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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December, Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Apartment
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective Study Abroad Contact: Julianne Angeli
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

The global workforce has shifted rapidly in recent years. Demographic, cultural, and technological changes have profoundly impacted who, what, where, when and why people work. As a result, there is a growing trend of employees pushing for greater work-life balance. Institutions around the world have responded with a vast array of policies, practices, and training programs that attempt to address employee concerns while, at the same time, maintaining or advancing organizational effectiveness. In our trip, we will learn about how organizations in Spain have addressed work-life issues in their organizations. We will explore how the unique history, culture, and politics of Spain have impacted their approach to work-life practices and explore the effectiveness of such practices on Spanish individuals, organizations, and society. Throughout the program, we will continually compare the Spanish experience to how work and life are managed in the United States. Students will not only learn about this topic from an international business perspective, but also explore relevance for their own work and life.

This program will be led by Dr. Alyssa Westring, associate professor in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, will lead this trip. Professor Westring is a scholar of work-life issues with a particular interest in how students make decisions about work and family.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate): International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Liberal Studies domain Global Business Perspective OR/AND Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Alyssa Westring
Course description In this program, we will explore the Spanish approach to work-life balance. We will learn about how people in Spain balance work, family, community and wellness with the support of organizational and governmental policies and practices. During our week in Barcelona, we will meet with business professionals from leading Spanish and international organizations to discuss opportunities and challenges for supporting employee work-life balance. We will enrich our understanding by experiencing the unique culture and cuisine of Spain.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students stay in double-occupancy rooms. All breakfasts are included, along with some group lunches and dinners.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Spain: An International Perspective on Work-Life Balance program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Take with you over the counter medications like DayQuil/NyQuil/ZQuil, Advil, vitamins, anti nausea, bandaids....etc. You never know what you’re going to need and most of the medication abroad doesn’t have the same name or is hard to find on certain days/times.
  • Comfortable shoes are a must!
  • Leave extra room in your luggage so you can bring gifts/souvenirs back with you.
  • Be sure to have enough money with you or have a card with no international fees because many places do take cards.
  • The metra is the best way to get around Barcelona.
  • Be aware of your surroundings in crowded areas, pickpockets are rife.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle so you can refill it often.
  • Experience everything you can and are able to. It’s all extremely interesting, amazing and unique in its own ways.
  • Make sure to put your physical needs first- eat breakfast every morning and get enough sleep!

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.