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.

On-Campus and Virtual Programming

The Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities course is an opportunity to travel the world virtually at no additional cost beyond tuition.

Course Information

Faculty Lead

Bennet A. Zelner

Virtual Destinations

South Africa, Poland, and Israel


Open to second and third-year Full-time MBA, Flex MBA, and OMBA students.

Credit Structure

4 credits in the spring semester

“Managing Global Business Risks and Opportunities” provides students with the opportunity to learn from and engage with business leaders and MBA students in the leading international business destinations of South Africa, Poland, and Israel. The class begins by providing conceptual tools for identifying and assessing the institutional influences shaping national business environments. Students will then learn about the business and cultural environments in the three focal countries through direct online interaction with overseas business leaders and MBA students, as well as local subject matter experts. Students will employ this knowledge in a team project in which you will advise a real-world American firm on a strategy for entering one of the three countries. At the end of the class, teams will present their findings to firm representatives and a panel of external judges.

The class will consist of four sequential modules.

Conceptual tools for developing international business strategies.
You will learn conceptual frameworks for identifying and assessing the institutional influences shaping national business environments, and the factors relevant to developing international market entry strategies.

Virtual engagement.
You will learn about the business and cultural environments in Israel, Poland, and South Africa through direct online interaction with overseas businesses, local subject matter experts, and local MBA students.

Team project.
You will perform a team consulting project for a U.S.-based company. Your team will be assigned one of the five host countries and asked to prepare a strategic analysis of the company’s possible entry into the country.

Presentation & integration.
You will participate in a class-wide comparative exercise using the results of your team project. The exercise will include team presentations attended by company.

Registration Instructions

Registration opens on Tuesday, October 26. Students will register for the MBA global business courses in Testudo. The course number associated with each MBA global business course will be provided soon. There is no additional application for this course.

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


Semester Course: Projects sources from the Maryland Global Consulting Program are embedded within Professor Nicole Coomber's Business Consulting course.

Summer Program: Virtual opportunity for teams of 3-5 MBA students from early June to early August. Students participating can opt for a for-credit independent study or not for credit.

The Maryland Global Consulting program is an opportunity to work with a real company seeking to expand its global business or solutions to an international business challenge. 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. Potential projects may include market assessments, market entry strategies, identification of distributors, and export distribution plans.

More information on the company will be provided after the enrollment process. Company projects are sourced through the Center for Global Business and the Maryland Department of Commerce. Students will be matched to the company by the Center for Global Business based on industry experience, foreign language capacity, and other factors that may be considered for the project.

Questions? Email Marina Augoustidis at

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

The Ace the Case Global Business Challenge is a virtual opportunity for all MBA and business graduate students to compete against peers from schools throughout the U.S. The competition asks teams to tackle a real challenge for a global client through an interviewer-led case and final video presentation.

Save the Date: February 4-11, 2022

Participants can expect to:

  • Work in teams and provide actionable recommendations
  • Sharpen skills in navigating the case interview process and in making virtual presentations
  • Network with international students and corporate executives
  • Join a virtual student mixer and optional virtual cultural activity
  • Participate in a case interview process with an international company
  • Compete virtually against business students from across the globe
  • Engage in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions for this two-part competition

Note: Teams can expect to participate synchronously for no more than two hours on Friday, February 4, Saturday, February 5, and Friday, February 11. Final-round teams can expect to submit a video with recommendations by Tuesday, February 8. Time in between accounts for judge deliberations.

For more information or if you have any questions, please check out the registration form or contact

Read about the 2021 Ace the Case Global Business Challenge.

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

Pursue a career in international business and participate in the International Business Trek in Maryland!

Interested students can register for any or all visits. Registering for one visit does not require a student to register for the entire program.

Recent Events

Virtual Visit to FlyWheel Digital

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Center for Global Business hosted the International Business (IB) Trek in Maryland, an opportunity for Maryland Smith students to virtually visit Maryland-headquartered companies that have global operations.

Students participated in the visit to FlyWheel Digital and learn from Maryland Smith Alumni in their London and Baltimore offices about:

  • FlyWheel’s operations and e-commerce services;
  • Why and how FlyWheel prioritizes global markets;
  • FlyWheel’s global portfolio of digital retailers;
  • How FlyWheel uses global mindset skills in their everyday work;
  • Concepts in international business while highlighting industry right here in Maryland;
  • FlyWheel’s business culture and what life is like as a business professional.

Virtual Visit to the Maryland Port Administration

Donovan Murray
General Manager, Intermodal/Trade Development
Learn more about the port and its work | Event Highlights: Virtual Visit to the Maryland Port Administration

The International Business Trek in Baltimore is supported in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

GBSN BeyondCGB invites Maryland Smith undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the annual conference of the Global Business School Network. This year’s conference is entirely virtual, free of cost to UMD students, and includes the opportunity for students to compete in a team case competition focused on humanitarian logistics challenges with a $5,000 first-place prize.

