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  • Locations: Mondragon, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/21/2022
Rolling Admission 07/04/2022 07/08/2022

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Allison Howitt, Dr. David Herrera Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Business Administration (GSBA)
Program Advisor: Ahlers Center - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:

Mondragon, Spain

Location Course Professor 2021 Program Dates Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting
Mondragón, Spain GSBA 594: Participatory Models of Leadership (3 units) David Herrera, PhD


Allison Howitt
This program includes two mandatory on-campus lectures, one before travel and one after travel, in addition to the time abroad:
  • Friday, May 13, 2022, 5:30-8:30pm, Location TBD
  • Friday, August 19, 2022, 5:30-8:30pm, Location TBD
Students must arrive to Mondragón on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

Course activities run Monday, July 4 - Friday, July 8, 2022.

Students will be free to depart Mondragón on Saturday, July 9, 2022.

There is an optional pre-program excursion to Bilbao and San Sebastian that runs Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 3, 2022. Please see below for details.
Fridy, May 13, 2022, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, location TBD

Course Description


This intensive summer course is an opportunity for participants to be exposed first-hand to a unique organizational model of participatory leadership, management, employee ownership and decision making by attending lectures and visiting sites at the Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa (Mondragón) in Mondragón, Spain. Students will become acquainted with Mondragón’s unique leadership, management, educational, training, financial and human resources systems, as well as its globalization initiatives. Participants will also learn the core values that support Mondragón, which are based on a balance between organizational and personal needs, solidarity with each other and the community, and economic and social justice. Finally, participants will become acquainted with the institutionalized policies, processes and practices that support Mondragón’s economic and social success.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 500 with a minimum grade of C-

  • Concentration(s): Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise, Managerial Leadership

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition $3,521.25
Program Fee $500
Airfare Purchased on your own
Accommodations $315
Visa Fee(s) No visa required for US citizens; non-US citizens see "Visa Information" section below

Notes about estimated program costs:

  1. TUITION for courses offered abroad through the Ahlers Center for International Business is discounted through a 25% tuition scholarship off the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,565/unit. Please note that the 25% tuition scholarship discount is only applicable if the course is offered abroad, as it is intended to help offset the costs of travel.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is non-refundable once you apply and are accepted to the program. This fee is not a deposit toward tuition, but rather a separate payment toward on-site logisitcal fees for group cultural activities and some meals. Should this program convert to a non-travel program, the program fee will be returned. More information on such a scenario can be found below in the section titled "COVID-19 Contingency Plan".
  3. AIRFARE is to be purchased on your own. It is recommended that students use Google Flights ( to estimate the cost of their airfare. Students should wait to book flights until they have been accepted to the program and been provided with the Flight Booking Calendar.
    • Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students are strongly encouraged to purchase flights from carriers that have extremely flexible cancellation and/or credit policies. Students may wish to consider purchasing flight insurance. Should the program be canceled at any time before the first day of the course abroad, either should conditions warrant as USD determines in its discretion, or due to circumstances outside the University's control, students are solely responsible for recouping the cost/credit of their purchased flights.
  4. ACCOMMODATIONS are provided for this program in the form of a group room block at Hotel Mondragón. Students are not required to stay at the group hotel, however is it strongly recommended. Please note that the cost of accommodations listed above is the estimated per-person cost, assuming twin occupancy (two students sharing a room, two beds), the current exchange rate (subject to change), and check-in on July 3 through check-out on July 9. Students have the option in their study abroad application to request a single room or double room instead. Anticipated room rates at Hotel Mondragón are currently as follows: 76€ per night for single room, 93.10€ per night for double or twin room. While USD will reserve the room block, students will pay the hotel themselves directly upon check-out. *Please be aware that the estimated cost listed above is for the actual program taking place July 4-8, 2022 only, and does not include the pre-program optional excursion to Bilbao. Students planning to arrive early in order to participate in this optional excursion should expect to pay for 1 night of their own accommodations in Bilbao and 1 additional night at Hotel Mondragón. For additional details, please see the section below titled "Optional Pre-Program Excursion to Bilbao and San Sebastian."
  5. In addition to the tuition, airfare, accommodations, and program fee, participants are responsible for paying for ground transportation (including but not limited to, to/from airports, group activities, and accommodations), meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.



All students accepted to a study abroad program coordinated through the Ahlers Center for International Business receive a 25% tuition scholarship (25% off the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,565/unit) applied to the tuition for the study abroad course. The 25% tuition scholarship is only applicable if the course is offered abroad, as it is intended to help offset the costs of travel.

Additionally, the study abroad program fee may be waived for students who qualify for a certain amount of need-based aid. Threshholds for need-based program fee waivers vary from semester to semester and are dependent on the student's existing financial aid package. There is no application process for applying for this needs-based waiver of the program fee; all students are automatically assessed for eligibility as part of their study abroad application. Students who qualify for a waiver of the program fee will be notified before their study abroad post-acceptence requirements are due (see the section below titled "Application" for the post-acceptance requirements deadline). Program fee waivers are granted on an individual basis for a specific study abroad program and term. Obtaining a waiver for any study abroad program and/or term is not guaranteed under any circumstances. Additionally, receipt of a program fee waiver for one study abroad program and/or term does not guarantee receipt of any subsequent waivers for other study abroad programs and/or terms.

There are no merit scholarships for study abroad courses.

Course Cap & Enrollment

Study abroad courses offered through the Ahlers Center for International Business require a minimum enrollment of 12 students in order to run. Study abroad courses that do not meet minimum enrollment will be canceled.

