Office of Global Business
Summer Exchange

 Strasbourg

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!

Application Open (NEW program in Germany!)

Apply for France Apply for Germany

Find detailed application process information below and on OIA's application instruction webpage.

Attend an Information Session

*Please note that you may NOT contact or apply to the host institution until you have been accepted to the Summer Exchange program through the Fisher College of Business.

Summer Exchange: Program Details

  • Program Snapshot

    This is a summary of the  Summer Exchange Program, and information on this page is subject to change.

    Course/Orientation

    Required Orientation : You must complete the mandatory online OIA Health and Safety session and the FCOB pre-departure orientation by February 23, 2020. Failing to successfully complete this orientation will disqualify you from participating in the Summer Exchange Program.

    Summer Exchange Courses: You will be required to take between 5 - 7.5 OSU credits worth of courses on the term you are abroad at the Host Institution. Number of credits will depend on the host institution you select.

    Travel Information

    Travel locations and dates will differ depending on the Host Institution you select. Visit the Exchange Partner page for details on specific summer locations. For a list of approximate items to prepare for your exchange program refer to the "Travel Preparations" section below.Students will be traveling to Strasbourg, France.

    Other Notes and Information

    Benefits

    • By paying your current OSU tuition, you do not have to pay another tuition to the host institution you attend.
    • You are able to earn OSU credits abroad.
    • An opportunity to expand your global network and experience a different education system as a student in a foreign institution.


    Notices

    • You cannot go abroad on your graduating term.
    • You will be responsible for your own travel arrangements.
    • You will be placed in the BUSADM 5797 placeholder course for the term you are abroad. This will be changed to the actual courses and credits which you take abroad, upon return, after receiving the official transcript from the Host Institution.
  • Program Cost and Payment Information

    Program Total Cost: OSU Tuition + Varied expense per location

    Estimated Cost Items

    Students will pay a $150 application fee upon application and their OSU tuition for the semester they go abroad. Review specific exchange partner webpages for estimated expenses per location. Please note that cost may fluctuate depending on how you use your funds and other external factors, such as currency conversion rates, etc.

    • Required travel arrangements (passport, visa, accommodation, flight, etc.) are the responsibility of the student. It is required that you arrive/leave according to the Host Institution’s program start/end dates. Student are not permitted to leave early or come back late for OSU’s semester term dates.
    • You will be required to enroll in the OIA International Supplemental Health Insurance (approx. 30-45 USD per summer) and maintain a primary health insurance to allow the supplemental health insurance to work while abroad. More information on health insurance under "Travel Preparations" below.
    • Travel health check-ups, vaccines, travel costs in order to obtain your visa (if applicable), etc., may be additional costs to consider.

    Payment Instructions

    STEP 1: Pay your $150 application fee immediately upon application.

    Once you submit your application, this fee will post to your University Statement of Account and is to be paid no more than three days after submission of the application. It is recommended that you pay the application fee immediately after submitting your application. This application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted to your study abroad program or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.

    STEP 2: Pay your tuition by the payment deadline.

    You must pay your OSU tuition for Summer (4-week Session Two) according to the OSU tuition and fees deadline.

    STEP 3: Pay your other fees to OSU and the Host Institution by the deadline.

    The mandatory OIA international health insurance fee will be charged to your University Statement of Account closer to your departure for the program. Once charged, pay immediately. Follow the Host Institution's instruction on paying any other fees, if any.

    Funding Your Global Experience

    Visit our Funding Your Global Experience page for information on available scholarships and information on funding opportunities.

    Cancellation Policy

    Should you withdraw or be dropped from the program after you have submitted your application, you will be assessed a $200 cancellation fee according to the Office of International Affairs Cancellation Policy. You are also responsible for any associated cost (i.e.: flights, housing, etc.) due to your withdraw or drop from the program. If you wish to withdraw, you must send a written withdrawal request to the Program Coordinator.

  • Eligibility

    All applicants must meet the following criteria. 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
    • Remain eligible based on the Office of International Affairs eligibility requirements and conditions for participation
    • 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.

    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 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.


    Drop Policy

    In order to continue in the program, you must attend the online OIA Health and Safety session and attend the FCOB pre-departure orientation by February 23, 2020. 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.

  • Application Process

    Application Steps

    Applications will be received online and will be admitted on a first come first serve basis, and you cannot go abroad on your graduating term. Find the application deadlines at the top of this page or on the online application page.

    1. Select your Summer Exchange location and discuss with your academic advisor
    2. Read the "Before you Apply" section of the OIA website.
    3. Complete and upload required application documents on the application.
    4. Pay the non-refundable $150 application fee posted on your student account.
    5. Complete an interview.
    6. Expect to hear from the Office of Global Business 1-2 weeks after the application deadline.

    Your application will not be considered complete until ALL required documents and fees have been submitted, and interviews completed. Delay of fully completing your application will delay the application process.

    * Once you submit your application, you are subject to the Cancellation Policy according to the Office of International Affairs.

    Application Documents

    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:

    1. What led you to select this particular study abroad program?
    2. How will you prepare yourself for the difference in culture, academics, and so on?
    3. How will your participation in this program help you reach your personal and academic goals?
    4. 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.

    1. Resume
    2. Advising Report


    Section 3: Recommendation Letter

    Request a letter of recommendation on the online application. 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.

  • Travel Preparations

    Passports

    All students (international and domestic) must have passports valid at least 6 months past the dates of travel upon application.

    • If needed, the costs associated with applying for or renewing a passport are not included in the total price of the program.
    • If you are a U.S. citizen but do not currently have a passport, you should apply for your passport as soon as possible to obtain your U.S. passport before you submit your application.
    • If you are a U.S. citizen trying to apply for a passport, please visit travel.state.gov.


    Visas

    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 to 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.

    France

    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.

    Germany

    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.

    Housing

    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 Airfare

    International flights to and from the program destination is the responsibility of the student. It is required that you arrived/leave per instructions of the host institution you are attending.

    Health Insurance

    The Office of International Affairs (OIA) International Supplemental Health Insurance is mandatory. You will be covered only for the dates of the school term of your selected Host Institution. You can find the details of this insurance on OIA's Travel Insurance webpage. You must also still maintain your primary health insurance to allow the OIA International Supplemental Health Insurance to work while abroad. If any other insurance is required by the Host Institution you must follow Host Institution guidelines.

    Pre-Departure Orientation

    You must complete the mandatory online OIA Health and Safety session and the FCOB pre-departure orientation by the the given deadline at end of February. Failing to successfully complete this orientation will disqualify you from participating in the Summer Exchange Program.

    Health and Safety Abroad

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

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


    Travel Plan Communication

    As a safety precaution, we require you to communicate your travel plans associated with the program that you are accepted to (flight, accommodation, phone/email contact while abroad, etc.).