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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: GPA:
Professor(s): Dr. Marko Svetina Internships:
Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Business Administration (GSBA) Accomodations:
Prerequisite(s): Research:
Graduate Courses Offered: Program Advisor: Ahlers Center -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:

Location Course Professor Dates
Madrid, Spain GSBA 542: Financial Modeling (3 units) Dr. Marko Svetina Pre travel Lecture: Feb 17, March 2, & March 16 from 9am-5pm on campus
March 23rd: Depart USA, arrive Madrid on March 24th
March 25th-29th: class sessions abroad in Madrid
March 30th: Depart Madrid and return to USA
Post travel Lecture: 

Course Description


This course is a detailed, hands-on examination of financial modeling techniques applied to optimal decision-making in the areas of corporate finance and investment banking. Topics include the construction of comprehensive valuation models (including capital structure and dividend policy modifications), using precedent transactions and comparable companies in valuation, strategic industry examination and application of valuation in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The course makes an extensive use of the Microsoft Excel©.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 505 with a minimum grade of C- or GSBA 509 with a minimum grade of C-

Estimated Program Costs

  GSBA 542 Financial Modeling (3 units)
Tuition $3,521.25
Program Fee $500
Airfare $1500**
Accommodations Purchased on your own
Visa Fee(s) No visa required for US citizens; non-US citizens see information below

Notes about program costs:

  1. *TUITION for this program is discounted at a rate of $1,173.75 per unit to help offset travel costs. 
  2. PROGRAM FEE includes a welcome and closing dinner, select cultural activities, ground transportation to/from company visits, classroom rentals, international health insurance and company visit fees.
  3. **AIRFARE is estimated using from San Diego as of October 30, 2023. Check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. Many students have found tickets from LAX and Tijuana rather than San Diego. All students will need to arrive into Madrid (MAD). It is strongly recommended that you wait to book flights until after the application has been closed, and you have received notice that you have been accepted to the program.
  4. ACCOMMODATIONS are to be obtained on your own. Post the application deadline and once faculty hotel is secured, the faculty hotel location will be shared with you so that you may book accommodations either at the same hotel, or close by (Airbnb, other hotel, etc.) as you so choose. It is strongly recommended that you wait to book until after the application has been closed, and you have received notice that you have been accepted to the program.
  5. In addition to the tuition, round-trip flight ticket, accommodations, and program fee, participants will be responsible for paying for ground transportation to/from airports and accommodations, daily ground transportation commuting to/from the consulting client site, meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.


Applications for Spring 2023 programs will open on Monday, October 30, 2023. The application deadline for MBA Spring 2024 courses abroad is Friday, November 17, 2023. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete and successfully submitted by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to paying the non-refundable program fee. Monday, November 20, 2023. Further information on post-acceptance requirements will be provided to accepted students.

If you have already opened an application and wish to continue working on it, do not click on 'apply now' but rather visit the direct login page here.

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. 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,  .

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 10, 2023.

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.
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 in the host country, and 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.

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")


Additional Questions

Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Olin Hall 340
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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