contact us, and we will send you the contact information for students who have attended your university of interest.

Do I have to get the International Student ID card?

No. This is an optional card. The benefits are 1) it has some insurance that comes with it that satisfies the UMD insurance requirements, 2) it conveys some discounts, and 3) it is sometimes nice to have an ID that does not indicate you are American.

Other Advice

Classes in foreign institutions tend to be focused on lectures, and with one big deliverable/exam at the end. Don’t start thinking you can skip a lot of classes! You will be overwhelmed at the end, and frequently host universities will not let you take the exam more than once, and will not let you take the exam from the states.

Also – we strongly recommend that you come home with at least one story of how you went above and beyond while abroad – whether it is an informational interview at a company of interest, a local industry study, volunteering (if legal in your country) with a local organization or leading a club or other effort. Interviewers are happy to see that you have gone abroad and they know you have learned a lot in your semester – they want to see how you have excelled.

Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Abroad?

Employers consistently demand that their employees have global competency. But how do students develop such a global competency? The Smith School of Business offers a variety of programs – both abroad and on-campus – to help students develop their global mindset. 

Interested in Studying Abroad?

Stop by our office or schedule an appointment! If you've already started an application to a program and need to fulfill a mandatory advisor meeting, you may schedule an individual meeting here

Smith School Program Offerings

Faculty-led Programs

Think you don’t have enough time to fit in a study abroad experience while earning your degree? Think again!

Earn academic business credits during Winter Break, Spring Break or over the Summer months while experiencing a country or region first-hand. While abroad, visit companies to enhance business acumen and participate in cultural activities designed to facilitate cross-cultural understanding.

Semester Programs

A semester abroad challenges students to develop cross-cultural skills in a variety of settings and programs. Students who study abroad for a longer period learn how to successfully navigate foreign environments, communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and  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.

Summer 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 our summer programs and earn up to nine credits!

On-Campus Programs

Developing a global mindset doesn’t require you to leave College Park! Find out more about global opportunities available on-campus.

Partner With Smith

The Smith School invites corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other educational institutions to join us in our global mission.

Consult with Smith School MBAs

Our MBA students arrive with a wealth of practical work experience across government, commercial and nonprofit sectors. Working under the supervision of a faculty member, they are eager to apply their skills to your real-world business challenge.

Acquire Global Competencies

Prepare your leaders to face their most pressing global challenges by taking part in executive education programs at the Smith School. We offer a breadth of topics and a variety of learning methods targeted to your unique business requirements.

Engage with Smith School Faculty

Collaborate with our renowned scholars, many of whom have extensive international research and professional experience.

Host a Visiting Student Group

More than 400 students travel with faculty on two-week study abroad programs each year. Courses have been offered in 20 countries, and Smith actively seeks to engage innovative companies, organizations and universities abroad to meet our students and enhance their learning.

Facilitate a Study Abroad Semester

The University of Maryland and the Smith School maintain study abroad agreements with top universities across the world. We invite your students to study abroad at Smith for a semester or academic year.

Send Students Here for Short-Term Programs

Leveraging our location in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., corridor, Smith provides a blend of on-campus courses taught by our faculty while also facilitating site visits to key financial and international institutions and leading companies.

Benefit from Smith Thought Leadership

The Smith School makes our research accessible to people across the globe through conferences, podcasts, publications and more.

Corporate Partners

The Smith School has developed valuable corporate partnerships across the globe that benefit our students, faculty, staff, Centers of Excellence and world-class programs.

Smith’s corporate partners include:

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Institutional Partners

The Smith School, through its international partners, facilitates global learning experiences and training in global management for students, faculty and companies. These experiences help our students and partners develop a global mindset and a stronger understanding of cross-cultural issues in international business.

Smith’s institutional partners include:

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Visiting Scholars

The Smith School has hosted hundreds of visiting scholars over the years. Today, the School hosts about 10 visiting scholars annually. Our global visiting scholars play an integral role in the life of the School and add an important dimension to Smith's internationalization. Visiting scholars connect with students, faculty, and other stakeholders in the classroom, conduct research, and participate in co-curricular activities.

