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  • Locations: Alcala de Henares, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing
Housing Options: Residence Hall Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in Spain

"Studying abroad has greatly changed my perspective on life. Talking with my classmates from Spain [about] how our economy has affected theirs and what they are doing to try to improve their quality of life [was] an eye opener."
-Anonymous, Summer 2015

Summer 2018 - Accepting Late Applications!
Course Dates: May 24-June 13, 2018
Dates Abroad: June 2-13, 2018
Price: $2,121
**For upcoming information sessions click here**


Entrepreneurship is about creating and building something of value from practically nothing. An entrepreneur is someone who creates or seizes an opportunity and relentlessly pursues it without regard to the resources currently controlled. Within the broadest definition, entrepreneurs are found throughout all facets of business and in any area of the world. Any firm, if it is to survive and prosper, must have some measure of entrepreneurial drive.

Entrepreneurship as a business activity is flourishing around the world. Entrepreneurs are riding an innovation wave, creating wealth and jobs in the process. Entrepreneurship represents a paradigm shift in the way we think about, teach and conduct business activity.


The city of Alcalá de Henares is in central Spain, 30 minutes northeast of Madrid. It’s known for the University of Alcalá, which occupies 16th-century buildings in the old town.


This course is designed to provide an overview of entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial process in multiple contexts. Given the study abroad nature of the course, students will have the opportunity to work in multi-cultural teams and study entrepreneurship in a Spanish context. Through a unique arrangement with Alcala University in Spain and CETYS University in Mexico, SDSU students will be working alongside of Alcala and CETYS students to investigate the key principles of the entrepreneurial process as they pertain to opportunities that may emerge from this cross-cultural experience.

During this intensive week, students will listen to lectures from SDSU, CETYS and Alcala faculty on the various aspects of the entrepreneurial process. They will also have time to work on projects in their study groups and to visit with local entrepreneurs. At the end of the course, student teams will present the results of an opportunity analysis and a designed business model in order to pursue the opportunity. These presentations will take place at Google's brand new co-working space for entrepreneurs called Campus Madrid.

Students must be available to complete in-person/online work before the dates abroad. All participants are required register for the following SDSU course, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • MGT 358: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (3 units)

  • Guided visit to the University of Alcala
  • Opening visit and welcome appetizer
  • Cultural activities at Alcala de Henares city (Cervantes birth house)
  • Visit to a company incubator (Google Campus or Telefonica Wayra)
  • Overnight excursions to Siguenza
  • Gala dinner at Siguenza

Payment Schedule (Applications Before March 15):
$513      Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$513      Second program payment due to Extended Studies (CES) by April 2, 2018
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25, 2018
$2,121   Total Program Fee

Payment Schedule (Applications After March 15):

$1,026   Deposit and second payment due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25, 2018
$2,121   Total Program Fee
Included in the Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • SDSU Tuition
  • Breakfast and lunch during the week
  • Activities as listed above
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • International airfare
  • Passport/ visa fees
  • Dinners
  • Lunch on the weekends
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018*
  • For the second payment,  no refunds will be issued for withdrawals after April 2, 2018
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

*Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Open to all approved upper division business majors or minors in the College of Business Administration. For all other students, please email Professor Gary Grudnitski, Director of Undergraduate Programs, with your name, red id and reason for choosing the program.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


Summer 2018: Apply by April 2!

NOTE: Programs close once the maximum capacity is reached, so don't wait to apply!
  1. Review the admission and prerequisite requirements and refund policies above. If you apply without meeting the pre-requisites, you will be withdrawn and are still subject to the same refund policies (see above).
  2. Click on the red "Apply Now" button below to access the College of Extended Studies (CES) online application. Make sure to read the instructions and click "Create A New Account" if you have never applied to a CES program. NOTE: Your SDSU WebPortal password will not work for this account.  If you have issues with the log in process, contact the CES Registration office during regular business hours at 619-594-5152.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the online application.  Pay your program deposit, as listed in "Payment Schedule" above, during the last part of the online application. NOTE: Your spot in the program is only reserved after you successfully submit your payment online.
  4. An advisor in the CES Faculty-led Study Abroad office will then email you with further instructions within about a week at the address that you indicated in your online application, so make sure to check your inbox and spam mail folders!
  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.