Graduate Programming

Why Go Global?

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.

On-Campus and Virtual Programming

The Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities course is an opportunity to travel the world virtually at no additional cost beyond tuition.

Course Information

Faculty Lead

Bennet A. Zelner

Virtual Destinations

South Africa, Poland, and Israel

Eligibility

Open to second and third-year Full-time MBA, Flex MBA, and OMBA students.

Credit Structure

4 credits in the spring semester

“Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities” provides students with the opportunity to learn from and engage with business leaders and MBA students in the leading international business destinations of South Africa, Poland, and Israel. The class begins by providing conceptual tools for identifying and assessing the institutional influences shaping national business environments. Students will then learn about the business and cultural environments in the three focal countries through direct online interaction with overseas business leaders and MBA students, as well as local subject matter experts. Students will employ this knowledge in a team project in which you will advise a real-world American firm on a strategy for entering one of the three countries. At the end of the class, teams will present their findings to firm representatives and a panel of external judges.

The class will consist of four sequential modules.

Conceptual tools for developing international business strategies.
You will learn conceptual frameworks for identifying and assessing the institutional influences shaping national business environments, and the factors relevant to developing international market entry strategies.

Virtual engagement.
You will learn about the business and cultural environments in Israel, Poland, and South Africa through direct online interaction with overseas businesses, local subject matter experts, and local MBA students.

Team project.
You will perform a team consulting project for a U.S.-based company. Your team will be assigned one of the five host countries and asked to prepare a strategic analysis of the company’s possible entry into the country.

Presentation & integration.
You will participate in a class-wide comparative exercise using the results of your team project. The exercise will include team presentations attended by company.

Registration Instructions

Registration opens on Tuesday, October 26. Students will register for the MBA global business courses in Testudo. The course number associated with each MBA global business course will be provided soon. There is no additional application for this course.

This program is funded in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Structure

Semester Course

Projects sources from the Maryland Global Consulting Program are embedded within Professor Nicole Coomber's Business Consulting course.

Summer Program

Virtual opportunity for teams of 3-5 MBA students from early June to early August. Students participating can opt for a for-credit independent study or not for credit.

The Maryland Global Consulting program is an opportunity to work with a real company seeking to expand its global business or solutions to an international business challenge. This program gives clients the opportunity to work with MBA students on internationalizing their business through general strategy, marketing, finance, supply chain and logistics, and/or data analytics skills. Potential projects may include market assessments, market entry strategies, identification of distributors, and export distribution plans.

More information on the company will be provided after the enrollment process. Company projects are sourced through the Center for Global Business and the Maryland Department of Commerce. Students will be matched to the company by the Center for Global Business based on industry experience, foreign language capacity, and other factors that may be considered for the project.

Questions? Email Marina Augoustidis at maugoust@umd.edu.

This program is funded in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Ace the Case Global Business Challenge is a virtual opportunity for all MBA and business graduate students to compete against peers from schools throughout the U.S. The competition asks teams to tackle a real challenge for a global client through an interviewer-led case and final video presentation.

Save the Date: February 4-11, 2022

Participants can expect to:

  • Work in teams and provide actionable recommendations
  • Sharpen skills in navigating the case interview process and in making virtual presentations
  • Network with international students and corporate executives
  • Join a virtual student mixer and optional virtual cultural activity
  • Participate in a case interview process with an international company
  • Compete virtually against business students from across the globe
  • Engage in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions for this two-part competition

Note: Teams can expect to participate synchronously for no more than two hours on Friday, February 4, Saturday, February 5, and Friday, February 11. Final-round teams can expect to submit a video with recommendations by Tuesday, February 8. Time in between accounts for judge deliberations.

For more information or if you have any questions, please check out the registration form or contact cibeacethecase@gmail.com.

Read about the 2021 Ace the Case Global Business Challenge.

This program is funded in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Pursue a career in international business and participate in the International Business Trek in Maryland!

Interested students can register for any or all visits. Registering for one visit does not require a student to register for the entire program.

