Study AbroadSpain, France & Italy Marketing Study Abroad Summer B 2020 (June 24 – July 5, 2020)

Spain, France & Italy Marketing Study Abroad Summer B 2020 (June 24 - July 5, 2020)

Spain, France & Italy Marketing Study Abroad Summer B 2020 (June 24 – July 5, 2020)

This program is designed for students to obtain specific in-country experiential learning about marketing opportunities and challenges in foreign business environments and includes in-country travel. Students will be exposed to different cultures and will obtain country-specific learning experiences consisting of cultural immersion, in-country lectures/presentations and company visits in order to obtain a practical understanding of a country’s business environment overall and specifically related as to how marketing is conducted in other countries.

Early Registration: Apply by February 14, 2020 and the Registration Fee due will be $500.

Registrations after February 14, 2020 will have a Registration Fee of $1,000.

Space is limited – spaces will be filled on a first come basis.

The program participants will travel to Barcelona, Spain on June 24th for three nights, followed by a seven-night Western Mediterranean Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas from June 28th until July 5th, 2020. In addition to Barcelona , the program will travel to Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Marseille, France; as well as Florence, Rome, and Naples, Italy.

Courses will take place in Summer B 2020. Access to the courses will be online through Canvas.

  • $3,450.00 Program Fee
  • $616.71 Instructional Fee (per course)
  • 175.00 Study Abroad Fee (includes international medical insurance)

All students (international/out-of-state and in-state) pay the same course fees.

Please note that an initial non-refundable registration fee of $500.00 is due when enrolling. The registration fee can be paid with any major credit card. We cannot accept checks or money orders. Additionally, the initial registration fee cannot be added to a student's Panthersoft ( account. The registration fee will be deducted from the program fee.

The program fee includes round trip airfare from/to Miami, 3 night hotel accommodations with daily breakfast in Barcelona, a 7-night cruise with meals onboard ship, ground transportation, and business and cultural visits per the program 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. Information about gratuities will be provided during one of the on-campus meetings.

It is recommended for students to speak with their assigned academic advisor to predetermine course approval before enrolling in a study abroad program. This is important to ensure courses meet student's individual academic needs.

  1. Students must be FIU degree-seeking students.
  2. All undergraduate FIU students are eligible to enroll.
  3. Students must be in good academic standing and meet the OSA minimum 2.00 GPA requirement.
  4. College of Business students must have completed business pre-core requirements in order to be approved by academic advising for program participation.
  5. Students must have a health evaluation by a licensed physician to determine suitability to travel (FIU reserves the right to determine suitability to travel).

Students are required to enroll in one of the mandatory courses listed below:

  • MAR 4933 - Special Topics in Marketing (3 credits)
  • MAR 4907 - Independent Study in Marketing (3 credits)
  • MAR 6936 - Special Topics in Marketing.

Students may choose one additional course (Optional):

  • MAR 4156 - International Marketing (3 credits)
  • MAR 4354 - Marketing Yourself in Today’s Global Market (3 credits)
  • MAR 4503 - Consumer Behavior (3 credits)

All coursework is fully online during the Summer B 2020 semester.

This program will include numerous cultural activities as well as business visits to multinational corporations and domestic businesses.

A tentative itinerary will be available to students upon acceptance to the program.

Financial aid may be used 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 student’s 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 any questions regarding academics of this program, please contact the Faculty Director for this program:

Professor Elisabeth Beristain
Department of Marketing & Logistics

For questions regarding your study abroad application, please contact Global Initiatives within the College of Business at 305.348.4825 or by e-mail

Students must be mindful of the due dates listed below. Failure to submit the requested documents by the due date may result in removal from the program and forfeiture of all monies paid. Students must adhere to these dates in order to successfully participate in this program.

Balance Payment  March 16th, 2020
Copy of Passport & U.S. Residency Card/Visa/I20  March 16th, 2020
Medical Information Form March 16th, 2020

Refunds for Students Not Approved for Program

Students who are not approved to participate by academic advising will receive a full refund.

Non-business majors should submit the advisor approval form within 1 week of application submission. If advisor rejection has not been provided within 2 weeks of submitting the application, registration fee refunds will not be possible and students will be liable to any late cancellation penalty’s incurred by the travel agency.

Student requested withdrawal/cancellation

Registration fees are nonrefundable.

By requesting enrollment to study abroad, students are fully committing to the program and are liable for the total program costs. After March 10th, 2020 students are fully committed to the total program cost and therefore cancellations from the program will not be accommodated.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to attend three on-campus meetings prior to the departure of the trip. One of the mandatory predeparture meetings will be held by the Office of Study Abroad and two of the meetings will be held by the faculty directors (faculty director predeparture meetings are typically held on a Saturday 1PM-5PM). Attendance to all three meetings is mandatory. Students who cannot attend must e-mail the professor and the Office of Global Initiatives in advance and will be required to obtain any missed information. Parents and spouses are always welcome to attend the faculty director meetings, but please know these meetings will mainly discuss the course curriculum.

Faculty Director Pre-departure Meeting 1: TBA
Faculty Director Pre-departure Meeting 2: TBA
Office of Study Abroad Pre-departure Meeting: TBA

Other Scholarship Resources

  • FIU's Office of Study Abroad (OSA) offers scholarship opportunities. Click here to be directed to the OSA webpage.
  • Students can also check the FIU Scholarships page at

CIBER Scholarship

$1250 CIBER scholarship opportunity for the College of Business Study Abroad Program for students who meet the following requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Be a College of Business Student
  • Accepted to a Business Faculty-led or ISE program
  • 1 Academic Recommendation (to be completed by adviser/professor via the application portal)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Demonstrate financial need

To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the application form.

Panorama Travel Global Leadership Scholarship

$300 scholarship opportunity for the College of Business Study Abroad Program for students 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 March 30, 2020.


All students traveling on an FIU sponsored study abroad program must be in possession of a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of return. Many countries will not allow entry if the passport expires within six month of the date of return. Students should speak with the individual Embassy or Consulate to determine exact requirements for entry. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of a valid passport and that it meets entry requirements while traveling internationally. Additionally, students should ensure that they have at least three blank visa pages in their passport.

Travel Visas

All students are responsible for verifying if they require a visa for travel. Students are responsible for applying for travel visas and paying all necessary fees. When applying for a visa, please apply for a tourist visa. Upon request, our office will be able to provide the student with any necessary documentation needed when applying, such as a letter of enrollment verification, an official itinerary, or a copy of 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.


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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