Undergraduate Programming

Why Go Global?

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

On-Campus and Virtual Programming

“…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 define a global mindset. The important thing to remember is that people with a global mindset can understand differences among cultures and business practices and welcome the opportunity to learn about similarities.

CGB defines ‘Global Mindset’ by seven competencies or attributes that those with a global mindset exhibit. Contact CGB for more information on how to develop a global mindset.

Seven Competencies of the Global Mindset

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

The International Business (IB) Agility Labs are short-term virtual case challenges that allow undergraduate students to learn from global business leaders and collaborate with international peers. Students will benefit from exposure to an international company, work on teams with business students around the world, and gain hands-on case experience to build their resumes and CVs. Through these labs, students gain multiple global perspectives in a fast-paced, intensive, and hands-on competition while working on a real global business issue.

Learn more about IB Agility Labs

September 22, 2023

Read the event highlights

 

As part of the Careers Crossing Borders series, the Case Interview Competition is intended to give students the opportunity to realize their international experiences and practice skills in global mindset, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Students participating in this half-day program will learn how to:

  • Translate any international experience into practical skills;
  • Practice these skills in a case interview setting;
  • Learn how to think critically and problem-solve;
  • Understand what is a global career and how to use resources to search for one;
  • Learn from experts in the Office of Career Services and the Center for Global Business;
  • Network with the president of a Maryland company and global business alumni from Maryland Smith; and,
  • Win monetary prizes!

Program Agenda

Friday, September 22, 2023

 

Maximizing Maryland Internship Program

Maximizing Maryland is an internship program where students gain professional experience with a Maryland company. Students are matched with a small to midsize enterprise internationalizing their business and seeking Maryland Smith talent to help them do so.

Applications are now open through Sunday, March 24, 2024.

Eligibility: Open to all business majors.

Faculty champions: Mary Beth Furst, Associate Clinical Professor, Marketing and Philip Evers, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

The internship program is paid through a stipend and students work on assigned teams. More information on the company is provided during the application and matching process. Students work on projects focused on anything from eCommerce and digital marketing strategy to supply chain operations and compliance. Students are matched with companies according to the student's experience and the company's needs during this 2+ month, part-time summer internship.

This internship is not for academic credit. Students interested in receiving credit for summer internships may be eligible to register for one of several courses offered through the Smith School.

Questions? Contact Marina Augoustidis, maugoust@umd.edu.

Leveraging Your Global Mindset is an online module geared to help students translate their global experience into their career and is sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Center for Global Business. By watching this module, students reflect on their global experience, analyze specific skills that they developed or enhanced through their global experience, and develop techniques to translate their global experience in an interview and on their resume.

Embassy Day is a Maryland Smith students’ first introduction to a global mindset and the launching point for their self-guided discovery of the competencies that make up a global mindset. Embassy Day is a two-part event of Smith Start, a year-long orientation program for first-year business students.

Part 1: Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace

Event highlights & video

Part 2: Embassy Visits

Students will be contacted directly with registration instructions.

Embassy Day is an opportunity to learn about an embassy's culture, business, and society. Embassy visits will take place either in person in Washington D.C. or virtually.

Embassy Day is hosted in collaboration with the Undergraduate Programs Office.

The International Business Student Organization strives to foster professional relationships, connect students with international opportunities, and enhance the mindsets of students at the University of Maryland to prepare them to become global leaders. Through regular meetings, professional development activities, professional speakers, community service, and social activities we seek to develop a network of students with the guidance of the faculty advisor and the Center for Global Business.

Find out how you can become a member

IB Trek in Maryland

Thursday, November 16, 2023
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Transportation from/to Van Munching Hall and lunch provided.

Register by Sunday, November 12

The IB Trek in Baltimore is intended to expose undergraduate and graduate students to concepts in international business while highlighting industry right here in Maryland. Students who participated in the IB Trek in Baltimore heard from companies that range in size, industry, and sector, and were introduced to the various ways a company does business across borders, business culture, and life as a business professional.

Confirmed visits include:

Transportation will pick up from Van Munching Hall at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m.

This one-credit Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Student Pathways in International Business Course or BMGT 499I is designed to help students achieve the CGBP is a nationally recognized certification sought by employers around the country. See more information about the certification below. This course is structured as a CGBP Student Pathways Program and intended to provide deep exploration of global business topics and prepare students for the CGBP exam.

