Enhance Your Expertise in Europe With GAP: Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, and Ireland
“This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I had the opportunity to lead a team working on a project for a well-known, global firm. Working directly with leadership from another culture and preparing a business case for them allowed me to gain a much more global perspective and helped me gain skills in working with a diverse group of people.”
- Samantha Callas, [GAP] Europe, MBA 2012
The current economic pressures on the Euro and resulting actions taken by the EU, this is a time of great potential, but also great uncertainly in Europe. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and see three very different countries and economies. From Ireland’s struggling economy and rising national debt, to Poland’s recession proof economy to the powerhouse of Germany, students will get a chance to learn firsthand about the challenges and opportunities available in Europe in today’s business environment.
Europe Fast Facts
Germany has the fifth largest economy by GDP and is the world’s third largest exporter
Germany is the world’s largest exporter of automobiles and have a 90% market share of the global premium vehicle market
Ireland is a significant hub for American businesses due to low corporate taxes and its geographic location
Ireland’s export sector is extremely important to its economic growth and has remained a success despite significant national debt problems
Course and Project Information
Course Information: Click here for general information about the GAP course structure Professor: Michael Knemeyer Past GAP Projects Include:Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, Dow Chemical, Brisk Heat, Visagio Consulting, Emerson, Banco Perola, Artemisia, Ashland Chemical, Tsong Cheng, Clean Living, 5168 Ventures, Osklen's Instituto-e, Tata Motors, Proctor and Gamble, and Credit Agricole (Project Descriptions)
Sample Schedule (2013)
Friday, May 3 Depart for Ireland
Saturday, May 4 Arrive in Shannon. Tour Clifts of Mohr. Night in Galway
Sunday, May 5 Morning / Afternoon: Tour in Galway
Monday, May 6 Morning: Business Visits (Shannon) Afternoon: Travel to Dublin
Tuesday, May 7 Morning: Walking Tour of Dublin Afternoon: Business Visits (Dublin)
Wednesday, May 8 Morning: Business Visits (Dublin) Afternoon: Site Visit
Thursday, May 9 Free Day (Dublin)
Friday, May 10 Morning: Fly to Hamburg Afternoon: Site Visit (Hamburg)
Saturday, May 11 Tour of Hamburg
Sunday, May 12 Free Day (Hamburg)
Monday, May 13 Morning: Site Visit (Hamburg) Evening: Site Visit (Hamburg)
Tuesday, May 14 Morning: Site Visit (Hamburg) Evening: Site Visit (Hamburg)
Wednesday, May 15 Morning: Fly to Warsaw Evening: Warsaw Tour
Thursday, May 16 Morning: Site Visit (Warsaw) Evening: Site Visit (Warsaw)
Friday, May 17 Morning: Site Visit (Warsaw) Afternoon: Site Visit (Warsaw)
Saturday, May 18 Free Day (Warsaw)
Sunday, May 19 Train to Krakow Krakow City Tour
Monday, May 20 Morning: Site Visit (Krakow) Afternoon: Site Visit (Krakow)
Monday, May 21 Tour Auschwitz
Wednesday, May 22 Travel to Munich Munich City Tour
Thursday, May 23 Morning: Site Visit (Munich) Evening: Site Visit (Munich)
Friday, May 24 Morning: Site Visit (Munich) Evening: Site Visit (Munich)
U.S. citizens, and many international students, do not need a visa to enter Ireland, Germany, or Poland due to the Schengen Agreement. For more information on the Schengen Agreement rules, visit the U.S. State Department Website. If an visa is required, the Office of Global Business will assist you; however, this cost and responsibility falls ultimately on the student.
The Wilce Student Health Center offers reduced vaccine prices (50% off the listed fee up to $300 per year) for those under the Comprehensive Student Health Plan. There is a $21 administrative fee per visit (an additional $10 for each additional vaccine). To schedule an appointment, call 614-292-4321. Please note that it can take 2-3 weeks to get an appointment.
The are no required vaccinations for travel to Ireland, Germany or Poland. View the recommended vaccinations.
Actual Program Costs: TBD
Costs include: double occupancy accommodations (most accommodations for GAP Europe are hostels), all breakfasts, all cultural tours, ground transportation every day, flights/transfers within Europe, select meals, visas, gratuities, and international health insurance.
Program fees excludes: tuition, round-trip international airfare, passports, vaccinations, and meals/ incidentals not covered in the itinerary.
The Office of Global Business reserves the right to increase the study abroad program fee if the actual group price exceeds the estimated amount (due to changes in exchange rates or increases in internal airline tickets).
The Halsey Family Scholarship Fund, offering $500-$1000 scholarships, is available for GAP Europe students who have demonstrated financial need and an interest in Eastern Europe. Students who are interested should apply by submitting a statement addressing their financial need and their interest in the region (contact Miranda Gerberding for more information).
Deadlines and Application
Application open soon
Interview after application is submitted
Ability to get a passport and eligibility to apply for a visa to enter Europe (if needed)
Non-refundable $1,000 deposit (refundable only if not accepted into the program)
1st year MBA will receive preference (although the program is open to all graduate programs)
Personal Statement and Interview will play a significant role in determining who is admitted into each program