Santiago Luna, the coordinator for the Center for Global Business at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, writes about opportunities available at the center.
As the new academic year begins, the Center for Global Business looks back on several successful initiatives from the summer and announces new opportunities for the fall.
USM Business Language Award
University System of Maryland alumni applied to the center’s business language award, a stipend of up to $750 for a language program of their choice. Out of 16 applicants, the center committed to grant 7 alumni with the award upon completion of their selected programs. Nearly $5,000 in business language awards will be distributed.
Summer Language Institute Award
The center and the Summer Language Institute awarded a Maryland Smith senior in senior supply chain management with a full grant to participate in the Persian Summer Language Institute, an intensive nine-week summer program offered by the University of Maryland’s School of Language, Literature, and Cultures. The award competition was open to business students nationwide.
Global Summer Internships
Ten participants returned from the summer global internship program, designed to give students first-hand experience working in a global business environment and receive academic credit while abroad. Students interned at prestigious companies such as FedEx, Johnson & Johnson Medical, and 3M, among others. The destinations this summer included Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore. All students blogged about their experience. View the center's blog.
Exchange Student Orientation Week
The center welcomes 33 undergraduate and graduate exchange students to Maryland Smith from 10 different international business schools.
New undergraduate semester exchange partnerships
Undergraduate students are invited to enroll for a semester abroad with our newest business exchange partners, Lund University, Sweden and Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands. Deadline to apply for spring 2020 is October 1.
Global Open House
Join the center on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, from Noon–2 p.m. outside 2410 Van Munching Hall for their annual Global Open House, a showcase of all the global opportunities at Maryland Smith. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students. An information session for all Smith short-term courses will be held on this day at 1:30 p.m. Registration is not required.
Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business (DSS)
The center invites influential figures to present the latest trends in international business and provokes conversation among undergraduate and graduate students, policy experts, and business executives alike. This fall’s scheduled DSS events are:
North America Trade: USMCA
Thursday, October 17, 6-7 p.m. (tentative)
Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace
Thursday, November 21, 6-7 p.m.
International Education Week (IEW)
International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education “to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.” This year’s itinerary will be released in September. IEW 2019 will take place November 18-22, 2019.
Semester Exchange and Winter Term Courses — Undergraduate and Graduate
Semester exchange programs at one of our top business school partners around the world offer a unique and career-enhancing experience for undergraduate students. Courses are offered in English, but students may also select a foreign language course at their home institution. Winter faculty-led, short-term courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. The for-credit programs offer students an opportunity to broaden their global mindset and apply a comparative international lens to students’ education and professional careers. Application deadline for both programs is October 1.
These programs are funded in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.