Undergraduate Programming

Why Go Global?

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

Passport to a Global Mindset

“…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 defining 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.

We’ve broken ‘Global Mindset’ into seven competencies – attributes that those with a global mindset exhibit. And be sure to stop by the CGB office in VMH 2410 for more information or if you have any questions.

  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.

On-Campus and Virtual Programming

As part of the #KeepGlobalSmith campaign, the Center for Global Business thrilled to announce the new and innovative International Business (IB) Agility Labs. Through these labs, students will gain multiple global perspectives in a fast-paced, intensive, and hands-on competition while working on a real global business issue.

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

Program Dates: May 25, 2020–August 2020

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

How to Apply: Application Closed

The Global Marketing Virtual Internship program is an opportunity to gain professional experience with a Maryland company. Students will be matched with a small to midsize enterprise internationalizing their business and seeking Maryland Smith talent to help them do so.

The internship program is paid through a stipend. Students will be matched either as individuals or in teams. More information on the company will be provided during the application and matching process. Students will 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. Learn more.

The Office of Career Services and Center for Global Business invites students to leverage their global learning experience with the “Leveraging Your Global Mindset” online module. By watching this module, students will 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.


Study Abroad

The Center for Global Business is working on a variety of new programs and opportunities for students to engage with the world. The current virtual environment makes it possible for us to connect students and industry in novel and collaborative ways.

Broadening your global mindset isn’t limited to study abroad programs. The Smith School offers an abundant amount of opportunities to get involved in global learning while on campus – from internationally-focused classes to case competitions and speaker series. Join us, and get involved!

Studying abroad for a semester is an amazing experience that you will remember for the rest of your life! Not only will it broaden your horizons, but it will enhance your 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. Some students may also choose to practice a foreign language; however, all of our partner schools offer courses in English.

Determining how you will study abroad is a personal decision that is impacted by a number of factors including financing, course transfer, choice of destination, and more! Students are highly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor and the Center for Global Business for assistance in planning their study abroad.

Here’s what some students said about their semester abroad experiences:

Valencia, Spain

Melbourne, Australia 

Shanghai, China

Bangkok, Thailand

Undergraduate Exchange

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

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 our exchange partners.


The University of Maryland's nine "Maryland-in" programs provide a great way to spend a semester abroad with more support than an exchange semester, semester abroad through a provider, or by direct enrolling. Often there is resident credit available (classes will appear on your transcript as if you took them here). Business students, in particular, should review the Rome and Barcelona programs for how they might fit in with your academic plan, as these programs have a substantial number of business courses available in English.

Please note that all Smith short-term study abroad programs have been suspended for winter 2021.

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.

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

Looking for a way to enrich your summer? Can’t fit a semester abroad into your schedule? Want to gain professional and academic experience in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Caribbean, Europe, or Latin America? Enroll in one of the summer programs below and earn up to nine credits!

If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you are able to apply for up to a $5,000 in Gilman Scholarship for all programs.

The Global Summer Internship Program

Spend the summer of a lifetime interning in a new culture. Earn seven credits as you learn to navigate different cultural work environments on an eight-week internship. Open to all majors, including non-BMGT, and to current sophomores and above. Gain valuable and unique work experience to highlight on your resumes.

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC)

Join the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) program and combat poverty in Latin America by supporting small community-based businesses. This unique eight week, nine credit study and internship program will teach you basic principles of social entrepreneurship through courses, case studies, discussions, and hands-on, practical experience.

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. The goals of the program are:

Developing global awareness and appreciation for the world’s business cultures, and cultural competencies for students seeking to work in the global/consulting arena, whether for U.S. firms or for companies and agencies abroad.

Providing instruction and practice in business consulting concepts and methods in international contexts.

Students in Global Consulting Fellows will 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 will work in teams to conduct research and develop feasible business ideas that contribute to business, social and economic development, especially in emerging economies.

Curriculum – 1-year program

  • BMGT 364 (Management and Organization Theory)—Pre-requisite; may be taken concurrently with BMGT463F
  • BMGT 463F (Cross-cultural Challenges in Business)—Fall
  • BMGT 468P (Fellows Program Practicum in Global Business)—Spring
  • COMM 107 or equivalent highly recommended
  • Co-Curricular Activities & Events
  • Intercultural communication and negotiation workshop
  • Site visits to embassies, global firms located in Baltimore/D.C.

Fellows Program Eligibility

  • BMGT majors—Management or International Business majors preferred, but all BMGT majors encouraged to apply. (You may also apply if you are applying to Smith for 2014-2015.)
  • Preference for those with double-major or minor in a foreign language or demonstrated fluency
  • Junior standing—advanced-standing sophomores with BMGT core completed will be considered
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

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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