Fisher DEI Global Scholars Program

O-H-I-O on DEI program


Designed specifically for Fisher College of Business students that take part in Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services and Corporate and Community Outreach (ODISSCCO), including student organizations and Project THRIVE, OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) programming, or students on the Undergraduate Fisher Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, this offering will give you a once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunity to consult with micro-enterprises in Cape Town, South Africa. With the guidance of your faculty member and graduate student mentors, you will learn essential project management skills, navigate cultural practices and business etiquette, and lead a successful client engagement and business improvement initiative! You will also gain valuable intercultural communication skills as you immerse yourself in a totally new culture. Cultural programming includes a tour of the Hout Bay, the Good Hope Nature Reserve, Simons Town, a visit to the Penguin Colony, and an exploration of Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Gardens.  Historical visits to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and the District Six Museum, a memorial to the forced movement of 60,000 inhabitants of various races in District Six during Apartheid, are also included.

More Information & Application

  • General Information

    Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
    Travel Dates: 5/3/24 - 5/19/24
    Class Enrollment: Spring 2023 Session 2 AND Summer Session 1, 4-week
    Academic Credit: BUSADM 2798 (1.5 credit hours in Spring Session 2, Tuesdays from 12:40 - 2 pm in 018 Lazenby Hall, and 1 credit hour in Summer Session 1) 
    Faculty: Prof. Rob Whittington, traveling with Dr. Cynthia Turner
    Program Cost: $0
    Application Deadline: November 15, 2023
    Information Sessions:  already passed

  • Eligibility

    In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation

    Applicants must: 

    • be enrolled as undergraduate student at Ohio State
    • be pursuing a major in the Fisher College of Business (not pre-business or a business minor)
    • be a current second or third year student*
    • be a member of programming through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a member of Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services and Corporate and Community Outreach (ODISSCCO) programming, or a member of the Undergraduate Fisher Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
    • have no student record actions of "Warning," "Probation" or "Probation by Special Action"

    *You may not graduate prior to travel on the program. If you are a fourth year student pursuing a fifth year, you may be eligible. 

    All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

  • Next Steps
    1. Read the program brochure. 
    2. Attend an information session (see "Announcements" tab on the brochure for up to date times and links).
    3. Ask clarifying questions: Email the program manager for inquiries not covered in the information session (contact information is listed at the bottom of the page). 
    4. Review the "Finance" tab on the program brochure. 
    5. Apply for scholarships: Contact Louise Yahiaoui, Education Abroad Specialist at to learn about ODI education abroad scholarships that can help cover the program fee and out-of-pocket expenses. Please note, due to the subsidization of this program by donor funds, applicants are not eligible for the Fisher Global Grant. 
    6. Clear your schedule: If you are accepted into this program, you must be able to attend the required course (see the "Academics" tab on the brochure for course information). 
    7. Apply for the program! As you sit down to access the application, make sure you have:

      • Your passport number. If you have not received your passport, or have not yet applied for one, you may still complete the online application, but remember that you may not participate in a study abroad program without a valid passport. Passports are taking up to 18 weeks, so please make sure you have ample time to apply for or renew an expired passport. 
      • Your Ohio State advising report, saved as a PDF to attach to the application.
      • Names and contact information of the individuals you would like contacted in case of an emergency.
      • A $150 application fee is required for all education abroad program applications. Should you choose to start an application, you will be notified to pay the application fee when it has been assigned as a material due. This application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted to your study abroad program, if your program is canceled or if you withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.

Contact Information

Alyssa Kyff

Program Manager

Office of Global Business
Mason Hall 222
250 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA