This fall, the Center for Global Business welcomed 36 incoming exchange students to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and for the first time since spring 2020, exchange programs have almost completely returned to pre-pandemic levels.
In the first two weeks, incoming students were introduced to the University of Maryland campus through a series of orientation activities hosted by the Education Abroad and International Student Services Office. During the semester, these undergraduate and graduate students will take business and non-business courses and bring new perspectives to classrooms while also experiencing an entirely different culture.
Third-year student Chloe Shipp from City, University of London says, “It was so exciting to come and learn about new cultures, and ways of life. American universities are so vast in the subjects they offer, that it has allowed me to explore new subjects I would not have thought about completing back home.”
This semester’s exchange students come from 13 universities, spanning three continents and 11 countries. These partner institutions include the University of South Wales (Australia); the University of Melbourne (Australia); Singapore Management University (Singapore); Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(Hong Kong); the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (Netherlands); Lund University (Sweden); the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark); the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium); the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria); the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany); the School of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Navarra (Spain); the IE Business School at IE University (Spain); and the Bayes Business School at City, University of London (United Kingdom).
While incoming exchange students have been settling in at Smith, students in outgoing exchange programs have been settling into their host universities as well.
Maryland Smith students earn transfer credits towards their degrees via exchange programs while immersing themselves in a new environment and developing their global mindsets. This year, twelve Smith students were sent abroad to eight different schools: the Bayes Business School at City, University of London (United Kingdom); the SKEMA Business School (France); the IE Business School at IE University (Spain); Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain); Bocconi University (Italy); the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (Netherlands); Singapore Management University (Singapore); and University of New South Wales (Australia).
“Exchange study abroad is a really unique opportunity for students to study abroad and get academic credit towards their degree all for the same costs of tuition as if they were here at Maryland,” says Rachel McCloud, assistant director at the Center for Global Business. “We have over a dozen BMGT exchange opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate BMGT students. (Exchange programs) can really help with academic, personal and professional goals in developing a global mindset!”
For more information on BMGT semester exchange programs, read: Study Abroad Start Here.
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