Due to space limitations at the Mondragón cooperative, this course is capped at 25 participants. Students will be accepted on a first-come basis based on the time their initial application is completed and successfully submitted. 



To start your application, click the yellow "Apply Now" button at the top of the page. If you have already opened an application and wish to continue working on it, do not click the button above, but rather login via the direct application login page.

The application deadline for this program is Monday, February 21, 2022. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete and successfully submitted by this date. Once you apply for the program, you commit to paying the non-refundable program fee.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or before Monday, February 28, 2022. Once accepted, information will be provided on completing your post-acceptance requirements. All post-acceptance requirements, including housing assignments, are due by Monday, March 21, 2022, with the exception of flights. Students will have through Sunday, June 12, 2022, to purchase and upload proof of flight bookings to their application.

Passport & Visa Information

Spain requires travelers to carry a passport that is valid 3 months after their planned date of departure from Spain. However, it is strongly recommended that students ensure their passport is valid for 6 months after their planned date of departure from Spain. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their passport is valid for the necessary duration of time.

If your passport is due to expire less than 6 months past the planned date of departure from Spain, please start the passport renewal process immediately. Due to COVID-19, passport renewal processing times are highly inflated, and even expedited processing can take up to six months.

U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Spain. If you are not a U.S. citizen, click here to see if you will need a visa.

Accepted students in need of a tourist visa to enter Spain should begin the visa application process as soon as they are accepted to the program. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you should apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa.

COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated as of January 6, 2022.

USD Requirements for Study Abroad Participation

USD requires that all faculty, staff, and students traveling internationally on a study abroad program be in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement. This means that:

  1. participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) no later than 14 days prior to departure, and that participants eligible to receive the booster shot for their vaccine series have received it.
  2. OR participants must have received an approved exemption to the Vaccination Requirement from the USD Student Health Center.

Please note that there is no exemption process available for guest participants. Guests must be fully vaccinated, including booster shot if eligible, in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement in order to participate in a USD study abroad program.

All participants will be required to confirm their vaccination status by either uploading their vaccination cards, or by confirming their receipt of a Student Health Center exemption, via their online study abroad application.

IMPORTANT: Although USD allows for unvaccinated students with an approved exemption to participate on programs abroad, unvaccinated students may encounter additional restrictions for entry into or for activities within the host country, and thus should take care to review the host country's entry requirements and on-ground restrictions and safety measures (see next section). Unvaccinated students may also encounter restrictions or additional requirements for certain group activities that are at the discretion of the third part host (for example, company visits, guest lectures, etc.).

Spain: Entry Requirements & In-Country Safety Protocols

Study abroad participants are responsible for staying apprised of entry requirements and in-country safety measures for the host country the program plans to travel to. By applying to study abroad, participants commit to complying with the regulations of the host country. This means that participants also commit to completing any testing and quarantine requirements imposed by the host country in time to participate in the first day of course and program activities.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN: (select the United States on the map to see requirements pertaining to travelers entering Spain from the US, and then click on "Entry Requirements in Spain")

  • Note: Spain currently requires all non-essential travelers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the country.


USA Re-Entry Requirements

For All Travelers: The CDC currently requires all travelers entering the United States to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than 1 day before your returning travel. For more information, see the CDC announcement here

Additional requirements may apply depending on your US citizenship/residency status. Please review the relevant information at the links below to learn more.

US Citizens, US Nationals, US Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants:

Non-US citizen, Non-US immigrants:

COVID-19 Contingency Plan in Case of Travel Cancellation

Although we certainly hope this program will run, due to the fluid and disruptive nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a possibility that travel could be canceled. By choosing to apply for study abroad, students acknowledge that while travel may be approved at the time of application, travel may be suspended or restricted by USD at any time should conditions warrant as the University determines in its discretion, and/or due to circumstances outside the University's control.

If travel becomes no longer possible at any point prior to the program start date (July 4), this course will be canceled entirelyDue to the fact that this course is built around the unique cooperative environment of the city, an on-ground presence in Mondragón is necessary in order to deliver on course learning outcomes. Students who are absolutely in need of 3 units during the Summer 2022 semester and plan to utilize this study abroad course to fulfill that need, should work with their Academic Advisor to devise a back-up plan in the event this course does not run.

Optional Pre-Program Excursion to Bilbao and San Sebastian

Students may choose to join faculty for an optional pre-program excursion to Bilbao and San Sebastian during July 1-3, 2022. This excursion is not part of the GSBA 594 course, and is therefore not required. Students who opt into this excursion should be aware of the following:


  • Students must arrive to Bilbao on Friday, July 1, 2022.
  • Students are responsible for booking their own accommodations in Bilbao for the night of July 1.
  • The program in Bilbao will take place during the day of Saturday, July 2. Students will have both a curated program and their own free time to explore the city.
  • The group will then transit to Mondragón the evening of Saturday, July 2.
    • IMPORTANT: Students must plan to spend the night of July 2 in Mondragón, in order to continue with the group the following day (see below). Students may either indicate their preference to book the additional night of July 2 at Hotel Mondragón (the group hotel for the course), or find their own accommodations.

San Sebastian

  • On Sunday, July 3, the group will meet at Hotel Mondragón to transit together to San Sebastian. Students will have a brief curated program, and then their own free time to explore the city.
  • Students are responsible for returning to Mondragón on their own time that evening, in order to be ready to participate in official course activities starting Monday, July 4.


Additional Questions

Please contact the Ahlers Center with any additional questions,

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)