Spain Study Abroad Program

Madrid and Barcelona, Spain

June 13-June 24, 2014

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A Dynamic Program in a Two Vibrant Cities

Program Overview

  • Focuses on the marketing aspects of conducting business in Spain and other international markets
  • Examines the current market conditions which influence business conduct
  • Provides the cultural offerings of Madrid and Barcelona, two cities with a rich and vibrant heritage
  • Balances coursework with site visits to Madrid companies
  • Study abroad component from June 13 - June 24
  • Pre-trip lectures via Adobe Connect starting May 6th
  • Limited Travel Voucher opportunities available; please apply for more details!

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited. Prior to enrollment, students will also complete a "Course Substitution Form" to insure that the course is approved for their curriculum model. This course will satisfy the international experience requirement for undergraduate campus students majoring in International Business.

The course will be provided in partnership with ESIC, an internationally-renowned university specializing in marketing.

This is a three-credit hour course provided for both the graduate and upper-level undergraduate students on campus, online, or in the Extended Studies Division. Depending on your curriculum, the course may satisfy either a required or an elective course.

The total tuition and program cost per student is $4,200. Please note the tuition and program costs do not include airfare. See FAQ for payment schedule. The amount is a fixed fee. The total amount is due before the beginning of the Summer A or Summer 1 semester. The fee cannot be broken up or deconstructed for alternative payment arrangements. Early registration discount available for first 10 students (see payment schedule in FAQ for more details).

The expenses covered, for the $4,200 payment, include tuition, reading materials, ten nights of lodging in a four-star hotel (double occupancy) including complimentary breakfast, insurance (medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage), metro pass as needed, a cultural event, two dinners, lunch for six of the ten days, museum entrance as needed, study-abroad golf shirt, local transportation, transportation to and from Barcelona, as well as, company visits and touristic excursions to Zaragoza, Segovia, and Toledo.

What is the name of the study abroad course?

The course title is Special Topics in Business: An International Business Experience. The course is designed for upper-level undergraduates and MBA students. It is a three credit-hour course. Health Care Management, MBA students can enroll in a Special Topics Course that will focus difference in Health Care Policy and Delivery.

What is covered in the study abroad course?

The course content includes: Comparative Advantage & Classical Trade Theory; Neoclassical Trade Theory; Strategic Inter-Cultural Communication & Negotiations; Trade & Commercial Policies; Economic Integration; Foreign Direct Investment & Immigration; Foreign Exchange Markets; Brand Positioning in Europe; and European Distribution Channels. The course will include three company visits all of which are in Madrid. The course will also include walking tours designed for cultural immersion.

When is the study abroad course offered?

The Spain Short-term Study Abroad Program is offered Summer A (campus) or Summer 1 (online). The course runs from May 8 to June 30, 2014, during which time students will be traveling abroad and participating in online learning components (e.g., lectures, presentations). Final presentation will occur in Spain.

What is the total tuition and program cost for the study abroad course?

The total tuition and program cost per student is $4,200. Please note the tuition and program costs do not include airfare. The amount is a fixed fee. The total amount is due before the beginning of the Summer A or Summer 1 semester. The fee cannot be broken up or deconstructed for alternative payment arrangements. Early registration discount available for first 10 students (see payment schedule below for more details).

What scholarship opportunities are available for this program?

Check back for more details.

What’s the payment schedule for the study abroad course?

A $200 discount on the total fee is available for the first ten students paying full initial deposit by January 15, 2014. The initial deposit of $700 is required upon acceptance into the course and no later than February 1, 2014. The deposit fee is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due in three installments. The first installment of $1400 is due March 1, 2014, $1400 second installment is due April 1, 2014 and final installment of $700 is due May 1, 2014. Travel vouchers and Extended Study Scholarships will be deducted from final installment.

Please note: Financial aid during the summer term is typically disbursed in early May. Consequently, students receiving financial aid will be responsible for total payment inclusive of the deposit and two installment payments. Florida Tech will not provide any coverage of the $4,200 cost for which the student anticipates financial aid coverage.

