- Live and study in Barcelona, the fifth most attractive city in Europe for international investors and the hub for start-ups in the EU!
- Experience a range of international entrepreneurship and networking opportunities.
- Explore how differences among national contexts create specific types of entrepreneurial advantages.
- Tours of the city and visits to international destinations plus visits to a winery, brewery, one of Barcelona's coveted beaches, and a Spanish/Catalan cooking class.
The objective of the program is to inspire students with the vision and opportunities inherent in international entrepreneurship and to immerse them in an international experience in Barcelona, Spain, as a thriving and viable seedbed for pursuing an entrepreneurial venture. The course will explore how differences among national contexts create specific types of entrepreneurial opportunities. The course will equip students with tools and various frameworks with which to identify, evaluate, and analyze these opportunities, avoid common mistakes, and execute opportunities successfully. Generally speaking, the program will examine aspects of international ventures that are broadly applicable, regardless of the location or industry of the venture. This will help students be effective entrepreneurs, investors, managers and consultants across the world. The course is therefore relevant to students with an interest in any country or industry.
More specifically, Barcelona was selected as our target city for several important reasons. Barcelona is Spain's second largest city and the capital of Catalonia; Spain's largest region in terms of economic output. The region makes up 20% of Spain's GDP. Barcelona also carries economic weight internationally. The city is the fifth most attractive in Europe for international investors. Even more significantly, Barcelona is very relevant to CU students in terms of the unusually large Hispanic community in Denver and Colorado. An aspiring entrepreneur can build a functional, likeminded cultural bridge between Barcelona (and Spain) and Colorado.
Mornings will involve an expertly developed classroom lecture by the program faculty member, who is both an educator and entrepreneur. Afternoons will involve guest lectures and a variety of activities within Barcelona arranged by Barcelona Study Abroad Experience. For instance, after a morning discussion on "The Global Entrepreneurial Revolution," students will then visit the Media-TIC building, an information and communication technology hub designed to incubate, generate, exhibit and invite new ideas and developments in information and communication technologies. During the visit we will have a lecture on the Startup ecosystem in Barcelona and meet with several entrepreneurs who will share their individual experiences on their start up processes. After another morning lecture on "Networking on a Global Scale," students will participate in a Startup Grind event. Startup Grinder is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Each monthly event features a successful local founder who shares his or her story and the lessons learned on the road to building a successful company. These events provide networking opportunities with startups and local entrepreneurs. After another morning lecture, this time on "Opportunity Recognition in an International Arena," we will visit Connector, a business accelerator in the heart of Barcelona's L'Eixample district. Connector is home to dozens of young businesses, and has provided a launching pad for several successful international entrepreneurial endeavors over the years. Students will learn how an accelerator differs from an incubator and hear from business owners about the challenges that entrepreneurs can face in a company's beginning stages. After a morning lecture on "Leveraging New Venture Resources," students will have the opportunity to meet and engage in a discussion with the SEO of Cyberclick, a company that began in 1999 as a two-man startup and is today an established business group with almost 60 employees. Tours of the city and visits to international destinations like the Dali Museum, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and Montserrat will give students a taste of the spirit of Barcelona. Additionally, students will visit a winery, brewery, participate in a Spanish/Catalan cooking class, and spend a day at one of Barcelona's coveted beaches!
- Minimum 2.5 GPA at time of application or permission from faculty leader based on improvement of grades in recent semesters
- Undergraduate students must have completed at least one semester of college coursework (12 or more credit hours) at the time of application
- Review the full Eligibility Policy for more details
- Non-CU Denver applicants must review the Non-CU Denver Student Policy
- Included: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, some meals, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
- Not included: international airfare, most meals, personal expenses, visa fees (if applicable)
Passports and Visas
- All students must have a valid passport from their country of citizenship. It is highly recommended that you ensure that your current passport is valid for at least six months after the program's end date.
- Please review the Visas and Study Abroad document and research visa requirements for this program's host country.
Faculty Leader: Jim Lopresti
Jim Lopresti is the faculty leader of this program.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Maymester programs are considered part of the Summer term for financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at 303.315.1850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please add “Study Abroad” to the subject heading when sending emails to the above email address, as this will ensure that your message is routed to a study abroad financial aid advisor. You can also schedule an online appointment to meet with a Financial Aid advisor.
CU Denver Global Education Scholarship
Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines, and start an application here.
CU Denver World Within Your Reach Scholarship
Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. This scholarship will cover the full program cost, international airfare, and passport fees for a limited number of recipients per year. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, and start an application here. The deadline for the summer application cycle is January 31, 2019.
We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding: