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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 2021 02/01/2021
Rolling Admission 06/01/2021 06/25/2021

** 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

In person program will not run for Summer 2021.

Please visit the Virtual Program Brochure: 

This Olin summer program provides the opportunity to consult for startup companies in one of Europe’s most dynamic entrepreneurial environments: Spain. One of the southern European countries worst impacted by the 2008 recession, Spain was well on the road to a recovery led by small businesses and entrepreneurs when economic crisis struck again with Covid-19. The program challenges students to explore the role of entrepreneurship in Spain’s economic recoveries, the impact of an economic crisis on the startup ecosystem, and the complex relationship between the European Union and Spain. Students will 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
June 1, 2021- Friday, June 25, 2021

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. The course will introduce the macroeconomic and political factors impacting innovation in Spain, 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. The course will be enhanced with specialist guest speakers from academia and diverse business sectors, visits to local startup hubs, and meetings with business leaders. In addition, students will compare entrepreneurial environments across diverse contexts through meetings with companies in Toledo and Barcelona.
  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.

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.

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. Students will visit a local university and participate in a roundtable discussion with students. Excursions to Toledo and Barcelona will include guided tours, entry to key monuments, and meetings with local business professionals.

On-Site Support: Olin's academic and logistical partner in Madrid is Accent Global Learning. 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. Accent is an international education organization that works with over 70 American colleges and universities to provide high-quality study abroad programs. Olin and Accent have partnered for over 20 years and Accent Madrid hosts the BSBA Madrid Semester Abroad program with Universidad Carlos III. 

  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
  • Welcome and farewell meals in Madrid
  • Cultural activities and walking tours
  • On-site support including orientations, walking tours, and staff
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 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.