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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain; Valladolid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: School of Business, Spanish Foreign Language Required: 301
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: Spanish UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 4000 UW Program Director: Kallie Sandell, Marilis Mediavilla
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Madrid, Spain
Academic Term Early Fall
08/24/2019 - 09/14/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,450
Credits 5
Prerequisites The program is fully taught in Spanish. A SPAN 301 or 314 and up language level, or equivalent, is required.
Program Directors Maria (Marilis) Mediavilla |
Kallie Sandell |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline March 17, 2019
Information Sessions Thursday, January 31 4:30-5:50 in Savery Hall 162
General This exploration seminar, fully taught in Spanish, is designed with a perfect combination of in-class business-oriented talks and activities with companies, along with cultural visits. It seeks to bring the excitement and relevancy of international experiences by combining curriculum, work, and cultural events. This program is designed to meet the needs of students who seek a significant business-related program in Spain while improving Spanish language skills.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain is aimed at providing an excellent opportunity for the University of Washington students to better understand Western Europe's economic reality via study and on-site exploration of the fourth largest economy of the Eurozone: Spain. The seminar is geared towards students who have diverse backgrounds from International Business Majors, Spanish Minors, Spanish Majors or other Interdisciplinary majors with previous advanced knowledge of Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to develop world travel experience and people skills, which are essential to working in the field of international business. Besides, Spanish is one of the three most spoken languages in the world and many companies are looking for Spanish speakers to be a part of their employment force. Spain is essentially a services economy, and this seminar will offer students the possibility to explore key economic areas such as retail, winery, car manufacturing, E-learning, cybersecurity, renewable energy, healthcare, sports, and entrepreneurship. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to be immersed in Spain's culture, partaking in and enjoying day trips to symbolic cities such as Toledo and Segovia (both are named world Heritage Sites by UNESCO for their extensive cultural, monumental, civil and religious heritage and historical co-existence of cultures). Overall, the course will take place at two of the most economically vibrant cities of Spain: Madrid, the capital of the country and Valladolid, the capital of Ribera del Duero wine country. Not only will students gain an invaluable and unique learning experience in international business, they will also have the opportunity to be immersed in the culture and build relationships, this is notably facilitated by living with host families in Valladolid.




Madrid, Spain


In Madrid, the students will stay in individual rooms in a university dorm near the area of Moncloa (north west of Madrid) - 25 minute underground (metro) trip to the classes. In Valladolid, the students will stay in home stays for 7 days. The vendor, "La Fundacion de la Lengua," will assign a family to each student upon reviewing preferences. The families follow a strict screening to be a part of the program.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

The program is fully taught in Spanish. A SPAN 301 or 314 and up language level, or equivalent, is required. No physical requirements needed.


5 UW Quarter Credits


SPAN 393 / IBUS 490: Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain (5 credits) VLPA

The Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain exploration seminar, fully taught in Spanish, is designed with a perfect combination of in-class business-oriented talks and activities with companies, along with cultural visits. It seeks to bring the excitement and relevancy of international experiences by combining curriculum, work, and cultural events. This course offers students a unique, on-site, opportunity to understand the macroeconomic reality in Spain, the fourth largest economy in the Eurozone. During the coures of three weeks, students will not only obtain a macroeconomic vision of Spain, but they will also become familiar with the Spanish corporate structures, as well as managerial procedures and business customs. Spain is essentially a services economy, and this seminar will offer the students the possibility to explore key economic areas such as retail, winery, car manufacturing, E-learning, cybersecurity, renewable energy, healthcare, sports, and entrepreneurship.

Learning goals include:
Students will learn about business in multiple sectors, experience another culture, and network with students, faculty, and professionals from various and diverse companies in Valladolid and Madrid, two lively and prominent cities in Spain. The program builds on UW's vision to promote cultural exchange of ideas by providing students with an immersion opportunity aimed at obtaining a greater understanding of cross-cultural trade and business practices in Spanish. These are the Learning Goals 1) Help students improve their own critical communication skills in Spanish and explore how those skills can be best applied in business situations. Students will learn best practices to improve their vocabulary and writing skills on everyday business communications as well as oral skills that they will put into practice through constant contact with native speakers and presentations in class. 2) Introduce students to the fourth largest economy in the Eurozone, Spain. The objective is to provide students with greater insights into the sectors and policies that are shaping Spain's economic reality, and to engage students in an evaluation of these policies and sectors using the case method to review real corporate situations. Company visits that will complement the classroom instruction include sectors such as retail, winery, car manufacturing, E-learning, cybersecurity, renewable energy, healthcare, sports, and entrepreneurship. 3) At the end of the course, students will be familiar with the Spanish corporate structure: typology of the companies, management level,and emerging markets. They will also develop a greater understanding of the fundamentals of the Spanish economy. Moreover, they will obtain key insights about the most representative business sectors in Spain. Finally, they will understand regular managerial procedures and customs in Spain. 4) Cultural immersion via day trips to symbolic cities, such as the World Heritage sites of Toledo and Segovia. Assessment: Attendance: 15% Students will attend class daily along with attending company visits and/or city tours that are scheduled in the program; this also includes field trips to Segovia and Toledo. Punctuality is expected from all students to facilitate the flow of the program and stress-free city tours and field trips. Participation : 25% Students will actively participate every day in the classroom, generating group discussion and sharing quality opinions and thoughts. Preparation prior to company visits is mandatory and students will engage in creating questions and comments to share during the visit. Instructors on site will facilitate the appropriate documentation. Expositions in class. Case studies: 30% Students will have to work in groups on two case studies during this program. Case studies will be provided by the instructors on site. Each will represent 15% of the final grade. One case study will be presented in Valladolid and the other one in Madrid. For the resolution of both cases, the participants will also be trained in the following skills: teamwork, organization and planning, written and oral communication, capacity of conviction, etc. Throughout the development of the program, the teachers will give students general recommendations and guidelines for the cases, clarifying any doubts they may have. Final case reflection: 30% Students will write a 4 page final reflection about both their personal experiences and the contents discussed and explored during the seminar. Each student should choose at least two business sectors and/or company visits we learned about during the seminar. Reflections should begin with specific data of the sector/company chosen and a personal analysis with comments about new knowledge acquired or developed about the sector. In the personal observation, students should elaborate on the cultural and linguistic learning, preferably with specific examples and situations.









Maria (Marilis) Mediavilla
Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Department

Marilís Mediavilla is a Spanish Lecturer at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, where she has taught since 2006. Born and raised in Spain, where she received her BA-equivalent in English Philology from Universidad de Valladolid, and a HR certificate by EOI (Madrid), Mediavilla moved to Boston in 2004 where she received a certificate in management by the Harvard Extensions School. She taught at the University of Massachusetts for two years before moving to Seattle. Her experience at UW ranges from teaching intermediate and advanced Spanish language to both native English students and Spanish heritage learners to teaching a business Spanish class. Moreover, she is the CISB Spanish Track Advisor at the Foster School of Business. She has study abroad experience through leading this same program since 2017, being a program director of the SPS program in Quito, Ecuador during the Winter 2018 term, and the SPS program in León, Spain in Autumn 2018. She may be reached at

Kallie Sandell
Graduate student, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Kallie Sandell is a Predoctoral Instructor of Spanish at UW and a first-year master's student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. After receiving her BA in Spanish for Business and Organizational Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, she moved to Spain and worked in four different public schools during three academic years, aiding in various English and bilingual classes. Prior to coming to UW, Kallie worked in non-profit development and has experience in fundraising, donor relations, marketing, event planning, and volunteer recruitment. Now, she is focused on continuing her education in literature and pedagogy. She may be reached at





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $10-15)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Additional Info

See press release for the 2018 program: Business Spanish Exploration Seminar. Press Release 2018.pdf