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  • Locations: Brisbane, Australia; Gold Coast, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: May Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Session 2019 02/01/2019 02/14/2019 05/13/2019 06/03/2019
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.6 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Hotel/Hostel Type of Program: Faculty Led
Program Description:

Australia STP

International Business Down Under

Program Highlights

  • Examine the facets of our global economy and today’s international business environment
  • Increase your appreciation of the impact of cultural, geographical, and economic system differences on business operations
  • Participate in intellectual and cultural visits to industries, businesses, attractions, and government agencies
  • Interact with Australians and learn firsthand their perspective on the world

Program Overview

Cities visited: Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sydney
2019 Estimated Program Fee: $4,310
Estimated Total Cost: $6,970
Program Dates: May 13–June 3, 2019 

Optional Excursions: To anywhere in Australia (e.g. Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, or coastal areas such as Byron Bay, and Gold Coast). Excursions are at your own expense and can be taken during the weekends. The University of Queensland is available to provide assistance for excursions.

Study at the University of Queensland, which is among the oldest and top-ranked universities in Australia. The University is located in Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of more than 3 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is located on the Brisbane River, approximately 9 miles from its mouth at Moreton Bay, the aquatic playground and marine sanctuary covering 80 miles of stunning blue waters. The Scenic Rim, Brisbane's world-heritage listed backyard, is home to lush rainforests, spectacular mountain ranges, and ancient landforms.

Use Australia as your classroom to examine international business. Gain insight into how doing business internationally is different than operating in the United States. Learn how implications of national differences in political economy, cultural, and ethical differences and legal environments affect business operations. Study how differences in information technology reshape business and impact cross-border trade and investment. While there you'll visit local companies, including some headquartered in Australia. We'll also visit others who operate as subsidiaries or branches of U.S. companies. Lastly, you'll gain intercultural competence by directly interacting with business students as well as executives in Australia. If you're a business student, don't let this opportunity slip away. You're sure to have an experience of a lifetime.




  • Minimum 2.6 GPA
  • Junior or Senior class standing

Course Information:

Earn 3 credits in IntB 3211: International Business Down Under, which is approved for:

  • LSBE Upper division international requirement
  • Economics majors: any elective
  • Finance & MIS majors: category C elective
  • Human Resource Management majors: category B elective
  • Management & Healthcare Management majors: category B elective
This course fulfills the Global Perspective Liberal Education requirement

Course Topics Include:

  • History and culture of Australia
  • Globalization, economy, healthcare, and information technology
  • Politics and international relations
  • Ethics and strategies in international business
  • Finance, foreign markets, and foreign direct investment
  • Business communications

Program Leaders

Seung Lee, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Finance and Management Information Systems at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His areas of focus are program development and economics.

Seung Lee, Ph.D.
UMD Labovitz School of Business & Economics
Dept. of Finance & Mngt.

Office: 335T LSBE

Study Abroad Coordinator 

Lyndsey Andersen is the Associate Director of Study Abroad and coordinates all short-term faculty-led programs. 

Estimated Program Costs

Estimate May Session 2019
Estimated Program Fee: $4,310
Estimated Out-of-pocket Expenses: $2,660
Estimated Total Cost: $6,970

Final cost estimates posted closer to program departure. Costs vary each year.
*Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Housing (shared hotel rooms)
  • Local transportation
  • Field trips and entry fees
  • CISI - international travel, health, and security coverage
  • Visa entry guidance (if applicable)
  • Faculty leader support
  • Re-entry support

View the 2018 breakdown of costs (available upon Board of Regents approval.). These estimated costs do not include the $50 application fee. Financial aid only applies to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Scholarships are Available!.

Travel Documents

A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, an Australian visa is required for participation in the program. Assistance with the visa application will be given by the Study Abroad Office.


Know the following program information to provide on the online application:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: May Session
Country: Australia
Program Name: Short-term: International Business Down Under

Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript are required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.


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After you apply

  1. You'll get an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions to submit your application checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your app and monitor your checklist progress
  4. The program leader will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted you must complete the confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide you cannot participate, you must login to the online application system and submit a "Cancel Request."

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