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        The Complete Business Minor Abroad Program

        Thinking about a business minor? Want to go to Milan or Madrid? Why not do all three? Get your business minor and see both Milan and Madrid this summer.

        The Harbert Milan/Madrid International Program is offered through Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business, and students 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 résumé boost with an international experience that will set your apart from your peers.

        What is the Complete Business Minor Abroad program?

        Harbert Students posing for a group shot in a stadium in MadridThe Complete Business Minor Abroad program is designed to give you the chance to earn a minor in business while also exploring the destinations and cultures of Italy and Spain.

        You'll take one live class at a time on location (four face-to-face live classes). Live classes are roughly three weeks long and sequenced to balance workload and program activities, while taking into consideration prerequisites. You'll take two live classes in Milan and two in Madrid. The fifth course (International Business) is completed online across the summer with some cultural and professional activities for the course occurring in both locations.

        You'll also get a week-long summer vacation in the middle of the coursework to allow time to travel and experience Europe on your own or with family, friends or classmates.  

        This structure provides you a multi-cultural experience of business and business cultures all while earning a complete business minor in a single summer semester.

        Join us for an Information Session

        • Thursday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Lowder 125A
        • Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Lowder 129
        • Complete Business Minor Abroad Schedule
          Complete Business Minor Abroad
          September 25, 2023 Applications Open. Space is limited!!!
          December 13, 2023

          Commitment deadline to receive discounted program fee of $16,480.

          December 14, 2023

          Students who commit to program after Dec. 14, 2023 program fee is $16,980.

          January 18, 2024

          Last day to begin an application through Auburn Abroad. Applications take about a week to complete to start ASAP.

          January 31, 2024 Last day to complete applications through Auburn Abroad. NO LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED.
          May (tentative), 2024 Auburn Study Abroad fee ($751) billed
          May 9, 2024 Depart USA to arrive in Milan May 10
          May 10-12, 2024 Orientation and tours in Milan
          May 13–May 31, 2024 Course 1 (Milan)
          June 3–June 21, 2024 Course 2 (Milan)
          June 22–June 29, 2024 Summer Break
          July 1–July 19, 2024 Course 3 (Madrid)
          July 22–Aug 2, 2024 Course 4 (Madrid)
          May 6 - Aug 2, 2024 Course 5 (online)
          Aug 3, 2024 Depart Madrid to arrive in USA
          End of Semester Declare official Business Minor


        • Participant Info

          In order to qualify for the Harbert Complete Business Minor Abroad Program, you must be a Sophomore-level or above (minimum 30 hours completed before the program begins), non-business major with a minimum of a 2.25 GPA who wants to complete a business minor that includes the following courses:

          • Fundamentals of Accounting—ACCT 2810*
          • Foundations of Marketing—MKTG 3810
          • Foundations of Business Management—MNGT 3810
          • Foundations of Business Finance—FINC 3810
          • International Business—BUSI 3250

          *BUSI 4970 (3 hrs) can be substituted for ACCT 2810 if already taken.

          You can apply to the program as early as your Freshman year, though you will still have to wait until you reach Sophomore-standing to participate in the abroad program

          Due to the cohort nature of the program, you must apply and be accepted into the program to take any of these courses. Space is limited, so be sure to fill out the application as soon as possible. Business Minor administrators will enroll you in special sections of each course only available to this program.

          You are required to enroll in and complete all 15 credit hours of coursework. Although the program is offered over the summer, the scheduling of courses is unique to this program.

          In addition, Honors sections are available for each course.

        • Student to Faculty Ratio

          The actual number of students accepted will be determined by the program director in consultation with our partners abroad and the Harbert College of Business Assistant Dean of Global Programs.

          The program (and all Harbert College of Business programs) maintains a strict maximum ratio of students to faculty/staff at 20:1. The expected number of students on the program will be roughly 100 -150 but note that the Business minor is one of the most popular minors on campus (and required by several programs) and spots are limited by staffing and lodging availability.

