GAP MBA Students

GAP is an experiential learning course that prepares students for international business through an immersive, hands-on business consulting experience in a location outside of the USA.

Students work as a team to apply, integrate, and focus skills learned at Fisher to address an organization's business challenge or opportunity. Competencies developed include: gaining project management, industry and cultural expertise; practicing leadership, global communication, and teamwork skills; honing data collection and analytic skills; synthesizing information to draw relevant conclusions and make actionable recommendations; and crafting compelling presentations.


Thursday, September 13 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Mason Hall Rotunda
Thursday, September 13 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Mason Hall Rotunda
Monday, September 17 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Mason Hall Room 229



  • Program Snapshot


    Global Applied Projects (GAP) is a 3 credit hour, graded, elective course that allows students to lead, plan, and execute global consulting engagements across multiple functional areas for a wide variety of corporations, not-for-profits, and governments in locations outside of the U.S.A.

    GAP engagements are actual consulting projects, funded by real clients who expect the same quality of deliverables, adherence to deadlines, positive teamwork and intense work hours that they would receive from a top consulting firm.

    A GAP engagement begins in early January when the client and the Office of Global Business work to define the business problem and formulate a high-level scope. In late February, student participation begins with the selection of MBA team members chosen to meet the needs of the project. Over the next ten weeks, this team, directed by a 2nd year MBA team coach and a faculty functional expert, devotes over 1,200 person-hours to the business challenge. Students attend two mandatory weekly classes that teach best practices in project management and global consulting, and develop cultural awareness; meet regularly with their teams, advisors, coaches, and clients; and submit class assignments that support the development and execution of the individual projects. A key component and success factor is a three-week, in-country, primary research phase that occurs throughout the month of May. The project culminates at the end of the in-country phase with a presentation of findings, an in-depth analysis, and specific, actionable recommendations to the client.



    • MHR 7022 Global Applied Projects. 3 credit; graded; Spring Semester, Session Two.

    • The classroom portion of GAP is conducted in person and focuses on project management, global culture, and initial project preparation.  The class will be held Wednesdays at 6:15 PM.
    • Students enroll themselves into the GAP class once they are accepted for a specific project team. We recommend that students leave room in their Spring Semester schedule for a 3 credit hour class.



    Locations vary based on the projects available for the current year.  Past locations include: UK, Germany, Belgium, France, China, Malaysia, Kenya, Mexico, Canada, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Thailand, India, UAE, and Botswana.

    • Students usually depart the U.S. at the end of the first week of May and spend three full weeks in their project country. Students must spend the entire three weeks in country, unless prior approval by the client.




    • Itineraries vary by project and will be determined with input from the GAP Office, project client, and student team.



    All first-year FTMBA students who will complete the MBA core curriculum by Spring Semester of their first year can apply. All WPMBA students who will complete 18 hours of graded coursework -- including Data Analytics and excluding electives and independent studies -- by the time they leave for the in-country portion of GAP are eligible. 

    Info Session

    To apply for GAP, a student must attend one information session. This mandatory attendance is non-negotiable. 

    • Thursday, September 13, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Mason Hall Rotunda
    • Thursday, September 13, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Mason Hall Rotunda
    • Monday, September 17, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Mason Hall Room 229


    Check the Fisher HUB closer to event date(s) for additional information.

    Program Contact

    Roger Bailey, Faculty Director for Full-time MBA Program,


  • Program Cost and Payment Information

    Program cost varies by project and location. While GAP covers all international airfare and project related accommodations, students are responsible for the GAP class charge, their own incidentals, including food, personal transportation, and Fisher/OSU business cards. In order to participate in GAP, students must have a minimum credit availability and financial 'float' of at least $2,000 and a credit card that allows both international charging and cash withdrawals.

    GAP covers the cost of:

    • International airfare
    • Double occupancy accommodations
    • International health insurance and required immunizations
    • Visa fees
    • Project related ground transportation in the project country


    Students cover the cost of:

    • Passport fees
    • Travel needed to acquire a visa
    • All US ground transportation and in-country personal transportation and travel
    • Recommended vaccinations and health provider visits
    • Meals and incidentals
    • Personal Travel


    Students will receive a GAP scholarship that will cover travel costs outlined above. 

  • Eligibility

    GAP eligibility and participation are based on a student being fully prepared for the multidisciplinary aspect of GAP projects and able to travel freely to any country open to his/her citizenship. Therefore, the GAP program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:


    • First-year students who have completed the core by end of Spring Semester and are in good academic standing.



    • WP-MBA students in good academic standing who have completed 18 hours of graded coursework--including Data Analytics and excluding Independent Study credits--by the end of the Spring Term prior to departure.


    In addition, all applicants must:

    • Hold a passport valid for six (6) months after their return to the US, post-GAP assignment.
    • Hold a passport that contains at least two blank and facing visa pages.
    • If a non-US citizen, hold a valid visa good for re-entry to the US, post-GAP assignment.
    • Have $2,000 of available credit float and an internationally recognized and functional credit and/or debit card.


    The Ohio State University does not allow students who have records of felonies and sexual offenses or who are on disciplinary probation and/or academic misconduct to participate in The Ohio State University sponsored programs. In accordance with this policy, all students who have accepted their participation for any Office of Global Business programs will be required to go through a disciplinary check by the Office of Student Conduct. A check is conducted both at the point of application to the program and prior to departure. Should either check reveal that a student is on disciplinary probation, the application will become nullified and any acceptance rescinded. (If a student is found to be on disciplinary probation after paying the program fee, the fee will not be refunded.) This policy is subject to change. The most recent information can be found on OIA's Conditions for Participation page.

  • Application Process


    The application window is open during Fall Semester.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

    1. The link to the online application will be sent to students who have attended a GAP information session.
    2. An interested student should complete the application and submit all required documents. An application is considered incomplete until all documents are submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    3. Competitive applicants will receive subsequent emails about next steps for projects and locations. 



    Have the following documents ready before starting the online application process: 

    • Up-to-Date Resume. Attach the resume as a properly labeled PDF (name. document. Sample: Jones, Jane. Resume). For assistance with creating an updated and professionally formatted resume, make an appointment with a Career Consultant in the Office of Career Management. 
    • Personal Statement (one-page, properly labeled PDF) explaining: 
      • Professional and personal expectations of participating in the GAP program
      • Academic goals of participating in the GAP program
      • Thoughts on how culture influences global business relationships
    • Scanned copy of passport information page
    • Scanned copy of 2 blank facing pages 


    In addition, international students should attach:

    • Scanned copy of student visa showing validity for re-entry to the US, post GAP engagement
    • Scanned copy of signed I-20



  • Travel Preparations


    Every student must have a passport valid for at least 6 months past the dates of GAP travel.  All students must have a valid passport in their possession for at least 3 months prior to departure to allow time to process visas.

    • The costs associated with applying for or renewing a passport are not paid by GAP.
    • Students who do not have a valid passport by the time the application closes will not be able to participate in the program.
    • For US citizens applying for a passport, please see Travel.State.Gov for more information about applying and renewing your passport.



    Visa fees are covered by the program; however, travel costs associated with obtaining visas are not covered. Those international students invited to bid on projects should take this cost into consideration during the bidding process.  

    Students are responsible for applying for and obtaining all visas. The GAP office provides guidance but does not procure visas. 


    Visit the Office of International Affairs Health and Safety page, for information related to:

    • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Disability Services
    • Emergency Contacts
    • Health Insurance
    • International Travel Consultation
    • Medical/Non-medical Emergencies
    • Safety Guidelines
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
    • Study Abroad Health Form
    • Student Code of Conduct



    As a safety precaution, we require students to communicate all travel plans associated with the program. This includes all travel plans around arrival and departure to the project country, as well as business and personal travel plans during the in-country portion of GAP. This information includes flight itinerary, accommodation, phone/email contact, etc. Further guidance on travel plans and emergency contact information will be covered in class.

  • Project Placement


    To be placed on a GAP team, students must do the following:

    1. Complete an online GAP application.
    2. If placed in the candidate pool, bid on available projects to indicate interest.    
    3. Accept the project placement within 24 hours. Failure to respond will result in being removed from the project and placed on the waitlist.


    The GAP office handles all final team assignments; teams do not self-select. Project "swapping" with other students is not allowed.



    • Placements will vary based on the fit between the project requirements and factors such as student background, skills, functional expertise, and language abilities.
    • In addition, the student's project bidding and faculty recommendations will be taken into account for team placement.  

Should you have any additional questions, contact Joyce Steffan, Director, Office of Global Business,, or visit 223 Mason Hall.