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

Marketing MarylandMarketing 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 now being accepted through March 12, 2023. 

Program begins the week of June 5 and ends by August 11.

Apply to the program

Eligibility: Open to all business majors, though geared towards marketing majors.

Faculty champion: Mary Beth Furst, Associate Clinical Professor, Marketing

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 eCommerce and digital marketing strategy during this 2+ month, part-time summer internship. Potential projects include:

  • Website optimization for international eCommerce
  • Website tracking and analytics
  • Search engine optimization
  • Website localization (creating or enhancing a website for a specific country)
  • Global social media strategy and analysis

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.

Manufacturing Maryland Internship Program

Manufacturing Maryland is an internship program where students gain professional experience with a Maryland company. Students are matched with a small to midsize exporting manufacturer seeking Maryland Smith talent to support their supply chain efforts and global operations.

Applications are now being accepted through March 12, 2023.

Eligibility: Open to all business majors, though geared towards supply chain majors.

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 supply chain and global operations during this 2+ month, part-time summer internship. Potential projects may include supporting supply chain operations, risk management, logistics, transportation, operations management, technology applications, strategy and analysis, etc.

Program begins the week of June 5 and ends by August 11.

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.

Pursue a career in international business and participate in the International Business Trek in Baltimore.

On Friday, November 18, 2022, the Center for Global Business will lead an International Business (IB) Treks to companies headquartered in the Baltimore region for undergraduate and graduate students interested in career paths with companies that have global operations.

Visits include Western Services Corporation and John S. Connor Global Logistics.

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

Tentative Schedule on Friday, November 18: Depart VMH at 8 a.m. and return by 4:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Interested students should register by Tuesday, November 15.

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.


  • 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:


Session content

Preparation for session

Tuesday, January 3


Domain 1: Global Business Management

Read Domain 1 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 1

Thursday, January 5


Domain 2: Global Marketing

Read Domain 2 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 2

Tuesday, January 10


Domain 3: Supply Chain Management

Read Domain 3 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 3

Thursday, January 12


Domain 4: Trade Finance

Read Domain 4 of Exam Prep Study Guide 

Take prep exam for Domain 4

Week of January 16

(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. The Center for Global Business is providing a full scholarship to UMD students who identify as underrepresented students.

Apply Now For Spring 2023

The application deadline is 2/22/2023.

Program Dates for Spring

March 13 to May 8, 2023

Read about the fall 2021 Positive Impact Internship.

Program Highlights

  • WORK ON MULTICULTURAL TEAMS: Teams will consist of 5-7 students from around the world, including Brazil.
  • INTERACTIVE APPLIED PROJECT: During the program, students will work directly with company representatives to provide actionable solutions to real business problems.
  • STUDENT CENTERED LEARNING: Meetings with the companies and with the faculty champion encourage students to share knowledge and experiences to reach optimal solutions.

The Center for Global Business is providing a full scholarship to four UMD students who identify as underrepresented students.

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 will 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.

The conference will take place November 7-9, 2022

Learn more about the conference and register to attend the virtual sessions.

(scroll down to Online and Track Access For Students for all disciplines)

Learner’s Track

As part of the Learner’s Track, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to participate in The Social Logistics Challenge. This challenge encourages students to discover the intersection between the technical and human sides of supply chain logistics. As a team, students will work together in groups of 2-4 to identify a logistical problem, analyze the competing factors involved, and develop a solution in the context of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Registration and submission of projects are due by October 20, 2022

Learn more and register with your team for the Social Logistics Challenge. Access with code: UMDbeyond2022.

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.

Case Preview

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a permanent change in the global retail industry. Many consumers, dealing with stay-at-home orders and mobility restrictions, took to online shopping and never looked back. Retailers, in turn, have had to adjust to this new demand and the diminishing need for physical space. This case explores Grupo Éxito, one of South America’s largest grocery retailers with a 70-year-old history. Founded in Medellín, Colombia, Grupo Exito now operates in Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. With the market shifting, should Grupo Éxito battle head-to-head with their competitors or, instead, bet on differentiated, digitized ways to serve its customers? Can the company simultaneously tackle both challenges and maintain its vast operations without losing focus?

