Save the date for Giving Tuesday at Maryland on November 29, 2022, and support the Center for Global Business.

Last year’s #KeepGlobalSmith campaign (2020-21) focused on keeping global learning at the center of the student experience even while travel was restricted. With your support, we helped over 1,400 students keep global through a variety of innovative, technology-enhanced programs.

This year, study abroad is back. As borders open around the world, we’re cautiously reopening semester study abroad programs, designing short programs abroad led by faculty, and connecting students with global internship positions. Students are applying in record numbers.

Our goal at the center is to make study abroad possible for everyone. The costs of air travel, program fees, on-site housing, and even personal expenses like meals are rising. This year, we’re committed to raising funds – with your help – to support students with study abroad scholarships to help defray the costs of these experiences and ultimately to make study abroad accessible for all students.

Join us in helping our students experience the world.


Gifts to the center go toward student programming, including on-campus and virtual global learning activities and study abroad (when permitted). Experiential learning is at the core of every program that we design for students, and we strive to make every program both highly impactful and accessible to every student.

Future gifts can also go to provide financial support directly to students who participate in study abroad programs. We provide a scholarship to every business student who studies abroad and seek to increase the amount of each award to make these life-changing programs affordable.

Our Donors

In any given year, the center relies on grants and corporate and individual gifts to support its programs, services, and events for students. Our donors are key supporters of our annual fundraising campaigns and often partners in our work. 

We’d like to thank the following supporters of the center for FY21 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021).

Ms. Marina Augoustidis

Ms. Rebecca L. Bellinger 

Mr. Nicholas W. Bondura

Prof. Jainaba Ceesay

Mr. Nazat U. Dowla

Ms. Uduak A. Essien


Mr. Nima Farshchi 

Mr. Russell M. Grandin

Mr. Philip A. Grove

Ms. Osazode O. Imoisili

Mr. Ethan R. Jenkins

Mr. Lawrence D. Legates, III

Ms. Leslie Lindsey

Mr. Jeremy R. Loya

Ms. Eugenia Martin

McCormick & Co., Inc.

Mr. Jay W. Meyers

Mr. Edmund H. Novak

Ms. Monica N. Panepento

Ms. Rashida K. Petersen

Ms. Ellen A. Polansky

Dr. Kislaya Prasad

Dr. Paulo Prochno

Mr. Greg Rafal

Mr. Jeffrey A. Rinde

Mrs. Sarah E. Samels

Mr. Scott Samels

Ms. Allison K. Schwartz

Mr. Vincent Cao Tran

Mr. Bo Zhou

Jessica BaskettJessica Baskett ’22
Marketing Major

“Studying abroad has helped me become a more independent person. Living in another part of the world and not knowing anyone, I found that I had to rely on myself in ways that I never had before. This newfound independence allowed me to embrace new cultures and I have been able to travel to some fascinating countries. I also made amazing new friends and we had some very memorable experiences.”

Jake FeldmanJake Feldman ’23

“I believe studying abroad will be life-changing for me because I will be exposed to an entirely new culture and enhance my perspective of the world. I will also be able to practice my use of the Spanish language which will allow me to connect on a deeper level with my Hispanic heritage. Overall, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and hope to undergo immense personal and professional development.”

Lillian GeshelinLillian Geshelin ’24

“I am a second-year business and Spanish student studying in Sevilla, Spain this February. Studying abroad will change my life as I have never experienced living or being in a different culture so I will come back with an immense amount of knowledge. I hope to return as a bilingual student who is better at facing unexpected challenges and my time abroad will force me to work on my independence and capacity to manage change.”

Max HardestyMax Hardesty, ’22
Studied abroad in Vienna, Austria

“For me, studying abroad has been a life-changing experience because it opened so many doors to visiting new places, meeting new people, and experiencing a different culture. I have always wanted to travel the world and studying in Vienna for a semester has given me the opportunity to visit not just Austria, but also the surrounding countries like Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.”

Sam MacateeSam Macatee ’23
Supply Chain Management and Operations Management & Business Analytics
Will study abroad in Vienna, Austria

“I will be studying abroad at the Vienna School of Economics and Business, also known as WU. I am looking forward to studying abroad to gain a better understanding of different cultures and further develop my global mindset! I believe it will be a life-changing experience for me as I will be able to step outside my comfort zone when traveling alone and obtain a greater sense of independence. I also will be learning with students from all over the world in a completely new environment which will force me to adapt and grow as a student. I cannot wait to see what else I will experience during my semester abroad as the possibilities are endless!”

Sarah PatrickSarah Patrick ’22
Operations Management and Business Analytics

“Study abroad has allowed me to see so many new, amazing places that I never thought I would get to see. My favorite part has been trying each cities traditional foods. I have made incredible friends from around the world and memories that I will always cherish.”

Snigdha PenmetsaSnigdha Penmetsa ’24
Finance and Information Science

“I’m going to Bayes Business School in London this spring and I’m super excited to immerse myself in a booming financial hub to further my exposure. This experience will be life-changing because it’s the perfect way for me to step out of my comfort zone and build the independence necessary to excel in my career. Especially, in a completely new environment that I’ve never been in where I’m forced to expand my horizons and think outside the box.”

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