Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Barcelona

International Company and Industry Visits
May 8-17, 2015


Program Description Academic Program Eligibility Cost Billing
Financial Aid Scholarships Do I need a Visa? Application Contact


Program Description

This international business and company  study tour provides students the opportunity to learn about the culture and business practices in Spain and the European Union generally. In May, students will visit two of Spain’s most important and interesting cities, Barcelona and Madrid, as well Toledo located near Madrid. This trip showcases several Spanish and American companies (such as Lincoln Electric) holding significant competitive positions in their respective industries.  In addition, students will have time for sightseeing especially in the beautifully presereved city of Toledo.

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 will spend time visiting cultural landmarks in Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo. Students are required to enroll in a 3 credit 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 at 6 pm- 9 pm on Fridays in the spring semester March 20, April 10, and April 24.


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 have not have an unpaid balance on their Treasury Services account and no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct which would prevent successful participation on the study tour. Course is closed to AMBA, GAMBA, MAMBA, or EMBA students. Minimum of 12 participants required.


The estimated program fee is $3, 996 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 $3,996 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.
  • $3,749 will be due on Feb 13, 2015. 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 13, 2015 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 2015 financial aid award indicating enough money to cover all spring tuition plus the program fee for Barcelona.


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 December 5 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 prorgam application. 

Print off the application :
BCN 15 Application.pdf


Christine Dickinson
College Lecturer, Department of Marketing
BU 451

Julie Good
Center for International Services and Programs
Education Abroad Manager
RT 917