Q: I want to get international experience through the GAP Program but I don’t want to miss out on my internship. Is it possible for me to do both?
Yes. Most internships start after you return (and you will still have 12 full weeks before classes start again in the fall). The intent of the GAP Program is not to replace your internship, but to serve as a second experience you can use in your future career.
Q: Can students who graduate at the end of Spring Semester participate in the GAP Program?
Yes. Students who graduate in May will earn the 1.5 credit for class work before graduation. International students will need to work with OIA to discuss possible visa restrictions. Students who wish to participate in the graduation ceremonies should still be able to do so.
Q: Once students are admitted to the GAP program, what level of commitment is expected?
Upon acceptance, students will have to write a $1000 check that will only be deposited if they withdraw from the GAP program. Exception: Students who receive an internship offer and can provide verification that their employer will not allow them to begin work after June 1 will be allowed to withdraw penalty free.
Q: What scholarships are available for this program?
Because of funding through our corporate partners and the Alutto Endowment Funds, the majority of the program costs are covered including:
- Ground transportation while in-country
- HTH supplemental insurance
- Translator while in-country (where relevant)
To minimize the financial impact on students, the only anticipated out-of-pocket expenses will be meals, souvenirs, and passports if necessary. International students will still be required to pay the international student fee for enrollment in the summer term.
Where possible, the program will prepay for expenses prior to students' travel. However, in some circumstances (e.g. taxies) students will need to pay for expenses while in-country and provide receipts for reimbursement upon return to the U.S.
Please note: Currently, GAP is offered only to full time MBAs (FTMBA) and Working Professional MBAs (WPMBA).
For any additional questions please contact Kurt Roush (Roush.104).