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Emerging Markets Global Lab: Brazil

(Application CLOSED)

BUSADM 4798: Emerging Markets Global Lab (EMGL) is a 3 credit fall semester course that empowers students to critically analyze the impact of trade regulations and barriers on emerging economies. Students are challenged with creating an export initiative, designed to give them a first-hand understanding of how to use international resources to best tap into the potential of an emerging economy.

Over the 2014-2015 Winter Break, students will travel with faculty to Manaus, Brazil. Located at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões River, Manaus is the largest metropolitan area in Northern Brazil and home to the Free Economic Zone. While in-country students will  meet with domestic and multinational companies to discuss their challenges and strategies for operating in Latin America.

Program OverviewApplication ProcessPre-Departure InformationFAQ

Bullet Cost

  • Program Cost: $2900
  • Cost INCLUDES: international airfare, double/triple occupancy hotel accommodations, transportation, all business visits, all cultural tours, all breakfasts and other select meals
  • Cost EXCLUDES: international health insurance, 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. Students participating in Emerging Markets Global Lab are eligible to apply for the Student Leader Scholarship. (Deadline: June 15, 2014)

Bullet Course Description

  • BUSADM 4798: Study Tour International (Emerging Markets Global Lab)
  • 2014-2015 Autumn Semester, Tuesday 5:30-7:00 PM
  • Students will earn 3 semester credits for their participation in the class. The classroom component and Brazil field study component of this program are both required. Grades are calculated after students return from Brazil.
  • 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 2013 EMGL sample syllabus.


Please do not try to enroll in the class directly. Once you have been accepted into the program, the Office of Global Business with will contact your advisor to authorize your enrollment.

Bullet Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate student enrolled at The Ohio State University
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing by time of enrollment
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prerequisite*: BA 555 or BUSMHR 2000 (may be taken concurrently with BUSADM 4798)


*Prerequisites can be waived with special instructor permission. Eligibility requirements and special permissions will be assessed during the application review process.

Bullet Travel Description

  • January 2 – January 10, 2015
  • BUSINESS VISITS: Past EMGL business visits include the port authority, COPA Airlines, Philips Electronics, the Embassy of the United States, Banco General, Free Trade Zone, etc.
  • CULTURAL TOURS*: visit with a local Indian tribe, a tour of the city and national infrastructure, a tour in the Amazon jungle, boat tour at the meeting of the Negro and Solimões River.


*Travel details subject to change.

Bullet Application and Deadlines

The application for 2014 Emerging Markets Global Lab is closed. Applications for the 2015-16 academic year will open at the beginning of 2015.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2014
Complete your program application. You will be asked to submit an updated resume. Eligibility requirements and special permissions will be assessed during this stage of the application process.

If you are interested in the Student Leader Scholarship, you should complete your application by June 15, 2014. For more details see our Funding Study Abroad page.

DEADLINE: two weeks after acceptance email
Within two weeks of receiving your acceptance email, pay your non-refundable $500 deposit. Paying your deposit will reserve a seat in the course and a ticket for the group flight.

DEADLINE: August 27, 2014
Submit a scanned copy of your passport, submit your health form, and register for HTH Supplemental Travel Insurance. All students requiring a visa are also required to submit a visa verification form to the Office of Global Business confirming that they have started the visa process and understand all documents required for the application.

DEADLINE: August 27, 2014
Pay your outstanding program fees.

Bullet Resume

During the online application students will be asked to submit a resume. Because the application will need to be completed in one sitting, please make sure that you prepare an updated copy of your resume in advance.

Bullet Deposits and Payments

  • Within two weeks of being accepted into the Emerging Markets Global Lab, students must pay their $500 non-refundable deposit.
  • Paying the deposit will reserve a seat in the course and a ticket for the group flight.
  • The final payment for the program must be made in full BEFORE AUGUST 27, 2014—the first day of 2014 autumn semester.

Bullet Embassy Registration

  • As an added precaution, U.S. citizens traveling abroad will be enrolled 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.

Bullet Insurance

  • 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.

Bullet International Students

  • 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 and have questions about international travel may schedule an appointment with an Office of International Affairs (OIA) International Student Services advisor. 

Bullet Passports

  • 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 (3) months prior to departure to allow time to process a visa if required (October 1, 2014).


If you are a US citizen, please see Travel.State.Gov for more information about applying and renewing your passport.

Bullet Vaccinations

  • Please visit the Center for Disease Control website for suggested vaccinations and related health information for traveling in Brazil. 
  • Vaccinations vary by individual and travel destination. As it may be a substantial cost, please consider this expense before registering. Please note this cost is not included in the total price of the program.

Bullet Visas

  • United States citizens who are traveling to Brazil need a visa. Further information about applying for a visa can be found at the Consulate General of Brazil website. As it may take some time to process a visa, please prepare in advance, applying for a visa at least three months before your departure date for Brazil (October 1, 2014).
  • 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 three months before your departure date for Brazil (October 1, 2014).
  • To better understand visa requirements for Brazil, students should consult the embassy of Brazil. 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.