Learners Track

October 1-29

Taking you BEYOND the credential, the Learners Track is designed for graduate and undergraduate students who are committed to reskill, innovate, upskill, collaborate and are interested in making an impact in their community. Through the month of October, learners can engage in a variety of virtual experiences that facilitate collaboration, development and learning.

The HUMLOG Challenge

The Learners Track features a virtual team competition designed to engage students from across the globe who have an interest in humanitarian logistics and a desire to serve their community. The Covid-19 pandemic has tested communities across the world on preparedness and resilience. In the context of accelerated climate change and population growth, the current trend of frequent major disasters is expected to increase. Called The HUMLOG Challenge, the student competition will focus on Community Disaster Resilience. Teams will be challenged to identify a locally relevant natural disaster and develop a solutions packet that will address the community’s preparedness, response and level of resilience. The winning team will receive $5,000 USD towards their continuing education. Learn more about the competition.

Registration: If you are interested in participating in the HUMLOG Challenge, or any part of the GBSN Beyond experience, use the UMD’s unique registration code below to waive your registration fee. Each individual must register to gain access to the virtual event platform and to sign up for any of the pre-conference track activities.


Institution Registration Code: UMDgbsnBEYOND

Questions? Contact

CGB invites a Maryland Smith MBA student team to participate in the NASBITE International 2022 Student Case Competition. Please contact Marina Augoustidis at before October 14, 2021, if you are interested in competing.

The competition allows students studying or interested in international business to solve a real-world challenge posed by a U.S.-based exporter. The goals of the NASBITE International Student Case Competition are:

  • To provide college and university students the opportunity to work collaboratively on a creative solution to a real-world international business challenge, and to put their research, presentation and networking skills to work.
  • To provide the sponsoring company access to the very best international business students presenting potential solutions to their international business challenges.
  • To provide a solid foundation for student involvement and participation within NASBITE International.

NASBITE will host a live virtual session to answer questions you may have about the competition on Friday, October 15, at 2 p.m. EDT. Tips will be shared regarding best practices and lessons learned from past competitions. This session will be recorded and archived so that you can access it at any time.

Register for the 2022 Case Competition Info session

The first round of the 2022 competition will be entirely virtual with submissions due March 1, 2022. Finalists will have the option of presenting live or virtually in the final competition, which will take place on March 31, 2022.

Study Abroad

The MBA global business courses are an opportunity to expand students’ global mindset and global business savvy while traveling abroad with a faculty member and fellow students.

While traveling abroad with a professor, students visit companies to enhance their business acumen and apply their knowledge and skills to solve a cross-border, cross-cultural business challenge. Students choose courses based on opportunities to develop expertise in their area of interest and based on the opportunity to network with colleagues, faculty and international company executives in their field.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a “global mindset,” an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets, with an ability to see common patterns.
  • Sharpen your “global business savvy” by gaining substantive knowledge of business organizations and the institutions in a given country, region, or industry as well as the capacity to contextualize this knowledge in a comparative perspective.
  • Gain career skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex challenge.
  • Network with colleagues, faculty, alumni, and international company executives in your field of interest, while enhancing your cultural knowledge.

The academic focus of the course and the location of the field experiences may change year to year.

2021-22 Course Information

There are five MBA global business courses available to full-time, flex and online MBA students this spring.

All 5 courses:

  • are 4 credits in the spring semester
  • are open to 2nd and 3rd year MBA students
  • include an applied learning project
  • include meetings with global business leaders and MBA students around the world
  • include virtual coursework in spring with field experiences (travel) during spring break

MBA Global Business Courses

Travel dates: March 19 (arrival) to March 26 (departure)

Havana, Cuba
Faculty: Dr. Kislaya Prasad

Lisbon, Portugal
Faculty: Dr. Judy K. Frels

Santiago, Chile
Faculty: Dr. Bennet Zelner

Stockholm, Sweden
Faculty: Dr. Cristian Dezso

Reykjavik, Iceland
Faculty: Dr. David M. Waguespack

Registration Instructions

Registration for these courses opens on Tuesday, October 26. Students will register for the MBA global business courses in Testudo.

For more information about these courses contact the Center for Global Business at

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 Flex MBAs only.

In order to apply, please email the Center for Global Business at 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.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
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 about RMIT, visit the program page.

Guanghua School of Management

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 was named the most Influential MBA of China in a ranking conducted by World Executive.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
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 about Guanghua, visit the program page.

Copenhagen Business School

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.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
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 about CBS, visit the program page.

SKEMA Business School

SKEMA prides itself as being a hub of technological innovation, reflected in its student body and industry linkages. With over six thousand students across multiple campuses in France and the world, SKEMA is committed to internationalizing business education. Exchange students benefit from high-quality instruction in a global setting.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
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 SKEMA, visit the program page.

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

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.

Academics Work Opportunities Housing
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 about WHU, visit the program page.

Other Programming

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

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