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Undergraduate Business Language Opportunities

While English is a universal business language, acquiring and mastering a foreign language can often give professionals a competitive advantage when doing business abroad. Language competency can often be the gateway to understanding cultural and societal norms that a business person would otherwise not know. For these reasons, CIBER partners with the University of Maryland School of Language, Literature, and Culture (SLLC) to encourage Smith School undergraduates to enroll in language programs.

SLLC offers an array of programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish as well as programs that bring together language and business. If you are an undergraduate interested in learning more, please see the SLLC website or email CIBER at

UMD Summer Language Institute 

The University of Maryland invites you to participate in the Summer Language Institute in Arabic and Persian in Summer 2019. Learn more about the program.

Global Business Summer Language Institute Scholarship

The Summer Language Institute and the Center for Global Business are proud to offer scholarships for rising freshmen and sophomore business majors. You must be a current Robert H. Smith School of Business student and must apply to both the scholarship AND the Summer Language Institute.

Application information and scholarship amounts will be published in Spring 2019.

About the Summer Language Institute

You will develop a deep knowledge of the formal and colloquial language, learn about multiple facets of Middle Eastern culture, and professionalize your intercultural communication skills.

Your experiences at the Summer Language Institute will provide excellent preparation for time abroad, further graduate studies, and future career opportunities. This intensive summer program features low flat-rate tuition, small class sizes, and seasoned instructors.

The UMD Summer Language Institute includes:

  • One full academic year (12 credits) of language learning
  • Cultural excursions in and around Washington, DC
  • 35+ hours/week of in-language coursework, language partners, and co-curricular activities
  • Competitive scholarships available to help offset the cost of attendance
  • FLAS funding eligibility for all courses
  • Optional on-campus housing

Feel free to email if you have further questions.