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.

Study Abroad

Faculty-Led Global Business Programs

Please note that all study abroad programs have been suspended for fall 2020. Learn more.

MBA Exchange

Please note that all study abroad programs have been suspended for fall 2020. Learn more.

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 part-time students 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

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. Australia is the most popular choice among our undergraduate students.

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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.

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 recently won first place as the most Influential MBA of China in a ranking conducted by World Executive.

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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 (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.

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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 is one of our global partners in the Global Technology and Management Consortium, a group of 5 leading universities around the world focused on technology. Located in the French Riviera, SKEMA is close to many highly regarded technology enterprises. This is generally a graduate exchange, but undergraduates interested in attending this school for a semester will be able to do so.

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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 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.

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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.

On-Campus and Virtual Programming

Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities

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.

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
Friday, Jan. 22, 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.

Resources

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

Global Consulting Practicum

Global Consulting for MBAs at the Smith School is offered as a 4-credit course to MBA students during their second year or third year. Projects for Global Consulting are provided through the Maryland Global Export Consulting Program. 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. Though the program is offered to both full-time and flex MBA students, the course structure differs for each population.

Global consulting projects for full-time MBA students will be embedded into the fall course, BUSM798Q “Business Consulting: Business Problem Solving Practicum,” with Nicole Coomber, assistant dean of the full-time MBA program.

Enrolled students will be assigned team projects based on their interests and skill sets as determined by Coomber. Full-time MBAs interested in doing an international consulting project should express their interest with Coomber, but selection is not guaranteed.

Full-time MBA global consulting projects do not include a travel component. Those interested in global business consulting projects that offer travel in-country should register for MBA Global Business courses.

Global consulting projects within the full-time MBA course structure will present an actionable consulting project from an international business client for which student teams will collaborate to develop and present an innovative, operational plan that will have the most significant impact and best possible outcome for their clients.

Global consulting projects for flex MBA students will be embedded into the spring course, BUMO758K “Special Topics in Management and Organization: Business Consulting,” with Nicole Coomber, assistant dean of the full-time MBA program.

Enrolled students who are specifically interested in an international consulting project can expect to submit a resume and cover letter to help match their skill sets and interests to projects available. The enrollment process will also serve as a confirmation that students are willing to travel over spring break for the project.

While travel is included in the part-time program, travel coordination from the Center for Global is not, so students will not be charged a program fee. This means that students will be responsible for coordinating their own lodging and logistics during the in-country portion of the program and therefore, responsible for the roundtrip international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, meals, insurance, and other personal expenses while traveling for the project.

The Center for Global Business will offer a $1000 grant to part-time students enrolled in a global consulting project to help offset their travel costs.

Global consulting projects within the flex MBA course structure will present an actionable consulting project from an international business client for which student teams will collaborate to develop and present an innovative, operational plan that will have the most significant impact and best possible outcome for their clients.

Stay tuned for the application timeline and projects for the 2018-19 academic year.

Upon completion of global consulting projects students will gain:

  • In-depth, first-hand experience providing consulting services in a foreign country.
  • Knowledge of global business practices.
  • Insight into cross-cultural differences that affect leadership and interpersonal interactions such as communication, negotiation, conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity, which is intrinsic to all global experiences.
  • Capacity to deliver innovative, operational plans to clients.
  • Increased competitiveness in today’s job market.

General Student Qualifications

  • Extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience.
  • Past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place.
  • Flexibility and adaptability and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Previous strategic consulting experience, or experience in an entrepreneurial start-up setting.

Regional language skills are not required, although desirable.

 

MBA Global Case Competition

Check back in early fall to learn more information about this spring opportunity.

Other Programming

 

Global Business Language Opportunities

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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