SPEA in Barbados

Learn more about the SPEA in Barbados program

May 25 – June 15, 2019

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)

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: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:

  1. SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2019 SPEA in Barbados Program Fee: $2,200*

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Some meals
  • 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 cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.

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.

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 or an equivalent foundational Human Resource Management course, though, depending upon a student's background and other coursework, this requirement can be waive by the program director. While preference and scholarship money will be given to SPEA students the course is open to students from any IU department.

During the application period (November - January) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early as some programs will close before the deadline. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the priority deadline will be sent out in early December. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the final deadline will be sent out in early February.

Application Process

  • Meet With Your Academic Advisor
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Online Disciplinary Check

After Acceptance to the Program

  • Submit Signed Acceptance Letter*
  • Submit Signed Release Form*
  • Submit Photocopy of Your Passport*
  • Submit Online Medical History Form
  • Submit Flight Information, speaintl@indiana.edu
  • Attend All Program Specific Orientations
  • Attend Health & Safety Orientation

*IU Bloomington Students should submit all documents to SPEA 201. IUPUI students should submit all documents to BS 3025 B. Students from all other IU campuses should mail forms to: 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405

2017 Course Syllabus