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Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Australia

IBUS 3021: Human Resources Management - An International Perspective

Location: Brisbane and Sydney, Australia

Dates: May 19 - June 4, 2015; Spring B term class sessions TBD

Term: Spring 2–8 weeks

Objective: 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 Benefits: The benefits to students participating on this program may include:

  • Learn about Australian human resource management from partner school faculty in Brisbane and Sydney.
  • Gain valuable insights from practitioners during company visits.
  • Experience working as part of a cross-cultural team.
  • Develop lifelong friendships with fellow students at Carlson and at the program partner schools.


  • 30 University undergraduate students

Academic Credit

  • 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.


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.


During the first half of the program, students will have 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 second half of the program will include additional classroom sessions and company visits in Sydney hosted by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). The program includes free time for independent exploration on weekends and will end in Sydney with a group farewell dinner.

Housing and Food

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.

Cost Estimate

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.

2013-2014 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** $145
Textbooks $135
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc.) $400
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $400
Total $6,380

*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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Application and Admission

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.

The application cycle will start on September 1 and the priority deadline is October 1. Application for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full.

Students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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Access Abroad

We encourage students who may have constraints to consult with our Education Abroad advisors and read information available at Access Abroad.

Contact Information

Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

Faculty Leaders

Amy Falink
Senior Lecturer
Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies
Phone: 612-625-5966
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Stacy Doepner-Hove
Director, Master's Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Phone: 612-625-8732

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