Apply to compete by Monday, October 24, 2022.

Accepted applicants will be asked to confirm their participation by October 26, 2022.

Case Competition Timeline: November 2-9

  • November 2: Case Presentation and official kickoff of the competition
  • November 3-8: Group Work
  • November 9: Final Student presentations to the panel of judges and selection of the winning team

Learn more about the competition.

For more information please contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

CGB Presents: NASBITE International 2023 Student Case Competition

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

The 2023 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 the spring 2023 competition are now closed.

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.

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.


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 career.

Winter Break Courses

Apply Now

Dates are subject to change.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context
Program leaders: Victor Mullins and Jeanette Snider
Dates abroad: January 4, 2023 (arrival) – January 15, 2023 (departure)
Location(s): Cape Town, South Africa
Program fee: $3,640
The course will provide opportunities for theoretical engagement, experiential learning and reflection through a combination of seminars, seminar-linked site visits, 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, most generally a 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.

Fall info sessions:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 7-8 p.m. in 1518 Van Munching Hall or
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7-8 p.m. in 1505 Van Munching Hall


Accounting and Finance: Emerging Tech, ESG, UK and European Regulation, and Historical Foundations
Lead: Jim McKinney
Dates: January 7, 2023 (arrival in London) - Jan 21, 2023 (departure from Rome)
Locations: London, Brussels, Paris, Florence, and Rome
Program fee: $3,647
This course will explore emerging technology and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics in accounting and finance industries both from an organizational and regulatory perspective within the United Kingdom and the European Union. The course will additionally look at the historic foundations of accounting and finance that brought us to this point. A large part of the course will include visits to sites that are significant to the development of the accounting profession and offices of accounting and finance thought leaders of today in emerging tech and ESG. This course will count as an accounting elective for degree requirements for students majoring in accounting.

Fall info session:

  • Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6–7:30 p.m. in 1518 Van Munching Hall

From Here to There - Getting Products to Customers
Program leaders: David Ashley
Dates abroad: January 6, 2023 (arrival in Hanoi) – January 16, 2023 (departure from Singapore)
Location(s): Hanoi and Singapore
Program fee: $3,540
This course will focus on logistical and supply chain challenges faced by emerging markets (Hanoi) and mature shipping centers (Singapore). The course will examine business challenges in getting a product to market and how those challenges are being met through the relationships among the stages of a supply chain.

Fall info session:

  • August 31, 2022, 1 p.m., in 2505 Van Munching Hall

Read about previous short-term study abroad programs: 

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

The Global Summer Internship Program

Gain professional experience abroad and earn 6 credits

Spend the summer of a lifetime working in Sydney, Singapore, Auckland, Madrid, or Dublin at a for-credit internship. Students travel abroad for a 6-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 five 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 are open as of December 1, 2022 and are due February 22, 2023.

Program Fees

The program fees below reflect what will be charged to the participant's UMD student account. The program fees below include the non-refundable Education Abroad Fee ($500), required international health insurance ($92), housing (shared apartments or similar), and instructional costs (6 credits, cultural activities, some group meals, and on-the-ground support). Housing and instructional costs vary by location.

Program Dates

*Meal plan and costs included


  • 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.


#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.


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 15

October 30

Summer, fall, full-year programs

March 1



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



Flight scholarship

Up to $1,200

Semester program scholarship

$2,750 - $3,250

Short term program scholarship

Up 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 


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).


Contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

Other Programming

The Smith Global Consulting Fellows program is designed for students who have an interest in the world’s people and cultures and a desire to apply business and language skills to enhancing economic development worldwide and helping others succeed.

Students in Global Consulting Fellows study intercultural issues in global management and learn skills in group research and consulting through two courses: Cross-cultural Challenges in Business, and Practicum in Global Consulting. Students work in teams to conduct research and develop feasible business ideas that contribute to business, social and economic development, especially in emerging economies.

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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