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  • Locations: Madrid, 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
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Rolling Admission 05/28/2022 06/03/2022
NOTE: Students must arrive to Madrid on Friday, May 27. Program activities begin on Saturday, May 28, and conclude on Friday, June 3. Students will be free to depart Madrid on Saturday, June 4.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Carsten Zimmerman, Dr. Denise Dimon, Dr. Jaime Alonso Gomez Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Business Administration (GSBA)
Program Advisor: Ahlers Center - ahlers@sandiego.edu Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:
Lisbon/Madrid
 
Location(s) Course(s) Professor(s) Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Madrid, Spain GSBA 508: Law, Policy and Ethics in Global Business
(2 units)
Denise Dimon, PhD, and Jaime Alonso Gómez, PhD Thursday, May 12, 5:30 - 7:00 PM PST, Learning Commons room 104 Students must arrive to Madrid on Friday, May 27. 

Program activities will take place Saturday, May 28 - Friday, June 3.

Students will be free to depart Madrid on Saturday, June 4.

NOTE: GSBA 580 includes an online lecture (in addition to the time abroad) on Saturday, June 11, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
GSBA 580: Global Innovation
(3 units)
Carsten Zimmermann, PhD Thursday, May 12, 5:30 - 7:00 PM PST, Learning Commons room 104
 

**Students may enroll in both courses, up to 5 units, for this program abroad.**

Course Descriptions

GSBA 508: LAW, POLICY AND ETHICS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS (2 units)

This course examines the complex array of political, legal, historical and ethical concerns in the global business environment by analyzing the principles of social responsibility, ethics, diversity, and law and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations, domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; diverse ethical foundations; diverse interests of various stakeholders; individual versus societal interests; pluralism and socioeconomic issues; anti-discrimination legislation; labor and employment issues; environmental justice; public policy; politics; globalization; and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to cultivating moral reasoning skills. Fundamentally, we evaluate how businesses around the world do operate and, more significantly, how they should operate. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, class discussion and debate.

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

GSBA 580: GLOBAL INNOVATION (3 units)

This course introduces and discusses innovation strategies in a global environment. The first half of the course is dedicated to studying and analyzing innovation practices that are related to ideation methods, information decision techniques, prioritization concepts, and international innovation management techniques. This includes innovation approaches from various academic and practitioner perspectives as well as different global approaches of innovation enhancements. The second half of the course is dedicated to innovation management in international environments. Teaching methods may include international case studies, simulations, and/or fieldwork with organizations.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 500 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, International Business


Estimated Program Costs

  GSBA 508 Law, Policy and Ethics in Global Business (2 units) GSBA 580 Global Innovation (3 units)
Tuition $2,347.50 $3,521.25
Program Fee $500 $500
Airfare Purchased on your own Purchased on your own
Accommodations Purchased on your own Purchased on your own
Visa Fee(s) No visa required for US citizens; non-US citizens see information below No visa required for US citizens; non-US citizens see information below

Notes about 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". Students who enroll in both courses will only pay the program fee once (only one fee of $500).
  3. AIRFARE is to be purchased on your own. It is recommended that students use Google Flights (https://www.google.com/travel/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 to be obtained on your own. Students accepted to the program will be provided with an Accommodations Guide to assist with your booking once faculty housing and/or location of classroom space abroad are secured. It is strongly recommended that you wait to book accommodations until after the application period has closed and you have received the Accommodations Guide. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students are strongly encouraged to book accommodations with providers that have extremely flexibility cancellation policies. 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 accommodations.

Scholarships

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 Enrollment Minimums

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.
 

Application

APPLICATIONS OPEN ON MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2022.

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 are due by Monday, March 21, 2022, with the exception of flights and housing. Students will have through Sunday, May 8, 2022, to purchase flights and housing and upload proof of flight and accommodation bookings to their application.
 

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.

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. 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: https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/ (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")

RESTRICTIONS AND SAFETY MEASURES IN MADRID: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/information-coronavirus?utm_source=portada&utm_medium=coronavirus#

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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

Non-US citizen, Non-US immigrants: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html
 

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

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 cancelled. 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 (May 28), both GSBA 508 and GSBA 580 will pivot to 100% remote/virtual delivery. Course content will be delivered primarily within the same time frame/dates as the courses would have run abroad. Students will be billed the regular on-campus tuition rate for MBA classes ($1,565 per unit) and the $500 program fee will be waived.

 

Additional Questions

Please contact the Ahlers Center with any additional questions, ahlers@sandiego.edu




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