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Madrid, Spain Consulting Projects for Business Minors

Program Overview

Thinking about a Business Minor? Want to go to Madrid? Why not do both?

The Madrid International Consulting Project program is offered in cooperation with the Harbert College of Business, and students can take all 5 courses to complete a business minor as part of the program. This is a unique opportunity to complete a Business Minor while also getting a resume boost with an international work experience that will set your apart from your peers.
This program offers a unique opportunity working on a team based project for an international company in Madrid.

Teams are created to include complimentary skill sets needed to complete client projects so will typically include 3-5 Auburn students from different majors.
The program will include significant travel and cultural opportunities. No foreign language skills required. English speaking staff will be available as needed for translation and to interface with clients. Students will also have a week break in the middle of the program to travel on their own in Europe (July 1 – 7th, 2018).

Travel will include some of the most famous attractions in Madrid, the Spanish capital (Royal Palace, Prado National Museum, Retiro Park, Cybele’s Fountain, Las Ventas bullring, Madrid Rio, Santiago Bernabeu stadium—home of Real Madrid soccer, etc). One or more day trips outside Madrid will also include tours of nearby cities such as Toledo, Valencia, Granada, or Cordoba. Tours and specific details will be provided prior to departing the U.S. and subject to change.

Objectives of the Program:

This 7-week program provides hands-on work experience combined with a unique cultural experience. Students work in teams on a consulting project for a business client. Student teams will prepare a written report and make a formal presentation to the client with their proposed solutions/advice. Students solve real business problems through teamwork in an international setting. Students will also gain valuable experience working with students in different majors, as well as gain experience developing and making presentations and preparing and writing formal business reports.

Academic Program & Requirements (6-12 Credit Hours Typical):

All 5 classes are offered to complete a Business Minor: ECON 2020, Principles of Financial Accounting (ACCT 2110), Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3310), Principles of Management (MNGT 3100), and Principles of Finance (FINC 3610). Take any courses needed to complete your minor or take them all. It is up to you.

For those wanting additional course options, there are additional business, economics, and engineering courses offered.

Note: Courses subject to change. Students must have completed prerequisites for course credit. See Faculty Contact for full course dates and format. Program open to students with 2.25 or higher GPA.

Important Dates/Calendar

October 30, 2017

Application review period begins. Space is limited. Deposit required to reserve spot ($1000).

December 31, 2017

Last day to drop without financial penalty. After this date, $1000 deposit is forfeit.

January 11, 2018

(e-bill posted date)


February 2, 2018

(e-bill due date)

First payment for ½ of remaining program fees ($3774.50). After Feb 2 half fees plus deposit forfeited if withdrawal.

March 8, 2018

(e-bill posted date)


April 6, 2018

(e-bill due date)

Second payment for ½ of remaining program fees ($3774.50). After Apr. 6 all fees plus deposit forfeited if withdrawal.


Final Application due and Project Interviews

April 6, 2018


Auburn Study Abroad Fee due to Bursar ($657)

May 6-12, 2018

May 13-19, 2018

AU Boot Camp Courses. See Director for courses available and dates.

June 10, 2018

Leave USA to arrive in Madrid June 11, 2018

June 11 – July 26*

Consulting Project Work (9:00am-2:00pm Project work per day. Touring included as well)

*July 1 – July 7

Summer Break

Summer Break for students to travel on their own in Europe

July 28, 2018

Leave Madrid / arrive USA

Graduating Semester

Declare Business Minor


Program Fees: $8,549

Program fees include AU coursework credit hours (3-15 possible), consulting client placement, housing in Madrid for the duration of the program, breakfast, Madrid bus and metro pass for duration of the program, cultural and professional programs, a day tour of Madrid and at least one weekend excursion outside Madrid, welcome and farewell receptions, trip cancellation insurance, and emergency evacuation insurance (does not replace major medical). Specific tour/event details provided before departure from U.S. and subject to change.

Estimated Additional Costs: $3,469 (not included in program fees)

Estimated additional costs not included in program fees include: airfare to Madrid and return, most meals, passport and visa if needed, optional tours and entrance fees to some sights, and the Auburn Abroad fee ($657).

Passport and Visa Requirements:

Students will be required to have a valid Passport, good for 1 year after they return to the US after their internship and meet any additional Ireland immigration requirements (no visa or special requirements for US citizens).

Living Arrangements/ Housing/ Meals/ Transportation:

Students stay in either a 3 star or higher hotel or self-service apartments in Madrid, with easy access to bus and/or metro lines and necessary amenities. Breakfast each work day and Internet are included in the program fees. Students are on their own for other meals (though area around their lodging has plenty of restaurants). Travel on Madrid’s great metro network and bus system for the duration of the program is included in program fee. Specific housing location and details will be provided prior to departure from the U.S.

Program Dates: 

June 10, 2018 (leave USA to arrive in Madrid June 11) - July 28, 2018 (return to USA)

Program is limited so APPLY NOW.

**Program details subject to change.


Dr. Dan Padgett (Marketing)

Dr. Garry Adams (Management)

Dr. Liliana Stern (Economics)

Dr. LuAnn Carpenter (Engineering)


Apply to the Summer Abroad Program Now!


  • Q: What is difference between the consulting project program and an internship?

  • Q: Is a professional experience such as an internship or consulting experience really that important?

  • Q: Is Study Abroad important and why is an internship or consulting project abroad better?

  • Q: Why Madrid?

  •   Q: Who can participate?

  •   Q: Are these consulting projects substantial and what companies do the students work for?

  •   Q: Are students supervised, and is someone from Auburn going to be on-site during the program?

  •   Q: Is traveling and working abroad safe?

  •   Q: How many students will be accepted for the program?

  •   Q: What is the application process?

  •   Q: What courses are available with the program and how many credits are offered?

  •   Q: How much do the programs cost?

  •   Q: Are there scholarships available and/or can I use my financial aid to help pay for the program?

  • Q: What is the minimum grade point average for participants?

  • Q: What type of student excels in these programs?

  • Q: What happens if the program is canceled?

  • Q: Are the consulting projects paid?

  •   Q: Can parents or friends visit during the program?

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