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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Bergen, Norway; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Copenhagen, Denmark; Coventry, United Kingdom; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Hyderabad, India; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Saint Gallen, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; Singapore, Singapore; Sydney, Australia; Warwick, United Kingdom; Yokohama, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:
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MBA Global Semester Exchange Program


Ross MBA students on exchange at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad

Locations: Check out the host school options list for full location details >>
Sydney, Australia; Shanghai, China; Copenhagen, Denmark; Paris, France; Hong Kong; Hyderabad, India; Yokoham City, Japan; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Bergen, Norway; Barcelona, Spain; St. Gallen, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Singapore, Singapore; Coventry, United Kingdom
Program Dates: Full-semester (both Winter A and Winter B) or half-semester (Winter A); dates vary by host school
Program Terms: Winter Semester 2020
Application Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2019
Decision Date: Friday, July 19, 2019
Eligibility: Ross School of Business Second-Year FTMBAs, Global MBAs, Evening MBAs*, and Online MBAs*

*Online and Evening MBAs need to request permission from their Part-Time MBA Program Academic Advisor

During their second year, Michigan Ross FTMBA students, Global MBA students, and Evening and Online MBA students can study abroad at one of Ross' distinguished partner schools in a diverse range of cities from Shanghai to Buenos Aires. An exchange experience allows students to learn about business from diverse perspectives, experience other cultures, and network with students, faculty, and business professionals from around the world. Students can choose to participate in half- (Winter A only) or full-semester exchange programs during the winter semester depending on which option best suits their academic or professional plans.

Through this program, MBAs will experience a cultural interchange of ideas and will become more culturally savvy.  Whether students are participating in an executive leadership simulation course in Barcelona, or taking finance courses in London or Hong Kong, their exchange experience will enhance their skills as future business leaders and provide them with an immersion experience that adds value to their time at Ross. The local student body and academic culture at each partner school offer a unique approach to business strategy and problem-solving.


The MBA Global Semester Exchange Program is competitive and students who are interested in applying should submit quality applications. Only University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus only) Ross School of Business FTMBA students, Global MBA students, Evening MBA students, and Online MBA students are eligible for this program. Second-year full-time MBAs who have completed their core course requirements (including World Economy) may participate in the exchange program. Exchange programs are available in the winter semester for either the entire semester or only Winter A. Students should speak with their academic advisor (e-mail to ensure they have completed their degree requirements and are eligible to study abroad: 


Once students have confirmed their spot within the MBA Global Semester Exchange program, they are required to enroll in the BUSABRD study abroad course at Ross. This course will be listed as Pass/-Fail on the U-M transcript.  Students must pass all of their courses per the host school's grading scale. Students on exchange are required to register for a full course load of credits at the host school, earning up to 15 credits of business elective credit toward their degree (this will be explained further in the offer letter). Students participating in Winter A exchange programs can earn 6 to 9 credits, depending on the partner school. Course loads are outlined on the MBA Semester Exchange Canvas page.

Note that each host school has its own definition of full load/full time, so participating students will have to review their course electives with a Ross Global Education Advisor and host school administrators before registering for classes at the host institution. Students must only register for business electives at the host institution; credit is not accepted for non-business courses.

Contact Ross Global Initiatives for questions regarding program requirements. Once students have confirmed their spot within the program, they are then nominated to the host school. At that point, the host school’s coordinators take over the process including assisting students with course registration, student visas, etc.

Host Schools 

Students can apply to a wide variety of semester exchange host school options, so they should conduct extensive research to identify which host schools will best fit their academic and professional goals. Many schools have a limited number of spots each term, so it is important for the student to tie their goals to the school research they have conducted into their application essays. To learn more about each host school, explore the Ross Global Partner School webpage and the Ross Global Semester Exchange Canvas site.

Winter Full-Semester Options:
Australia: Australian Graduate School of Management - Sydney 
Denmark: Copenhagen Business School - Copenhagen
France: ESSEC Business School - Paris 
France: HEC Paris - Paris
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Japan: Keio Business School - Yokohama City 
Netherlands: Rotterdam School of Management - Rotterdam
Norway: Norwegian School of Economics - Bergen 
Spain: ESADE Business School - Barcelona 
Spain: IESE Business School - Barcelona 
Switzerland: University of St. Gallen - St. Gallen
United Kingdom: London School of Economics - London

Winter A Options:
Argentina: Universidad de San Andres - Argentina
China: China Europe International Business School - Shanghai
France: HEC Paris - Paris
India: Indian Business School - Hyderabad 
Netherlands: Rotterdam School of Management - Rotterdam
Singapore: Nanyang Technological University
United Kingdom: Warwick Business School - Coventry


Cost Considerations for the Ross MBA Global Semester Exchange Program:
Costs vary by host school and location. Navigate to the Ross Global Partner School webpage for cost sheets with estimates for housing, living, visa, and other costs for each host school. 

