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Exchange Programs - Application Process

Students seeking to participate in the MBA International Exchange Program must submit the online Willamette MBA International Exchange Application 11:55 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014.

The application includes general questions, a short essay and a current resume.  An interview may also be required.  Selection is competitive. Applicants selected by the committee will be invited to participate in an international exchange program.

General Application Timeline
The application deadline for all exchange programs for 2014 is 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd. The Willamette MBA International Exchange Application is available online.

  • Students must submit the online application by 11:55 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014.
  • Students selected to participate in an exchange program will be notified of their selection by Thursday, February 6, 2014.
  • Students selected for the summer program in Copenhagen must confirm their intent to participate in the summer CBS exchange by 8:00 a.m., Monday, February 10th for Atkinson to meet the CBS summer deadline of February 11th.
  • Students selected for all other exchange programs must confirm their intent to participate by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17th.


Eligibility Requirements
To participate in the MBA exchange program, students must be selected by the Atkinson School International Exchange Program Committee and meet all of the requirements listed below.

Students who will have completed all MBA degree requirements before the start of their desired exchange program semester are not eligible to participate.

All offers of participation in an exchange program are conditional on the student meeting all eligibility requirements at the time of application and at the time of departure.

Eligibility:

  • be enrolled as a full-time student in one of the full-time formats of the Willamette MBA degree program
  • be in good academic standing with a minimum Atkinson School cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • achieved a grade of "C" or better in all first year courses
  • completed the career management segment of GSM 5108
  • be in good standing within the Atkinson School Expectations of Conduct and the Willamette University Standards of Conduct

Eligibility requirements at the time of departure:

  • be in good academic standing with a minimum Atkinson School cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • be in good standing within the Atkinson School Expectations of Conduct and the Willamette University Standards of Conduct
  • completed a minimum of 24 credits of the first year curriculum and less than the total number of credits/courses required to complete the MBA degree
  • achieved a grade of "C" or better in all first year courses
  • passed IKEW during spring semester of the first year
  • completed any "I" (incomplete) grade received in a core course
  • completed an interview with Beth Ursin, Director of Career Management, about your job search plan
  • attended required MBA exchange program orientation meetings
  • registered for the appropriate GSM 724_ Exchange Program course.
  • submitted all forms and information required by the exchange institution or the Atkinson School

Continued eligibility after arrival at the exchange institution:

  • maintain good standing within the exchange partner's, Willamette University's and the Atkinson School's codes of conduct
  • provide the Associate Dean/Director of Admission the following information by the end of the first week of study at the exchange institution:
    1) list of the courses for which the student is registered at the exchange institution, including the course number, course title, and number of ECTS credits per course
    2) telephone number at which the student can be reached while on exchange
    3) mailing address and living address at which the student can be reached in the exchange country
    4) email address at which the student can be reached while on exchange
  • provide an official copy of the student's exchange school transcript following completion of the exchange program

Selecting Your Program Preferences
Applicants will identify their exchange program interests in order of preference on their application. To establish your preferences, review the websites of our exchange partner institutions and other information available at the Atkinson School. We can usually send one or two students to each school. Things to consider include:

  • Semester of the exchange (summer or fall, or dual degree)
  • Career goals
  • Courses offered at the host institution
  • Campus location
  • Campus culture
  • Country culture
  • Language skills required
  • Location and climate
  • Housing
  • Local transportation
  • Personal, recreational, academic and professional interests
  • Cost and standard of living

Atkinson School Selection Process
Selection for participation in the exchange program is competitive and will be determined by the Atkinson School International Exchange Program Committee. Applicants must meet all of the minimum eligibility requirements. Applicants will be evaluated based on their MBA academic record, faculty references, essays and the exchange application process. Criteria includes:

  • academic achievement
  • benefit to the applicant's academic and career goals
  • ability to serve as a positive ambassador for the Willamette MBA program. (The success and future of our exchange relationships depend in part on the good citizenship and professional behavior of our students while on exchange)
  • language skills (if necessary)

Applicants selected for the exchange program will be offered a place at their top choice exchange school whenever space is available. However, if demand for a school exceeds space available, students may be offered participation at another exchange institution. Selection for individual exchange programs will be determined according to the eligibility and selection process described in this document.

Applicants not selected for the exchange program may submit a written appeal to the Atkinson School International Exchange Program Committee. Appeals must be received by the committee within five days of notification of non-selection, and must contain additional information for the committee to consider. The right to appeal does not apply if space is not available in the exchange programs.

Exchange Institution Process
The Atkinson School will notify the exchange partner institution of the students who were selected and confirmed their intent to participate in their exchange program. The exchange institution will ask students to complete an application form and provide other supplemental information. All forms and requests for information by the exchange institution should be completed and submitted as soon as possible.

More Information
Questions about international exchange programs should be directed to Judy O'Neill, Associate Dean and Director of Admission. Students should not contact the exchange institutions for information. Direct contact with the exchange institutions will be available after the Atkinson School notifies the exchange program of students selected for participation.

Application Deadline for MBA Exchange Programs

AGSM students applying for summer 2014 or fall semester 2014 International Exchange Programs must submit the online  Willamette MBA International Exchange Application by 11:55 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014.

More Information

Questions about international exchange programs should be directed to Judy O'Neill, Associate Dean and Director of Admission. Students should not contact the exchange institutions for information. Students selected to participate in an exchange program will be able to communicate directly with their exchange institution after the Atkinson School notifies the exchange program of the student's selection for participation.