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The Harbert College summer Global programs are structured to maximize cultural experiences and accelerate course completion, allowing students the opportunity to customize their experiences.
The flexibility of an Auburn-guided program provides students with the confidence to explore and broaden their educational horizons.
Students only take classes on weekdays, so students can plan their own weekend events. Some of the weekends are pre-planned by the staff and ensure the students get to see the major attractions and landmarks of both of the cities. Management Professor Garry Adams, a program director with Harbert Global, shares the rationale behind the program structure.
“We incorporate the international environment into cultural visits and classroom discussions to offer real-world examples of differences between U.S. and international cultures,” Adams said.
In addition to having weekends free, students are given a weeklong break midway through the program to use as they would like. Most students plan trips to nearby countries, with France and Portugal being the most popular. Others elect to stay in their new home city to explore before classes begin.
With her free week, Gracie Stephens, a public relations major, went to Marbella, in southern Spain, with her mom, who flew in for her time off. From there, she joined her friends in Barcelona where they spent several days exploring.
Avery Williams, an accounting major, went to Barcelona and San Sebastián with her family during her time off. They then made their way back “to Madrid to explore the city she would be living in for the next six weeks.”
According to Williams, being a part of the Auburn Harbert College of Business study abroad experience has a close-knit family feeling. She advises anyone who is thinking about studying abroad to “take the leap and do it.”
Addie Dewhirst, who is studying biomedical sciences, went to the South of France with her Auburn roommate, where they stayed with Dewhirst’s family friend. They then traveled to Montpellier and explored the French coastal city on their own for a few days.
The Harbert Global summer program allows students to take charge of both their academic planning and their cultural exploration. The flexibility of an Auburn-guided program provides students with the confidence to explore and broaden their educational horizons.
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