Spend three to four weeks in the summer on the Summer Exchange Program at one of our partner universities in Strasbourg, France or Vallendar, Germany. Take your studies abroad and learn how business is conducted in the European region!
In-Person Application Deadline: SU22 - February 1, 2022 (Open)
Final decisions regarding future global travel restrictions will be made at a later date.
By going abroad on the Student Exchange Program, students are able to:
Part-take in a summer academic program abroad for a deeper country immersion with a host institution supported structured program.
By paying your current OSU tuition, study at the top business schools abroad in France and Germany in summer, under a new education system to enhance your global business knowledge and awareness as you earn OSU credits at the host institution.
Enjoy a structured academic experience to scope out one of your dream career locations, become global business ready, expand your global network, experience the next level of personal growth, or brush up your cultural and language skills.
*Please note that you may NOT contact or apply to the host institution until you have been accepted to the Student Exchange Program through the Fisher College of Business.
All applicants must meet the following criteria and must notgo abroad in their graduating term. If you end up not meeting the criteria after admitted to the program, you will be dropped from the program at your own cost:
Fully admitted into a Fisher College of Business major
Must be a Sophomore or above (first-year students with sophomore rank are not eligible to participate)
3.0 or above GPA
Completed pre-requisites of ECON 2001 and ECON 2002
Must have a valid passport for 6 months after your program end date
*If you wish to participate in the Summer Exchange Program in your rising sophomore summer term (summer after your freshman year), you must meet a different eligibility criteria. Contact the exchange coordinator for details.
The program does not allow students to go back to their citizenship country as an exchange student (i.e. Chinese citizens to China)
In order to participate, international students must be able to obtain all required travel visas and confirm their eligibility to return to the U.S. after the program (i.e., a multiple entry visa).
All students/international scholars holding a U.S. visa who are participating in an Office of Global Business (OGB) program and have questions about international travel may schedule an appointment with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) International Student Services advisor.
Learn:Select your Summer Exchange Program location between France and Germany and learn about your specific location including academics, housing, travel arrangements, etc. Travel locations, program dates, and summer OSU tuition rates will differ depending on the Host Institution you select.
Deadlines: The application deadline is February 1 for in-person programs.
Application: Complete the online application and interview for your selected summer exchange location. Applications will be received online and will be admitted on a first come first serve basis. Slots are limited for each exchange location, so apply early to get into your first choice! By submitting an application you will be agreeing to the OSU Cancelation Policy and the program Drop Policy (found under "Summer Exchange: Steps After Admission" below).
Funding: Explore various education abroad funding resources.
Nomination: Receive communication from the program manager about your acceptance/nomination and next steps moving forward with your program (i.e. orientation, preparations, etc.)
Orientation Session: You must complete the mandatory online OIA Health and Safety session and the Fisher pre-departure orientation by February 25, 2022. Failing to successfully complete the orientations will disqualify you from participating in the Summer Exchange Program.
Travel Arrangements: It is the students responsibility to prepare their own travel arrangements (passport, visa, flights, housing, insurance, flights, health and safety preparations etc.) on the Summer Exchange Program, so start planning for the arrangements.
More details on the processes after nomination can be found in the "Summer Exchange: Steps After Admission" section below.
Preparing for the Application
Section 1: Applicant Questions Text Field
Be ready to answer each question below in around 180-200 words on the online application considering the below points:
What led you to select this particular study abroad program?
How will you prepare yourself for the difference in culture, academics, and so on?
How will your participation in this program help you reach your personal and academic goals?
How do you plan to be a good representative of Ohio State Abroad?
Section 2: Application Document Upload Field
Submit the below required documents on the online application.
Section 3: Recommendation Letter
Request a letter of recommendation on the online application. You will need a name and email to enter on the application for the system to send a recommendation request. It is advised that you speak with the faculty member you will be asking to write your recommendation letter prior to submitting your application, and follow up after you have submitted your recommendation requests on the online application.
