Study AbroadBarcelona, Madrid and Marrakech During Winter Break

Barcelona, Madrid and Marrakech During Winter Break

This marketing study abroad program to Spain and Morocco,  with travels to Barcelona + Madrid + Marrakech, offers a unique opportunity for students to gain knowledge about conducting business in another culture / foreign environment from an international marketing and retail marketing perspective. Students are able to obtain first-hand in-country experience regarding marketing opportunities and challenges through in-country lectures and presentations by local experts, business visits and cultural immmersion. 

Marketing study abroad programs are designed to introduce students to the marketing practices of companies pursuing opportunities abroad, and to raise student awareness about the importance of viewing marketing management strategies and tactics from a global perspective.

The Marketing Department of the College of Business has developed a comprehensive, activity-filled program which will be preceded by 2 on-campus meetings in preparation for our travels. All in-country lectures, presentations, business visits as well as tours of local sites will be conducted in English.

Enrollment Due Date is October 12th

This program will travel from December 11 to 21, 2015. The first stop on the itinerary is Marrakech, Morocco, followed by Madrid and ending in Barcelona, Spain.

Access to the courses offered in conjunction with this program of travels will be online through Blackboard.

The cost of this trip is $3,560 program fee + $610.77 instructional fee (per class) + $175 Study Abroad Fee (includes international medical insurance). All students pay the same courses fees. Please note that an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 is due when enrolling

The registration fee can be paid with any major credit card. We cannot accept checks or money orders. Additionally, we cannot add the initial registration fee to a student's Panthersoft account. The registration fee will be deducted from the program fee.

The program fee includes round-trip international airfare, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy) with daily breakfast, in-country transportation, and entry to cultural and business visits (as indicated on the itinerary).

Students will be responsible for any and all personal and/or additional expenses including (but not exclusive to), travel visas, passport fees, currency exchange fees, Internet fees, faxes, phone, lodging incidentals (i.e. room service) or extensions, meals not covered in the program, appropriate tips, vaccinations/inoculations, and any other voluntary tours or excursions not covered in the program. Gratuities are not included and will be collected at the start of the program. Information about gratuities will be provided during one of the on-campus meetings.

To participate in this study abroad program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Business students must already be admitted to the College of Business.
  2. Must be a junior or a senior to participate. The courses offered are 4000 level courses and carry prerequisites that must be met.
  3. Non-business students may participate as long as they are a junior or senior enrolled at FIU with a minor in Marketing. Speak with your academic advisor to see if the classes offered will count as upper level electives.
  4. Professional BBA Students should consult with the Professional BBA office before applying.
  5. Students from other colleges may be admitted into the program and will be considered on a case by case basis.

All students are required to take the mandatory course MAR 4933(*) and may select one additional course (for a maximum of 6 credits). If a student has already taken MAR4933, they may take MAR 4907 in lieu of MAR 4933 and can select one additional course. Students should check the prerequisites for the courses they wish to take before applying,. Our office will obtain approval from COB Academy Advising for the classes selected and will automatically register the student once approved.

  • MAR 4933 - Special Topics in Marketing ( Mandatory) (3 credits)
  • MAR 4907 - Independent Study in Marketing (in lieu of MAR 4933) ( 3 Credits)
  • MAR 4156 - International Marketing ( 3 Credits)*
  • MAR 4231 - Retail Marketing ( 3 credits) **
  • MAR 4232 - Current Issues in Retail Marketing ( 3 Credits)**

*  Counts toward Certificate in Import-Export and Supply Chain Management.

** Counts toward Certificate in Retail Marketing and Management 

DAY 1 FRIDAY:  December 11, 2015 MIAMI -> MARRAKECH

» Meet at the airport
» Depart Miami for Marrakech via Madrid

DAY 2 SATURDAY: December 12, 2015 -> MARRAKECH
» Arrive in Marrakech. Hotel Check-in
» Orientation
» Dinner on your own
DAY 3 SUNDAY, December 13, 2015 -> MARRAKECH
» Group Breakfast
» Cultural tour of City Highlights       
» Lunch on your own
» Business Visit: Souk Markets
» Dinner on your own
DAY 4 MONDAY, December 14, 2015 MARRAKECH 

» Group Breakfast
» Business Visit: 
» Lunch on your own
» Business Visit: 
» Dinner on your own.

DAY 5 TUESDAY, December 15, 2015 Marrakech to MADRID
» Group Breakfast
» Travel to Madrid & Orientation  
» Lunch on your own
» Cultural Visit: Walking tour of city center including Royal Palace 
» Dinner on your own
DAY 6 WEDNESDAY , December 16, 2015 -> MADRID
» Group Breakfast
» Business Visit 
» Lunch on your own
» Business Visit 
» Dinner on your own
DAY 7 THURSDAY , December 17, 2015 -> MADRID
» Group Breakfast
» Business Visit
» Lunch on your own 
» Business Visit 
» Dinner on your own
DAY 8 FRIDAY, December 18 , 2015 -> Madrid to BARCELONA
» Group breakfast
» Travel to Barcelona & Orientation
» Lunch on your own
» Business Visit
» Dinner on your own
DAY 9 SATURDAY, December 19, 2015 BARCELONA
» Group breakfast
» Business Visit
» Lunch on your own
» Cultural Visit
» Cooking Class & Group Dinner
DAY 10 SUNDAY, December 20, 2015 BARCELONA
» Group Breakfast
» Business Visit to Local Markets
» Lunch on your own
» Cultural Visit: City Highlights
» Dinner on your own
DAY 11 MONDAY, December 21, 2015 Barcelona to MIAMI
» Travel to Miami

Itinerary is subject to change.