Watch the info session for more information.

The Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), managed by NASBITE International, is a nationally recognized certification sought by employers around the country. It confirms applied knowledge in international trade and export management and shows potential employers that the holder brings the level of global expertise and professionalism that is required in today’s competitive environment.

The center offers the CGBP Student Pathways Cohort Program, a structured program intended to prepare a cohort of students for the CGBP exam and introduce them to and engage them with NASBITE International.

The program is comprised of a mix of four synchronous sessions and asynchronous study to prepare students to take the CGBP exam. The program offers facilitation by a CGBP professional, access to take the CGBP exam, networking and relationship-building opportunities, and NASBITE International Membership (a $75 value) which includes:

  • CGBP study guide
  • Preparation support
  • Expert Helpline
  • LinkedIn Student Group
  • CGBP Practice Exam
  • Other networking opportunities

Enrollment, requirements

  • All interested students are eligible to register.
  • Students enrolled in the program will have the option to take the CGBP exam at any point during their program at Smith or up to six months after graduation.
  • Students will have to enroll themselves to take the exam and pay upfront.
  • Students will be obligated to submit their results to CGB to verify their passing of the CGBP exam.
  • If a student passes, CGB will reimburse them the exam fee of $195.00.
  • If a student does not pass the exam the first take, the student will not be reimbursed the fee of the exam.
  • If a student does not follow through with exam commitment, the student will not be reimbursed the fee of the exam.

Structure

  • The course will be held synchronously and asynchronously over the winter term and a student must take the course before they are able to sit for the exam.
  • Synchronously: Students will meet with a CGBP professional four times over two weeks for two hours. Confirmed course schedule is below. 
  • Asynchronously: Students will be assigned readings and other assignments correlated to each of the four domains of the CGBP exam.
  • Final content provided and how each session is devised is ultimately up to the CGBP professional.

Suggested calendar/content:

Date/time

Session content

Preparation for session

Tuesday, January 2

(virtual)

Domain 1: Global Business Management

Read Domain 1 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 1

Thursday, January 4

(virtual)

Domain 2: Global Marketing

Read Domain 2 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 2

Tuesday, January 9

(virtual)

Domain 3: Supply Chain Management

Read Domain 3 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 3

Thursday, January 11

(virtual)

Domain 4: Trade Finance

Read Domain 4 of Exam Prep Study Guide 

Take prep exam for Domain 4

Week of January 15

(independent study)

Asynchronous Course Work

Online Trade training

Reflection paper

Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP)

The Positive Impact Internship is a way to learn from companies in Brazil that strive to make a positive impact on the world. Students are placed on multicultural teams to work on a real business problem focused on social impact. 

Questions? Contact the Center for Global Business at smithglobal@umd.edu.

The Global Business School Network Beyond Conference brings together students, educators, and professionals from all around the world to discuss the most important issues facing the world of business. Participants learn about the bold steps that business schools are taking to positively impact society, promote inclusivity, and grow sustainably in an effort to modernize business education to the needs of tomorrow.

Learn more about the conference.

The Social Logistics Challenge

The Social Logistics Challenge is designed to immerse learners in a digital environment that promotes teamwork, encourages collaboration, and stimulates innovation in addressing societal problems using logistics principles and technology. This year’s contest theme revolves around People, Technology, and Logistics.

If you are interested in competing and have a team, please complete the GBSN registration by Thursday, October 19. Upon doing so, please send your confirmation along with your team's names to the Center for Global Business at smithglobal@umd.edu.

If you would like to participate and do not have a team, please complete this registration from the Center for Global Business by Sunday, October 1.

For any questions, please contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

The Business International Studies Network (BisNet) helps connect business schools that have a focus on international business to opportunities for students to develop a better understanding of business in a global context.

The Center for Global Business Presents the BisNet International Case Competition Fall 2023

Please see the details about the competition below.

When: November 1 through 8, 2023
Cost: $400 (USD) per team (covered by the Center for Global Business)

Case Information: TBD

  • November 1: Case Presentation and the official kickoff of the competition
  • November 2-7: Group Work
  • November 8: Final Student presentations to the panel of judges and selection of the winning team

Student Deliverables: PowerPoint presentation sent to judges before the commencement of each presentation and a one-page memo headed to a company executive summarizing the group’s recommendations.

For more information about the case competition, please download the flyer.

