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Everyone, regardless of major or education level, engages in business.
In today’s world, all business is global. For graduates to become competitive, it is important for all students to have a basic understanding of different cultures, particularly business cultures.
Unfortunately, most students never get exposed to formal business education or different cultures, or at best, they only get a brief glimpse of these areas. Only a small percentage of students go abroad during their academic career (estimates vary, but range between 3–5%). Very students actually live abroad, and even fewer work in international professional setting.
With the study abroad programs offered by Auburn Abroad, students will study and live abroad in a choice between three different countries. This gets employers’ attention.
Students who have been on our programs consistently report that their experience abroad was the key reason they got an interview or that the experience was all that they discussed in their interviews.
When an employer gets 100 applications for a position, often an experience such as this will be the deciding factor.
Safety is a paramount concern and the locations are screened and chosen with student safety in mind. Though the program locations include large cities, and care is required just as it would be here in the States, we have put in place several safeguards to protect students.
First, we only use reputable partners with experience in handling undergraduate student programs. All the tours, travel, and excursions have been vetted personally and have been selected to be low risk and accessible.
For the Business Consulting Internships and the Business Minor Study Abroad programs, we usually have our own private local transportation for within country travel while touring, and students are instructed on how to use public transport when/where necessary in a safe manner. In addition, housing locations typically have extra security features such as key cards, 24-hour security guards so the facility knows when students arrive and leave, and procedures for keeping everyone safe.
Additionally, for the Business Consulting Internships and the Business Minor Study Abroad programs, when students are free to travel, they must notify the Director and partner contact before traveling. If not, phones will start ringing including the student’s, their official program "buddies," other friends on the program, the Director’s, Auburn's study abroad folks, and then the student’s parents.
Both Auburn and our partner on site provide training required by all students who go abroad, specific to our locations to help make sure everyone is safe. Student housing is selected with both amenities and safety in mind.
Students are required to have mobile phones with them at all times to communicate with each other, their work, and program staff.
In addition, students are instructed in safety procedures so they know what to do in the event of an emergency.
While abroad, students are participating in an Auburn University program (versus the Business Exchange programs) and are held to AU conduct policies as if they were in a classroom here on campus. Students (and their parents) will be supplied with and sign a set of conduct rules that cover drinking, drugs, high risk activities, and other behavioral issues that will be strictly enforced while abroad. Failure to adhere to either AU or Harbert College policies could result in dismissal from the program without refund.
For those participating in the AU Business Exchange programs, they will be held to the conduct and academic standards of their host school. Failure to adhere to those policies could result in dismissal from the program without refund.
The Business Consulting Internships and the Business Minor Study Abroad programs will have Auburn faculty/staff to include the Director(s) on site for the duration of the program. In addition, our partner on the ground in each city has available 24/7 on-site staff to provide translators, English-speaking guides, and assistance to students as needed.
The Harbert College of Business maintains a strict maximum ratio of 20 students for every faculty/staff member on the ground in each country. Students will have specific contacts for class issues, housing issues, and day-to-day living issues (grocery shopping, building location, etc.).
There are three different study abroad programs under the Harbert College of Business, each with varying locations to offer unique situations and experiences to all students.
The Business Consulting Internships offer three different locations in Turin and Milan, Italy, and Madrid, Spain. This program allows students to work overseas during a summer semester with a consulting client in order to gain experience in their field while also earning college credits and exploring their destination.
The Business Minor Study Abroad program has students learning in two different locations during the same summer semester to earn credits for a business minor while allowing them to explore parts of Europe. This year, the locations for the program are Barcelona and Rome.The AU Business Exchange Program allows students to attend a host school overseas in either Pamplona, Spain, or Pforzheim, Germany. Students can spend either an entire spring or fall semester experiencing a different culture while also working on credits toward their business degree.
The recommended time to participate in each study abroad program varies by program. While some say participation is allowed as early as a student’s Sophomore year, it is recommended that students first speak with their academic advisor, each program’s director, and their parent(s) or guardian(s) before making their final decision.
Generally, the best time to participate in the Business Consulting Internships is during the summer between a student’s Junior and Senior years. However, because the program has limited spacing, some Senior-level students have participated during the summer before their summer graduation or even after their spring graduation.
