How to Apply
International Business Option Requirements
Pre-requisite Courses for International Business Option
BA 352, Managing Individual and Team Performance
BA 390, Marketing
FIN 340 or BA 360, Finance
BA 347, International Business (optional - may take after exchange)
BA 348, Int'l Exchange Orientation (take after admitted to program)
Students must have a 2.75 Business GPA, be admitted into Pro-School and be in either late-Junior or Senior standing prior to the term going on exchange.
Requirements to complete the International Business Option
- Complete 18 credits of approved coursework while on exchange program with each course grade earned being equivalent to an OSU C- or better.
- Complete the IB Capstone course BA 349, Impact of Culture on Business, after returning from exchange program
Austrialia exchange program:
The IB Option cannot be earned trough the Australia exchange program at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). UTS will accept Sophomore-level Pre-business majors, but students' Business GPA must be 2.75 or higher. Students must take BA 348 International Exchange Orientation but are not required to take BA 349.
How to Apply in Three Steps
Step 1: Application
In addition to submitting the online application linked below (click "Apply Here!"), please submit the following items to:
College of Business Advising
214 Bexell Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
- In a 1-2 page essay, double-spaced, describe your travel experiences in the USA and/or abroad and what you’ve learned about yourself through these travels.
- A resume and cover letter. The cover letter should address the following question: What do you anticipate will be the single greatest challenge for you participating in a study abroad experience?
- Two completed reference forms. See the References page to download the references forms.
Please note: A conduct check is run on all applicants. Applicants are selected for the Exchange Program based upon their perceived adaptability, maturity level and academic performance.
Submit the online application: When applying, select the program that is your first choice. If you are selected for an interview then you can make known your 2nd and 3rd choices. By filling out the online application, you acknowledge that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee to your student account. If you have technical issues with the online application, please contact International Programs for assistance.
Application submission deadlines:
January 15 for fall term programs
October 10 for winter/spring term (Feb-Jun) Australia program at University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
October 10 for spring term Germany program at Bad Mergentheim Business School
Step 2: Interview
All students who meet the above eligibility requirements will be invited for an interview with COB Exchange Coordinators/Advisors. Interviews happen shortly after the application deadline and last about 30 minutes. Be prepared to give a short five to seven minute presentation on the following topic: Based on your personal, educational and professional goals, expain why you should be placed in the exchange program location that you have selected?
The interview process is extremely important for helping the Exchange Coordinators determine the placement of each applicant.
Step 3: Placement Decisions Announced and Program Fees Due
If you are accepted into the program and agree to the placement that is offered, then you willl need to respond via e-mail that you accept your placement and agree to pay the program fee of $400. To pay this program fee, please submit a check or money order to the COB Advising office in Bexell 214 made out to "OSU College of Business" by March 1.
Important Notes Regarding Individual Programs:
Germany - There is no language requirement for students interested in participating in the Germany exchange. However, if you are interested in pursuing an internship after completing classes, then you must have German language proficiency at the third-year level. If you are interested in doing an internship while on study abroad in Bad Mergentheim, plan to meet with an advisor about one year in advance.
Czech Republic- In order to obtain a Czech visa, participants must purchase health insurance from a recommended provider in the Czech Republic in addition to the OSU study abroad insurance coverage. Information about recommended insurance providers will be discussed after acceptance into this program.
Spain - In order to obtain a Spain visa, participants must appear in person at the San Francisco consulate prior to departure in order to apply for their visa. Information on this will be provided, but this is an additional cost to participants. Please note that knowledge of the Spanish language is not required to succeed academically. Nevetheless, applicants will be required to write a short essay in Spanish when they submit application materials to the University of Murcia (this process occurs after being accepted into the exchange program by the COB). This requirement of Univ. of Murcia is implemented to encourage students to understand that interactions outside of the classroom may require basic Spanish speaking skills.
Denmark - In order to obtain a Denmark Student Residency Permit, students must appear in person at the Sacramento consulate.
International Students Applying for a COB Exchange Program
Student who are studying in the U.S. but have a passport from a different country must do their own research and communicate with the consulate of the country they plan to study in regarding the requirements for obtaining any necessary visa and/or residency permit. For example, students from Japan who are planning to study in Singapore must enter Singapore from Japan, not the U.S.
The Exchange Coordinators are available to provide general assistance, but the responsibility of understanding the requirements and completing all necessary applications lies with the individual student who is applying.