Spain Study Abroad Program

Madrid and Barcelona, Spain

June 18-June 29, 2015

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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 local companies
  • Study abroad component from June 18 - June 29
  • Pre-trip lectures via Adobe Connect starting early May
  • Incentive for first 10 paid deposit applicants
  • 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, three dinners, lunch for five of the ten days, museum entrance as needed, study-abroad golf shirt, local transportation, transportation from Barcelona to Madrid, as well as, company visits and touristic excursions to Zaragoza, Segovia, and Toledo.

On-line graduate student – Nicole

What did you like or not like about the lectures before you traveled to Spain?

I enjoyed learning all about Spain before actually arriving in the country. This made the experience much more enjoyable and I was able to gain more from each of the places we visited on the trip. I’m glad that the lectures were recorded as I was not able to attend some due to the time difference. It was great that the LWIF (look what I found) were incorporated into each of the lectures.

What was the favorite thing you saw or did while in Spain?

I had a wonderful time the whole trip! There were so many valuable experiences and interesting places that we visited. If I had to choose, the trip to Toledo was probably my favorite. The town was absolutely beautiful and it was such a cultural experience to be there for Corpus Cristi; visiting the Cathedral, seeing all of the decorations for the festival. The whole time in Barcelona was my favorite too; from the tour of the Sagrada Familia, to visiting Park Guell overlooking the city, and having a day just to relax by the pool.

The trip was planned perfectly. The tours and school kept us quite busy throughout the day, while we still had some free time to explore or relax on our own. The instructor did a great job of keeping all of us together and on track. He had so much knowledge of the area, and was full of interesting facts for every place we visited.

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Dr. P, I had so much fun and learned so much! It was way more of an experience that I ever expected. You did a wonderful job planning everything and keeping us all on track and looking out for everyone. Thank you so much! –Nicole

On-line graduate student – Chris

What did you like or not like about the lectures before you traveled to Spain?

The lectures prepared us well for our time in Spain. Very informative and enlightening.

What did you find most valuable about the course and instructor?

How knowledgeable Dr. Perez was about Spain was outstanding. Having an instructor that not only speaks the language but actually lived in Spain was an invaluable asset to this course.

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This was the best experience of my life outside of marriage and my kids. I would suggest this class to everyone. Dr. Perez and Chris Durie did an excellent job!

Graduate students

What did you like or not like about the lectures before you traveled to Spain?

I liked that the lectures were interactive and that the instructor encouraged class participation. It also helped that the instructor actually used some of the student's material in the lectures. I also liked that the lectures were live as well as recorded.

What was the favorite thing you saw or did while in Spain?

I found that we got an very intimate understanding of the dynamics of the social and business culture of Spain and the professor was able use not only his language skills but his personal knowledge and experience with Spain to bring us even closer

What did you find most valuable about the course and instructor?

This was a fantastic course that gave you the best bang for your buck and with the Doc’s personally knowledge and experience of Spain he not only always made sure we got a the best deal at every site. He made sure we were safe, including sticking with us until after midnight to some venue’s and when there was an issue with the incoming flights he stayed up making sure that he know everyone was making it. Honestly I am not sure how some of us kept up with him! The experience socially, culturally, and educationally just can’t be beat or replicated.

Undergraduate campus student – Cynthia

What did you like or not like about the lectures before you traveled to Spain?

What I liked about the lectures before Spain was that they were very informative, and the material was interesting so it didn't really seem like I was attending class.

What did you find most valuable about the course and instructor?

What I found most valuable about the course was knowing that Spain had so much wrong with it, knowing that the USA isn't the only country facing economic problems. What I found most valuable about the instructor was that he was very enthusiastic about everything pertaining to Spain so he was happy to answer anything and explain whatever you needed and knowing the best places to eat in Spain, and where not to go.

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To market the course I would suggest showing pictures around campus like they do for the oxford study abroad, as well as putting things on the FIT website and thank you notes from students showing how great of an experience it is and the many amazing sites that they will actually get to stand in front of, and the fact that you get to eat at the oldest (still operating) restaurant in the world. Forever a great-full student, Cynthia Bopp :)

Undergraduate campus student

What was the favorite thing you saw or did while in Spain?

The fact that we got to see so much of the country in our short time there. Every city was so beautiful and it was great to experience all of the different sites from Barcelona to Toledo.

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I learned very much in this course and everything i experienced was extremely beneficial because i plan to do business in the international market. Thank you Dr. Perez for an amazing experience and a wonderful trip.

Undergraduate campus student

What did you like or not like about the lectures before you traveled to Spain?

I extremely liked how detailed Dr.Perez's lectures were. He made sure all the material was covered in depth and gave time for questions and interaction from classmates.

What did you find most valuable about the course and instructor?

I found learning about cultural differences and how to act and respond to those differences very valuable as an International Business Major

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I learned very much in this course and everything I experienced was extremely beneficial because i plan to do business in the international market. Thank you Dr. Perez for an amazing experience and a wonderful trip.

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: Spain History and Context; World Trade and Globalization; Culture and Business; Effective Virtual Teams; Business in the European Union; Brand Positioning in Europe; and European Distribution Channels; and the essential of doing business in another country. 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’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 31, 2014. The initial deposit of $700 is required upon acceptance into the course and no later than February 13, 2014. The deposit fee is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due in three installments. The first installment of $1400 is due March 1, 2015, $1400 second installment is due April 1, 2015 and final installment of $700 is due May 1, 2015.

Any 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, three dinners, lunch for five of the ten days, museum entrance as needed, study-abroad golf shirt, local transportation, transportation from Barcelona to Madrid, 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 (5) five 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) $400 to $800 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 19 through June 28, 2015. Students typically depart for Spain on June 18, 2015. Most flight arrivals from the U.S. would occur in the morning hours on June 19, 2014. Departure flights would typically occur the morning of June 29, 2014, which means the study abroad is comprised of ten nights (June 19 through June 29).

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. Eighteen + 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. This is our fifth year, the program was offered in the summer of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Over the past four 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

More picture also available on closed specific trip on Facebook pages. Come see me to take a look.

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 28 students applied, with 15 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 2015 trip is limited to 16 students.

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