For more information please contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

CGB Presents: NASBITE International 2024 Student Case Competition

NASBITE is the leading authority and industry standard for global business education, trade credentialing, training and practice.

The 2024 Competition will provide an opportunity for both undergraduate international business students as well as graduate business students to solve a real-world challenge posed by a U.S.-based international business. The goals of the NASBITE International Student Case Competition are:

  • To provide college and university students the opportunity to work collaboratively on a creative solution to a real-world international business challenge, and to put their research, presentation and networking skills to work.
  • To provide the sponsoring company access to the very best international business students presenting potential solutions to their international business challenges.
  • To provide a solid foundation for student involvement and participation within NASBITE International.

Learn more

Applications for spring 2024 are now being accepted through December 14, 2023.

Upon completing your application, CGB will be in touch with next steps and the process to move forward to represent Maryland Smith in the competition.

The Center for Global Business (CGB) will cover any associated fees for participating. This is supported in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

NASBITE International is the leading authority and industry standard for global business education, trade credentialing, training and practice.

Apply through CGB to become a member of NASBITE International and receive access to the annual conference, network with international trade professionals, and earn the Certified Global Business Professional credential.

Application closed for 2023.

Study Abroad

Study abroad broadens horizons and enhances students' 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. Maryland Smith offers semester, short-term, and summer study abroad options.

Business students interested in studying abroad should check out the Study Abroad Start Here page.

STUDY ABROAD START HERE

Semester study abroad is great way for students to expand their global mindset.

The study abroad process includes a number of factors including financing, course transfer, choice of destination, and more. Students must speak with their academic advisor and the Center for Global Business before committing to a study abroad program.

Business Exchange

The Smith School has set up agreements with universities around the world that offer business courses in English each semester. Smith students pay the University of Maryland tuition to participate in these programs.

Learn more about business exchange partners

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

Winter Break Courses

The application deadline is October 1, 2023. Dates are subject to change.

Supply Chain Management: Brazil and Panama – CANCELLED

Program Leaders: Humberto Coronado
Dates Abroad: January 6 (arrive in Brazil) to January 19, 2024 (depart from Panama)
Location(s): Sao Paulo, Brazil and Panama City, Panama
Program Fee: $3,400

The course explores the maritime industry's impact, challenges, and opportunities in third-world countries. Students will have the opportunity to visit the most important ocean port in Latin America (in Sao Paolo- Brazil) and one of the world's most important waterways, the Panama Canal while learning international business best practices from leading local companies. This course is also an opportunity for students to expand their global mindsets by immersing themselves in Brazil and Panama's rich cultures.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context – CANCELLED

Program Leaders: Jeanette Snider and Sharon Fries-Britt
Dates Abroad: January 5 (arrive) to January 18 (departure)
Location(s): Cape Town, South Africa
Program Fee: $2900 + $700 Education Abroad Fee +$50 CISI Insurance= $3,650

The course will provide opportunities for theoretical engagement, experiential learning and reflection through a combination of seminars, seminar-linked site visits, and symposia with organizations and leaders located in the surrounding communities of Cape Town, South Africa. While there are many emerging perspectives on social entrepreneurship and innovation, social innovation can be understood as a positive, creative shift in systemic social, economic, and/or environmental patterns. Many social innovations have global ambitions, but even when pursued primarily at the local level, social innovations go beyond simply providing a needed service or remediation. They challenge and experiment with a given system’s underlying building blocks: its rules, policies, technologies, structures, beliefs, habits, values, etc.

Finance and Markets in the New World

Program Leaders: Julie Pavlovsky
Dates Abroad: January 9 (arrive in Dubai) to January 20, 2024 (depart from Abu Dhabi)
Location(s): Dubai, UAE and Abu Dhabi, UAE
Program Fee: $3,050

The course will explore the finance, business and financial market landscape of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two of the most successful emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai is leading in tech, finance, and innovation, continuously evolving to a future-forward hub for business. Students will gain insight into key financial and market issues in the UAE within the greater context of Islamic and regional finance and financial institutions.

From Quality Past to Automated Future – Similarities and Differences Between Two Countries

Program Leaders: David Ashley and Emily Marks
Dates Abroad: January 2 (arrive in Tokyo) to January 12, 2024 (depart from Seoul)
Location(s): Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea
Program Fee: $3,650

The course will examine the foundation of quality in Japanese and Korean manufacturing culture and explore how countries and cultures rooted in tradition have transitioned to world economic leaders. Both countries have very extensive, and distinct cultures, but have been able to maintain cultural traditions while developing into very modern and sophisticated countries with extensive manufacturing and robotics capabilities.

