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  • Locations: Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/20/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/27/2019 06/07/2019
NOTE: Participants will arrive to Lisbon on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Course activities begin in Lisbon on Monday, May 27, 2019. Participants will travel from Lisbon to Madrid on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Program activities will conclude in Madrid on Friday, June 7, 2019. Participants will fly home from Madrid on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Denise Dimon Disciplines offered: Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL)
Program Advisor: Allison Howitt - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:

Location Course Professor Dates Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting
Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain MSGL 512: Global Policy, Politics and Law (2 units) Denise Dimon, PhD Students will travel to both cities as part of this program. Students are expected to arrive to Lisbon on May 26 and depart Madrid on June 8. Students are expected to book their own airfare from Lisbon to Madrid on June 1. Distance learning continues after the abroad portion of the program through mid-July 2019. TBA - sometime in mid-May 2019

Course Description


This course examines the complex array of politics, ethics and law in the global environment, the influence of culture on ethics and law, international organizations, and methods for resolving international disputes. Topics include national security issues, international law and policy making, labor and employment issues, strategic alliances, human rights, state sovereignty, intellectual property rights, and aspects of foreign commercial and investment activities. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, discussion and debate. This course is cross-listed with GSBA 508: Legal and Social Environment of Global Business.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (rate of $1,475 per unit) $2,950
Round trip airfare from SAN $1,600
Flight from Lisbon to Madrid $80
Program Fee $450
Accommodations included in tuition

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,475/unit.
  2. PROGRAM FEE includes on-site logistical items such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, some group activities, meals and transportation. The program fee is non-refundable once you are accepted to the program.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated using (multi-city search feature) from San Diego to Lisbon and from Madrid to San Diego. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. You may also want to price flights from TIJ (Tijuana) and LAX (Los Angeles).
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program. You will be housed in a double-occupancy room, and will share a room with a student of the same gender, unless you request otherwise. Housing is provided from May 26 (check in date) to June 8 (check out date). If you wish to stay in the group hotel for additional nights, or have a single occupancy room, your student account will be charged accordingly. No refunds will be given if students choose to stay in a different hotel or with local contacts. Additional housing charges may be assessed if students drop the class after hotel accommodations are made on their behalf. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences.  The group hotel in Lisbon is still being contracted.  The group hotel in Madrid is the Hotel Quatro Puerta del Sol.


Applications for this program are currently not available and will be open to the campus on the first day of the spring 2019 semester.  The application deadline for summer 2019 is February 20, 2019. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to pay the $450 program fee. This fee will be charged to each student's account upon acceptance and is non-refundable unless admission is denied.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February, 27 2019. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by March 20, 2019. Further information will be provided to accepted students.  If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Visa Information

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas.

Portugal and Spain are two of the 26 countries in the Schengen area. Therefore, for short-term tourism under 90 days, U.S. citizens do not require a visa to travel to either country.  However, please make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check if you require a visa. If so, students should consult the Consulate of Portugal or Consulate of Spain for appropriate application instructions.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Assistant Director Academic Programs
Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4847
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198