Emerging Markets Field Study
Emerging Markets Field Study: Panama (CLOSED)
2012-2013 application closes April 15, 2013
2013-2014 application closes April 1, 2014
BUSADM 4798: Emerging Markets Field Study (EMFS), with travel to Panama, gives undergraduate students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of business opportunities in developing economies and prepares them to conduct business in foreign markets. After the fall semester course component of the EMFS program ends, students travel with faculty and staff directors to Panama, where they meet with a variety of local companies and gain hands on experience with multinational companies in an international business context.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: All students holding a U.S. visa (i.e., international students/scholars) who are participating in Office of Global Business-CIBER programs must schedule and attend an appointment to meet with an Office of International Affairs International Student Services advisor. Students who do not provide evidence of this interview within two weeks of acceptance in the program, will not be permitted to participate in the program and will not receive a refund of their initial deposit.
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- Individual cost per student ~$2300-2400* PLUS international airfare
- Cost INCLUDES: international health insurance, double occupancy hotel accommodations, transportation, all business visits, all cultural tours, all breakfasts and other select meals
- Cost EXCLUDES: international airfare, passport and visa fees, vaccinations, incidentals, and meals not arranged by provider
Please see our Funding Study Abroad page to check for available funding options. Eligible students should consider applying for our Marketing Liaison Fellowship—a $500 fellowship awarded to a student for the planning and in-country implementation of a marketing strategy.
*The Office of Global Business reserves the right to increase the program fee if the actual group price exceeds the estimated amount.
- BUSADM 4798: Study Tour International (Emerging Markets Field Study)
- 2013-2014 Autumn Semester, Monday 5:30-7:00 PM
- Students will earn 3 semester credits for their participation in the class. Both class attendance and the Panama field study portion of this program are required.
- Students can also count the program toward their study abroad requirement for the International Business Specialization OR Global Studies General Education category.
Please see the 2012-2013 sample syllabus.
Please do not try to enroll in the class directly. Once you have been conditionally accepted to the program, the Office of Global Business with will contact your advisor to authorize your enrollment.
- Undergraduate student enrolled at The Ohio State University
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Sophomore, junior, or senior standing by time of enrollment
- Prerequisite*: BA 555 or BUSMHR 2000 (may be taken concurrently with BUSADM 4798)
*Exceptions for business minors or non-business students can be made by instructor permission
- December 13 – December 21, 2013*
- Past business visits include Panama Port Authority, Panama Canal Railway Company, COPA Airlines
- Past cultural components include visit with Embera Indian tribe, transit down the Panama Canal, and a beach day off the coast of Portobello
Please see the EMFS Panama sample itinerary.
Please see EMFS Panama sample in-country accommodations.
*Travel details subject to change.
The application for 2013 EMFS Panama is currently closed.
- First Step: Students are asked to submit an online application, including general demographic information, passport information, an updated resume, and a personal release form. Students will all submit a $500 non-refundable deposit at this time.
- Second Step: After being conditionally accepted into the program, students will return to their initial application to submit three emergency contacts, a health information form, a HTH Health Insurance application form, a copy of flight information, a scanned copy of their passport, and a scanned copy of their visa (if applicable). At this time, international students will be requested to submit their completed Fisher International Student OIA Form.
Applications will be evaluated based on academic standing, GPA, statement of intent, and date of application.
- 2012-2013 application closes April 15, 2013*
- 2013-2014 application closes April 1, 2014*
- Your $500 non-refundable** deposit is required to complete your application. Your application will not be considered until it is fully complete.
- Your final payment for the program must be made in full BEFORE AUGUST 21, 2013
*The EMFS program is a rolling application.
**Your deposit is only refundable if you are not accepted into the program.
Deposits and Payments
- Your $500 non-refundable* deposit is required by the April 1, 2014 deadline. An application without a deposit is considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
- Your final payment for the program must be made in full BEFORE AUGUST 21, 2013—the first day of 2013 fall semester classes.
*Your deposit is only refundable if you are not accepted into the program.
- As an added precaution, U.S. citizens traveling abroad can enroll in the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP allows U.S citizens to enter information about their upcoming trip abroad so that the U.S. Department of State can better assist them in an emergency.
- All students participating in study abroad programs offered through the Fisher College of Business are required to enroll in supplemental travel insurance. Students should carry their insurance card with them at all times while traveling in-country.
- The Ohio State University supplemental travel insurance is provided through HTH Worldwide Services. This supplemental insurance includes a policy covering accident and sickness and for emergency assistance, evacuation and repatriation.
- To register for HTH Supplemental Insurance, please consult "Applying Online for Supplemental Travel Insurance" found at the Office of International Affairs insurance website.
- In order to participate, international students must be able to obtain all required travel visas and confirm their eligibility to return to the US after the program (i.e., a multiple entry visa).
- All students/international scholars holding a US visa who are participating in an Office of Global Business (OGB) program must schedule an appointment with an Office of International Affairs (OIA) International Student Services advisor.
- Students will be asked to provide evidence of this meeting by submitting a Fisher International Student OIA Form.
Students who do not submit their Fisher International Student OIA Form within two (2) weeks of their pre-acceptance into the program, will NOT be permitted to continue with the program. Please note, students will NOT receive a refund of their initial $500 deposit.
- If needed, the costs associated with applying for or renewing a passport are not included in the total price of the program.
- All students (international and domestic) must have passports valid at least six (6) months past the dates of travel.
- If you are a US citizen but do not currently have a passport and you are selected to participate in the program, you should apply for your passport as soon as possible. You must have your passport at least three (4) months prior to departure to allow time to process a visa if required.
If you are a US citizen, please see Travel.State.Gov for more information about applying and renewing your passport.
- If needed, vaccinations costs are not included in the total price of the program.
- Vaccinations vary by individual and location. As it may be a substantial cost, please consider this expense before registering.
Please visit the Center for Disease Control website for suggested vaccinations and related health information for traveling in Panama.
- United States citizens who are traveling to Panama do not need a visa, but will be required to pay a tourist fee (typically included in air ticket prices). For further information, please consult the U.S. Department of State.
- Visas for international students vary by destination and student nationality. As it may take some time to process a visa, please prepare in advance, applying for a visa at least two (2) months before your departure date for Panama.
- To better understand visa requirements for Panama, students should consult the embassy of Panama. Given the itinerary organized by the Office of Global Business, participants of this trip will be considered a "tourist/visitor".
For any additional questions please contact Zachary Grammel (Grammel.4) or come to our general study abroad walk-in hours held every Tuesday (10:30 AM - 1:30 PM) and Thursday (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM) on the second floor of Mason Hall 239.
Students first complete their online application. Once they are conditionally accepted into the program, the Office of Global Business will contact their academic advisor to permit the student to be enrolled in the course.
Selected students will be notified via e-mail (a non-refundable deposit secures the seat in the course). The course is scheduled through permission only after applications are reviewed.
Class attendance is required. The field trip to the selected country/countries is also required.
Often, students are required to make special arrangements to take final exams in their other courses. In the event of scheduling conflicts, the Office of Global Affairs & CIBER makes every effort to work with the faculty involved.