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Smith School Offers International Immersion for MBAs Through Global Business Courses

Posted By Lisa Barnard, Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lisa BarnardThe Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland proudly offers ten new short-term abroad programs during the 2009-2010 academic year. Utilizing its connections with schools and companies around the world, the Smith School offers MBA students a rich buffet of cultural and thematic options: programs range from examining the energy and environmental issues surrounding the Three Gorges Dam, to immersion in the fertile business climate of Brazil, to gaining insights on the opportunities and challenges surrounding the grandiose mega-projects of the UAE, such as the Burj Dubai.

Students participating in the programs will first complete a pre-departure course at the UMD to enhance their knowledge of the culture, history, and economic conditions of the destination country. While traveling abroad, itineraries include various company visits and cultural activities, developing both issue-specific knowledge and macro-scale understanding of national/regional business practice. In addition to the MBA programs, the University plans to offer five undergraduate programs of a similar nature.

In related news, the University is excited to announce several new exchange programs with various Asian schools, including:

  • GBSN Member SchoolAn agreement with Technion in Israel host joint courses and exchange graduate students,
  • A partnership with Guanghua School of Management in Beijing to exchange students and cooperate on the China Business Plan Competition,
  • A campus-wide agreement with Korea University in Seoul for student exchange, and
  • Two new University-level programs: Maryland in Haifa and Maryland in Shanghai, where students will have the opportunity to study abroad while receiving UMD credit.


For more information regarding the programs and events above, please contact Lisa Barnard, Director of the Office of Global Programs in the Smith School of Business.

 University of Maryland Smith School of Business

Lisa Barnard is Director of the Office of Global Programs in the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Bernard built the Smith short-term abroad programs, from two a year, to an average of 20 undergraduate and graduate programs a year. The Smith School of Business now represents the largest population of UMD students abroad. The Smith School of Business is an Executive Board Member school at the Global Business School Network.

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