Support the Center for Global Business

Study abroad is back.

Help us at the Robert H. Smith School of Business make study abroad a reality for more Maryland Smith students.

Studying abroad changes lives. It helps students prepare for careers in the global economy and relate to people from different places and backgrounds. Yet the rising costs of travel keeps study abroad out of reach for many students, especially those who identify as underrepresented minorities. In fact, only 32% of study abroad students nationally were non-White last year; at Smith, that number was 22%.

We are committed to expanding access to global programs for all students and to creating an inclusive ecosystem that eliminates the barriers that prevent students from reaching their dreams of studying abroad.

Your gift to support study abroad scholarships on Giving Day will support students in…

  • Semester abroad programs where students hone their adaptability skills while studying alongside their peers in Italy, Vietnam, Sweden and over 20 other countries around the world.
  • Short-term Global Business Programs that stretch students’ global business savvy as they work with industry experts in Chile, South Africa, Spain, Brazil, and over a dozen other locations.
  • Internships abroad during which students work for local companies to practice relationship-building in Singapore, Ireland, Australia, and several other destinations worldwide.

And for students who just cannot tear themselves away from College Park, we are also developing innovative collaborative online international learning opportunities to connect them with their peers around the globe. Everyone deserves a chance to develop their global mindset regardless of their ability to take time out for travel.


Support our students to change the lives of Maryland Smith students.

Our Donors

In any given year, the center relies on grants and corporate and individual gifts to support its programs, services, and events for students. Our donors are key supporters of our annual fundraising campaigns and often partners in our work. 

We’d like to thank the following supporters of the center for FY22 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022).

Ms. Elena Angell

Gartner, Inc. (Elena Angell)

Mr. Jeffrey A. Rinde

Patrick J. Brennan, M.B.A.

Ms. Rashida K. Petersen

Mr. Lawrence D. Legates, III

Mr. Philip A. Grove

Mr. Christopher L. Steadley

Mr. Nicholas J. Brennan

Ms. Rebecca L. Bellinger

Ms. Marina Augoustidis

Ms. Elizabeth E. Chaney

Gartner, Inc. (Christopher L. Steadley)

Mr. Scott R. Samels

Dr. Margo T. Thomas

Mr. Elisson M. Wright

Patrick J. Brennan, M.B.A.

Dr. Paulo Prochno

Mrs. Holly N. DeArmond

Mr. Nima Farshchi

Mr. John M. Gillick, IV

Mrs. Rebecca D. Winner

Mr. Nicholas J. Brennan

Mr. Kislaya Prasad

Ms. Rebecca L. Bellinger

Mr. Bo Zhou

Mr. Jonathan B. Crocker

Ms. Marina Augoustidis

Ms. Allison K. Schwarz

Mr. Christopher E. Dax

Mr. Adam E. Elshafei

Mr. Manuel A. Sarita Terrero

Ms. Martina H. Dashner

McCormick & Co., Inc.

Danaher Corporation (Lawrence D. Legates)

Rovner Products, Inc.

Jessica BaskettJessica Baskett ’22
Marketing Major

“Studying abroad has helped me become a more independent person. Living in another part of the world and not knowing anyone, I found that I had to rely on myself in ways that I never had before. This newfound independence allowed me to embrace new cultures and I have been able to travel to some fascinating countries. I also made amazing new friends and we had some very memorable experiences.”

Gabrielle Coleman, Information Systems, ’23

“Cape Town was the farthest I had ever traveled and it built my global mindset because I was able to connect African traditions to African American traditions. I was able to make connections with South African students my age and travel to the continent of Africa for the first time. I was able to learn more about traditions and culture from the people who experience it everyday.”

Jake FeldmanJake Feldman ’23

“I believe studying abroad will be life-changing for me because I will be exposed to an entirely new culture and enhance my perspective of the world. I will also be able to practice my use of the Spanish language which will allow me to connect on a deeper level with my Hispanic heritage. Overall, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and hope to undergo immense personal and professional development.”

Lillian GeshelinLillian Geshelin ’24

“I am a second-year business and Spanish student studying in Sevilla, Spain this February. Studying abroad will change my life as I have never experienced living or being in a different culture so I will come back with an immense amount of knowledge. I hope to return as a bilingual student who is better at facing unexpected challenges and my time abroad will force me to work on my independence and capacity to manage change.”

Max HardestyMax Hardesty, ’22
Studied abroad in Vienna, Austria

“For me, studying abroad has been a life-changing experience because it opened so many doors to visiting new places, meeting new people, and experiencing a different culture. I have always wanted to travel the world and studying in Vienna for a semester has given me the opportunity to visit not just Austria, but also the surrounding countries like Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.”

Sam MacateeSam Macatee ’23
Supply Chain Management and Operations Management & Business Analytics
Will study abroad in Vienna, Austria

“I will be studying abroad at the Vienna School of Economics and Business, also known as WU. I am looking forward to studying abroad to gain a better understanding of different cultures and further develop my global mindset! I believe it will be a life-changing experience for me as I will be able to step outside my comfort zone when traveling alone and obtain a greater sense of independence. I also will be learning with students from all over the world in a completely new environment which will force me to adapt and grow as a student. I cannot wait to see what else I will experience during my semester abroad as the possibilities are endless!”

Kayla Malone, Finance, ’23

“This program helped me build a global mindset through the stories I heard from the various social entrepreneurs. Oftentimes when all you are exposed to is your home, you fail to realize that there is more to the world than home. This program helped me to build on my identity and experience life in a different part of the world - other than home.”

Sarah PatrickSarah Patrick ’22
Operations Management and Business Analytics

“Study abroad has allowed me to see so many new, amazing places that I never thought I would get to see. My favorite part has been trying each cities traditional foods. I have made incredible friends from around the world and memories that I will always cherish.”

Snigdha PenmetsaSnigdha Penmetsa ’24
Finance and Information Science

“I’m going to Bayes Business School in London this spring and I’m super excited to immerse myself in a booming financial hub to further my exposure. This experience will be life-changing because it’s the perfect way for me to step out of my comfort zone and build the independence necessary to excel in my career. Especially, in a completely new environment that I’ve never been in where I’m forced to expand my horizons and think outside the box.”

Shayne Richmond, Finance, ’23

“[My experience abroad] allowed me to have a new perspective on life and the role that we play in the world. It showed me that my responsibility as someone who operates within business and wants to eventually start my own business, is to be a changemaker, disrupter, and a supporter for the surrounding community and in every space that I am in.”

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