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  • Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Singapore, Singapore; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
BSBA Asia Pacific Internship Abroad
An Internship Experience Placement Program


  Students have the opportunity to combine classroom learning with a full-time internship. Olin will work to place you in a suitable internship that meets the field or industry for which you have the academic background and interest, e.g. finance, marketing. In addition your academics and internship, you will complete research paper which will be due toward the end of your program. This is an application, interview, and placement program, meaning that Olin cannot guarantee placements with specific companies or departments with the industry you have requested.
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and Junior standing by program start date. The International Internship Programs are open to all Olin juniors and seniors who have completed equivalent of 4 semesters of course work (60 units). BSBA students and second majors or minors must have completed the prerequisite courses that relate to the field or industry in which they want to intern, e.g., finance placements require FIN 340, marketing placements require MKT 370, etc. There is a minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0 in your overall course work and a 3.0 in your professional course work.  Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant.

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Spring Early January - Late May
  During the spring semester, students study in Sydney, Australia for six weeks. During this six week academic session students will be enrolled an intensive 9 credit hours. Following studies, students will participate on a for-credit Asian Study Tour to either Japan, Thailand, or other location where they will undertake business meetings and cultural activities. Following the study tour students will then participate in a full-time internship in one of three countries for the remaining portion of the program (approximately 10 weeks, 5 days a week). Students choose between Sydney, Hong Kong, or Singapore for the internship portion of the program. In addition to the academics in Sydney and the internship, students will complete a significant research project which will be due at the end of the program as well as supplemental online coursework. 

Students should be mindful that this program may not be suitable for students wishing to travel around each weekend as work responsibilities will be prioritized. Students do not have the opportunity to select courses and will tentatively earn the below credit:
Spring 2019 (2020 subject to change)
B99 420 (3 units), Business Research Program: Research paper and oral presentation at end of program
MGT 450I (1.5 units) International Internship: Online course designed to deepen overall learning gained from internship
MGT 405A (1.5 units): Asia Study Tour
L99 301 I (3 units): Globalization:  International Studies or Humanities 300+ distribution requirements (Transfer Credit, not toward GPA) (Humanities effective Spring 2020 and beyond)
FIN 420* or MKT 477L* (3 units): Choose between Int'l Economics & Finance or Int'l Marketing. FIN 420 is formally known as FIN 400G Financial Markets & Instruments
MEC 292S (3 units): Global Economy 
All coursework will be graded and calculated in the WU GPA, with the exception of any non-business course offerings (see above). Course offerings are subject to change for each semester offering. 

* A minimum number of enrollees must be met in order for each class to be on offer. Following the application cycle, students will be notified if the minimum is not met and provided an opportunity to discuss options for elective credit.

Internship/Work Experience Placement
Working abroad to gain experience is fundamentally different from the internship culture prevalent in the US.  As such, the emphasis is more on getting exposure and an understanding of a work culture. The process of matching a student and organization is a two-way street, but to a significant degree it is the choice of the partner organization to decide which student will meet their need most. As such, the majority of work placements are awarded through a competitive interview process. While it is sometimes true that successful students are able to choose the organization, the opposite is also true: sometimes the organization chooses the student. It is important to keep in mind that this is an internship placement program as opposed to an internship selection program; students do not always have the opportunity to choose where they would like to be placed.
Asia Study Tour
Students on the program in the Spring semester participate in the Asia Study Tour, a 1.5 credit hour mandatory course. The AST serves as a comprehensive introduction to a specific Asian market. The AST is designed to develop research, analysis and presentation skills in an experiential format allowing for students to apply theory, concepts and skills gained at Olin to consulting-type exercises abroad. This course requires travel outside of your study abroad host country.  There is an additional cost for the logistics of this program. 
  Sydney, Australia
Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is a major global financial and cultural center. In addition to beaches and other natural recreational areas, Sydney is a thriving cosmopolitan area with abundant cultural immersion opportunities. 

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is Asia’s World City and is a city that never sleeps and has non-stop intensity. It is a blend of contrasts where East meets West and where a fast city pace meets the calm countryside. 

Singapore is located off of southern Malaysia and is an island city-state enjoying year-round summer. It is known as a global financial center with a multicultural population and Asia’s major commercial hub. It is one of the safest and most well-connected countries in the world. 
For the first six weeks of the program, students will be housing in flats in Sydney, arranged by our logistics partner, GAV. The flats will be fully furnished and include a kitchen. Students will have to cook or purchase their own meals; there is no meal plan. If spring students are staying in Sydney to intern, they may be moved to a different flat or reside in their same flat. For students who are moving to Hong Kong or Singapore for the internship portion of the program, they will be housed in student accommodations. It is not uncommon for student accommodations to not have a kitchen or to have a small kitchenette. Therefore, students in these locations may often find themselves eating out more than cooking in their housing.

Student Life: 
Olin partners with GAV, our academic and logistics provider. GAV organizes local meet-ups and dinners with the students, which providers the students the opportunity to touch base with the peers on a regular basis. 

On-Site Support:
Olin's logistical and academic partner is GAV. GAV staff are available to assist students in areas where support is needed and are available in each location. GAV is an international education organization that works with the top American business colleges and universities to provide high quality study abroad programs. 

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses.

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure (INTL 300A, 0.5 credit) and post-departure (INTL300B, 0.5 credit online while abroad) coursework. A mandatory on-sire orientation will also provide students with an introduction to the city, academic and internship expectations, and other opportunities.
Visas & Immigration:  
It is required by the Australian Immigration Department that overseas students obtain a proper Working Holiday Visa to study in Australia. More information on this process, and the immigration requirements of the internship host country, will be shared with students the semester prior to departure.

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 


Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.