Marketing and Sustainability in Costa Rica – CANCELLED

Program Leaders: Mary Beth Furst and Roxanne Lefkoff
Dates Abroad: January 2024
Location(s): San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Fee: $3,000

The course explores how sustainable practices have achieved a carbon-neutral footprint in Costa Rica. We will examine the marketing strategy and tactics of local companies and multinational enterprises across a range of industries including agriculture, energy, and ecotourism. Costa Rica is uniquely positioned for a short-term study abroad immersion experience. San Jose is a contemporary city with several Fortune 100 companies like HP, Proctor and Gamble, Amazon, Dole, and Boston Scientific operating here. Ecotourism thrives in Costa Rica as visitors explore the quarter of the country dedicated to national parks and a country home to six percent of the world’s biodiversity. The country, approximately the size of West Virginia, is easily traversed with modern infrastructure.

Business, Food, and the Arts – Culture is King in France

Program Leaders: David Ashley and Elizabeth Galvin
Dates Abroad: January 13 (arrive in Paris) to January 22, 2024 (depart from Normandy)
Location(s): Paris France and Normandy Region, France
Program Fee: $3,450

The course will examine cultural influences in France in how business is conducted, France's role in the European Union, and its business ties to the US's oldest ally. The course will include about 10 company visits to discuss how culture affects doing business in France – and in business between France and the U.S. We will examine how France has reinvigorated its economy—now the second largest in Europe—and transformed its manufacturing base in major industry sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and energy.

Spring Break and May Courses

Impact-Driven Business Consulting – CANCELLED

Program Leaders: Nima Farshchi and Stephanie Cantor
Dates Abroad: Spring Break 2024 – March 17 to March 24, 2024
Location(s): Accra, Ghana
Program Fee: To be announced

The course will focus on learning how to provide consulting services to an impact-driven business in the field. Impact-driven business models prioritize work that makes a difference and is particularly important today as more people are driven by passion and purpose. Applying business methodologies and strategies to impact-driven businesses allows these organizations to more effectively and efficiently achieve their missions. Many impact-driven businesses have global ambitions, but even at the local level, impact-driven businesses can be an integral lever in progressing economic development. They can operate nimbly, represent a community’s greatest challenges, and experiment with innovative solutions. By consulting a local impact-driven business in the field, students will learn about global development and the various ecosystems at play.

Global Entrepreneurship (Europe)

Program Leaders: Oliver Schlake and Jon Crocker
Dates Abroad: May 18 to May 30, 2024
Location(s): London, United Kingdom and Munich, Germany
Program Fee: To be announced

The course will examine entrepreneurship abroad, allowing students to compare and contrast across three settings (the USA, the UK, and the EU). This cross-cultural immersion will highlight simple differences in ideas and approaches to business (business cards) as well as what binds us together across boundaries (e.g., food). The course will focus on post-Brexit attitudes and opportunities for entrepreneurship in Europe.


Information Session

Read about previous short-term study abroad programs: 

If you have questions about study abroad programs please contact CGB at smithglobal@umd.edu.

The Global Summer Internship Program

Gain professional experience abroad and earn 7 credits

Spend the summer of a lifetime working in Sydney, Singapore, Auckland, Madrid, Dublin, Prague, or Buenos Aires at a for-credit internship. Students travel abroad for a 7-credit internship.

Experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities of working in another country and with people from different cultural backgrounds. Based in one of seven exciting locations around the world, the internship program gives students an international experience that is invaluable for professional development and building one's resume

How to Apply?

Applications open November 1, 2023, and are due February 1, 2024.

Program Fees

The program fees below reflect what will be charged to the participant's UMD student account. The program fees below do not include the non-refundable Education Abroad Fee ($700) and required international health insurance ($92 estimated). The program fee does include housing (shared apartments or similar), and instructional costs (7 credits, cultural activities, some group meals, and on-the-ground support). Housing and instructional costs vary by location.

