Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Barcelona

Spring 2016 course
International Company and Industry tour
w/ travel May 14- 22, 2016

APPLICATION due: friday, nov. 13, 2015

Program Description Academic Program Eligibility Cost Billing
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Program Description

While in country students will be exposed to the culture and business practices in Spain and the European Union, as well as to business practices of the home-nations of several international suppliers including a large Japanese company.  This program is intended to broaden students’ awareness of international business climate, operations, management, product as well as international business strategy.

This course showcases several Spanish and American companies (including Lincoln Electric) holding significant competitive positions in their respective industries, as well as a world-class Japanese supplier, Fanuc Robotics among others. It will expose students to the theoretical foundations of international business and the current challenges faced by international companies in the areas of trade agreements, foreign currency exchange, intellectual property and other challenges of conducting international business in today's world.

Students will also have time for sightseeing and soaking in the beautifully preserved architecture, beaches, history and culture of Spain.

Academic Program

This program is intended to broaden a student’s awareness of the international business climate. It will provide an understanding of the economic, political and cultural aspects of doing business in the European Union nation Spain.  In addition, it will expose students to the theoretical foundations of global business strategies as well as the operational and marketing practices of firms headquartered in Europe, and conducting business throughout the world. This seminar is a field-based course that enables students to observe international environments and study, first-hand, four major industries as well as specific companies operating within those industries. Additionally students may spend time visiting cultural landmarks in and around Barcelona. Students are required to enroll in the 3-credit, spring 2016 class International Company Tour course. Undergraduates enroll in INB 491; graduate students enroll in MKT 696. The course includes the company tour in May, as well as three mandatory pre-departure meetings held on Fridays, March 25 from 5:30-9pm,  April 15 from 6-9pm and April 29 from 6-9pm. Undergraduates falling with in the tuition band of 12-18 credits with this course in the spring 2016 semester will not have to pay any additional tuition fees.


Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. At the time of application, the applicant must have completed at least two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and at least one semester if a transfer or graduate student. The applicant must not have an unpaid balance on their CSu student account nor have any infractions of the Student Code of Conduct which would prevent successful participation on the faculty-led program abroad. Course is closed to AMBA, GAMBA, MAMBA, or EMBA students. Minimum of 12 participants required for this course.


The estimated program fee is $3,499* and includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Lodging
  • Breakfasts
  • Entrance fees on company visits
  • In-country transportation

The cost does not include CSU tuition for the required 3 credit course. Please find current tuition and fees  on the Office of Treasury Services’ website. Students should budget an additional $350-450 for lunch, dinner, souvenirs, sightseeing and tours. Students are also responsible for passport or visa fees, health insurance, and personal expenses.

*The program fee may change due to increases in airfare and/ or the exchange rate.


The $3,499 estimated program cost is broken down into 2 payments:

  • $250 payment due with application (see application for instructions on how to make this payment). This is refundable only if not accepted on the program.
  • $3,249 will be due on Feb 12, 2016. If admitted to the program, this fee will be added to individual students' CampusNet accounts and will need to be paid off accordingly.

If program fees are not paid in full by Feb. 12, 2016 students may be removed from the program but maintain responsibility for the fee.

Financial Aid
Students may use spring financial aid to pay for the program fees and tuition (except for the $250 application deposit which cannot be deferred). Spring financial aid awards may be increased due to the increased cost for the semester. Students can explore this and other options and seek advice on applying for private loans through FASTCHOICE by meeting with a Campus 411/ All-in-One Enrollment Services representative in MC 116.
If you have any questions about using financial aid toward the study abroad cost, please contact the CISP who will need to see a print out of your spring 2016 financial aid award indicating enough money to cover all spring tuition plus the program fee for Spain.


A scholarship is available to students on short term programs. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Education Abroad Scholarship (click on the links to see the eligibility requirements for the scholarship as well as to download the application form and recommendation forms). 

Do I need a Visa?

No, U.S. citizens do not need a visa. Yes, you may need a visa to enter Spain if you are a U.S. Permanent Resident or hold citizenship from a country. Visit the Spanish Consulate of Chicago's website to find out if you need a short term Schengen visa. If you have any questions regarding visas, please contact the Center for International Services and Programs for assistance.


The program application and deposit receipt is due no later than Nov 13 to confirm your participation.  To make the program deposit of $250, take the program application and your payment to the Cashier’s Desk in the First Floor of the Main Classroom, MC 115. This deposit is made directly into the program account. You will receive a receipt that you must attached and turn in with your completed program application. Submit the application form and the receipt for the deposit to the Center for International Services and Programs (MC 412). As part of the application, students need to be in possession of a valid passport or have their passport application in-process.

Print off the application


Christine Dickinson
College Lecturer, Department of Marketing
Professor of record for the course
BU 451

Julie Good
Center for International Services and Programs
Education Abroad Manager
MC 412