Current Visiting Scholars

Emanuel Alsina
Country and City: Modena, Italy
Home Affiliation: University of Modena and Regiio Emilia
Smith Department: Marketing

Mr. Alsina came to the Smith School as a Visiting Scholar in order to work with the Center of Complexity in Business. He is studying the diversity and complexity in group dynamics and the impact that has on group performance and the decision making process.


Carmine Cerrone
Country and City: Salerno, Italy
Home Affiliation: University of Salerno, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

Carmine Cerrone received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Salerno and his PhD in Operative Research from the University of Calabria. He is currently a post-doc researcher at the University of Salerno. His research interests include vehicle routing, heuristic search, combinatorial optimization, and networks analysis. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Cerrone will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.


Jixiang Chen
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: Renmin University, Graduate student in Mathematical Economics
Smith Department: Finance

Ms. Chen is an MS candidate in Mathematical Economics and Renmin University. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Wuhan University. She served as a research assistant at Renmin University and also has professional experience at Changjiang Securities in Wuhan. Ms. Chen's research focuses on applying a real investment option model to explain some asset pricing phenomena like momentum and value premium.


Ping Chen
Country and City: Tianjin, China
Home Affiliation: Nankai University, Assistant Professor of Logistics Management
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

Ping Chen is Assistant Professor of Logistics Management at Nankai University. Dr. Chen was awarded her BS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Beijing Jiaotong University.

Her research interests include transportation and inventory control in logistics management, combinatorial optimization, and heuristic search. She focuses on models and algorithms of vehicle routing problems (VRPs) in logistics distribution in urban areas. Her research is now centered on disaster relief routing problems. While in residence at the Smith School. Dr. Chen will be working on a research project with Professor Bruce Golden.


Robert Ciuchita
Country and City: Maastricht, Netherlands; Bucharest, Romania
Home Affiliation: Maastricht University in the Netherlands
Smith Department: Marketing

Mr. Ciuchita came to the Smith School of Business to work on a specific project as a part of his PhD research. He is collaborating with Dr. Roland Rust in the Smith School who is the Executive Director of both the Center for Complexity in Business and the Center for Excellence in Service. Mr. Ciuchita's research focuses on customer relationship management and customer value management. While at the Smith School, Mr. Ciuchita is studying how customer engagement with an interactive service affects the customer's relationship with the service provider. He has studied and worked on international teams in Romania, Iceland, the Netherlands and China all "while keeping one foot in the research world and the other foot in the applied business world." Mr. Ciuchita has presented his research at conferences and consortia such as Frontiers in Service, EMAC, Marketing Science, PDMA - UIC and Art & Science of Service, while the first project of his PhD research has been published in the Journal of Service Research.


Li Du
Country and City: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Home Affiliation: Xidian University
Smith Department: Marketing

Ms. Du was graduated from Xidian University. Her research interests focus on modeling different types of online retail mechanisms such as online auctions, pay-per-bid auctions, group-buying and presales. As a visiting scholar, she is working with Dr. Jie Zhang who is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Smith and researching the effect of mobile advertising on consumer purchase behavior.


Gadi Fibich 
Country and City: Tel Aviv, Israel 
Home Affiliation: Tel Aviv University 
Smith Department: Marketing 

Gadi Fibich is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1994. He works on mathematical modeling in various areas, such as Nonlinear Optics, Biochemistry and Biology, and more recently Marketing and Economics. See for more information. 


Mingpeng Huang
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, Peking University, Guanghua School of Management
Smith Department: Management and Organization

Mingpeng Huang graduated from Wuhan University with Bachelor's degrees in Management and Engineering. He has published in Acta Psychologica Sinica and China Market and presented papers at the Academy of Management Annual Conference and Biennial Conference of International Association for Chinese Management Research. While in residence at Smith, Mr. Huang is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project about strategic leadership.


Chunhua Lan
Country and City: Sydney, Australia
Home Affiliation: University of New South Wales, Department of Banking and Finance
Smith Department: Finance
Contact:; 4425 Van Munching Hall

Chunhua Lan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Her research interests include asset pricing, financial intermediaries in setting asset prices, and liquidity. Before joining the UNSW, she received her PhD in Finance at Boston College and Doctor of Science in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her papers have been presented at top finance conferences such as the American Finance Association annual meetings. She has been awarded several research grants from UNSW.


