Studies in International Business and Madrid Internship Program

Location: Madrid, Spain - European Study Abroad (EUSA)


May 21 - July 12, 2014
*Departure from US on May 20

Please note: Applications are due no later than March 1, 2014, which is earlier than other VU summer program deadlines.


This 7.5 week program offers students the opportunity to combine classroom experience with a six-week, three-credit internship arranged by the premier provider of professional internships in Europe: European Study Abroad (EUSA).

Academic Requirements

  • Requirements Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of Intermediate Spanish language sequence or equivalent (For VU students: Completion of SPA1122)


The Madrid summer internship program includes a 3-credit course and a six-week internship. Students will receive a total of six (6) credits in total for the program.

Students take the REQUIRED course of study below:

Orientation week: Intensive Social and Professional Spanish (14 contact hours)

ECO 3108: Global Political Economy – Spain 3 credits
Course satisfies the VSB ECO3108 requirement. For VSB students who have already completed this requirement, arrangements may be made with Dr. Taylor to pursue an independent study in economics/

This course will begin during the first week in Spain with subsequent meetings on Wednesday evenings for the remainder of the stay. This course will be taught in a seminar format with a final 10-page paper due no later than mid-August, 2014. Dr. Taylor will specify actual due date once group has been confirmed.

Previous internship participants have been placed in the following companies: *Please note that internships are guaranteed, however these particular internships are subject to change and assignment takes place after the conclusion of the interview process.

  • Financial Services: American Express, Citibank VISA, Merrill Lynch Private Bankings
  • IT & Telecoms: Oracle, Philips Espana, Afina Sistemas, British Telecom, Electronic Data Systems
  • Marketing: Asesores 2000, Continuity Company, Miami International Airport Marketing, Ogilvy One
  • Consulting: International Venture Consultants, Deloitte Consulting, Analistas Financieros Internacionales
  • Hospitality, Food, Travel: Allied Domecq, American Airlines, Grupo Zena, Hotel Ritz, Hotel Suecia
  • Fashion & Retail: Elle, L'Oreal, Vogue, Stefanel, Spaulding


Villanova University will sponsor a group trip to Toledo and Segovia. This excursions is optional and included in the program cost. Students will have the opportunity to travel to other areas if they choose to not participate in the group excursions. These costs will be assumed by the student.


Students will spend the first few days staying in a hotel in central Madrid. During this time breakfast will be provide while other meals will be taken and paid for by students at restaurants in the surrounding neighborhoods. During the first week some meals will be provide while most will be prepared by students in their apartment’s studio-style kitchen or taken at restaurants in the surrounding neighborhoods. During this week students will have an orientation session, be provided with a tour of the city and the course of study will commence. The weekend after arrival students will transition to their home stays.

Students will live with host families around the city to allow a full immersion into the Spanish language and culture. Madrid's excellent public transportation system ensures the internship sites are normally not more than a 30-minute commute from home stays. Students are provided with breakfast and dinner on weekdays and are expected to take lunch near the office.

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

Faculty Coordinator

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Dr. Ken Taylor
Department of Economics
Villanova School of Business
2070 Bartley Hall
(610) 519-6430

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PLEASE NOTE: the application deadline for this program is Applications are due no later than March 1, 2014 - which is earlier than other VU summer program deadlines.

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Payment Information

Applications are due no later than March 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $850 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter.

Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total: Approximately $10,500, to be confirmed late-October
Includes tuition, housing, internship placement, excursions, two meals per day, and travel pass for subways and buses in Madrid. Airfare not included.

2014 Itinerary

Tuesday, May 20, 2014: Students depart US for Madrid

Wednesday, May 21: Students arrive in Madrid

May 21 - 23: Orientation activities and on-site interviews

Masy 26 - 30: 1-week intensive Spanish language course

June 2 - 6, and Wednesdays from June 11 - July 16: 7-week course begins

June 2 - July 11: Internship Monday - Friday, half day on Wednesdays

Date TBA: Excursion to Toledo

Date TBA: Excursion to Segovia

Date TBA: Farewell 'Tapas' dinner

Saturday, July 12: Students depart Madrid