Business in the Global Economy: Views from Spain

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Application deadline: December 22, 2017

Gain a deeper understanding about the global economy by interacting with international business firms in Leon and Madrid, Spain. Take part in hands on experiences and lectures in which you will observe how Spanish business environments differ from those in the United States.   Learn about global business theory while seeing it applied in the real world.  

This study abroad program is led by Dr. Margo Bergman and Dr. Stephen Norman from UW Tacoma.

Academic Content

Special Topics - TBUS 490 – 5 Credits

Given full participation in the course, students will:

  • analyze the relationship between domestic and international business issues
  • understand the costs and benefits to firms from taking part in the global economy
  • synthesize the role of international monetary systems, trade policy, and exchange rate policy as it relates to firm decision making; and
  • develop a global perspective of business.

Program Dates

This 5-credit course will run from March 16 – March 25, 2018 with final written work due in at the end of the Spring 2018 quarter. The course will be taught in a hybrid format, in which part of the course will be delivered in Spain and the remaining portions of the course will be delivered online. Required informational meetings during winter quarter 2018 will prepare students for traveling abroad.


While in Leon, students will be living with local host families. While in Madrid students will be lodged in hotels. 


All UWT students who have taken TBECON 220/221 or TECON 200/201 are eligible to apply. Preference is given to Senior, Junior and Sophomore business students. A moderate amount of walking is required.


Applications are due on December 22, 2017. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis with a preference for students in the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by January 5, 2018. Once accepted to the program, applicants will need to confirm their participation in the program by January 19, 2018. Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin.

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Travel Documents and Insurance

All program participants must have a valid passport in order to travel to Europe. No visa or other paperwork is required for U.S. citizens. If you're an international student who needs a visa, we recommend you schedule an appointment at the Spanish Consulate in San Francisco now, even before you apply to the program. You can also email with questions about visas.

Study abroad insurance coverage is required. We strongly recommend students take advantage of the UW Study Abroad Insurance as an easy and affordable option. Students with personal insurance may petition for a UW Study Abroad Insurance waiver. For details, please contact the UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs.

Program Cost

The total cost of the program is $1,950** (includes a $250 administrative fee). The program is generously supported by the Milgard School of Business. 

Included in the cost of the program:

  • Course fee (in lieu of tuition) for 5 UW credits
  • Instructional costs in Spain
  • Home stay (including 3 meals a day) in Leon, Spain and lodging (double occupancy) in Madrid, Spain
  • Museum entry and guide service fees
  • In-country transportation
  • Welcome and closing dinner

Not included in the cost of the program:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Spain
  • Costs of travel documents (passport, visas)
  • Meals (except as listed above)
  • Personal expenses

Payment Schedule*

Administrative Fee $250 Upon acceptance to program 
Program Fee $1,700 April 13, 2018 
Total $1,950**  

*Additional important dates can be found in the "Refund Conditions for Fees" section.
**Approximate cost, may be less, final cost will be established before the application deadline.

Method of payment: Payments made in person or by mail will need to be paid by personal check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to University of Washington Tacoma (UWT). Please write "Spain spring 2018" in the memo line of the check.  Please submit the check to the University of Washington Tacoma Cashier's Office (CAR 400) during regular business hours. Please do not submit your check to the Office of Global Affairs. You can also mail it to:

UW Tacoma Cashier's Office 
Campus Box 358433
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

To make the payment online, click this button to proceed with your Visa or Mastercard.

Pay Administrative Fee

The program fee will be charged automatically to your UWT student account upon registration and can be paid online through your MyUW account. Please note: students do not register themselves for this program. The Office of Global Affairs will register you once the Administrative Fee and all appropriate program documents have been received.

For questions about the payment schedule or the methods of payment available, please email or call 253.692.4426.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Office of Global Affairs/UW Study Abroad as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program directors. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid which they intend to apply toward the program cost should consult with a financial aid adviser before applying to the program. Some sources of funding, i.e. the GI Bill®, do not cover the cost of study abroad programs. Check with a financial aid advisor to understand how your funds apply toward study abroad.

Refund Conditions for Fees

  1. If you withdraw prior to January 19, 2018, all payments, less the $250 Administrative Fee, will be refunded to you.
  2. If you withdraw on or after January 19, but prior to February 2, 2018, you are obligated to pay 50% of the total cost of the program.
  3. If you withdraw on or after February 2, 2018, you are obligated to pay the full amount of participation costs incurred by the school. No refunds will be given for unused accommodations, meals or other fees and services.

If you cannot participate in a study abroad program due to unanticipated changes in your financial situation, a medical emergency, death, military duty, or other unusual or extenuating circumstances, you may submit a Petition for Emergency Withdrawal. If granted, the Emergency Withdrawal may allow for partial or full relief from your financial obligations to the program. More information.

Notice of Withdrawal from the program MUST be made in writing and submitted to the Office of Global Affairs in GWP 102 or by mail to:

Office of Global Affairs
University of Washington Tacoma
Box: 358415
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Changes in Costs or Scope of the Program .

In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary. If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented.

Program Cancellation

If viable enrollment is not reached by January 20, 2018 the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and the administrative and program fees will be refunded.

Equal Opportunity and Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact the Disability Support Services Office at least 6 weeks in advance.

Health Requirements

Students should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. The CDC recommends that travelers to Italy protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles. More information is on the CDC website. Please also consult your personal physician or local health board.

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