          To secure a spot, students are advised to begin and complete applications as soon as possible. Acceptance is not guaranteed until the application process has been completed, approved by the program director and University, and the student has committed to the program through Auburn Abroad.

        • Academic Planning

          You can go on this program any summer after your Freshman year, so rising Sophomores and above are accepted (30+ hours).

          However, the best time for a student to go on the program is dependent on each student’s particular situation. Many students prefer to go abroad on the program between Freshman and Sophomore year because doing so provides an early opportunity to expand perspective and also frees up later summers for work, internships, coops or other major related activities. Other students find a later summer works better, allowing them to plan a more specific international experience, develop a more focused travel plan for their international experience, and save up additional money for the trip.

          Though the program is beneficial no matter when you go, to maximize your opportunity, we recommend that you first speak with your academic advisor, the program director and your parent(s) or guardian(s) before making a final decision.

        • Courses (15-16 credit hours)
          • Fundamentals of Accounting—ACCT 2810*
          • Foundations of Marketing—MKTG 3810
          • Foundations of Business Management—MNGT 3810
          • Foundations of Business Finance—FINC 3810
          • International Business—BUSI 3250

          Note 1: If you have taken ACCT 2810/2817, there will be a business elective replacement course you will take. If you have taken any of the other courses on the list, you will not be eligible for the program as we cannot replace two courses and partial course loads (under 15 hours) are not possible on this program given the structure. * The replacement course must be listed in place of ACCT 2810 on the course approval form as (BUSI 4970 Special Topics in International Business 3 hrs).  

          Note 2: All the above courses are available as Honors courses. 

        • Complete business minor on-campus

          The Harbert College of Business offers a business minor that can be completed as part of a student’s regular coursework on campus. However, there are a few key differences between getting the minor during regular coursework on campus and going on this program.

          First, while both the traditional minor and abroad minor require 15 hours for completion, due to prerequisites (ACCT 2110 /ACCT 2810 is a prerequisite for FINC 3810/3610) the summer abroad program is the only way a student can complete an entire business minor in one semester. For some majors (such as Engineering) that have very limited flexibility to add extra courses into regular semesters, this might be the only option to get a business minor and boost your résumé.

          Second, for the traditional minor, students must take 4 required courses (Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Management) plus either Macroeconomics (ECON 2030) or International Business (BUSI 3250). All students on the abroad minor program will take International Business, which has been adapted to enhance and integrate with the abroad experience. Specifically, International Business will include both cultural and professional experiences abroad in both locations as part of the class, elements not possible with the traditional minor courses on campus.

          Third, for a traditional business minor, students must be junior level to take any of the courses at the 3000 level and up. However, students who attend this program can take these courses as early as their summer between Freshman and Sophomore year as long as they meet the minimum abroad requirements and will have completed a minimum of 30 hours before the program begins. This option is only available through this program.

        • Honors credit 

          YES. The Honors College supports study abroad programs. This program offers an Honors option that provides Honors credit for all five courses.

        • Course Registration

          Once you have been admitted to the program, you will receive official confirmation.  At that point, you may request class enrollment.

          A special section of each course is allocated to this program.  The Program will manually enroll you in each course.  You will receive official notification once that process is complete.  You may only take these courses if you are admitted into the program.

        • Needs-Based Program Support Information

          Funding for this program support is being provided by the Auburn University Provost Vini Nathan and the Harbert College of Business administration (led by HCOB Interim Dean Jennifer Phillips-Mueller and Assistant Dean for Global Programs Danny Butler. 

          The Program Support is available in the form of 2 - $10,000 Support Packages targeted for applicants to the Fast Track program, and 5 - $4,000 Support Packages available for either Fast Track or Business Minor applicants. 

          All Program Support packages will be targeted for full 12-week Summer program applicants.  When reviewing Program Support applications, key applicant qualifications to be evaluated include:

          • Applicant financial need
          • A lack of previous international travel and study experiences
          • AU academic performance
          • AU extracurricular and leadership engagement. 

          Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.  Applicants will be notified regarding the receipt of Program Support by January 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.  To apply, please click on the following link and complete the Qualtrics survey:

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        • Travel requirements

          Visa and Passport
          You will be required to have a valid passport, good for 6 months after you return to the US after the program. Visa now required (cost approximately $8).

          If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us at

          Housing and Travel
          During the duration of the program, you will stay in a self-service apartments with necessary amenities. While internet and local travel are covered by your fees, you will be responsible for most meals (the area around your lodging has grocery stores and plenty of restaurants to choose from). Specific housing location and details will be provided prior to departure from the US.

          Please note that all COVID protocols required by Auburn University, the Harbert College of Business, the Program Provider Abroad and local authorities will be strictly followed and enforced.

          If you have any further concerns or questions about housing, please contact us at

        • Why Milan and Madrid

          The Harbert College of Business has been running global programs for 25 years. Program locations have included the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, China and others. In the last few years there have been many requests to expand our summer abroad programs to include two international locations in a single program.

          With our experience, we believe having two world class cities in one program makes sense. These two cities are two of the most requested destinations for study abroad and have welcoming environments for students. In addition, studying in both Milan and Madrid offers a unique chance to contrast these business and cultural environments.

          Also, while students can use/pick up some basic language skills in either/both locations, no language skills are required to participate in the program in these locations.

        • Program cost

          It should be noted that students do not pay tuition for this program. Students pay Harbert Study Abroad Program fees and Auburn Study Abroad fees in lieu of regular tuition. All coursework is covered by program fees.

          Summer 2024 Program fees ($16,480*/$16,980) include:

          *If student commits to program by December 14, 2023

          • AU coursework credit hours (15)
          • Housing in Milan and Madrid for the duration of the program
          • Bus/metro passes for the duration of the program
          • Cultural and professional programs
          • Day tours of Milan and Madrid
          • Emergency evacuation insurance

          Estimated additional costs not included in the program fees are $4,969 (not included in program fees). These costs include:

          • Airfare to Milan and return from Madrid
          • Most meals
          • Passport and visa if needed
          • Optional tours and travel
          • Recommended trip cancellation insurance
          • Auburn Abroad fee ($751)
          • Harbert College Professional Fees (~$150)

          The overall expected cost for this program is $19,869. This includes 15 credit hours of academic course credit. Given the benefits, compared to taking typical classes on campus, this program is a good investment, especially for out-of-state students as the cost is similar to a typical semester, but includes a summer abroad experience of a lifetime AND a résumé boost by allowing students to get more business coursework completed before they apply for internships and jobs.


        • Application process

          The application process requires students to apply and register with the AU Study Abroad office. Students must meet the academic requirements for the program and be in good standing with the registrar’s office to study abroad. 

          The application period for all Harbert study abroad programs opens September 25, 2023. These application periods are considered with rolling admission, which means that the programs will accept applications until programs either fill or final rosters are due to our international partners for housing, tours, etc., but students must begin to apply no later than January 18, 2024, and complete the application process no later than January 31, 2024, to be eligible for the 2022 Summer program.

          DUE TO UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS, NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. Students are encouraged to apply early and move through the application process efficiently as the program will likely fill and close at some point late in the Fall semester or the beginning of Spring.

          The Harbert College of Business will have several information sessions for the program. Students are encouraged to attend an information session to help navigate the process of applying. During the information session, students will have an opportunity to speak with an Auburn Abroad coordinator or intern about specific questions that they may have in the preliminary planning stages for study abroad. 

          Students who are ready to apply to this program, may start their application.

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        Check out our General FAQ for more details on studying abroad. If you still have a question afterwards, get in touch with us through the contact information below!

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        We have limited space for our Harbert Complete Business Minor Abroad Program, so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible!