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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

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Location Madrid and Valladolid, Spain
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 18- September 8, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,450
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites Ideally SPAN 301 or 314 and up, however this is not required. Note that program instruction will be in Spanish.
Program Directors Maria (Marilis) Mediavilla; Juan Felipe Arroyave
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Wednesday, February 7th 2018. CMU 243. 3.30 pm – 4.20 pm
General The Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain exploration seminar, fully taught in Spanish, is designed as a perfect combination of in-class business-oriented talks and activities together with company and cultural visits. It seeks to bring the excitement and relevancy of international experiences by combining curriculum, work, and cultural events.
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 to provide an excellent opportunity for the University of Washington students to better understand Western Europe economic reality by studying and exploring on site the fourth largest economy of the Eurozone: Spain.

This program is designed to meet the needs of those students wanting a significant and meaningful business-related program in Spain while improving the Spanish language. It is geared towards students who have diverse backgrounds from International Business Majors with Spanish Minors, Spanish Majors or other Interdisciplinary majors with previous advanced knowledge of Spanish. Likewise, Students´ different race, ethnicity, class, sex and gender, nationality, or religion are welcome to the program as they will bring richness, insight, and texture to it. Participating in this program, students will have the opportunity to develop world travel experience and people skills that are essential to working in the field of international businesses. Besides, Spanish is one of the three most spoken languages in the world and many companies are nowadays looking for Spanish speakers to be part of their employment force. Spain is basically a services economy and this seminar will offer the students the possibility to explore key economic areas such as retail, winery, E-learning, telecommunications, banking, sports, cybersecurity, and tourism as well as to immerse in the cultural vibe and routine of Spaniards, and enjoy day trips to symbolic cities such as Toledo and Segovia (both are named world Heritage Sites by UNESCO for its extensive cultural and monumental civil and religious heritage and historical co-existence of cultures).

Overall, the course will be imparted at two of the most economically vibrant cities of Spain - Madrid, capital of the country, and Valladolid. capital of the Ribera del Duero wine country - giving students a unique international business experience combined with the cultural aspect of it, which would be reaffirmed living with host families during the first week of the program in Valladolid.

Read about the 2017 program in this article: 
Spanish-Business Exploration Seminar 2017.pdf



Madrid and Valladolid, Spain


Segovia, Toledo


In Valladolid, the students will stay in home stays. In Madrid, the students will share accommodations in a university dorm in downtown Madrid.

Field Trips

Segovia, Toledo



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Ideally SPAN 301 or 314 and up, or equivalent, however this is not required. Note the program instruction will be in Spanish.

This program will take place in large, vibrant cities. No excessive amounts of walking or trekking will be required while staying together with the group. A bus/underground or appropriate method of transit will be taken for all program-sponsored visits.


5 UW Credits


SPAN 393 (Joint Listing: IBUS 490): Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain (5 Credits, VLPA/I&S)

This course offers students a unique, on site opportunity to understand the macroeconomic reality in Spain, the fourth largest economy in the Eurozone. During three weeks students will not only get a macroeconomic vision of Spain but they will also familiarize with the Spanish corporate structures, as well as managerial procedures and customs in business in the country. Spain is basically a services economy and this seminar will offer the students the possibility to explore key economic areas such as retail, winery, E-learning, telecommunications, banking, sports, cybersecurity, and tourism.

Learning goals include:
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 the oral skills that they will put into practice through constant contact with native speakers and effective 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 Spanish economic reality and to engage students in an evaluation of these policies and sectors using the case method to review real corporate situations.

Students will work on two case studies during the program: one in Valladolid and the other one in Madrid.

Through classroom lectures and activities together with companies visits, students will:
· Familiarize with the Spanish corporate structure: typology of the companies, management level, emerging markets.
· Develop a great understanding of the fundamentals of the Spanish economy.
· Obtain key insights about the most representative business sectors in Spain.
· Understand regular managerial procedures and customs in Spain.

3) Immerse in cultural vibe and routine of Spaniards and enjoy day trips to symbolic World Heritage cities such as Toledo and Segovia.

15% - Attendance
25% - Participation in class and in the companies' visits
30% - Exposition in class. Case studies.
30% - Final case reflection.



Maria (Marilis) Mediavilla, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Program Director

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. She has study abroad experience through leading this same program last year, and will be the program director of the SPS program in Quito, Ecuador during the Winter 2018 term.

Juan Felipe Arroyave, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Assistant to the Program Director

Juan Felipe is a Predoctoral Instructor of Spanish at UW, and a third-year PhD Student at the department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. He was born and raised in Colombia, where he worked at first in the public sector, but soon became interested in academia. He taught at public and private universities in Colombia before deciding to come to Seattle for his M.A. and then his Ph.D. He has experience in Study Abroad programs as he Assistant Director to this business exploration seminar last year, and he had the same role in the SPS program at Cádiz, Spain in previous years.



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 $15/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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 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.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  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. Here 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 orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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 a contract has been submitted. 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 are 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 form 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 signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.