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Freshman Global Lab

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Gain a unique business perspective! During the Freshman Global Lab, FisherDirect students will travel to four compelling centers of commerce—the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.  This opportunity enables Freshmen to study abroad during their first year at The Ohio State University, complete the BUSMHR 2000 International Business core course during spring semester, and travel with faculty and staff directors to Europe, where they are immersed in an international business environment.

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Bullet Cost

  • Individual cost per student $2800* PLUS international airfare
  • Cost INCLUDES: double occupancy hotel accommodations, transportation, all business visits, all cultural tours, all breakfasts and other select meals
  • Cost EXCLUDES: international health insurance, 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 Student Leader Scholarship—a $500 scholarship awarded to students who take on travel responsibilities, corporate responsibilities, and marketing responsibilities during the program.

* The Office of Global Business reserves the right to increase the program fee if the actual group price exceeds the estimated amount.

* Program fees may vary slightly based on the USD/Euro exchange rate

Bullet Course Description

  • BUSMHR 2000: Introduction to International Business
  • 2013-2014 spring semester, second seven-weeks session
  • MWF 3:00pm - 3:55pm, SB 320
  • Students will earn 1.5 semester credits for completing the class. Both class attendance and the May travel portion of this program are required.
  • Course curriculum includes a series of guest speakers and an applied team project.
  • For more information, please see the tentative syllabus for the 2014 Freshman Global Lab


Please do not attempt to enroll in the class directly. Once you have been conditionally accepted to the program, the Office of Global Business will authorize your enrollment in this special course section.

Bullet Eligibility Requirements

  • FisherDirect—freshman students directly admitted to Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University
  • Preference is given to students who are currently members of the Global Business Learning Community
  • Prerequisite: ECON 2002.01: Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 2001.01: Principles of Microeconomics (may be taken concurrently with the BUSMHR 2000)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2

Bullet Travel Description

  • May 6 – May 16, 2014*
  • Business visits will include multinational companies across a range of different industries. Each city selected offers unique insight into the European business environment: London as a financial center, Cologne as a manufacturing hub, Rotterdam as a logistics port, and Brussels as the seat of the European Union.
  • Tentative cultural tours may include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Cologne Cathedral, European Commission, and European Parliament.*


*Travel details subject to change.

Bullet Application Description

2013-2014 application now open! Apply today!
Application will close January 15, 2014.


  • First Step: Students are asked to submit an online application, including general demographic information, passport information, an updated resume, a personal statement outlining your academic/professional goals for the program, emergency contacts and a personal release form. At this time, international students will be requested to submit their completed Fisher International Student OIA Form.
  • Second Step: After being conditionally accepted into the program, students will receive an email to start the next steps of the travel process, including a health information form, flight information, an HTH Health Insurance application form, a scanned copy of their passport, and a scanned copy of their visa (if applicable). Students will all submit a non-refundable deposit at this time.


Applications will be evaluated based on GPA, statement of intent, and date of application.

Preference is given to students who are currently members of the Global Business Learning Community.

Bullet Deadlines

  • 2013-2014 application closes January 15, 2014*
  • Your final payment for the program must be made in full BEFORE FEBRUARY 26, 2014—the first day of class for spring term second session courses.


* Freshman Global Lab is a rolling admission application.

Bullet Deposits and Payments

  • Once students are conditionally accepted, they will receive an email to pay a $500 non-refundable* deposit. Only after receiving the deposit will students be enrolled in the Freshman Global Lab section of BUSMHR 2000.
  • Your final payment for the program must be made in full BEFORE FEBRUARY 26, 2014—the first day of 2014 spring semester second session classes.

Bullet Embassy Registration

  • 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.

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).
  • If there are any questions regarding visa requirements for re-entry into the US, students participating in an Office of Global Business (OGB) program can attend walk-in advising hours with an Office of International Affairs (OIA) International Student Services Immigration Coordinator Monday-Thursday 1:00PM-4:00PM in 100 Oxley Hall.

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 (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.

Bullet Vaccinations

  • 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 the United Kingdom and Germany.

Bullet Visas

  • United States citizens who are traveling to the UK generally do not need a visa, but are required to present a valid passport. Germany, as part of the Schengen Agreement, does not require a visa for United States citizens. For further information, please consult the U.S. Department of State page for the United Kingdom and Germany.
  • 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 the UK and Germany.
  • To better understand visa requirements for the UK, students should consult the UK Border Agency.
  • To better understand visa requirements for Germany and areas covered by the Schengen Agreement, students should consult the German Embassy.
  • 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.