Online portal eases study abroad application process
Fisher’s International Programs Office worked with a software company to develop a customized online portal that enables students to research partner universities, complete the application process, select their courses, and receive notification of their acceptance and grades online for the Fisher International Student Exchange Program.
“This investment is already paying off handsomely as the number of students going on quarter length exchange programs has exploded with the implementation of this system,” said Melissa Torres, director of international programs. “This year we’re sending out 23 MBA students and 50 undergraduates for 10 weeks or longer. This accounts for almost 70 percent of all outbound Ohio State exchange students and if you include students from Fisher’s summer programs in Ireland and France, we’re well above the 75 percent mark.”
Exchange programs are an affordable way for students to spend a significant amount of time at top business schools around the world, expanding their understanding of the environment in which business is conducted in cultures which are often very different from their own. Students pay no tuition or fees to the host institution and have the opportunity to select from more than 30 top business schools.
“With eight exchange partners in the Financial Times Top 100, we are intent upon developing relationships with the very best business schools around the globe,” said Stephen Hills, professor emeritus of management and human resources and faculty advisor to the Center for International Business Education and Research.
Two of Fisher’s most recent partners, Peking University in China and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, are testimony to the high quality business education afforded by this program.
Fisher is also expanding its international reach by increasing the number of students who go abroad on expanded short term program offerings such as the popular Emerging Markets Field Study and Elective Treks, by offering a new international business major for MBA students, and by encouraging collaborative research between Fisher faculty and their international peers.
“The beauty of the exchange program though is that for every student we send abroad, we welcome one to campus,” Torres said. “This acquaints students right here in Columbus with a new set of perspectives and experiences with which to understand the complexity of today’s interconnected business world.”