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Complete Business Minor in Barcelona, Spain and Rome, Italy

Program Overview

Thinking about a Business Minor? Want to go to Barcelona or Rome? Why not do all three? Get your Business Minor and see both Barcelona and Rome this summer.

The Harbert Barcelona / Rome International Program is offered through Auburn’s 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 experience that will set your apart from your peers.

The program will include significant travel and cultural opportunities in both Barcelona and Rome. No foreign language skills required. Coursework is structured so students focus on only one course at a time. This format allows successful completion of the academic portion of the program, while providing students enough free time to experience Barcelona and Rome, two of the most exciting and interesting cities in the world. Both locations are popular international study abroad destinations, with interesting cultures, food, and entertainment.

In Barcelona, students will see sites such as the La Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, Montjuic Castle, La Barceloneta Beach, and Camp Nou stadium—home of FC Barcelona soccer, etc).  In Rome you will have an opportunity to visit the Roman Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palentine Hill, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum located in the Vatican City. 

Objectives of the Program:

This 9+ week program provides a unique academic and cultural experience. Get your Business Minor to differentiate yourself, strengthen your resume, improve your professional experience, and enhance job opportunities. Students will attend classes and have time for exploring both Barcelona and Rome.  Classes include both online and in-person instruction, and are sequenced so you will focus on one class at a time. You will take 2 classes in Barcelona and 2 in Rome, and finish with an online course once you return from Europe. This structure will allow you to successfully complete your academic work, while still having plenty of time to experience all Barcelona and Rome offer.

Academic Program & Requirements (up to 15 Credit Hours possible):

All 5 classes are offered to complete a Business Minor and are AU courses.  Courses are 3 credit hours unless noted:  Microeconomics (ECON 2020**), Fundamentals of Accounting (ACCT 2810), Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3310), Principles of Management (MNGT 3810), and Principles of Finance (FINC 3810). **May substitute Operations: Management of Business Processes (SCMN 2153-2 credit hours) and Professional Development in Business IV (BUSI 4013-1 credit hour). Cannot count ECON 2020 for both Business Minor and Common Core. Take any courses needed to complete your minor or take them all.

Prerequisites required for course credit. See Program Contact for full course dates and format. Program open to students with 2.25 or higher GPA and open to all majors.

Important Dates/Calendar

September 18, 2019

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

December 31, 2019

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

January 9, 2020

(e-bill posted date)


February 7, 2020

(e-bill due date)

First payment for ½ of remaining program fees ($3989.50). After Feb 7 half fees plus deposit forfeited if withdrawal.

February 28

Final Application Date

March 12

(e-bill posted date)


April 10

(e-bill due date)

Second payment for ½ of remaining program fees ($3989.50). After Apr. 10 all fees plus deposit forfeited if withdrawal.

April 16 (tentative)

Final Application due and Project Interviews

April 6


Auburn Study Abroad Fee  ($691) billed

May 13

Depart USA to arrive in Barcelona May 14        

May 18 - 29

ACCT 2810 (Barcelona)

June 1-12

ECON 2020 (Barcelona)     

June 12


Travel Barcelona to Rome

 June 13 - June 21

Summer break between classes - Free time

to travel

June 22 - July 3

MKTG 3310 (Rome)

July 6 - July 17

MNGT 3810 (Rome)

July 18

Depart Rome to arrive in USA

July 20- Aug 7

FINC 3810 (online)

Graduating Semester

Declare Business Minor


Program Fees: $8,979

Program fees include AU coursework credit hours (3-15 possible), housing in Barcelona and Rome for the duration of the program, flight from Barcelona to Rome, a few meals, Barcelona and Rome bus and metro pass for duration of the program, cultural and professional programs, day tours of Barcelona and Rome, 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 are subject to change.

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

Estimated additional costs not included in program fees include: airfare to Barcelona and     return from Rome, most meals, passport and visa if needed, optional tours and entrance fees to some sights, and the Auburn Abroad fee ($691).

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 program ends (valid through at least July 18, 2021.

Living Arrangements/ Housing/ Meals/ Transportation:

Students stay in either a 3 star or higher hotel or self-service apartments with necessary amenities and easy access to bus and/or metro lines. A few special meals 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 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: 

May 13, 2020 (leave USA overnight flight to arrive in Barcelona May 14) – Barcelona to Rome June 12 (TBA), and return from Rome to USA July 18, 2020. FINC 3810 to be completed online once you return from Rome (July 20-Aug 7).

Program is limited so APPLY NOW.

**Program details subject to change.


Dr. Dan Padgett or Dr. Danny Butler
Global Directors
252 Lowder Hall or 4045 Horton Hardgrave Hall
Harbert College of Business



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