UMD: A Globally Connected University

BMGT Exchange: SKEMA Business School (SKEMA) (France)

Paris, France
Sophia Antipolis, France
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
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.

Host City
Sophia Antipolis is a technology park only 30 minutes away from Nice and is a base for over 1,000 corporate companies including Air France, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Intel. SKEMA’s bus routes go directly into Nice, making the neighboring city easily accessible. Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and is located right on the coast of the Mediterranean. It is the perfect place to go swimming or explore the ruins of Ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. Nice is also famous for its cuisine, the most prolific dish being Ratatouille. Nice has four main squares and all are must see attractions, each with its own distinct style and individual landmarks.

To read about students' experiences on the SKEMA exchange program, visit the Smith Goes Global blog.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Students can enroll in programs for Bachelors in Management and Business Administration, and Marketing and Business Development. There are five majors within each program. Students can also take French classes while enrolled at SKEMA. Courses approved for transfer include those in: Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Economics, and electives. For a full course list visit: and For equivalencies of courses approved for transfer in the past, visit:


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at SKEMA will be converted as follows:

SKEMA Credit UMD Credit
1 credit 2 credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on August 7, 2014.

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the Undergraduate Exchange page hosted by the Smith School of Business and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

SKEMA Grading UMD Grading
10 or E  C- 



Exchange students can choose from on-campus apartments or private accommodations in nearby Juan-les-Pins or Antibes. The Housing office assists with exploring these options and roommate matching. Students can also search for roommate openings on the Housings website. For more information visit:

All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
  • If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline. 

UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/11/2018 01/07/2019 04/20/2019
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.