It is requested that the faculty writing the letter covers the students’ academic performance and class room behavior/interactions that would support the students' maturity and ability to successfully perform in a different academic setting, as well as represent Fisher College of Business positively to our partner universities around the world.
You must complete the mandatory online OIA Health and Safety session and the Fisher pre-departure orientation by February 25, 2022. Failing to successfully complete this orientation will disqualify you from participating in the Summer Exchange Program.
Host Institution Application
Follow Host Institution instructions to complete their application by their deadlines. Host application deadlines differ per exchange partner. Once you have successfully completed the application, you will receive a formal acceptance letter from the Host Institution.
Review information below for past visa information. Visas for international students vary by travel destination and student nationality. As it may take some time to process a visa, please prepare in advance. Allow enough time to process documents and to renew the F-1 visa (if applicable), since the visa application may request you submit a valid F-1 visa. You also must insure that you have the necessary documents to legally return to the U.S. after the program.
U.S. Passport Holders: In the past,U.S. citizens did not need to apply for a visa. However, visa requirements may change so double check with the French Embassy/Consulate for the most updated information.
Non-U.S. Passport Holders: You will be responsible for obtaining your own visa for this program. In the past it was required to have a French "short stay visa for studies" based on the travel itinerary and nature of the program, but double check with the host institution on the exact visa you should obtain. Visa requirements may change, so check with the French Embassy/Consulate for the most updated information.
U.S. Passport Holders: In the past,U.S. citizens did not need to apply for a visa. However, visa requirements may change so double check with the German Embassy/Consulate for the most updated information.
Non-U.S. Passport Holders: You will be responsible for obtaining your own visa for this program, if applicable. Check with the host institution on the exact visa you should obtain. Visa requirements may change, so check with the German Embassy/Consulate for the most updated information.
You must arrange for your own housing for the Summer Exchange Program. Information on arranging suitable accommodations and paying for the accommodation will be provided by the Host Institution.
International flights to and from the program destination is the responsibility of the student. It is required that you arrive/leave per instructions of the host institution you are attending.
Placeholder Course Enrollment
Check that you are enrolled in 5 - 7.5 OSU credits of the BUSADM 5797 Study at a Foreign Institution course at OSU, as a placeholder for your term abroad. Number of credits will depend on the host institution you select.
OIA International Health Insurance
Make sure you receive your mandatory OIA International Health Insurance card before departure. For more information about insurance, please visit OIA's Insurance page.
In order to continue in the program, you must complete the online OIA Health and Safety session and attend the FCOB pre-departure orientation by February 25, 2022. If you fail to attend these orientations, you will be dropped from the program at your own expense. You will be charged a $200 cancellation fee and your $150 application fee will not be refunded. Any travel arrangements which will require any fees due to your drop from the program will be your responsibility (i.e.: flights, housing, etc.).
The Ohio State University does not allow students who have records of felonies or sexual offenses or who are on disciplinary probation to participate in The Ohio State University sponsored programs. In accordance with this policy, all students who have accepted their position for the 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 you are on disciplinary probation, your application will become nullified and your acceptance rescinded. If you are found on probation after you have paid your $150 application fee, the application fee will not be refunded and you will be charged a $200 cancellation fee. This policy is subject to change and you can find the most updated information on OIA's Conditions for Participation page.
Prepare for Departure
It is your responsibility to work independently in securing all required documentation and complete the necessary processes of exchange. If you struggle on visas, resident permits and/or housing, it is recommended that you inform the Exchange Coordinator two months before departure for additional assistance.
A list of exchange preparation items includes, but is not limited to:
OSU Travel to Risk Designated Countries: Any student traveling to study, conduct research or field work, participate in a service learning project or an international program in a risk-designated country must petition the International Travel Policy Committee (ITPC) for approval. More information is provided on the linked website. For further information on the policy and/or the petition process, please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Office of Risk Management and Insurance.