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October 1, 2014

Client, EMBA and BSBA applications due
November 3, 2014

MBA & MBA@UNC student applications due

November 24, 2014

Selection and Notification of Teams and Clients/Projects

January 16-18, 2015

Bootcamp Weekend in Chapel Hill, NC (students and faculty)

February 9 - May 2015

Virtual project work (team, with guidance from faculty and regular contact with client)

March 6-15 OR May 14-24, 2015

Destination Country (students)

by May 29th

Final presentation by the team to the client

Bootcamp Weekend Agenda (to be posted soon)

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Frequently Asked Questions


When is the course held, and how much credit does it earn?
The GBP is held from mid-January to the end of May, with the bulk of the work conducted from mid-March to the end of May. The course earns academic credit for a full-semester course at the school where the student is earning his/her degree. The exact number of credit varies by school and should be verified with the representative at your school.

What are the destination countries for the 2015 course?
Brazil, China, and India.

Do I need to be able to speak the language of the GBP country(ies) to which I apply?
No - the goal is to have 2 team members on each team who have lived and worked in the country where the project is based, or at least are very familiar with the language and/or culture of that country.  But, if you bring something else to the team, e.g. industry or functional area expertise, you will not need to speak the language or be familiar with the country.

Can I choose the destination country I want to work in?
Yes, you can state a preference in your application.

My home country is one of the destination countries, can I indicate on my application that I would prefer an assignment in my country?
Yes, we actually look to place at least two (2) native speakers on each team so we encourage applicants to apply for projects in their home country..

Can I choose the individual project I want to work on?
No, but when you apply, you should mention the type of project you think you would be best suited for and to highlight functional skills or industry experience you are hoping to gain through the project.

When will I know what project I'm assigned to?
In mid November, you will get notification letting you know if you've been selected for a project and where.

When is the application deadline?
The online student application deadline is October 12 for Kenan-Flagler undergrads and EMBA students, October 13 for Wisconsin MBAs and November 3 for all other students.

What financial obligations are there to participate in GBP?
A student program fee is USD$2,500** plus travel expenses including those to the Bootcamp Weekend and destination country.  When you accept your assignment, a USD$500 non-refundable deposit is due.  The final balance will be due December 17th.    


What is the staff commitment expected from my company?
Companies commit at least 2 senior managers (one in US, if company has US presence as well as target country presence) to work with team. At least one company representative will be required to attend and work with team for the duration of the project (mid-January thru the end of May).  During the project, company representatives can expect to interact virtually at least 3 hours per week with the team during the virtual phase and 8-10 hours per week when the team is on-site.

What does it cost financially for my company to participate in the GBP?
A USD$20,000 per project program fee, plus in-country travel, accommodations, meals (or daily per diem to cover meals) and meeting space with internet for the team.  The team faculty advisor will also be expected to accompany the team and will receive accommodations and meals as well as their international travel-related expenses (airfare, visas, etc.).

What if my company does not have an office in the country we are asking the team to travel or do not have the resources to make in-country arrangements for the team - can the GBP Program Office handle those for us?
Yes.  For an additional 10% fee of the total in-country expenses, you can have the GBP Program Office arrange the in-country accommodations and provide your team with a travel advance.

What is the average amount of in-country expenses for a GBP team?
On average, a team of 5-6 members plus their faculty advisor should run around USD$15,000 - $20,000 in South American countries and a little less in other regions (not including faculty advisor airfare).  Companies can save money by utilizing their corporate rates for accommodations and transportation.

What if my company has a project that is not in one of the countries listed?
Please contact Paul Friga (pnf@unc.edu) or Shannon McKeen (shannon_mckeen@kenan-flagler.unc.edu) in the GBP Program Office and they will be able to assist you.

When would our company receive the final project report?
Your team will do a final presentation by the end of May and at that time will present final project findings and recommendations to company representatives (no later than May 29th).

What is the application deadline?
Company applications are being accepted now through October 1, 2014. We encourage you to apply as early as possible that way we can be in search for students with the background that your project requires. Please see the How to Apply page for the online application. 

When will I know if my project has been accepted and matched to a student team?
Matching of projects and teams will take place in early-November and you will be notified of results by late November. If the GBP Selection Committee has been able to assign a team to you, you will be asked to commit, in writing, to the terms to which you tentatively agreed when you submitted your application.

Is it protocol to have the team sign a Confidentiality / Non-disclosure Agreement?
Yes. Each member of your team as well as staff members in the GBP Program Office will sign an NDA for each project team.  NDA Template

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