Any summer after a student has become a Sophomore is recommended for the Business Minor Study Abroad Program. Understand that the program has limited spacing and that failure to turn in the required forms and applications could result in not being able to participate.The recommended time for the Business Exchange Program for either Pamplone, Spain, or Pforzheim, Germany, is during the student’s Junior year. By going at some point during their Junior year, they allow themselves enough leeway to take fewer courses during the program, if necessary.
Business Consulting Internships
Students who qualify for the Business Consulting Internships must be business majors who have completed MNGT 3100, MKTG 3310, and FINC 3610 at least one semester before participation. Those with a 3.0 GPA and of Senior standing at the program start will be given priority.
Business Minor Study Abroad Program (Barcelona/Rome)
Any Sophomore-level non-business major with a minimum of a 2.25 GPA who is in pursuit of a business minor.
AU Business Exchange Program
To be eligible for the Business Exchange Program to Pamplona, Spain, students must be at least of Junior standing with a minimum GPA of 2.25. Additionally, while it is not mandatory, it is recommended that you have an Intermediate level of Spanish fluency.
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.
Business Consulting Internships typically include a maximum of 20 students while the Business Minor Study Abroad Program can have more as long as the ratio of students to faculty/staff remains at 20:1. Even fewer students are accepted for the AU Business Exchange Programs.
In order to secure a spot in a desired program, students are advised to turn in their forms and applications as soon as possible.
The Business Consulting Internship is an opportunity for students to work in teams of 4–5 on a business consulting project overseas.
The program is supervised by trained consultants (backgrounds with Accenture, McKinsey, etc.) and are appropriate for advanced students (typically rising seniors) with demonstrated high academic performance.
Students will spend time analyzing a specific problem, conducting a situational analysis, conducting market research, investigating potential alternative solutions, and will create a formal report and make a formal presentation to their company client.
Professional experience is quickly becoming a necessity for job seekers as over 74% of companies look for either internship or actual job experience to screen applicants. Over 40% said they prefer 2 significant work-related experiences.
According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, job seekers who had an internship or significant work experience were more likely to get job offers and also higher initial salaries—a difference of $10,000 per year in starting salary.
Additionally, a study conducted by the Harbert College of Business, over the last 5 years, showed that Harbert College students who participated in a professional experience such as these averaged $10,322 more in yearly starting salary than their classmates who did not study abroad on one of the professional programs.
The difference in starting salary is more than the cost of the program fees, so these programs are a great value.
The consulting internship opportunities are real work experiences with a variety of different companies.
In consultation with the Director and other faculty advisors, our partners fit students to an appropriate consulting internship project taking into consideration the student's major, background, course work, skill sets, and other interests. Our partners have extensive company relationships and experience placing interns and securing consulting projects (offices in several international locations with excellent government and business connections).
Students must participate in an interview, provide registration information, and submit a résumé for appropriate placement.
Our students have worked for banks, hotels, fashion magazines, soccer teams, service companies, engineering firms, food companies, clothing companies, beverage companies, manufacturing companies, city government agencies, healthcare companies, entertainment firms, restaurants, marketing agencies, and more.
No. These professional experiences are for academic credit.
In addition, in most countries, immigration rules prohibit paid professional experiences for academic credit to protect the domestic job market. It is in fact illegal in most countries to pay foreign interns.
The companies do not pay Auburn, any of the University program staff, or participants for these programs. Companies donate their staff time and company resources associated with the program to provide the students an opportunity to participate in a real professional work environment, and no compensation of any kind is provided.
There are two courses (6 credit hours) required for all students to be taken as part of the program:
Additional electives are available but are not required. Please note that elective courses are subject to change by semester.
Students typically take 6 to 13 credit hours, though it varies by student based on courses already taken and program of study. Each student should meet with their advisor to understand the specific course options available as well as any prerequisite courses that are needed before they can participate in the program.
Yes. The Harbert College of Business summer programs in Madrid, Milan, and Turin are Auburn programs led by experienced Auburn faculty.