Financial Aid is available for this study abroad program. Students who wish to use financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc) to help cover the cost of this program must speak with Financial Aid (305-348-7272) to discuss their individual needs.

While we do our utmost to accommodate students with financial aid, please be aware that it is the students responsibility for paying the balance of this program by the due dates. In the event the disbursement date of the financial aid funds occurs after our due date, students will be responsible for paying the balance out of their own pocket by such time.

For questions regarding your study abroad application, please contact COB Study Abroad at (305) 348-1740 or by e-mail

For any questions regarding academics of this program, please contact the program director for this program:

Professor Elisabeth Beristain
Department of Marketing
Phone: (305) 348-2571

Professor Tim Birrittella
Department of Marketing
Phone: (305) 348-2571

Please be mindful of the due dates listed below. Failure to turn in the requested documents by the due date may result in removal from the program and forfeiture of all monies paid. Our office will not make any exceptions to any student. Students must adhere to these dates in order to successfully participate in this program.

1. Balance Payment October 22, 2015
2. Copy of Passport and U.S. Residency Card/Visa October 5, 2015
  Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond date of return.  
3. Submitted Medical Information Form October 5, 2015
4. Last day to withdraw with a refund (see refund policy below) September 30, 2015

Cancellations received by September 30, 2015 will be eligible to receive a refund, less a $100 dollar processing fee. Written notice of cancellation is required. We regret that cancellations received after September 30, 2015 will not be eligible for refunds due to financial commitments to various vendors.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to attend two on campus meetings prior to the departure of the trip. Attendance is mandatory. Lunch will be provided to the students. Students who cannot attend must e-mail the professor and Collegue of Business Study Abroad Office. in advance and will be required to obtain any missed information. Parents and spouses are always welcome to attend these meetings, but please know these meetings will mainly discuss the course curriculum.

  1. November 7th , 2015
  2. November 21th , 2015
  • COB Need-Based Scholarship
    This $500 scholarship is available to up to three students that meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.3 GPA
    • Admitted to the College of Business
    • Enrolled in this study abroad program
    • Must demonstrate the need for financial assistance
    • Adherence to the rules of the program, timely submission of assignments and proper conduct both on campus and abroad
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to COB Study Abroad office along with a 1 page proposal on why you want to study abroad (Deadline: TBA, 2015). Scholarship awards will be announced shortly after
  • COB Need-Based Scholarship 2
    This $750 scholarship is available to two students that meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.7 GPA
    • Admitted to the College of Business
    • Enrolled in this study abroad program
    • Must demonstrate the need for financial assistance
    • Adherence to the rules of the program, timely submission of assignments and conduct both on campus and abroad
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to COB Study Abroad office along with a 1 page proposal on why you want to study abroad (Deadline: TBA, 2015). Scholarship awards will be announced shortly after the end of the program.
  • Panorama Travel Global Leadership Scholarship 
    Panorama will award a $300 scholarship for 3 students for the Spain and Morocco Study Abroad Program who meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Admitted in a Study Abroad Program sponsored by Panorama
    • Must present proof of Community Service/Volunteer Work (such as a letter from the organization)
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to Panorama no later than TBA.

All students are responsible for verifying if they require a visa for travel or not. Students are responsible for applying for a travel visa and paying all necessary fees. When applying for a visa, please apply for a TOURIST visa. Our office will provide the student with any necessary documentation needed when applying, such as a letter of enrollment verification, an official itinerary, or a copy of their airfare/hotel reservation.

These documents should be requested one week in advance from our office. These documents can only be processed once the student has provided us with a copy of their valid passport, and a copy of their student visa/green card (if applicable). Students are urged not to wait until the last moment to apply for their visa.

Since the group's main port of entry is Spain, students who need a Schengen Visa will be required to apply for this visa through the Spanish Consulate.

To enroll into this study abroad program, please complete the online application by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below. You will be required to make an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 with any major credit card. The remaining balance will be added to your Panthersoft account once you have been enrolled in the classes.

In addition to the online application, students must submit the following documents to our office by the due date listed above:

  1. Clear copy of valid passport
  2. Clear copy of Visa/U.S. Residency card (if applicable)
  3. The Medical Information Form (A copy will be e-mailed to you after enrolling)

The application is not considered complete until these documents have been received. We cannot receive fax copies of these documents.

The application process will close once the program has been filled. 

Florida International University is not responsible for delays, changes in itinerary, changes in content and cost of program or other matters which are beyond their control.

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