SPEA in Barbados

Learn more about the SPEA in Barbados program

May 26 – June 16, 2018

Global Human Resource Management (3cr.)

Program Director: Daniel Grundmann

This three-credit course (V482/V582) on global human resource management takes place at The University of West Indies Cave Hill campus in Barbados. The class, taught alongside UWI instructors, takes a comparative approach to focus on human resource management trends and cases across regions throughout the globe. Students will benefit from Barbadian guest lecturers and, via web technology, practitioners in global organizations from around the world. Site visits to prominent enterprises of key sectors of the Barbados economy are part of the learning experience as well. Barbados’ economy and human resource management are influenced by characteristics common to many developing countries including challenges with trade balance, a history of slavery, the political strength of organized labor, and the dominant presence of foreign-owned enterprises.

    • Explore Barbados with a historical tour of the island
    • Gain GHRM perspective by visiting Goddard Enterprises, Ltd., transnational enterprise
    • Visit Mt. Gay Rum, largest and most prominent rum distillery and exporter since 1701
    • Learn from organizations in the Financial Services Sector
    • Understand cultural context through trips to Bridgetown and its Garrison (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students with a minimum 2.8 GPA. Preference will be given to students with completion of V373 and V477. While preference and scholarship money will be given to SPEA students the course is open to students from any IU department.

You will stay in a UWI dormitory alongside UWI students. Each floor has a shared community area and kitchen. Linens and pillows are included with each room. Each student will have a meal plan to eat breakfast and lunch at the UWI cafeteria, with options for dinner on campus as well.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

2018 SPEA in Barbados Program Fee: $2,100

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, some meals, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Barbados is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Barbados, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

2017 Course Syllabus