Recent Events

Read event highlights: FlyWheel Digital Hosts Virtual Site Visit with Maryland Smith Students


Virtual Visit to the Maryland Port Administration

Donovan Murray
General Manager, Intermodal/Trade Development
Learn more about the port and its work | Event Highlights: Virtual Visit to the Maryland Port Administration

The International Business Trek in Baltimore is supported in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

GBSN Beyond

Stay tuned for more information about the HUMLOG Challenge with the Global Business School Network in Fall 2022. Please see information below about the Fall 2021 HUMLOG Challenge.

The HUMLOG Challenge Fall 2021

The Global Business School Network Learners Track features a virtual team competition designed to engage students from across the globe who have an interest in humanitarian logistics and a desire to serve their community. The Covid-19 pandemic has tested communities across the world on preparedness and resilience. In the context of accelerated climate change and population growth, the current trend of frequent major disasters is expected to increase. Called The HUMLOG Challenge, the student competition will focus on Community Disaster Resilience. Teams will be challenged to identify a locally relevant natural disaster and develop a solutions packet that will address the community’s preparedness, response and level of resilience.

Learners Track

Taking you BEYOND the credential, the Learners Track is designed for graduate and undergraduate students who are committed to reskill, innovate, upskill, collaborate and are interested in making an impact in their community. Through the month of October, learners can engage in a variety of virtual experiences that facilitate collaboration, development and learning.

Questions? Contact smithglobal@umd.edu.

CGB invites a Maryland Smith MBA student team to participate in the NASBITE International 2022 Student Case Competition. Please contact Marina Augoustidis at maugoust@umd.edu if you are interested in competing.

The competition allows students studying or interested in international business to solve a real-world challenge posed by a U.S.-based exporter. 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.

The first round of the 2022 competition will be entirely virtual with submissions due March 1, 2022. Finalists will have the option of presenting live or virtually in the final competition, which will take place on March 31, 2022.

Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP)

Attend the information session to hear more about the program and from the CGBP professional who will be facilitating the program. 

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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

Register

Registrations are being accepted until Friday, February 25, 2022.

Enrollment, requirements, and preliminary fees

  • All interested students are eligible to register.
  • The registration deadline for this cohort has been extended and registrations are being accepted until Friday, February 25 2022.
  • 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 four 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

  • Facilitated program through CGB will be held synchronously and asynchronous over a three-month period before a student is able to sit for the exam.
  • Synchronously: Students will meet with a CGBP professional once every three weeks for two hours. Confirmed schedule will be based on availability of professional and students. If not, CGB will set this schedule.
  • Asynchronously: Students will be assigned readings and other assignments correlated to each of the four domains of the CGBP exam in between synchronous meetings.
  • 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 upcoming session

Completion of preparation

Friday, February 11

Introduction and overview – provided via recording and shared with students.

Read Domain 1 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 1

Send prep exam to CGBP professional by Friday, Feb. 25.

Friday, March 4

Domain 1: Global Business Management

Read Domain 2 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 2

Send prep exam to CGBP professional by Friday, March 18.

Friday, March 25

Domain 2: Global Marketing

Read Domain 3 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 3

Send prep exam to CGBP professional by Friday, April 8.

Friday, April 15

Domain 3: Supply Chain Management

Read Domain 4 of Exam Prep Study Guide

Take prep exam for Domain 4

Send prep exam to CGBP professional by Friday, April 29.

Friday, May 6

Domain 4: Trade Finance

Advise students to retake prep exam before exam.

 

Study Abroad

The MBA Global Business Courses are an opportunity for students to expand their global mindset and global business savvy while immersed in an international context.

While traveling abroad with a professor, students visit companies to enhance their business acumen and apply their knowledge and skills to solve a cross-border, cross-cultural business challenge. Students choose courses based on opportunities to develop expertise in their area of interest and based on the opportunity to network with colleagues, faculty, and international company executives in their field.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a “global mindset,” an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets, with an ability to see common patterns.
  • Sharpen your “global business savvy” by gaining substantive knowledge of business organizations and the institutions in a given country, region, or industry as well as the capacity to contextualize this knowledge in a comparative perspective.
  • Gain career skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex challenge.
  • Network with colleagues, faculty, alumni, and international company executives in your field of interest, while enhancing your cultural knowledge.

The location of the field experiences may change annually.

AY 22-23 Portfolio with Winter 2023 travel (dates subject to change).