 What expenses are covered in the payment for the study abroad course?

The expenses covered, for the $4,200 payment, include tuition, reading materials, ten nights of lodging in a four-star hotel (double occupancy) including complimentary breakfast, insurance (medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage), metro pass as needed, a cultural event, two dinners, lunch for six of the ten days, museum entrance as needed, study-abroad golf shirt, local transportation, transportation to and from Barcelona, as well as, company visits and touristic excursions in Barcelona and to Segovia, and Toledo.

What expenses are not covered in the payment for the study abroad course?

The expenses not covered in the $4,200 tuition and program cost are: (1) airfare to and from Spain, (2) transportation to and from airports, (3) most dinners, souvenirs, tips and incidentals, and (4) four of the ten lunches.

What is a realistic budget for the study abroad course?

The total expenses for the study abroad program are estimated at: (1) $4,200 for the program cost; (2) $1,200 airfare (try to book early for lower cost); (3) $600 for meals and incidentals and (4) emergency funds (amount to be determined by the student).

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid packages are available for summer session. Please contact the Florida Tech Financial Aid office for information on eligibility. There may be limits to financial aid for the study abroad program. The student should allow adequate time to verify eligibility with the Financial Aid office. The Financial Aid office can be reached at 321-674-8070.

What are the dates associated with the Spain component of the study abroad course?

The Spain component of the study abroad course is June 14 through June 24, 2014. Students typically depart for Spain on June 13, 2014. Most flight arrivals from the U.S. would occur in the morning hours on June 14, 2014. Departure flights would typically occur the morning of June 24, 2014, which means the study abroad is comprised of ten nights (June 14 through June 24).

Where will the students stay while in Spain?

The students will stay in the Hotel Tryp Ambassador, near the Opera Metro stop in Madrid, Spain and a to be determined Melia property in Barcelona.

The hotel website is: http://www.melia.com/hotels/spain/madrid/tryp-madrid-ambassador-hotel/index.html

Will all the course content be provided in Spain?

No. Sixteen lecture hours will be provided in a synchronous, online format prior to departure for Spain. Specific dates and time to be determined.

Will all the course content be provided by Florida Tech faculty?

No. Approximately seven lecture hours, most of it covering marketing curriculum, will be provided in a traditional lecture format by faculty from the ESIC Business & Marketing School at the Madrid campus (see the website: www.esic.es/madrid/). The ESIC campus and personnel will be the hosts in Spain, organizing tours and providing usage of campus facilities and cafeteria. All other course content, whether online or in a traditional lecture format in Spain, will be provided by Dr. Henry Perez, Assistant Professor, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Tech: http://www.fit.edu/faculty/profiles/profile.php?tracks=eperez

Has this type of study abroad course been previously offered?

Yes. The program was offered in the summer of 2011, 2012, amnd 2013. Over the past three offerings of the program undergraduate and graduate students from the main campus, from the online programs, from the Department of Extended Studies participated in the program. Photos from the summer Spain experience can be found at: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AcuGLVkzZtWjkQ&emid=shareprintviewer&linkid=link4&cid=EM_sharview

Where will this course fit in my academic program plan?

For MBA students, this special topics course will serve as a replace (for all MBA majors with the exception of the International Business and Healthcare students) BUS 5470. If the student has already taken BUS 5470, then it will count for a business elective. For Healthcare and International Business MBA students the course will count for a business elective, whether BUS 5470 has been taken or not. For undergraduate students, except International Business (IB) majors, this course will also serve as an elective. For IB majors this course will count for the International Trade course listed on the IB curriculum flowchart.

Is there a competitive selection process?

Yes. Last year more than 30 students applied, with 13 eventually participating in the program. The higher the GPA and the greater the number of credit hours earned, the more favorable a student’s application. If a student has fewer than 60 hours as an undergraduate, he or she will not be eligible to participate in this program. Graduate students with a GPA less than 3.2 will be considered less competitive in the selection process. The 2014 trip is limited to 18 students.

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