All courses taken as part of the program are official Auburn courses and require similar work and count the same as those taken on campus. Furthermore, abroad programs offered through third parties (not-AU faculty led), do not offer Auburn coursework, and students often cannot get credit for some or any of the coursework taken on such programs.
The Harbert Barcelona/Rome International Program is the name for this year’s Business Minor Study Abroad Program.
The program is designed to allow students the opportunity to earn a minor in business while also exploring the destinations and cultures of Barcelona and Rome.
Students will take one course at a time over a period of two weeks each with a week-long summer vacation between the two destinations for students to have time to travel. The final class will be taken online on the return to the U.S.
This will provide students a multi-cultural experience of business and business cultures all while earning a business minor.
The Harbert College of Business has been running global programs for 20 years. Program locations have included England, France, Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, and China, among others.
There have been requests to expand Summer Programs to include two international locations in a single program. There have also been requests to enable students to complete their entire Business Minor in one semester.
With our experience, we believe having two world class cities in one program makes sense. Studying in both Rome and Barcelona offers a unique chance to contrast these business and cultural environments. In addition, offering these two cities together provides a great opportunity for those students with some Spanish language or Italian language coursework/training to enhance their abroad experiences. Although, neither language skill is needed for this program.
In terms of the Business Minor in one semester, structure is the key. Given how this program is structured, it is the only way to complete an entire Business Minor in one semester.
Expected courses offered in 2019 include:
**Please note that ECON 2020 cannot count for both business minor and common core. You may substitute Operations Management of Business Processes (SCMN 2153 - 2 credit hours) and Professional Development in Business IV (BUSI 4013 - 1 credit hour) to replace the course if needed.
Business Consulting Internships
It should be noted that students do not pay regular tuition for this program. Students pay Harbert Study Abroad Program fees and Auburn Study Abroad fees in lieu of regular tuition.
The program fees for summer 2020 are $8,979, which includes all AU coursework credit hours, placement with consulting client or internship, housing for the duration of the program, bus/metro pass for the duration of the program, cultural and professional programs, day tours of the location, at least one excursion outside the program location, welcome and farewell receptions/meals, trip cancellation insurance, and emergency evacuation insurance (does not replace major medical insurance).
Estimated additional costs not included in the fees total roughly $3,619. These costs include a roundtrip flight to the program location, most meals, passport and visa if needed, optional tours and entrance fees to sights, Auburn Abroad fee ($691), and the Harbert College professional fee ($150).
The overall expected cost for this program is $12598. This includes up to 15 hours of academic course credit. For comparison, the average cost of tuition and housing for students taking 12 credit hours on Auburn’s campus is between $9,068 and $18,884 depending on residency.
Given the benefits, compared to taking typical classes on campus, this program is a good investment.
Business Minor Study Abroad Program
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.
The program fees for summer 2020 are $8,979, which includes all AU coursework credit hours, housing for the duration of the program, bus/metro pass for the duration of the program, cultural and professional programs, day tours of the location, at least one excursion outside the program location, welcome and farewell receptions/meals, trip cancellation insurance, and emergency evacuation insurance (does not replace major medical insurance). Breakfast daily in Rome and Barcelona is also included.
Estimated additional costs not included in the fees total roughly $3,469. These costs include a roundtrip flight to the program location, most meals, passport and visa if needed, optional tours and entrance fees to sights, Auburn Abroad fee ($691), and the Harbert College professional fee ($150).
The overall expected cost for this program is $12488. This includes up to 15 hours of academic course credit. For comparison, the average cost of tuition and housing for students taking 12 credit hours on Auburn’s campus is between $9,068 and $18,884 depending on residency.
Given the benefits, compared to taking typical classes on campus, this program is a good investment.
AU Business Exchange Programs
You will pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full-time student equal to 12 hours (based on your residency status) for a course titled “Auburn Exchange Course UNIV 3000.”
You will not have to pay tuition to the host university but may pay other fees and are also responsible for the cost of meals, books, housing, in-country travel expenses, incidental expenses, passport and visa expenses, and airfare.
Additional costs will include a $2 per day for MEDEX Medical Evacuation for the duration of the program.
You must be able to provide financial documentation indicating sufficient funds for the period of your stay abroad.