Doing Business in Indonesia
Dave Waguespack
 
Dates on campus: Oct. 23, Nov. 6, March. 5
Tentative dates abroad: Jan. 6 (arrival) – Jan. 13 (departure)

Doing Business in South Korea and Singapore
Zhi-Long Chen

Dates on campus: Oct. 23, Nov. 20, March 5
Tentative dates abroad: Jan. 4 (arrival, Seoul) – Jan. 12 (departure, Singapore)

Doing Business in Portugal
Judy Frels

Dates on campus: Oct. 23, Nov. 20, March 5
Tentative dates abroad: Jan. 7 (arrival) – Jan. 14 (departure)

Doing Business in South Africa
Bennet Zelner

Dates on campus: Oct. 23, Dec. 4, March 5
Tentative dates abroad: Jan .12 (arrival) – Jan. 21 (departure)

Doing Business in Brazil 
Paulo Prochno

Dates on campus: Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, March 5

Tentative dates abroad: Jan. 7 (arrival) – Jan. 14 (departure).

The Smith School encourages flex MBA students who are able to fit a study abroad experience into their coursework to take advantage of this opportunity. Flex MBAs are able to go after finishing the core courses. Please note that the exchange programs are open to Flex MBAs only.

In order to apply, please email the Center for Global Business at smithglobal@umd.edu well in advance of the application deadline to obtain the forms and schedule an interview.

Objectives for Graduate Exchanges

  • To develop an understanding of business and cultural environment in other countries
  • To demonstrate the ability to work effectively in an international setting
  • Where applicable, to acquire the ability to communicate in the world's major business languages
  • To adapt to conditions in the world's most important business centers

Exchange Partners

RMIT

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.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
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 about RMIT, visit the program page.

Guanghua School of Management

The Guanghua School of Management, Peking University is one of the best business schools in China. The School is staffed with about 100 full-time teaching faculty members. About half of the faculty earned their PhD degrees from prestigious universities overseas including Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and UC-Berkeley. Guanghua has a total enrollment of more than 3,000 students and was named the most Influential MBA of China in a ranking conducted by World Executive.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
Guanghua offers 15-20 business courses taught in English per semester. Students are also encouraged to take Business Chinese. Exchange students are eligible to access all career services including corporate presentations, career coaching, and job postings. Due to the overwhelming demand for on-campus housing, students must find private accommodations on their own. Assistance from the Office of International Relations is provided.

For more information about Guanghua, visit the program page.

Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is a private educational institution established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education. CBS has around 15,000 students and an annual intake of around 1,000 exchange students. With this number of students as well as around 400 full-time researchers and around 500 administrative employees, CBS is one of the three largest business schools in Northern Europe.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
CBS offers over 100 courses taught in English each semester. Exchange students participate in a "crash course" prior to the semester designed to orient them to the language and culture of Denmark. Exchange students are eligible to work part-time up to 15 hours per week. However, students are forewarned that jobs in Denmark are scarce. Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

For more information about CBS, visit the program page.

SKEMA Business School

SKEMA prides itself as being a hub of technological innovation, reflected in its student body and industry linkages. With over six thousand students across multiple campuses in France and the world, SKEMA is committed to internationalizing business education. Exchange students benefit from high-quality instruction in a global setting.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
SKEMA offers over 40 graduate business courses taught in English each semester. Courses in French are also available to exchange students with language proficiency. Exchange students are eligible to work part-time in a non-paid internship while taking classes. Exchange students can choose from on-campus apartments or private accommodations in nearby Haut Sartoux or Antibes. The Housing Office assists in exploring these options and roommate matching.

For more information SKEMA, visit the program page.

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU is considered the preeminent business school in Germany. WHU has a strong interest in international business, as well as corporate responsibility. It is a small school, with about 600 students and the classroom dynamic is lively and interactive. Koblenz is a small town located on the Rhine and Mosel rivers, about 1 hour west of Frankfurt.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
All MBA and MSc courses are taught in English. Exchange students are eligible to enroll in courses from both the MBA and MSc programs. The placement office is available to exchange students and they will work with you on securing a work permit for a post-semester internship. Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

For more information about WHU, visit the program page.

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