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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2025 03/13/2024
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Colin Campbell Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)
Program Advisor: Ahlers Center - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:
MacquarieStudent and Kangaroo- BaugherICMS Campus 2
Location Course Instructing Faculty 2023 Program Dates Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting
Melbourne, Australia MSBA 510: International Consulting Project (3 units) Sandy Shi, PhD
Participants should arrive to Melbourne on January 10, 2023

Official program activities run January 11-20, 2023.

Participants should depart Melbourne on January 21, 2023.
Friday, December 9, 2022

12:00 - 5:00PM

IPJ, rooms A/B

Course Description


Students will work in teams to design and develop solutions to a business problem or strategic initiative for a company abroad. The project will provide hands-on experience of the people, markets, economic policies, and business practices of the country in which the company operates. Students will apply creativity and analytical tools to complete the project and communicate results to clients.
  • Prerequisite: MSBA 503 with a minimum grade of C-

Ahlers Center 2023 Study Abroad Open House

RSVP HERE to attend the Ahlers Center's 2023 Study Abroad Open House, which will be taking place on Tuesday, September 13th, from 4:30-6:30pm in KIPJ-A. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our study abroad course offerings this academic year. Refreshments will be provided.

Financing Your Program

Tuition $3,521.25 (25% discount on tuition)
Program Fee $500
Accommodations on your own
Roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX and Melbourne) $2000
Entry Visa for Australia Visa required for US citizens; non-US citizens see information below

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term study abroad programs is reduced from $1,565/unit to $1,173.75/unit so that students may use the tuition savings toward airfare, accommodations, and other costs incurred while abroad.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is NON-REFUNDABLE once you apply and are accepted to a program. This fee is not a deposit towards tuition, but rather a separate payment toward on-site logistical fees such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, group activities, some meals, and international health insurance. Need based scholarships are available in the form of a program fee waiver.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of August 8, 2022 using Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. Please note that the airfare estimated above is for a round trip flight between San Diego and the course abroad location. If you are planning to travel elsewhere before or following your program abroad, you will need to determine airfare estimates separately. It is strongly recommended that you wait to book flights until after the application period has closed and you have received your flight booking instructions.
  4. ACCOMMODATIONS are to be obtained on your own. Once faculty hotel is secured, the location will be shared with you so that you may book accommodations either at the same hotel, or close by (Airbnb, etc.) as you so choose. It is strongly recommended that you wait to book accommodations until after the application period has closed and you have received your accommodation booking instructions.
  5. In addition to tuition, round-trip flight ticket, accommodations, and program fee, participants will be responsible for paying for ground transportation as needed (to/from airports, accommodations, classrooms, cultural activities, etc.), meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.


Applications for Intersession 2023 programs will open on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. The application deadline for Intersession 2023 is Wednesday, September 28, 2022. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete and successfully submitted by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to paying the non-refundable program fee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and other post-acceptance requirements by Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Further information on post-acceptance requirements will be provided to accepted students.

If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Passport & Visa Information

Melbourne, Australia

Australia requires travelers to carry a valid passport for entry into the country. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their passport is valid for the necessary duration of time.

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Australia through the Electronic Travel Authority, this process costs $20.00 in additional fees. If you are not a U.S. citizen, click here to see if you will need a visa.

If your passport is due to expire less than 6 months past the planned date of departure from Spain, please start the renewal process immediately. Due to COVID-19, passport renewal processing times are highly inflated, and even expedited processing can take up to six months.


USD Requirements for Study Abroad Participation

USD requires that all students and guests traveling internationally on a group program be in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement. This means that participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 14 days prior to departure, or else have received an approved exemption to the Vaccination Requirement from the Student Health Center. Participants will be required to confirm their vaccination status by either uploading their vaccination cards, or by confirming their receipt of an Student Health Center exemption, via the online study abroad application following acceptance to the program abroad.

IMPORTANT: Although USD allows for exempted unvaccinated students to participate on programs abroad, unvaccinated students may encounter additional restrictions in the host country, and should take care to review host country entry requirements and on-ground restrictions and safety measures (see next section).

Host Country Entry Requirements & In-Country Safety Measures

Melbourne, Australia


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for Australia have been updated as of July 6, 2022.  While no testing or vaccination mandates are currently in place, all flights to Australia require passengers to wear masks.  Please follow the link to find up-to-date travel requirements issued through Australia's Department of Home Affairs.


USA Re-Entry Requirements

For All Travelers

Currently, the United States does not require that travelers flying into the United States from abroad obtain a negative COVID test resultParticipants who are undertaking independent travel following the close of the program will be responsible for researching and coordinating their own COVID tests as needed. For full information on this requirements, please review the CDC's announcement.

For Unvaccinated Travelers

In accord with CDC guidelines, USD exempted unvaccinated travelers must also:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

COVID-19 Contingency

A contingency plan to offer MSBA 510 International Consulting Project will be effected in the event one of the following two scenarios occurs:

  • The host country imposes a travel ban affecting all non-essential travelers arriving from the US which prevents students from being able to enter the country come January 10, 2023
  • USD decides to cancel study abroad programming due to worsening COVID-19 conditions in the host country

Should one of these situations arise, MSBA 510 International Consulting Project will be offered on USD’s campus. Students will still be expected to work with clients virtually to complete their consulting projects. Space will be available for students to work together on USD’s campus during the regularly scheduled course dates.

In the event of either of the aforementioned scenarios, tuition will remain at the above-posted rate. The program fee will be refunded. Students would need to work with their airlines and accommodation providers to obtain credits/refunds.

Additional Questions

Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
340 Olin Hall
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4896

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)