Ohio University

Spain: Strategic Communications for Startups in Barcelona

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Program Feature


Program Term

Spring Break

Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media

For more information contact:

Charles Borghese 
Program Director

Ellie Koewler 
Program Coordinator



historical and beautifully designed buildings in spain.


Develop comprehensive marketing and communication strategies for emerging businesses in Barcelona this Spring Break! Students will work directly with real businesses in Barcelona to prepare a communication strategy while onsite. Students will gain practical experience onsite needed to set them apart in the global workplace upon graduation. 

"Strategic Communication For Startups in Barcelona" will examine the role of communication in a global society, with a specific focus on new and emerging businesses. We will examine and analyze their unique challenges. We will then see globally renowned communications achieve their marketing and branding success and see how those lessons from past years might apply to the brand of tomorrow.

Highlights and Excursions 

Students will also experience the rich and diverse culture of Barcelona. Excursions include some of the world's top attractions! Students will participate in a tour of Barcelona's 2000+ year old Gothic Quarter, visit Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece - the Sagrada Familia, prepare a multi-course traditional Catalan meal with a professional chef, and more! Discover why Barcelona enchants travelers worldwide.  

Good to know

  • This is a professional experience, working with companies and organizations in Barcelona.

Living Arrangements 

Students will stay in centrally located apartment-style housing.  Welcome and farewell dinners are included.

Program Dates 

Please monitor this webpage for updates regarding when this program will next be offered.


All undergraduate students will earn a total of 3 OHIO credits for JOUR 4900: Special Issues and Topics in Journalism: Strategic Communication for Startups and New Businesses 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some meals, in- country transportation, excursions, airport transfers and international medical health insurance.  

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Please monitor this website for updates on this program's cost.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to all Ohio University juniors or seniors. A minimum 2.0 grade-point average or above is required and preference is given to students on the EW Scripps School of Journalism Strategic Communication track. 

Applicants should have completed JOUR 3700 and JOUR 3400 prior to the Spring Semester of travel. For students who will not have completed these courses, permission from the program director will be required.  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here