Program Dates

LocationProgram Start DateProgram End DateProgram Fees
Auckland, New ZealandJune 7, 2024August 3, 2024$6,340
Dublin, IrelandMay 27, 2024July 27, 2024$7,586
Madrid, SpainMay 22, 2024July 13, 2024$7,165*
Paris, FranceMay 22, 2024July 13, 2024$6,555
SingaporeJune 6, 2024August 3, 2024$6,891
Sydney, AustraliaJune 7, 2024August 3, 2024$6479
Buesnos Aires, ArgentinaMay 31, 2024July 27, 2024$6026*
Prague, Czech RepublicJune 3, 2024August 3, 2024$6494

*Meal plan and costs included

Eligibility

  • Open to all undergraduate UMD majors who are second-year sophomores and above.
  • Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Students must be in good academic and judicial standing with the university.

Scholarships

#SmithGoesGlobalFund Scholarship – up to $2,700

Maryland Smith students can apply for the #SmithGoesGlobalFund Scholarship to help reduce the out-of-pocket costs of study abroad such as airfare and personal expenses. Learn more about the #SmithGoesGlobalFund Scholarship in the ‘#SmithGoesGlobalFund Scholarship’ section on this page.

CIBE International Internship Scholarship - $1,000

All students who commit to the Summer Global Internship Program are eligible to receive a $1,000 CIBE International Internship Scholarship. This award is provided by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education known as CIBE (Center for International Business Education). The UMD Center for Global Business is one of 15 schools nationwide to receive the CIBE grant and its mission is to promote the ability of U.S. businesses to compete globally and to foster international understanding. Application instructions will be provided in your internship acceptance letter.

Questions?

Contact CGB at smithglobal@umd.edu.

Apply for the #SmithGoesGlobal Fund Scholarship to help reduce the out-of-pocket costs of study abroad such as airfare and personal expenses. The #SmithGoesGlobal Fund Scholarship consists of three types of awards: flight scholarship, semester program scholarship, and short-term program scholarship. The application process is the same for all three awards.

How to Apply

  • Check to ensure eligibility (see eligibility section below).
  • Apply to a study abroad program in MyEA AND apply to the Education Abroad Fund Scholarship. Make sure to check the study abroad application and Education Abroad Fund Application deadlines.
  • Complete the #SmithGoesGlobal Fund application below by the deadline.

Apply for the scholarship

Students will be considered for a scholarship based on their responses in the application form, their responses in the Education Abroad Fund Scholarship application, and their study abroad program information. Applying to this scholarship has no bearing on a student's study abroad program application.

Application Deadlines and Notification Dates

Study Abroad Program Term

Application Deadline

Notification Date

Spring, spring break, and winter programs

October 1, 2023

October 8, 2023

Summer, fall, full-year programs

March 1

TBD

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be a current business major.
  • Have applied or be in the process of applying to their first study abroad program at UMD.
  • Have completed a FAFSA and received financial aid.
  • Have completed an application to the Education Abroad Fund Scholarship (deadlines: September 26 or March 1).

Scholarship Amounts

Scholarship

Amount

Semester program scholarship

$2,750 to $3,250

Short term program scholarship

$1,200 to $2,700

Questions? Contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

Enroll in a language course abroad and apply for the $1,000 Business Exchange Language Scholarship. This award seeks to encourage students to pursue language learning opportunities while studying abroad on a business exchange or direct enroll program. 

How to apply

  1. Check to ensure eligibility (see eligibility section below).
  2. Apply and commit to a business exchange or business direct enroll program.
  3. Complete the application below by the deadline. As part of the application, students must submit proof of registration in a language course.

Apply for the Business Exchange Language Scholarship

Students will be considered for a scholarship based on their responses in the application form, their proof of registration in a language course, and their study abroad program information. Applying to this scholarship has no bearing on a student's study abroad program application.

Upon completion of their study abroad program, students must submit proof of successful completion of the course (transcript or letter from host institution verifying successful course completion) in addition to one or two other deliverables that will be used for marketing purposes.

Scholarship amount - $1,000

The scholarship award will be applied to students’ UMD account.

Application deadlines and notification dates

Study abroad program term

Application deadline

Notification date

Spring semester programs

January 30

February 11 

Fall semester programs

September 11 

September 23 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • be a current business major. 
  • be committed to a business exchange and business direct enroll program.
  • be registered for a language course (credit or non-credit bearing).

Questions?

Contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

Other Programming

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, CGB 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 CGB at smithglobal@umd.edu.

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