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International Consulting Projects Program in Madrid, Spain

Program Overview

Want to really stand out from your peers when it comes time to look for a job? Make a huge difference upgrading your resume consulting in Madrid, Spain this summer.

The in-country program is 7.5 weeks long, including seven weeks of consulting work for an international client, and overlapping coursework and cultural activities. Consulting projects will be guided by experienced consultants who will provide instruction on the purpose, method, and outcomes of formal consulting projects.

Travel will include some of the most famous attractions in Madrid, the Spanish capital (Royal Palace, Prado National Museum, Retiro Park, Cybele’s Fountain, Las Ventas bullring, Madrid Rio, Santiago Bernabeu stadium—home of Real Madrid soccer, etc). Potential visits to nearby cities such as Toledo, Valencia, Granada, or Cordoba are also possible. Tours and specific details will be provided prior to departing the U.S. and subject to change.

Objectives of the Program:

This 7.5 week program provides hands-on work experience combined with a unique cultural experience. Students work in teams on a consulting project for a business client. Student teams will prepare a written report and make a formal presentation to the client with their proposed solutions/advice. Students solve real business problems through teamwork in an international setting under the direction and supervision of experienced consultants and Auburn HCoB faculty. All consulting work completed in English.

Academic Program & Requirements (6-12 Credit Hours Typical):

All courses are 3 credit hours. Expected courses offered include: Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2030), Money and Banking (ECON 3200), Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3310), International Marketing (MKTG 4400), Principles of Management (MNGT 3100), Strategic Management (MNGT 4800), Principles of Finance (FINC 3610), Financial Markets and Institutions (FINC 3700), Project Management (SCMN 4970), and International Consulting (MNGT 4610). Note: Students must have either taken MNGT 4800 or take it as part of the program to participate. All students must take MNGT 4610 to participate in the program. Note: Courses subject to change. Students must have completed prerequisites for course credit. See posted course list for course dates and format.

Program open to all business majors. Students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and Senior standing at program start date to apply. Program is extremely competitive, and students not selected will have the option to join the Internship program in Madrid (same dates, etc.).

Important Dates/Calendar

October 26, 2018

Application review period begins. Space is limited. Deposit required to reserve spot ($1000).

December 31, 2018

Last day to drop without financial penalty. After this date, $1000 deposit is forfeit.

January 10, 2019

(e-bill posted date)


February 1

(e-bill due date)

First payment for ½ of remaining program fees ($3774.50). After Feb 2 half fees plus deposit forfeited if withdrawal.

March 8

(e-bill posted date)


April 6

(e-bill due date)

Second payment for ½ of remaining program fees ($3774.50). After Apr. 6 all fees plus deposit forfeited if withdrawal.


ItaliaConnect Final Consulting  Interviews

Completed application due to ItaliaConnect and Auburn Office of International Education

April 11


Auburn Study Abroad Fee due to Bursar ($677)

May 6-17


AU Boot Camp Courses. See posted course list for available courses, format, and dates.

May 22

Leave USA to arrive in Madrid May 23, 2019 (overnight flight from US)

May 23-26

Orientation & Madrid tours with faculty Director


May 27 - July 11

Consulting (M-TH full day)

July 13

Leave Madrid / arrive USA

August (tentative)

HCoB Professional Fee due ($150)


Program Fees: $8,549

Program fees include AU coursework credit hours (6-12 typical), consulting placement, housing in Madrid for the duration of the program, Madrid transportation pass for duration of the program, cultural and professional programs, touring—Hop on Hop off bus tour pass for Madrid, a walking tour, welcome and farewell receptions, trip cancellation insurance, and emergency evacuation insurance (does not replace majormedical).

Estimated Additional Costs: $3,619 (not included in program fees)

Estimated additional costs (not in program fees) include: airfare to Madrid and return, most meals, passport and visa if needed, optional tours and entrance fees to some sights, Auburn Abroad fee ($677) and HCoB Professional fee ($150) for HCoB majors.

Passport and Visa Requirements:

Students will be required to have a valid Passport, good for 1 year after they return to the US after their program (passport must be valid through at least July 13, 2020) and meet any additional Spanish immigration regulations. Note: Currently, Spain does not have any visa or special requirements for US citizens. We will apprise you if requirements change for US citizens. International students will be responsible for determining and meeting any Spanish immigration rules applicable to their specific situation. Contact Auburn Abroad for more information.

Living Arrangements/ Housing/ Meals/ Transportation:

Housing in Madrid is in professionally managed student apartments located in central, safe neighborhoods. Student apartments typically include roommates (student can request roommates) and shared facilities. Apartments typically include laundry facilities, kitchen, and Internet. Meals not included in program fee. Specific housing location and details will be provided prior to departure from U.S.

Program Dates: 

May 22, 2019 (leave USA to arrive Madrid May 23) – July 13, 2019 (return to USA).

Program is limited so APPLY NOW.

**Program details subject to change.


Dr. Dan Padgett
Harbert College of Business
Associate Professor of Marketing
Department of Marketing

PHONE: (334) 844-2462




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