Learning & Immersive Engagement Opportunities


The FisherDirect initiative offers students access to special opportunities designed to complement course work and maximize potential. In addition to gaining direct admission into the business major, FisherDirect students will participate in opportunities and activities that will enhance and enrich the student experience at Fisher College of Business.  FisherDirect students will acquire essential skills and learning competencies to become successful business professionals.

For more information, visit the FisherDirect website.

Learning Communities

First-year Fisher students have three opportunities to live and learn together through our various learning communities and specialized programming – Business Scholars Program, Global Business Learning Community, and Business Honors Learning Community. All three communities are connected to the FisherDirect Initiative and provide a deeper level of engagement shared around similar themes and interests.

For detailed information about a specific learning community, click on the corresponding link:

Industry Clusters

The Industry Clusters Program provides juniors an opportunity for students to learn about a certain industry in-depth and apply this knowledge to their business coursework.  The program focuses on topics pertinent to our nation’s economic future and gives students the opportunity to learn from industry experts.  This one-year program includes working on projects for the companies represented and allows students to gain valuable knowledge about their future careers, marketplace, provides networking opportunities with business professionals. The Industry Clusters program is selective and students receive course credit for participation.

For more information, visit the Industry Clusters Program website.

Freshman Global Lab

The Freshman Global Lab is a May-term, short term study abroad program for first-year FisherDirect students, which enables freshmen to study abroad during their first-year immersed in a global business environment. Selected students are enrolled in Introduction to International Business (BA 2000) during Spring semester, then are immersed via a travel component with faculty and staff directors for 11 days.

  • 2015 participants will travel to the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany  or  Greece, Turkey and Hungry

For more information, visit the Office of Global Business website.

Dean’s Leadership Academy

The Dean’s Leadership Academy (DLA) is a by-invitation-only class offered in the spring semester to outstanding students who have distinguished themselves both academically and through leadership activities during their first years at Fisher. DLA is a three-credit hour, graded elective course. The core objective is to focus on participants’ personal leadership skills through academic literature, exposure to experienced and successful leaders, and personal introspection and self-awareness. The course is taught using a variety of methods such as guest speakers from the business community, community service, and team projects.