The Global Access Program (GAP) serves as a change-agent for students and corporations alike, as well as foreign nations through enhanced economic development. This six-month mandatory field study project pairs teams of final year Fully Employed MBA students with international technology companies. It is the capstone experience for the program. Each team is tasked with researching the potential for new foreign market penetration on behalf of its client. The new market entry strategy is backed with a tremendous amount of primary and secondary research. The average team conducts more than 100 first-person interviews with key stakeholders in the new marketplace. Over the six months, students work closely with top management to identify market drivers, limitations and opportunities. The teams ultimately develop an investment-quality business plan, present their findings before a panel of experts, and then present their client with the data and confidence to make the optimal decision.
GAP was founded in 1998 and December 2013 concluded GAP's 16th year. GAP has played a role in giving almost 2,800 UCLA Anderson students a unique, real world, international learning experience, has assisted 592 technology companies from 20 countries to increase their international success and has generated more than $250 million in direct investment. In July 2014, UCLA Anderson hosted its annual GAP Company Launch, where it welcomed executives from 53 companies and seven countries, including its first three companies from Sweden.