Under the thought leadership of renowned international business academic Professor Arthur Stonehill, the first two College of Business exchange programs were established with the University of Technology in Australia and Aarhus University in Denmark. Since the 1980s, the College of Business programs have grown to include 16 partner institutions around the globe that offer international academic experiences for business and design majors.

Overseas study is a valuable and personally enriching part of the university experience — and the opportunity can help you earn an international business option for your degree. Through participation on a College of Business program, students experience personal growth while learning about international business or design from faculty around the world. The College of Business' study abroad program remains grateful Stonehill (1931-2019) for setting the cornerstone of excellence that we uphold. The college recognized Stonehill in 2018 with its Distinguished Service Award.

Locations and Dates

Programs listed below are Fall term only with the exception of one Germany location and Australia. Going during Winter or Spring means missing both terms at OSU due to the exchange school being semester-based. Their Winter/Spring term will begin late February. Fall terms begin earlier but will wrap up late December so students would only miss Fall term at OSU.

All schools require a mandatory orientation for all exchange students, so plan to arrive at your host school a week or so prior to the start of classes.

Final exams tend to occur over a week or longer so be careful when scheduling your return flight. When checking the academic calendars via the links below you will notice that the semester for some of the schools extends into January. Special arrangements are made so exchange students will complete their studies in December.

It's recommended that you arrive 2-3 days prior to the orientation start date.

[Last updated - as information is received from host schools: April 5, 2020]

Fall or Winter/Spring terms.

An energetic metropolis, with UTS in the heart of the city, you'll enjoy all a city Sydney's size has to offer as well as the easy access to world class beaches. The international business option is not available with this location, but students can take business core equivalent courses as well as Bacc core and possibly minor classes. UTS is a option available to students as early as sophomore year. Please note that start dates at UTS are in mid-July for fall and early March for spring.

Important dates:

  • Spring session - Autumn in Australia
    • Orientation:
    • Classes start:
    • End of term:
  • Autumn session - Spring in Australia
    • Orientation:
    • Classes start:
    • End of term:

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For many years a popular option for students has been to study and live in Vienna, a city roughly the size of Portland, Oregon (1.7 million). Historic – Vienna was the capital city of the Habsburg Empire, and artistic – Vienna has important medieval, Baroque and Gründerzeit architecture and became universally recognized as the capital of European music, this capital city of Austria has all the look and intrigue of old Europe.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
    • Recommended to attend "Orientation & Cultural Program," begins . There is also an option to take a German language class during this time.
    • If not participating in the cultural and/or language program, arrive by
  • Classes start:
  • End of term: (approximate)

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Santiago is the cultural, political and financial center of Chile. With steady economic growth, the city is now home to a growing theater and restaurant scene, dozens of shopping centers and a rising skyline, including the tallest building in Latin America. The university was founded in 1842 and is the oldest and most prestigious in the country. Please note that the start date is in mid-July for fall term.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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SA vibrant shopper's paradise, Hong Kong is a former British protectorate, and lively, food-lover's dream locale. It is a bustling port city and financial center famed for its tower studded skyline.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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An affordable alternative for the budget conscious student, Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic by population and area, the largest Moravian city, and the historical capital city of the Margraviate of Moravia. This picturesque city borders wine producing regions of the area, boasts numerous museums, and is home to 378,000 residents.

Note: In order to obtain a Czech visa, participants must purchase health insurance from a recommended provider in the Czech Republic in addition to the mandatory OSU study abroad insurance coverage. This insurance information will need to be in the Czech language for the visa application.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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The second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus has a history dating back to the fifth century viking expeditions, and is presently home to 326,000 inhabitants. The city is notable for its musical history, including many jazz clubs fueled by the young population. Aarhus University is Scandanavia's largest university.

Note: In order to obtain a Denmark student residency permit, you must appear in person at the Sacramento consulate.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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Spring term.

You have two locations and terms to choose from in Baden Wurttemburg, the southwesternmost state in Germany. Both cities are small and charming, and Business courses are attended by both international and German students.

Note: There is no language requirement for students interested in participating in the Germany exchange. However, if you are interested in pursuing an internship in Germany after completing classes, then you must have German language proficiency at the third-year level. If you are interested in doing an internship after your exchange in Bad Mergentheim, plan to meet with an advisor about one year in advance.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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Fall term.

Students have two locations and terms to choose from in Baden Wurttemburg, the southwestern-most state in Germany. Both cities are small and charming, and business courses are attended by both international and German students.

Note: There is no language requirement for students interested in participating in the Germany exchange. However, if you are interested in pursuing an internship in Germany after completing classes, then you must have German language proficiency at the third-year level. If you are interested in doing an internship after your exchange in Bad Mergentheim, plan to meet with an advisor about one year in advance.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

Visit DHBW-Mosbach >

Situated on the Waal River, close to the German border, Nijmegen celebrated 2000 years of existence in 2005. With 168,000 residents, university students may feel at home on bicycle or crossing the river on one of 38 ferry crossings that dot the winding Waal. Castle ruins and ancient Roman artifacts may be found around this region.

Note: In order to obtain a visa for study in the Netherlands, students will be required to purchase health insurance from a recommended provider in the Netherlands. This will be in addition to the mandatory OSU study abroad insurance coverage.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term: (approximate)

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Home to 85,000 residents, Kristiansand's ancient history includes 6,500-year-old human artifacts and remains as well as beautiful churches and historic homes. Located near the Baltic Sea, the temperate climate brings tourists from the surrounding region to the areas sunny beaches in summertime.

