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Application Process

2014-15 International Experience Application Timeline

November-December, 2014 - Gather information about programs. 
Mid November - Applications will become available. The application link and instructions will be emailed to your pdx account by mid-November.
Thursday, January 8th - Applications are due by 11:59:59 pm.
Friday, January 9th - Program Administrator follows up with students who have missing applications.
Week of January 26th - Student travel list finalized and students contacted with confirmation paperwork.
Monday, February 16th - Deadline for Appeals applications to be turned into the Global Initiatives Program Administrator by 10:00 am.
Monday, March 9th - All program acceptance paperwork due into the Office of International Affairs.

How to Apply

In mid-November, applications will be emailed out to all students with cohort specific instructions.
These emails will only be sent to your pdx accounts

Applications for the 2015 calendar year will be due on Thursday, January 8th (11:59:59 pm).
The email will contain a link to the application. The applications will NOT save information and allow you to come back to them later. Please prepare all of the information you will need before beginning the process.
Once you are ready to apply, click on the link to the application.
When you do so, you will need to be ready to submit the following information:

For MBA Students: 
  • Current passport information
  •  Your top 3 choices of programs
  • A brief essay about your top 3 choices and how they fit into your educational and career goals
  • A brief essay about any limiting factors (i.e., financial needs, familial needs and considerations, visa needs, personal limitations, timing, employment needs, etc.).
    For MS GSCM Students: 
    • Current passport information
    • Your intent to travel (when & where)
    • If you would like to apply to go to Germany, you will need to complete a short essay about how the program fits into your educational and career goals. You will also be promoted to set up an appointment with the GSCM Academic Director to discuss this plan.
    For MSFA Students: 
    • Current passport information
    • A brief essay about your desire to participate and how the programs fits into your educational
      and career goals.
      Those required to travel (MBA & GSCM) will continue to receive a periodic email reminder throughout fall until you
      complete the application.

      Student Choice of Programs

      The Graduate Business Programs Office will strive to give every student either their first
      or second choice of program.


      However, in some circumstances, difficult decisions may need to be made based on program capacity. Programs are not guaranteed to run unless a mimimun enrollment is met for each program.


      In these cases, the International Experience Committee will make these decisions based on a holistic understanding of:


      • Fit of the programs for student's educational and career goals (including the requirements of programs).

      • Student limiting factors such as financial needs, familial needs and considerations, visa needs, personal limitations, timing, employment needs, etc.

      • Student leadership and development needs.

      Students will be contacted with confirmation of their International Experience program during the
      week of January 26th.


      There will be an option for an appeals process should students feel the program they have been enrolled in does not fit into their goals and needs.


      Appeals will be due to the Global Initiatives Program Administrator by Monday, February 9th at 10:00 am.


      International Experience Travel  Exception Policy

      The International Experience is an integral and core part of the MBA program at Portland State University.  All students admitted to the MBA program are required to participate in one International Experience during their MBA program.  Students who are unable to participate in one of the approved SBA International Experience programs may apply for an exception.  Exceptions are granted in very limited circumstances. 


      Applying for an Exception: A student who apply for an exception must clearly identify the reasons for the exception, which are limited to the following categories: 


      1)    family circumstances (such as illness of a family member, or primary childcare responsibilities);

      2)    disability or personal illness of a nature that prevents overseas travel;

      3)    restrictions on ability to travel by the student’s employer, provided in writing by the employer; or

      4)    inability to obtain a Visa to travel to any of the approved International Program sites.  Please note that it is our expectation that incoming MBA students have prepared for the International Experience by taking all necessary steps in advance of entering the program to secure the appropriate documentation or visa status that will enable them to participate in the International Experience. 


      Please also note that in all but a very limited category of extreme circumstances, financial challenges are not grounds for granting an exception.  Students seeking an exception on this basis should note that the approved alternatives involve cost that is similar to the cost of the international experience. Petitions for exceptions are reviewed by the International Programs committee.