Learn more about the O’Neill in Barbados program

Please note, many of the details below are from summer 2019 and will be updated throughout the month of September.

May 30 - June 20, 2020

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 O’Neill Abroad program:

  1. O’Neill Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2019 O’Neill in Barbados Program Fee: $2,200*

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

  1. A $550 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in March, due in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Some meals
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee information is from summer 2019. Information for summer 2020 will be available by the end of September.

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for O’Neill 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 O’Neill Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help O’Neill 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 O’Neill students the course is open to students from any IU department.

During the application period (October - December) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. You will need to submit the online application by 11:59 p.m. on December 15. 

Detailed application instructions

If you have any issues throughout the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the O'Neill International Office, 812-855-7568, oio@indiana.edu.

People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them.

— Martin Yan, Chinese chef, writer, and TV host