Xiaoping Liu
Country and City: Guangzhou, China
Home Affiliation: Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Sun Yat-sen University
Smith Department: Management and Organization
Contact:, 4505 Van Munching Hall

Xiaoping Liu is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and Vice Chair of the Business Administration Department at Sun Yat-sen Business School of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. He received his BA in Education Administration from Jiangxi Normal University in 1994 and his PhD in Organizational Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2000.

Dr. Liu's has received four grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Provincial Social Science Foundation, and various companies. His research focuses on risk perception in the employee-organization relationship, commitment mechanisms, and social identity. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational behavior and human resource management, Professor Liu also consults for such clients as Siemens, Danone, and Coca-Cola. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Hui Liao on a research project.


Zhi-qiang Liu
Country and City: Wuhan, China
Home Affiliation: Associate Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, School of Management
Smith Department: Management and Organization

Zhi-qiang Liu is Associate Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology's School of Management and received his PhD from HUST in Human Resource Management in 2006. He has taught at HUST since 2006 and previously held visiting positions at City University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Liu's research interests include status competition within organizations; knowledge creation and innovation; career stagnation of knowledge workers; and ethics in human resource management. He has published in the following English language publications: International Journal of Human Resource Management, The Service Industries Journal, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Organization and Management Development. Dr. Liu has been awarded research support from National Natural Science Foundation of China, China Ministry of Education, Hubei Province, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

While in residence at Smith, Professor Liu is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.


Jules Munier
Country and City: Lausanne, Switzerland
Home Affiliation: PhD candidate, University of Lausanne
Smith Department: Finance
Contact:, 4458 Van Munching Hall

Jules Munier is in residence at the Department of Finance during the fall semester. His research focuses on theoretical corporate finance, primarily by using dynamic cash models to explain managers' decisions. His current working papers are about managerial optimism and dividend smoothing. He is working at the Swiss Finance Institute with Norman Schürhoff and Erwan Morellec. Jules was attracted to the Smith School by the opportunity to work with Dean Triantis and other faculty. He has a Master's degree from the University of Geneva in Management and a Master's degree from the University of Lausanne in Finance.


Jenny Nossack
Country and City: Siegen, Germany
Home Affiliation: University of Siegen, Post-doc
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

Jenny Nossack studied Mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin. She currently works as a research assistant at the University of Siegen at the Department of Management Information Science of Professor Erwin Pesch. She received her doctoral degree in 2013 and currently holds a post-doc position. In her dissertation she addressed logistics problems (e.g., routing and partitioning issues) encountered in intermodal freight transportation. Her work was awarded a dissertation prize from the German Operations Research Society (GOR). She has also published her research in international journals such as Computers & Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and International Journal of Production Economics. 


Manuel Chica Serrano
Country and City: Asturias, Spain
Home Affiliation: European Centre for Soft Computing
Smith Department: Marketing

Mr. Chica Serrano was drawn to the Smith School of Business by the research of Dr. William Rand, who is the Director of Center for Complexity in Business. Now, he is working in the Marketing Department studying agent-based modeling, optimization algorithms and social simulations. He obtained his PhD at the University of Granada on the use of multiobjective optimization and soft computing for combinatorial industrial problems. Then, he moved to the European Centre for Soft Computing where he is the associate researcher of his unit. He also hopes to link his capabilities with local businesses and other international researchers working with the research group at the Smith School during his time at Smith.


Ana Suarez Vazquez
Country and City: Oviedo, Spain
Home Affiliation: University of Oviedo
Smith Department: Marketing

Ana Suarez is associate professor of marketing at Oviedo University, Spain. She has received a three months mobility grant from de International Campus of Excellence to come as a visiting scholar to the Marketing Department of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her research interests include consumer choice models and the role of emotions in consumption. Her research is now focused on the analysis of the cinema market and in the marketing health field.


Wouter Vermeer
Country and City: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Home Affiliation: RSM Erasmus University
Smith Department: Marketing

Mr. Wouter is at Smith working with the Center for Complexity in Business to perform research around the propagation and diffusion of information in complex networks. As global markets are increasingly interconnected, businesses often need to partner and collaborate in order to meet customer demand. This new business model, called the smart business network, is a major component of Mr. Wouter's research. He is currently working to model information flows in order to identify the role of the structure of interactions on the outcomes of such processes.