  • Tuition: Participating students will pay the regular Ross/University of Michigan tuition while taking classes at their host institution during the winter semester. 
  • $230 Education Abroad Program Fee:  This fee covers services and costs related to the MBA Global Semester Exchange Program at Michigan Ross.
  • Transportation to and from exchange school (e.g., airfare and flight insurance): Transportation costs vary by host destination; navigate to the Ross Global Partner School webpage for transportation cost estimates in each city. 
  • Cost of Living Expenses: Students are strongly encouraged to create a budget for their semester abroad before departing to their host destinations. Check out the cost of living estimates on the host school cost sheets and use a cost of living comparison calculator to assist with budget planning. 
  • GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance Coverage: Students will be charged the mandatory GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance fee when they register for the BUSABRD study abroad course. This fee covers student's health insurance for the duration of their program abroad. This is an automated process in which charges are issued to the U-M Student Account. Fees are:
    • $75: Winter A study abroad
    • $175: Full semester study abroad
  • GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance Coverage Extension for Travel Beyond Program Dates: Additionally, students are encouraged to purchase GeoBlue for additional travel beyond their semester program dates (pre or post- study abroad term). GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance costs approximately $1.15 USD per day. Visit the University of Michigan GeoBlue website for details on how to extend coverage for non-program dates.

Actual final costs will vary from student to student based on each student's anticipated personal expenses.

Passport and Visa

To travel for this global program, students should note the following:

  • Passport: All students are responsible for obtaining a passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of return to the U.S.). Students who do not currently have a passport or need a renewal must apply for one immediately as the process can take up to several months.
  • All Student Participants:  Each student is responsible for acquiring the appropriate visa to travel to their designated host country and attend their host school. The visa application process can take several months, so student participants should begin their visa research as soon as they confirm their participation in the program. We recommend that students conduct their research using official host country government websites, TravisaInternational Express Visa Services, or another reputable visa provider.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens/International Students: Visa requirements and costs vary by country of citizenship and host destination. International students must research their individual visa requirements as well as contact the International Center to ensure that travel as part of this program will not impact the status of their U.S. student visa.
  • All Student Travelers: All students planning to do any personal travel prior to, during, or following the program are responsible for researching and being well-informed of the various travel/ visa requirements. When determining exit/ entry requirements, student travelers must check each country in their travel itinerary, even if they will only be visiting for a short time. For more travel information, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the U.S. Department of State just for student travelers.

Need to Know

  • Health & Safety Abroad: Michigan Ross is deeply committed to seeing that students have the tools in place to be safe and healthy while abroad and the resources to respond should an emergency situation arise. Visit the Health & Safety Abroad webpage for more information on how to prepare for your time abroad.
  • Past Program Information: Join the Ross Global Canvas Site for feedback from past Global Semester Exchange participants and host school details.
  • Withdrawal & Commitment Policy: 

    Program Commitment: Once a student accepts their offer to study abroad, the spot will be considered filled and it will not be offered to another student. Students who withdraw from the Semester Exchange Program after accepting an offer must email Global Initiatives at stating in full the reasons for the late withdrawal. Students who withdraw after committing to the Semester Exchange Program will be charged a fee in order to recoup costs associated with expenses that Ross will incur from international partner institutions and the tuition or loss of reciprocal exchange associated with the incoming exchange students to U-M. Additionally, students who withdraw will forfeit their Ross Global Initiatives funding award, when applicable. Fees are determined by the withdrawal date:
    • $500 – Withdrawals in August or September
    • $1,000 – Withdrawals in October or November
    • $1,500 – Withdrawals in December or later

Additionally, outgoing exchange students will be removed from the Ross course bidding process and will register into BUSABRD for their term abroad. Students who withdraw from the program late will receive no bid points and be required to register for Ross courses for that term.

Disqualification: Ross Global Initiatives holds its students to high standards of integrity and excellence. Those who fail to complete the MBA Global Semester Exchange program requirements are subject to disqualification. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Failure to submit all necessary forms.
  • Failure to pay the program fees in full or inform Global Initiatives of extenuating circumstances.
  • Any misrepresentation or failure to disclose information on all required forms and applications.
  • Failure to disclose any changes in your academic or disciplinary records, or changes in health status after submitting an application and before departing for the international program.
  • Failure to follow Ross Student Code of Conduct or misconduct at the international program site. (This will be reported to Central U-M at the completion of the course.)
  • In extreme circumstances, students may be asked to return home early from the exchange program and would be responsible for any additional travel expenses.

Application Procedures

  • Before You Apply: Visit the Before You Apply webpage for details on connecting with a Global Education Advisor, attending an information session, and more. 
  • Application Details: Application requirements will include, but are not limited to the following. Detailed instructions are provided within the program application on M-Compass.
    • Application essays and short answer questions
    • Host school ranking form
    • Resume Details
    • Signature Documents

Winter 2020 MBA Global Semester Exchange Program Application Timeline: 

  • July 1, 2019: Applications due on M-Compass by 11:59pm ET
  • July 19, 2019: Application decisions sent to applicants
  • August 1, 2019: Commitment deadline; accepted applicants must confirm or decline their placement in the program by this date

Contact Information 

Ross Global Initiatives
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
700 East University Ave.
Kresge Hall, 3rd Flr West, Rm K3510
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
Tel: (734) 936-3917
Drop-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays 10am-noon, Wednesdays 1-3pm
Connect with a Ross Global Education Advisor to explore your global experience options:

  • Regular Advising (September - April): Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays, 10am-Noon & Wednesdays, 1-3pm
    Appointments: Book an advising appointment with a Global Education Advisor via the Before You Apply webpage. 
  • Summer Advising (May - August): By appointment only; send an e-mail with your availability to to schedule an in-person or phone/Skype appointment

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 07/01/2019
07/19/2019 01/01/2020 05/29/2020
NOTE: Actual host school program dates vary; see partner school fact sheets on the Ross Global Student Experiences website for complete details

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This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.