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Spain: Business, Culture, and Leadership in Spain

Winter Break 2019-2020


This 16-day program visits a wide range of sites and cities in Spain. We will see some large cities like Barcelona, where we will spend New Year's Eve! A day trip to the famous mountain monastery Monserrat in included. Leaving Barcelona, we will travel north by bus, having lunch in Pamplona, famous for the “running of the bulls.” Two nights are spent in the beautiful town of San Sebastian, with a half –day hike in the Pyrenees Mountains. In Bilbao we hike some more and go to the world famous Guggenheim Museum.  We wrap up with five nights in Madrid. On the way there is lunch and a tour in Toledo, the original capital of Spain. In every location we will have walking tours, and visits to the cultural sites museums, and remnants of Moorish and Roman history, along with business visits to help us understand how business is done in Spain and Europe. You will be given plenty of free time to explore on your own and take in all the cities have to offer, and to practice your Spanish!!

This program also has a leadership focus. We will discuss various leadership philosophies and styles and how they might differ in Spain from the US. Learning new perspectives will help you work on developing your own leadership philosophy. Seniors will receive practical experience leading student teams. 

Reed Kennedy is a faculty member in the Management Department, and has held significant leadership positions as a hospital administrator. He has also traveled extensively and led many study abroad programs to various countries.

Undergraduates receive 3 credits for MGT 3954 Study Abroad, and graduate students for MGT 5954 Study Abroad. This course can also be substituted for the Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor.

Students must write a journal or blog of their experiences, what they are learning, and how it is impacting them. Keeping a journal and completing observations on cultural differences between Spain and the US is required, along with other written assignments done before or after the program. Participation in all activities of the program is required.


Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport in Squires Student Center.

Students should insure that you have the proper immunization for this program. This can be done through a county health department or your family physician. Your family physician usually does not have the more specialized vaccines and should refer you to the county health department. You can see a list of recommended vaccinations and other health information at the CDC travel website.

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It will be cool to cold in Spain in winter. Plan to layer outer clothes to allow for weather fluctuations. Warm wool socks and sturdy walking shoes will serve you best. Temperatures typically are in the 40’s in the day and 30’s at night.

Electric Appliances
Spain uses 220 volt, 50 HZ electricity. Your standard USA hair dryers, curling irons, shavers and battery chargers may not work unless you bring a transformer. You should check that your computer and any electronics that you take will work on 220 V/50Hz current. The program will provide plug adapters to change U.S. to European plugs which normally allow charging of cell phones and laptops.

Winter 2020 Spain bookmark.pdf
Spain Packing List.pdf


We will travel as a group to and from Spain. This is the tentative schedule, but it does include plenty of free time to explore, relax and shop on your own.






Saturday 12/28


_____ AM Arrive _____ International Airport


Saturday 12/28


_____ PM Depart from ---- 



Sunday 12/29


Arrive Barcelona, ORIENTATION, explore, La Familia Sagrada



Monday 12/30


Visit Bodegas Torres Winery, Barcelona Stock Exchange


Tuesday 12/31


Business visit Pastoret, small town Spain, Picasso Museum, New Year’s Eve at Font Magica de Montjuic



Wednesday 1/1       


Visit Park Guell, Port of Barcelona



Thursday 1/2


Visit Monserrat


Friday 1/3

San Sebastian

Travel to San Sebastian, lunch and visit in Pamplona


Saturday 1/4

San Sebastian

Half day mountain hike,  San Telmo Museu


Sunday 1/5


Travel to Bilbao,  Guggenheim Museum, cable car to the summit of Mount Artxand


Monday 1/6


Hike upon Pagasarri Mountain, Visit a local university for cultural exchange with student


Tuesday 1/7


Travel to Madrid, lunch and guided tour of Toledo, flamenco dinner show


Wednesday 1/8


Emzingo business visit, tour of downtown and Palacio Real


Thursday 1/9


El Corte Ingles business visit, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía


Friday 1/10


Endesa business visit, cultural exchange with IE Business School students 



Saturday 1/11     


Museo del Prado, optional soccer game, farewell dinner


Sunday 1/12


Fly from Madrid to DC Flight # _________


Once you are accepted into the program you will be charged a $500 program deposit. This fee is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. You will be billed by Virginia Tech for the balance of the program fee, which is due on October 10.  

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Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your financial aid eligibility can apply to this program. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office.

In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the Global Education Office at the International Afffairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131.  The form can be found on the Global Education Financial Aid page.

Due to prepayment on items such as air and lodging, billing may not be in sync with financial aid payouts. Please be prepared to pay costs in advance, and be reimbursed with any payouts later.


This link will  take you to the VT Global Education site.  Click the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions. There are a couple steps in the process. Be sure to complete the online Study Abroad Academic Review Form and Study Abroad Application. There is also a conduct check waiver form. These are all required before your application is accepted.


DO NOT WAIT TO APPLY FOR OR RENEW YOUR PASSPORT.  If your passport expires before July 14, 2018 - start your renewal now.

Once you are accepted into the program you will be charged a $500 program deposit. This fee is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. You will be billed by Virginia Tech for the balance of the program fee, which is due on October 10.


All applications are due no later than October 1. You will be accepted as the applications are received and deposit paid.

Student Conduct and Honor System Records

We will review your student conduct and honor system records once you apply. We take any violation of university policies very seriously. We may not accept you if you have conduct suspensions or probations. We may also remove you from the program if you receive a suspension or probation (of any kind) before the end of the program.

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