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IBUS 3021: Human Resources Management -- An International Perspective

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Australia
May 17, 2016 to June 2, 2016

Spring B term class sessions - Tuesdays 5:45-9:05PM

This course introduces human resources management as a way to achieve high levels of organizational performance and focuses on employment practices in the United States and Australia.

Using a comparative U.S.-Australian perspective, we will evaluate the strategic importance, ethical issues, and organizational impact related to the following areas: talent acquisition and talent management; organizational development; the legal environment of business; training and development; diversity; and compensation. Topics are presented and discussed within their larger organizational context, with particular attention paid to the legal environment and the rights of both employers and employees.

Program schedule

During the first half of the program, students will have classroom sessions and company visits in Sydney hosted by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). The second half of the program will include additional classroom sessions and company visits in Brisbane at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Students will also work on team projects with students at QUT before the program and during the time in Brisbane. The program includes free time for independent exploration on weekends and will end in Brisbane with a group farewell dinner.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on September 1 and the priority deadline is October 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.


This program is open to University undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Successful completion of ECON 1101, ECON 1102, and PSY 1001 are required to participate. The application process is competitive and space is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Location details

Australia is a center of culture and business in the Asia-Pacific region and plays an ever-expanding role in the global context of business.

Located in northeast Australia, Brisbane is part of the Great Sunshine Way and offers access to outdoor exploration of beaches and marine life, along with museums, shopping, and dining. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane is a top Australian university linked with the international business community.

Sydney is Australia's most populous city and an international center for commerce, arts, fashion, culture, entertainment, education and tourism. More than half of Australia's top companies have their headquarters in Sydney, along with more than 90 banks and the Australian Securities Exchange. Sydney offers students great opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom.

Students are housed at a centrally-located hotel in each city. Students will share a room with one to three classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided.


  • 30 University undergraduate students

Academics and credits

  • 4 credits
  • IBUS 3021 fulfills the following LE requirement: Global Perspectives
  • Grading is A-F basis
  • This course fulfills the HRIR 3021 Core requirement

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.
**Non-U.S. passport holders need to check with the Embassy of Australia on the visa application procedures and costs.

Cost table

2016-2017 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau. Please see One Stop for more information about tuition rate)$0
Program Fee (including international airfare between Minnesota and Australia, domestic airfare from Brisbane to Sydney, hotels, program events, two group meals, transportation, and international health insurance*)$5,300
International and domestic airfare (included in Program Fee)$0
Hotel Accommodation (including daily breakfasts)$0
Passport and Photos**$160
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc.)$300
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee)$500

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Short-Term May/June

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