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.

Keep Global with CGB

As part of the #KeepGlobalSmith initiative, meet on Zoom with a team member from the Center for Global Business. During these brief drop-in meetings, learn more about faculty teaching resources, new engaging student programming, and other opportunities for you to build your global mindset at home.

Mondays and Thursdays, 2-5 p.m.
Wednesdays, Noon-2 p.m.
Schedule your appointment with Greg Rafal

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-11 a.m.
Schedule your appointment with Katarina Slobodova

On-Campus and Virtual Programming

Given the global pandemic and university-wide restriction on travel, the Center for Global Business will be unable to offer the traditional MBA global business courses, including January travel abroad, this academic year. In their place, a brand new, innovative course has been developed that will allow you to travel the world virtually, at no additional cost beyond tuition.

“Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities,” taught by Bennet A. Zelner, associate professor, runs through fall term B, January, and spring term C. Whereas traditional MBA global business courses have focused on doing business in one country, this course focuses on doing business in five countries: Chile, Israel, Poland, South Africa, and Vietnam.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to meet virtually with global business leaders and subject matter experts in these five countries, connect with normally inaccessible leadership, engage in discussion with MBA students from across the world, and work with a US-based firm on a global consulting project — all from the comfort of your home.

Course Information

BUSI758O/BUSM758C/BUSO758B GX01

Faculty Lead Bennet A. Zelner
Virtual Destinations Chile, Israel, Poland, South Africa, and Vietnam.
Eligibility Open to second and third-year full-time MBA, flex MBA, and OMBA, students.
Registration Registration opens July 30, 2020, on Testudo.
Add/Drop Please refer to the Networth academic calendar for add/drop dates.
Credit Structure 2 credits earned during the fall semester + 2 credits earned during the spring semester. 
Total = 4 credits.
Course Dates
Fall 2020 Term B
Sunday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 3-5 p.m.
January
Sunday, Jan. 10, 8-11 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 17, 8-10 p.m.
Spring 2021 Term C
Sunday, Jan. 24, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Check the Networth website for up to date information regarding course objectives, course structure, and registration details.

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

Eligibility

Open to all MBA students

Program Dates and Structure

  • Remote opportunity on a team of 3-5 MBA students
  • June 1-August 13, 2021
  • Approximately 10 hours per week
  • Program deliverable: final presentation and set of recommendations

Faculty Advisor

Kislaya Prasad, academic director, Center for Global Business; research professor, Decisions, Operations, and Information Technologies.

How to Apply

Apply by April 18 by submitting information and a resume.

The Maryland Global Consulting Program is an opportunity to work with a real company seeking to expand their 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 application 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.

This program is not for academic credit; however, if a student is interested in pursuing academic credit, they may do so through an independent study under Kislaya Prasad.

APPLY TO THE PROGRAM

Questions? Contact maugoust@umd.edu

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

The University of Maryland, University of Washington, and Florida International University present the first annual Ace the Case Global Business Challenge.

February 19 – March 5, 2021

Teams can expect to participate synchronously for no more than 1.5 hours on Friday, February 19, Saturday, February 20, and Friday, March 5. Final-round teams can expect to submit a video with recommendations by Friday, February 26. Dates in between account for judge deliberations.

This Ace the Case Global Business Challenge is open to all MBA and business graduate students interested in testing their skills and knowledge in global business strategies.

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

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

For more information, please contact Marina Augoustidis via email at maugoust@umd.edu.

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.

Upcoming Event

Flywheel DigitalVirtual Visit to FlyWheel Digital
Friday, April 30, 2021
10 to 11:15 a.m.

Register for the visit

Join the Center for Global Business for the International Business (IB) Trek in Maryland, an opportunity for Maryland Smith students to virtually visit Maryland-headquartered companies that have global operations.

Register today to participate in the visit to FlyWheel Digital and learn from Maryland Smith Alumni in their London and Baltimore offices about:

  • FlyWheel’s operations and e-commerce services;
  • Why and how FlyWheel prioritizes global markets;
  • FlyWheel’s global portfolio of digital retailers;
  • How FlyWheel uses global mindset skills in their everyday work;
  • Concepts in international business while highlighting industry right here in Maryland;
  • FlyWheel’s business culture and what life is like as a business professional.

Most Recent Event

Donovan MurrayThe Maryland Port Administration
Donovan Murray
General Manager, Intermodal/Trade Development
Learn more about the port and its work.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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

Study Abroad

Please note that all study abroad programs have been suspended for winter 2021.

Learn more about current on-campus and virtual programming »

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 business executives in their field.

Resources

Please note that all study abroad programs have been suspended for spring 2021.

Learn more about current on-campus and virtual programming »

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, visit the program page.

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, the Center for Global Business partners with the University of Maryland School of Language, Literature, and Culture (SLLC) to offer business language courses at the undergraduate level.

SLLC offers an array of courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish as well as courses that bring together language and business. If you are an MBA student interested in learning more, please see the SLLC website to contact their offices or contact CGB at smithglobal@umd.edu.

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