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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/31/2020 06/28/2020

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Description:
BSBA Multi-Country Summer Program
Entrepreneurship & Startups in Europe
Madrid, Spain and Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  This Olin summer program provides the opportunity to explore two unique European business environments: Spain, one of the southern European countries worst impacted by the 2008 recession and now well on the road to recovery; and Bosnia and Herzegovina, a transition economy, emerging market and applicant country to join the European Union (EU). The program will consider the entrepreneurial environment in each country and associated challenges and opportunities linked to membership in the EU.
Madrid and Sarajevo are fascinating cities, each representative of their countries’ recent history and in dynamic stages of transition. This program offers the opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs and work closely with a local startup on a consulting project.  
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School as early as the summer between your first and second years at WashU. Capacity will be limited to approximately 16 students. NOTE: This programs requires us to begin booking travel immediately following program admission. Therefore, students MUST have a passport before February 1.

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Summer May 31 - June 28, 2020
(May 31-June 15 Madrid;
June 15-June 28 Sarajevo)

Students would depart the US on May 30 to arrive in Spain on May 31. The inter-program flight between Madrid/Sarajevo is included in the program fee, provided students complete the required acceptance materials in a timely manner. Students are responsible for round-trip airfare to/from Europe. 
Students enroll in a 3-unit course, Entrepreneurship & Startups in Europe, custom designed for Olin students and taught by local faculty in Madrid and Sarajevo. The course will introduce the macroeconomic and political factors impacting innovation in Spanish and Bosnian business environments, considering local, national, EU and wider regional contexts.This course applies toward the Entrepreneurship major and overall total business units within Olin. It also calculates into your WashU GPA.
Groups of students will be paired with startup companies in Madrid for an intensive consulting project, before continuing on to study the same sector in the Bosnian context through independent research and meetings with local entrepreneurs. In Madrid, students will also hear from speakers who will provide historical context on the factors influecing the current economy and participation in the EU. From Madrid, students will participate in additional cultural excursions and visit a local incubator, in addition to other company visits. 
While in Sarajevo, the program includes a three-day introductory seminar on history and culture in pre- and post-war Bosnia. All students will participate in this series of lectures, guided visits and an excursion to the city of Mostar. Students will explore the impact of Bosnia's recent history with the startup ecosystem. Students will participate in company visits, in addition to working on their consulting projects and class study.
  Madrid, Spain
Spain’s vibrant capital city, Madrid is a European hub of creativity and innovation, still today embodying the cultural revolution that erupted from the city the 1980s. It is a city known for its sun, diversity, and hospitality, and is home to some of Europe’s most important museums and monuments. The ACCENT Madrid Study Center is located on Paseo General Martínez Campos, in the heart of the traditional Castilian neighborhood of Chamberí.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Few cities are more intriguing than Sarajevo, a bridge between East and West, and patchwork of Ottoman, Yugoslav and Austro-Hungarian buildings that represent the region’s complex history. Devastated by war in the 1990s, today the city’s historic center has been beautifully restored, the University of Sarajevo is the country’s largest and oldest university, and a combination of highly skilled young professionals and ready investment from international organizations mean fertile ground for startups.  

Housing: Students stay in double rooms in shared furnished apartments around Madrid. Kitchen facilities include a stove-top, refrigerator, oven or microwave, washing machine, cooking utensils and dishes. Everyone in the apartment shares kitchen facilities, as well as bathrooms. Apartments are within thirty minutes of the ACCENT Study Center on foot or by public transportation. In Sarajevo, students will stay in double or triple rooms in a hotel in the city’s historic center, just steps away from the classroom space.

Student Life: A series of free or inexpensive activities are organized for students at the ACCENT Madrid Study Center, including cooking classes, gallery visits, and language exchanges. In both cities, students will visit a local university and participate in a roundtable discussion with students, availability dependent. 

On-Site Support: Olin's academic and logistical partner in Madrid and Sarajevo is ACCENT. ACCENT staff not only coordinates the Entrepreneurship & Startups course, but also organizes housing logistics, activities, and are available to assist students in other areas where support is needed. The program begins at the Madrid Study Center and then continues to Sarajevo, where the group will be accompanied by an ACCENT coordinator and two local Bosnian faculty. ACCENT is an international education organization that works with over 70 American colleges and universities to provide high quality study abroad programs. 

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad on a summer program for academic credit, you will be charged a program fee that includes a variety of items, including tuition and administration fees, health insurance, and possibly housing and meals. WU program fee does not cover any study abroad program costs that are not explicitly listed which may include for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses. Upon acceptance a deposit will be required for this program.

Program Fee Inclusions:
  • Academic credit for three WashU units
  • Local instruction, guest lectures, and work with local start-ups
  • Housing
  • Select in-country transportation including airport transport and local transit passes
  • One-way group flight from Madrid to Sarajevo
  • Welcome and farewell meals in each city; breakfast in Sarajevo
  • Cultural activities and walking tours
  • On-site support including orientations, walking tours, and staff
  • One-day trip to Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Note: This program requires Olin to begin making logistical arrangements immediately upon your confirmation of participation following acceptance to the program. Which include purchasing airfare on your behalf (between Madrid & Sarajevo). Therefore, upon receipt of admission to the program, be mindful of the required deadlines, dates, and cancellation fees. 

Visas & Immigration: 
All students should have applied for a passport PRIOR to completing their application, based on the necessity for us to purchase inter-program airfare on your behalf.

US passport holders do not need a visa if they are staying in Spain or Bosnia & Herzegovina for less than 90 days. A valid passport is required and immigration law is always changing; students must research the most current immigration requirements. If you are not a U.S. national, you may need a visa.  

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 
Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.