Business, Culture, and Leadership in Spain


Tentative Dates: December 28, 2017 - January 13, 2018

MGT 3954 or MGT 5954

3 credit hours


Study Abroad Specialist

This 17-day program visits a wide range of sites and cities in Spain. We will see some large cities like Barcelona and Madrid. We’ll spend New Year’s Eve and New Years in Barcelona! Smaller towns, Valencia and Granada, allow us to get closer to the history and culture of Spain. We will have walking tours, and visits to castles, museums, mosques, churches and remnants of Moorish and Roman history. There will be some business visits to help us understand how business is done in Spain and Europe. You will also have plenty of free time to explore on your own and really enjoy 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. Students will work on developing their own leadership philosophy. Seniors will receive practical experience leading student teams. 

The faculty leader is Reed Kennedy, who teaches in the Management Department. He has led numerous study abroad programs in 4 continents. Fluent in Spanish, he lived in Latin America for 4 years. His main career was in hospital administration, and his programs have a leadership focus.

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. You will write about the sights you see and the companies you visit. Keeping a journal and completing observations on cultural differences between Spain and the US is required. Participation in all activities of the program is required.

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. This is due by October 10.

Cost In-state Out-of-state
Program Fee $4,370 $4,370
Tuition & Fees -estimated $1375 $3385
Books & Material $0 $0
Meals not provided $420 $420
Lodging Included Included
Required Group Travel Included Included
Airfare Included Included
Passport $135 $135
Personal & Other Expenses $100 $100
Total Estimated Costs: $6,400 $8,410


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
Contact the VT Financial Aid office for assistance.

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 study abroad office at the International Afffairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131. The form can be found on the Global Education Office Financial Aid page.

More information on financial aid and scholarships is available at Scholarships and Financial Aid page on the Education Abroad website. You must submit a FAFSA to receive one of these scholarships.

All scholarships require the completion of a FAFSA. Even if you don't quality for financial aid on campus, you might qualify in study abroad. You won't know unless you complete the FAFSA.

You can apply online. 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. This is due by 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.

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.

Date Day Location Activity
28-Dec Thurs   Depart for Spain from D.C.
29-Dec Fri Barcelona Arrive Barcelona, explore
30-Dec Sat Barcelona Visit Bodegas Torres Winery, La Familia Sagrada
31-Dec Sun Barcelona Visit Monsereat, New Year’s Eve at Font Magica de Montjuic
1-Jan Mon Barcelona Visit Park Guell
2-Jan Tues Barcelona Stock Exchange, Museo Picasso
3-Jan Wed Barcelona SEAT car factory, La Pedrera
4-Jan Thurs Barcelona Port, sailing cruise
5-Jan Fri Valencia Travel to Valencia, business visit
6-Jan Sat Valencia Public market, City of Arts and Sciences
7-Jan Sun Granada Lonja de la Seda, travel to Granada
8-Jan Mon Granada La Alhambra
9-Jan Tues Granada Business visit, Capilla Real
10-Jan Wed Madrid Travel to Madrid, stock exchange
11-Jan Thurs Madrid Business visit, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
12-Jan Fri Madrid Business visit, Museo del Prado
13-Jan Sat   Fly from Madrid to Washington DC

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

You should insure that you have the proper vaccinations for this program. This can be done through the University’s recommended travel clinic (Intravene), 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.

These sites have additional information:

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.

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.

The brochure is available below.

I loved studying abroad with Professor Kennedy! All of the visits to companies tied in well with his lesson plans and I really felt that I learned more about the culture. The itinerary was well planned, and it was always more fun than strict. 

                                                                                Reagan Hicks, Accounting


My study abroad experience in New Zealand was one of the most inspiring and educational experiences I’ve had here at Tech, thanks in no small part to the leadership of Reed Kennedy, who was the faculty leader of the trip. He was able the give us not only the textbook knowledge, but also the practical experience and example to follow as it relates to effective leadership. You can easily tell how much he cares for each and every student, and his laid-back but organized style helped the trip become the resounding success that it was.

                                                                                Nathan Wright, Finance