This is a 10-day study abroad course taking place during Spring Break 2024. This sustainable development goal (SDG) themed program aims to develop knowledge of Spain's sustainability issues and innovative solutions to these problems. The Spanish government prioritizes environmental actions toward SDGs 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. SDG action priorities include reducing the negative environmental impact of cities (SDG 11), protecting cultural and natural heritage (SDG 15), and managing waste (SDG 12). This course teaches students valuable lessons about achieving these sustainable development goals through innovative solutions. Students who complete this course will be able to contribute to making Spain and the world a better place.
You can learn more about the program here.
Barcelona is a city on the coast of northeastern Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, the Ruhr area, Madrid, and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona is a major cultural, economic, and financial centre in southwestern Europe, as well as the main biotech hub in Spain. As a leading world city, Barcelona's influence in global socio-economic affairs qualifies it for global city status.
Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-most populated municipality in Spain, with 791,413 inhabitants. It is also the capital of the province of the same name. The wider urban area also comprising the neighbouring municipalities has a population of around 1.6 million, constituting one of the major urban areas on the European side of the Mediterranean Sea. The city's port is the 5th-busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is ranked as a Gamma-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 ha (420 acres). Due to its long history, Valencia has numerous celebrations and traditions, such as the Falles, which were declared Fiestas of National Tourist Interest of Spain in 1965 and an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in November 2016. (Source: Wikipedia)
Program participans will choose between the following courses.
Advanced International Sustainable Business Seminar Abroad
Spain - International Experience
- BUS 4055 - This course counts as an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), Sustainable Business minor or major elective, COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.
- MBA 5020 - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration.
Program Cost: $4,450
Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submiting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable.
Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance.
Program cost includes airfare, meals, lodging, in-country transportation.
Estimated Additional Expenses
Undergraduate Tuition - Resident
$152.54 / credit hour
Undergraduate Tuition - Non-Resident
$172.54 / credit hour
Graduate Tuition - Resident
$187.54 / credit hour
Graduate Tuition - Non-Resident
$207.54 / credit hour
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance.
Upon receipt of application
Remaining Balance Due
Dr. Charlie Chen
Department of Computer Information Systems
Ms. Amy Odom
Executive Director of Business Career Services
Walker College of Business
- In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
- When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
- Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader
- Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.