Shuxi Wang
Country and City: Beijing, China
Home Affiliation: University of International Business and Economics, Assistant Professor
Smith Department: Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies


Dong-min Yang
Country and City: Gwangju, South Korea
Home Affiliation: Lecturer, Chonnam National University
Smith Department: Management and Organization

Dong-min Yang is a lecturer at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. He completed his PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior concentration) at Chonnam University in 2012. He has published in Korean Academy of Organization and Management, Korean Management Review, Korean Corporation Management Review, Korean Journal of Management, DAEHAN Journal of Business, The Journal of Business Education, The Korean Journal of Human Resource Development, and The Journal of Industrial Innovation. Dr. Yang has presented his research at conferences in Australia, China, Macau, and Singapore.

Professor Yang has taught courses in business ethics, human relations, organizational behavior, organizational development, and organizational theory. While in residence at Smith, he is working with Professor Myeong-Gu Seo on a research project.


Jie Zhang
Country and City: Xi'an, China
Home Affiliation: Xi'an Jiaotong University, School of Management, PhD candidate
Smith Department: Management & Organization

Jie Zhang is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at Xi'an Jiaotong University's School of Management. She has published articles in China Soft Sciences, Management Review, and Nankai Business Review. Ms. Zhang teaches courses in microeconomics and organizational behavior at Xi'an Foreign Language University and she holds a BS in Engineering from Jilin University.


Graduate Programs

The Smith School’s graduate international opportunities offer students the opportunity to earn academic credit for courses that include an international travel component. These programs seek to imbue students with a global mindset and global business savvy so they are well positioned for leadership roles in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Faculty-Led Global Business Programs

4-credit course open to 2nd and 3rd year MBA students. Includes on-campus coursework and 8-10 day travel abroad during Winter or Spring break.

Global Consulting Practicum

Global Consulting Practicum

2 or 4 credits. Open to all students, including first-year students. Includes on-campus coursework and 8-10 day travel abroad during Winter, Spring or Summer break.

Global Exchange Program

MBA Exchanges

Part-time MBAs who complete core courses may participate in an MBA exchange, as well as Full-time MBAs during their second year.

Top reasons to participate in a Smith MBA global course opportunity
  • Employ discipline-based knowledge acquired in the classroom to solve real-world problems faced by companies in a given country or region
  • Understand the major business opportunities and growth drivers in a country or region
  • Learn about the institutional structure of a given industry in a specific national or regional context and place this knowledge in comparative perspective
  • Gain insight into the effect of cross-cultural differences on interpersonal interactions
  • Understand why individuals from different cultures react differently to similar managerial practices, work systems, and human capital management systems
  • Learn to effectively design, implement, and manage cross-cultural teams
  • Develop an increased tolerance for ambiguity

RMIT - Melbourne, Australia


Formerly Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT commenced operations in 1887. Since then, the university has grown to become one of the largest in Australia and has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in vocational and technical education and research. RMIT is Australia's most international and culturally diverse university. It is an urban university with about 57,000 students total, and the business school is located a few blocks from other university buildings. Australia is the most popular choice among our undergraduate students.


Work Opportunities


MBA course offerings are similar to our own core courses with a particular focus on strategy. Electives are also available.

Exchange students can work up to 20 hours per week while in school. Students are responsible for finding their own jobs but assistance is available.

As an urban campus, RMIT does not offer on-campus housing. However, a variety of options are available including: apartments, student hostels, and homestays.

For more information, visit RMIT’s exchange program website.

What Smith students have to say about RMIT:

“Deciding to study abroad is by far the best decision I have ever made in my life. The moment I stepped off of the plane in Melbourne I knew that I would be having the time of my life and that a semester abroad is far too short. The best part was that the locals were more then happy to teach me about their culture and consider me their 'mate.' Till this day I cannot stop thinking about my incredible opportunity there and I highly urge everyone to take a risk and go somewhere unfamiliar. Not only did I learn so much about the country, but I learned a lot about myself. Australia gave me a chance to see my world very differently and I would give anything to go back to the land down under.

- Smith Student, Class of 2006


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