For more information on the costs of the AU Business Exchange Programs, please contact Auburn Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 2020 Business Consulting Internship and the 2020 Business Minor Study Abroad programs, there are a few scholarships expected that will be specifically allocated to pay partial fees. The exact number, type, and amount of scholarships is typically announced by the end of fall semester. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis after applications have been approved, so it is important that you begin the registration process early.For the AU Business Exchange Program, the costs and scholarship opportunities for the program can vary. Therefore, please contact Daniel Butler, the AU Business Exchange Director, for information regarding scholarships.
For the Business Consulting Internship and the Business Minor Study Abroad programs, financial aid can typically be used to pay for all or a portion of the expenses.
Scholarships that pay for 8 semesters can generally be used to pay for part of the summer program costs as one of the 8 semesters if the student takes 12 or more credit hours. Athletic scholarships also typically can be applied to the program.
Generally, student loans can be used to pay for all related expenses including flights, program fees, personal expenses, etc., though students should carefully weigh the trade-offs before considering additional loans for this or any program.
Other financial aid such as scholarships or PACT money will generally pay a portion of the fees based on the tuition equivalent taking regular classes, but this depends on the type of scholarship.
For more details, contact the Program Director or Student Financial Services at email@example.com.For the AU Business Exchange Program, the financial assistance and scholarship opportunities for the program can vary. Therefore, please contact Daniel Butler, the AU Business Exchange Director, for information regarding scholarships.
The Harbert College of Business programs have been running for over 15 years, and the directors and partners have experience designing and delivering successful programs. It would be highly unlikely that a program was canceled.
However, the Business Consulting Internship and Business Minor Study Abroad programs are covered by trip cancellation insurance to provide financial security in the event of a natural disaster or some other unforeseen problem requires canceling a program after fees have been paid.
In addition, the fees include emergency evacuation in the event we need to remove the group from a location after the program begins.For the AU Business Exchange Program, while cancellation is highly unlikely, you may contact Daniel Butler, the AU Business Exchange Director, for more information.
It is generally possible for parents or friends to visit during the program so long as they provide their own housing and transportation and the student does not miss required class activities.
It might be possible for parents or friends to accompany the student on cultural tours if the director knows in advance, though there may be an additional fee. Check with the program director before planning a visit during a program to be sure it is possible.
The 2020 Business Consulting Internship and Business Minor Study Abroad programs include a week of Summer Break in the middle of the program (June 20–28 and June 13– 21 respectively). Students are free to travel during this period, so we encourage them to plan family or friend visits during this period.
Students generally have weekends free during the program (other than group tour dates which will be announced during the Fall semester), but should keep in mind that during the week coursework is intensive and often requires afternoon and evening work. We recommend students plan family/friend visits during the break to avoid any conflicts.
Note: housing rules forbid overnight guests in the student lodging, so any visitors will need to secure their own lodging. This applies to the summer break as well.
For the AU Business Exchange Program, it is possible for friends and family to visit students during their time at their host school; however, students must keep in mind the structure and academic standards being set by their host school. Additionally, students should be aware of whether or not their living situation allows overnight guests.
There are two stages to the application process for the Business Consulting Internship and Business Minor Study Abroad programs.
The initial application process requires that students submit a short preliminary application form that will be reviewed by the program director and staff. The form must be filled in online via the Harbert College of Business or AU Study Abroad website.
The director and staff will meet with the student for an informal interview. Once this is completed, the student will receive a decision on the initial application (pending grade point verification and academic standing by the registrar). Students who pass the initial screening will be given instructions for securing a spot on the roster.
Stage 2 of the process requires the student to formally apply and register with the AU Study Abroad office. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 and be in good standing with the registrar’s office to study abroad, though GPA requirements are often considerably higher for the consulting internship programs.
The application period for all summer business programs opens October 18, 2019, 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. Students are encouraged to apply early and move through the application process efficiently as programs will fill and close at some point typically late in the Fall semester or the beginning of Spring.
For the AU Business Exchange Program, students can get started by visiting Auburn Abroad, Office of International Programs.
The recommended first step is to attend an Orientation Session to help navigate the process of selecting and applying to a study abroad program. During the orientation, 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 the application through either the Universidad de Navarra or Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences sites.
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