Note: Students may be required to appear in person at the San Francisco consulate. Obtaining the required visa/permit is a possibility after arriving in Norway but is not always the recommended procedure.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and diverse population. In circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple; Little India offers colorful souvenirs, and Arab Street is lined with fabric shops.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

Visit SMU >

Murcia, founded in 831, is located on the southeast Iberian peninsula on the Segura River. Murcia’s 250 kilometers of coast is aptly called La Costa Cálida (Hot One), during summer months especially, but is also referred to as "Europe's orchard" for it's production of many fruits, vegetables and flowers. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, this multicultural capital city of 440,000 is also a university town where tradition and modernity harmoniously coexist.

Note: 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. Also — although knowledge of the Spanish language is not required to succeed academically — applicants will be required to write a short essay in Spanish as part of the University of Murcia application (this process occurs after being accepted into the exchange program by the College of Business). The Spanish essay requirement is implemented to encourage students to understand that interactions outside of the classroom may require basic Spanish speaking skills.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

Visit Universidad de Murcia >

Lund University was established in 1666, and is situated in the south of Sweden in a city of 82,000. With an ancient and well preserved historical city center, Lund is an excellent location for exploring markets, cathedrals, historical sites and the surrounding countryside's castles and natural environment. Lund has a vibrant art, music, dance and theater culture as well.

Note: Housing in Lund is extremely difficult to obtain. It is very competitive for all students attending Lund (local and international). There are several housing companies to apply with, and they maintain waitlists. Research housing options carefully and be prepared to set up optional housing, such as Airbnb until something more suitable comes available.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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Chulalongkorn ("Chula") is known as the Harvard of Asia, as it is the most renowned academic institution in the region. Located in lively Bangkok, the "City of Angels," within the "Land of Smiles," this city has innumerable Buddhist temples, street markets, night life and food delicacies for the exchange visitor. It also boasts a very large contingent of enthusiastic OSU alumni, teaching at Chula and working across Thailand.

Important dates:

  • Orientation:
  • Classes start:
  • End of term:

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From a Student

I was terrified to study abroad, and that is exactly why I went. Life is about facing your fears, and I've grown so much because of this experience.

Michael | Germany, Fall 2016

How to apply

Applicants must meet the following requirements prior to going on a fall or spring term College of Business exchange program*:

  • Have a COB GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Senior standing preferred (but Junior standing can apply)
    • Courses taken abroad will be mainly senior level
  • Completed the following courses with a C- or better
    • BA 352 Managing Individual and Team Performance
    • BA 240 or BA 360 or FIN 340 Finance
    • BA 223 or BA 390 or MRKT 390 Marketing
  • No grades below a C- in any required business courses that have not been fixed

* Students interested in studying on exchange in Australia only need to meet the GPA requirements plus have at least 30 OSU credits completed.

The application deadline for spring Germany or winter/spring Australia exchange applicants.

Please note: You will enroll in BA 348 for fall term if accepted. BA 348 typically meets on Fridays.

The application deadline for fall exchange applicants (all locations).

Please note: You will enroll in BA348 the following spring term if accepted. BA 348 typically meets on Fridays.

IMDD and business & entrepreneur minors may apply for the College of Business exchange program. Priority is given to business majors though. IMDD and minor students, if accepted to go on the exchange, will not earn the international business option.

Being placed in one of the business exchange locations is a highly competitive process. Keep this in mind as you prepare the required application materials. There is a $50 application fee charged by OSU's Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO).

Step 1:

Complete the OSU GO application. You may download step-by-step instructions for completing the College of Business Stonehill Exchange application. Note: Do not apply to individual country locations. You will list country preferences within the Stonehill Exchange application.

A personal statement is required. This is your only opportunity to convince the College of Business to approve placing you at your first-choice location. Be clear, specific and informed regarding your reasons, influences, research and goals as they relate to your top three location preferences. The statement submitted should:

  • Be two to three pages in length, double-spaced.
  • Include responses to the following:
    • Describe the leading motivations to selecting your first-choice location.
    • Why do you think the College of Business should offer to place you with your first-choice location?
    • What factors influenced the selection of your second- and third-choice locations?
      • NOTE: Top three location preferences are submitted on a form that is part of the College of Business Stonehill Exchange application

Step 2: Interview

All students who meet the eligibility requirements will be invited for a group interview with College of Business exchange coordinators/advisors. Please monitor your email for information and instructions on how to prepare for and schedule the interview. The interview process is also an extremely important step in helping the exchange coordinators determine placement of each eligible applicant.

Step 3: Conduct Check

A campus conduct check is completed for all applicants. If you have concerns about previous misconduct violations on campus or off, please consult an academic advisor.

Step 4: Placement Decisions Announced and Program Fees Due

Applicants are selected for the exchange program based on their perceived adaptability, maturity level and academic performance. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an email with a placement offer and deadline for confirming acceptance of the offer. If you agree to the program location offer, you agree to also pay the non-refundable program fee of $400. This amount will be billed to your student account during the term you are enrolled in BA 348.

Contact Information

College of Business ABROAD - Study Abroad Information Sessions:

Next session:

January 24, 2020 at 11 a.m. in Austin 126
February 21, 2020 at 12 p.m. in Austin 222

CONTACT:
Email or schedule an appointment to learn more about the Stonehill International Business Exchange:

Connie Caddis, Austin 122, 541.737.3716