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HRIR 3021: Human Resources Management and Strategy in Australia

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Australia

Program Dates:

Please note the program dates carefully.  It will not be possible to alter your program dates to accommodate events, internships or job start dates. Take this into consideration when considering your application.

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.

    Additionally, this program has a unique interactive component with students from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The class is set up in a virtual classroom setting - you will take classes with students from QUT during the semester, complete assignments with them and ultimately give a final presentation together in Brisbane.

    Australia Program: Late May - Early June (Specific Dates TBD)

    Spring semester* class sessions - Tuesdays 5:45-9:05 PM

    *Please note that this will be a full semester course

    Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two 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 closing dinner are provided.

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

    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.

    Students travelling on an US Passport are required to obtain an Australian ETA - Electronic Transit Authority prior to departure. This is an electronic process, not requiring travel. 

    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 15. 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.

    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

    Spring semester* class sessions - Tuesdays 5:45-9:05PM

    *Please note that this is a full semester course

    During the first half of the program, students will have company visits and cultural tours in Sydney. The second half of the program will include classroom sessions and company visits in Brisbane at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Students will also work on virtual team projects with students at QUT before the program and in-person 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.

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.

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 $200
Essential Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc.) $300
Meals (lunches and dinners not included in the Program Fee) $450
Optional weekend trip to Duluth, Minnesota with QUT Cohort in February, 2020 $150
Total $6,560


Emily Sauey
Stacy Doepner-Hove
Larry D. Bourgerie
Academic term(s)
Short-Term May/June
Degree level
Host School
Queensland University of Technology