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IBUS 3021: Human Resources Management and Strategy in Australia (equivalent to HRIR 3021)

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Australia

Program Dates:

2022 Details will updated in the summer.

Applications will open on September 1 with a priority deadline of October 15 at noon.  

Classes: Spring Semester 2022 Date & Time TBD.  This course meets for the full-term.  

Travel dates: TBD. The travel for this course will interfere commencement. Students wishing to participate in graduation ceremonies should find an alternate option. 

Students sitting in front of sandstone in Sydney
View from Bondi Beach in Sydney
Carlson and QUT students meeting in Brisbane
Students sitting in front of sandstone in Sydney
View from Bondi Beach in Sydney
Carlson and QUT students meeting in Brisbane

Program Details

    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.


    Students will stay in double rooms with students of the same gender at a centrally-located hotels. 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 will be provided daily at the hotels. A welcome dinner and closing dinner are also included in the program fee.

    • 4 credits
    • Grading is A-F basis
    • This course fulfills the HRIR 3021 Core requirement

    This program is open to U of M undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

    U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to travel to Australia. If you already have a passport, you need to check the expiration date and confirm that it is more than seven months after the program ends. If you do not have a passport, or your passport needs to be renewed, you will need to apply for one immediately upon confirmation.

    A visa is a document that proves that travel into a particular country has been approved by their governing body. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days for tourism in Australia. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the Australian consulate regarding visa requirements and fees. A consulate is a foreign government's official place of residence and representation in a foreign country. While consulates provide passports, birth registration, and many other services, they also have consular sections which issue visas for foreign citizens to visit, study, and work in their country. If you carry a passport other than a U.S. passport and are required to carry a visa into Australia, you will be responsible for securing your visa; you will work closely with the Program Manager (Mary Krebs) to make sure you have any University-specific documentation that you need.

      To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on September 1, 2021 and the priority deadline is 12:00 pm (noon) on October 15, 2021. 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 no later than November 15, 2021.

      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.

      • 30 University undergraduate students

      Exact class dates/times will be determined summer 2021. This course will be taught by Professor and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair Connie Wanberg ( of the Department of Work and Organizations. The pre-departure classes are a fundamental component of the curriculum. These pre-departure classes are partly discussion-based given the broad range of diverse and complex challenges faced in international business, and therefore the quality of the student experience is dependent upon all students attending and participating in the pre-departure classes.

      In order to be eligible to participate in the international portion of this class, students must maintain satisfactory academic performance as determined by the instructor. If your academic performance prevents you from participating in the international component of the course, you will not receive a refund of the program fee. Please bring any concerns about this directly to the Program Manager (Mary Krebs).

      This course meets the full spring semester.

        The program starts with a city tour and welcome dinner. The program includes guest lectures, company visits and cultural activities. Included in the program is time for a small amount of independent exploration.

        Please contact Program Manager, Mary Krebs, if you have additional questions about the schedule.

      Cost Estimate (Summary)

      This table is a function of the website.  No program fee will be charged if travel is cancelled in 2022.

      2020-2021 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 and from Sydney to Brisbane, 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 - included in Program Fee) $0
      Passport and Photos** $160
      Textbooks $150
      Essential Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc.) $300
      Meals (lunches and dinners not included in the Program Fee) $400
      Total $6,310


      Mary Krebs
      Connie Wanberg
      Academic term(s)
      Short-Term May/June
      Degree level
      Host School
      Queensland University of Technology