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Thinking about a business minor? Want to go to Rome or Madrid? Why not do all three? Get your business minor and see both Rome and Madrid this summer.
The Harbert Rome/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.
The 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 Rome and Madrid.
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 Rome 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.
Each course will cover a three-week period and end on a Thursday with a final exam. All classes, except the International Business class, will meet Monday – Thursday for three hours each day for a total of 36 hours per class.
You will be given a three day weekend between each course to recover and prepare for the next class. One week will be given in the middle of the summer to allow you some time to rest.
|Complete Business Minor Abroad|
|October 15||Application review period begins. Space is limited.|
|January 14||Last day to begin an application with Auburn Abroad. Applications take at least a week to complete, so start ASAP.|
|January 27||Last day to complete applications through Auburn Abroad. No late applications will be accepted.|
|First payment for half of program fees ($7,450). Due March 21.|
|Second payment for half of remaining program fees ($7,450). Due April 19.|
|May (tentative)||Auburn Study Abroad fee ($708) billed|
|May 8||BUSI 3250 (online) begins|
|May 12||Depart USA to arrive in Rome May 13|
|May 13–15||Orientation and tours in Rome|
|May 16–June 3||ACCT 2810 (Rome)|
|June 6–June 24||FINC 3810 (Rome)|
|June 24–25||Travel from Rome to Madrid (included in program fees)|
|June 25–July 4||Summer Break|
|July 5–July 19||MNGT 3810 (Madrid)|
|July 20–Aug 3||MKTG 3810 (Madrid)
BUSI 3250 ends Aug 3
|Aug 4||Depart Madrid to arrive in USA|
|End of Semester||Declare official Business Minor|
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::
You can apply to the program during your Freshman year even though you have not completed the requisite hours to attend the program so long as you will complete enough hours before the program begins.
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.
The actual number of students accepted on a given program are determined by each program’s director in consultation with the partners abroad and the Harbert College of Business Director 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 Complete Business Minor Abroad program will be roughly 100. Please note that there are over 500 declared business minors on campus.
Spots are limited by staffing and lodging availability, so 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.
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.
You are required to take all five, 3-credit hour courses provided on the program for a total of 15 credits. Courses are Auburn University courses taught by Auburn instructors, and the courses include:
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.
YES. The Honors College supports study abroad programs. This program offers an Honors option that provides Honors credit for all five courses.
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.
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You will be required to have a valid passport, good for one year after you return to the US after the program.
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Housing and Travel
During the duration of the program, you will stay in either a 3-star or higher hotel or 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.
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The Harbert College of Business contracts with vendors for logistics, accommodations and admission to venues abroad. These vendors have been vetted by Auburn University, are licensed, and insured. These vendors require full COVID-19 vaccinations for participation in the entire program, so students should expect a vaccination will be required for this program. They may also require other actions by participants including masking, distancing, curfews, quarantine and limited travel once on the ground abroad.
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The Harbert College of Business has been running global programs for 20 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 Rome 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.
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 2022 Program fees ($14,900) include:
Estimated additional costs not included in the program fees are $4,969. These costs include:
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 October 15, 2021. 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 14, 2022, and complete the application process no later than January 27, 2022, 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.
We have limited space for our Harbert Complete Business Minor Abroad Program, so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible!
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