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Ourso in Spain (spring intersession)
Barcelona, Spain; Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Intersession
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: LSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring Intersession
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Ourso in Spain 2017 (spring intersession) | facebookicon

Let's geaux to Spain!

GaudiOurso in Spain will give you an opportunity to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the Spanish culture and how this culture has a direct impact on international and local management practices and strategies.

Explore Madrid and Barcelona as you learn to:

  • recognize the differences in commerce and the management of businesses between Spain and the USA
  • develop an understanding of how the local political environment impacts the local and global commerce of Spain
  • develop and understanding of how the Spanish culture impacts aspects of negotiation, leadership, motivation, and a multitude of management decisions within the local business context

Excursions have been planned in both Madrid and Barcelona to help bring to life concepts studied in class.  Those fieldtrips include:

Madrid Barcelona
  • Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)
  • Palacio Real (Royal Palace)
  • Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid's football stadium)
  • Literary Quarter Food Tasting and Daytime Cultural Tour
  • Basilica de Sagrada Familia
  • Camp Nou (stadium of FC Barcelona)
  • Bolsa de Barcelona (Barcelona Stock Exchange)
  • Tour of the Business District

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
undergraduate, 3 hours
LSU Tuition & Fees
graduate, 3 hours
May 14 May 27 $3,233 instate: $1,140
out of state: $1,939
instate: $1,367
out of state: $2,168

Program Fee Includes

  • Welcome DinnerHousing (2 students per hotel room)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • High-speed train between Madrid and Barcelona
  • Guided tours/excursions 
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance

Housing (Madrid): In Madrid, the group will live at the Tryp Atocha. This four-star hotel, located in the Arts District, provides 24-hour reception/help-desk, flat-screen tvs, air conditioning, and wifi.   Students will share rooms (two students to a room).  Breakfast is served daily in the hotel.

Housing (Barcelona): In Barcelona, the group will live at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel.  This four-star hotel offers views of the Sagrada Familia and is near stores, museums, and many city attractions.  Students will share rooms (two students to a room), and breakfast is served in the hotel daily.  

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own round-trip airfare between the US and Spain.  You should not purchase your ticket until your Program Director, Dr. Whitman, tells you to do so. Once you're told to buy your ticket, you should plan to fly into Madrid and out of Barcelona.

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends. You should budget $60/day for meals and snacks not provided by the program.


Course Description Prerequisite
MGT 4420 Multinational Management MGT 3200

RoyalThe goal of this class is to introduce you to the basic principles of international management, including business and globalization, international strategy, and international human resources/organizational behavior.

Every interaction with Spanish people and their culture will provide some basis for applying the knowledge you will glean during the structured classroom sessions.  Some of the cultural comparisons you will be asked to consider will include:

  • What is the importance of work in an individual's life in Spain?  In the US?
  • How do differences in communication styles affect the message conveyed?
  • What priority does a culture place on leisure time? 
  • What is the importance of interpersonal relationships in a workplace?


March 31 Application deadline
April 21 Spring intersession fee bills available via myLSU
April 29 12:00pm Parents' Orientation (143 Coates Hall)
May 3 Spring intersession fee bills due
May 14 Depart the USA
May 15 Arrive in Madrid; check into Tryp Atocha Hotel; Welcome Dinner at Restaurant Botin
May 16 Class; walking tour of Madrid
May 17 Tour Palacio Real; tour Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid's football stadium)
May 18 Class; business visit (TBD)
May 19 Business visit (TBD); tour Museo del Prado
May 20 Free Day
May 21 Check out of hotel; train to Barcelona; check into the Sheraton Four Point Hotel
May 22 Class; walking tour of Barcelona
May 23 Tour of the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia; business visit (TBD)
May 24 Class; bus ride and exploration of the Barcelona Business District
May 25 Class; business visit (TBD)
May 26 Free Day; farewell dinner at Restaurant el 4Gats
May 27 Travel to airport; fly home or continue to travel on your own
May 31 Grades are available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Daniel Whitman
Program Director
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Eligibility & Withdrawal

BarcalonaIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 31, 2017

Although the application deadline is March 31, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after January 6, 2017.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your spring intersession fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU on April 21 and are due on May 3.

If you withdraw from the program: After January 6, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after January 6, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after March 3, 2017 $500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after March 31, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after April 21, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.