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UMD-Winter: Spain: Leading Innovation and Design in a Cross-Cultural Setting (BMGT)

Barcelona, Spain
Madrid, Spain
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This course explores how innovation and design are approached in a different culture. Students will be exposed to a wide range of immersive experiences aimed at enhancing their understanding of the country’s’ culture, heritage, history, and way of life. Starting in Barcelona, a city internationally-renowned for innovative designs, and continuing in Madrid, students will visit institutions and landmarks to learn about the techniques and approaches used to create these iconic structures. Inspired by this rich context, they will apply design thinking frameworks to scout opportunities, and develop innovative solutions to intractable problems. By working with staff members at local organizations, and guided by two faculty members, students will get insightful coaching and first-hand experience leading design thinking activities in a global setting.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

This program is open to UMD freshmen through seniors and all majors are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • BMGT469O: Leading Innovation and Design in a Cross-Cultural Setting (BMGT)

This course will satisfy a Management major requirement. The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Students will be required to participate in both pre-departure and post-experience sessions as part of the Smith School Common Core for undergraduate faculty-led, short-term programs. Pre-departure sessions will focus on global mindset, country specific business curriculum, and logistics/health and safety. Post-experience sessions will include a subject specific debrief in addition to career application. The Smith School Common Core culminates in the Global Showcase, where students will be able to demonstrate their cultural curiosity and global business acumen through individual or group poster presentations. Dates for all sessions will be detailed on the course syllabus.

*Undergraduate Common Core
November 6, 2019
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
2333 Van Munching Hall

*Global Showcase
February 13, 2020
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
First Floor Atrium, Van Munching Hall

*All students will be required to participate in the Undergraduate Common Core and the Global Showcase. 

Students will stay in hotels for the duration of the program. 

Costs are current for winter 2020. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $24
Tuition $2,000
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $750
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $600
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $0

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Questions should be directed to Pamela ArmstrongGerald Suarez, or Greg Rafal.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Students will take a guided tour of La Sagrada Familia cathedral and marvel at Gaudi’s iconic landmark. Students will appreciate Gaudi’s pioneering designs inspired in nature, like the angled pillars spouting like a web of tree branches holding up the roof, among many other design innovations.
  • Students will visit the Gothic Quarter and tour several buildings from medieval times. They will and appreciate design influences from the late 19th and early 20th century. This tour will serve as a basis to recognize elements of the evolution of design and appreciate the design considerations that led to the intricate labyrinthine street plans and intricate buildings.
  • Students will step into a world of innovative creations by visiting Park Guell’s where they will experience striking staircases, mosaic work, and explore the blend of beauty and design functionality.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 01/06/2020 01/17/2020
In addition to the program dates above, all students will be required to participate in the Undergraduate Common Core (November) and the Global Showcase (February).