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        Complete Your Business Minor

        Thinking about a Business Minor? Want to learn about international business and global practices? At the Harbert College of Business, you have the option to safely learn about international business.

        The Harbert College's International Programs offers you The Business Minor Abroad in Rome & Madrid option for the coming 2022 Summer semester.

        What is the Business Minor Abroad program?

        Harbert Students posing for a group shot in a stadium in MadridThe 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.

        Learn More About the Business Minor Abroad Program

        Business Minor Abroad FAQ

        • What is the schedule for the Business Minor Abroad program?

          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.

          Business Minor Abroad
          September 29 Application review period begins. Space is limited. Deposit required to reserve spot ($1,500).
          January 14 Applications close. Last day to apply to program
          January 14 Last day to drop without financial penalty. After this date, your $1,500 deposit is forfeit.

          February 21
          (e-bill posted date)

          First payment for half of remaining program fees ($6,700). After January 13, half fees plus deposit forfeited if you withdraw. Due March 14.

          March 21
          (e-bill posted date)

          Second payment for half of remaining program fees ($6,700). After March 10, all fees plus deposit forfeited if you withdraw. Due April 12.
          May (tentative) Auburn Study Abroad fee ($708) billed
          May 9 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
        • Who can participate in the program?

          In order to qualify for the Harbert 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 is in pursuit of a business minor, and have completed any of the prerequisites for the following courses:

          • Fundamentals of Accounting—ACCT 2810
          • Principles of Marketing—MKTG 3310
          • Principles of Management—MNGT 3100
          • Foundations of Business Finance—FINC 3810
          • International Business—BUSI 3250

          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.

        • When is the best time to participate in the program?

          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.

        • What courses will I take on the program, and how many credits are offered?

          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:

          • Fundamentals of Accounting—ACCT 2810
          • Foundations of Marketing—MKTG 3810
          • Foundations of Management—MNGT 3810
          • Foundations of Business Finance—FINC 3810
          • International Business—BUSI 3250
        • Can I get a complete Business Minor without going on this program?

          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.

        • Can I get Honors credit for the courses in the program?

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

        • When can I register for courses for the the Business Minor Abroad program?

          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.

        • What are the travel requirements?

          Visa and Passport
          You will be required to have a valid passport, good for one year after you return to the US after the program.

          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 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.

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

        • Why does the program include both Rome and Madrid together?

          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.

        • How much does the 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 2022 Program fees ($14,900) include:

          • AU coursework credit hours (15)
          • Housing in Rome and Madrid for the duration of the program
          • Flight from Rome to Madrid
          • Bus/metro passes for the duration of the program
          • Cultural and professional programs
          • Day tours of Rome and Madrid
          • Welcome and farewell receptions
          • Emergency evacuation insurance

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

          • Airfare to Rome and return from Madrid
          • Most meals
          • Passport and visa if needed
          • Optional tours and travel
          • Mandatory trip cancellation insurance
          • Auburn Abroad fee ($708)
          • Harbert College Professional Fees ($100-$175 depending on # of hours completed)

          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 resume boost by allowing students to get more business coursework completed before they apply for internships and jobs.
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        Have more questions?

        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!

        General FAQ


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