July in Barcelona, Berlin and London

Spend July travelling through Europe as you explore Barcelona, Berlin and London over the course of three weeks. Learn about the exciting process of starting a new business in some of the world’s most prominent start-up capitals, all while taking in the sights and cultures of three fascinating and historic cities.

Program Overview

On this July in Barcelona, Berlin and London travelling program, you will visit three fascinating and historic cities whilst exploring the exciting process of starting a new business. From start-up incubators and co-working spaces to already thriving multinational businesses, students will be exposed to the full spectrum of business cultures across Europe. You can experience all of this while earning academic credit, developing your German and Spanish language skills, and improving your resume with a significant international experience. Note: The academic course including visits and guest speakers will be in English.

If you’ve ever thought about launching your own business or have an interest in the world of start-ups, all while immersing yourself in the remarkable cultures and histories of some of Europe’s most exciting cities, then this engaging travel-based study program is for you!

The Start-Up Capitals of Europe

Immerse yourself throughout your entrepreneurial journey in what are considered to be Europe’s biggest start-up cities. This can be attributed to the increasing interest from international investors, world-class educational opportunities, a large variety of accelerator programs to encourage the growth of start-ups, and their vibrant and diverse cultures which are the perfect draw card for creative types.

Soak up the European Summer

Experience the best that Europe has to offer with sunny weather, long days and a thriving nightlife. Each with a remarkable history and culture, visit some of the best attractions these cities are renowned for, including magnificent architecture, landmarks, monuments and museums. Take it all in as you escape the Australian winter and explore each city as a living, breathing “classroom”.


Here are some of the highlights you can expect throughout this unique travelling study program:

  • Visit dozens of locations in 3 countries
  • Learn in a truly engaging environment
  • English-speaking professors and support services staff
  • Connect your lectures with real-life experiences and learning
  • Visit real-life start-ups, incubators and accelerators in Europe’s largest entrepreneurial hubs
  • Experience the magnificent art, history, architecture and fascinating cultures that fill the streets of Barcelona, Berlin and London

Sample Itinerary

This program is largely travel based. The itinerary offers a blend of academic, social, cultural and recreational activities. The free time you have can be spent exploring your host city with other students.

Please do not make any travel or academic arrangements until you have received a confirmed itinerary from CISaustralia. This itinerary is subject to change.


First city – Barcelona

  • Day 1 – Arrival and Orientation
  • Day 2 – Classes: The New Economy: Business in the 21st Century, and Entrepreneur & Entrepreneurship; Cultural Activity: Guided tour of Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
  • Day 3 – Classes: Opportunity Recognition, and The Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Mind
  • Day 4 – Classes: The Individual Entrepreneur, Creativity and the Business Idea, Legal Issues for the Entrepreneur, and The Business Plan
  • Day 5 – Class: The Marketing Plan
  • Days 6 & 7 – Free weekend; Tickets to Sagrada Familia
  • Day 8 – Classes: The Organisational Plan, The Financial Plan, and Sources of Capital
  • Day 9 – Classes: Informal Risk Capital and Venture Capital, and Entrepreneurial Strategy: Generating and Exploiting New Entries

Second city – Berlin

  • Day 10 – Travel to Berlin; Field Trip: Incubator; Initial Business Group Outline Hand-In
  • Day 11 – Field Trip: Accelerator
  • Day 12 – Field Trip: Entrepreneurship Institutions; Personal Interviews
  • Day 13 – Field Trip: Guided tour of Berlin
  • Day 14 – Free day to explore & work on projects
  • Day 15 – Field Trip: Startup Company; Guided tour: Berlin from communism to capitalist city
  • Day 16 – Class: work on projects; Field Trip: Startup Company

Third city – London

  • Day 17 – Travel to London; Field Trip: Guided tour of the city of London
  • Day 18 – Class: work on projects; Hand-in Business Project Write-up
  • Day 19 – Business Project Presentations
  • Day 20 – Business Project Presentations
  • Day 21 – End of Program; Departure

Choose Your Course

This program is hosted by Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS).

2020 Course Offering:

  • IB 320: Start-Ups and the Emerging Economy: Creating Your Own Business

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

NOTE: Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand. 

Course Description:

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

The focus of this course is the study of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial start-up process. Areas of concentration include the search for new venture opportunities, evaluation of the viability and attractiveness of the new venture; determining the resources required and the sources of those resources; preparation of financial statements addressing cash flow, valuation and investment justifications; and the development of a business plan appropriate for presentation to funding sources.

The course is also designed to be an experiential learning experience. During the course, students will work in teams to to design and test a business venture of their choosing, by applying the concepts learnt in class and tackling the challenges they encounter. This course may appeal to business and non-business majors alike, as well as to individuals who want to launch their own business in the future, pursue employment in the start-up world, or work in venture capital or entrepreneurial support.


The program will allow students to visit various start-up incubators and accelerators across Barcelona, Berlin and London. There will also be a range of cultural visits which may vary from year to year.

There is an endless number of other activities students can explore on their own (at own expense), in each major city and surrounding areas:

Barcelona, Spain

  • Market tour
  • Traditional Spanish and Catalan Cooking Class
  • The Ramblas
  • Boqueria Market
  • Eixample
  • Montserrat

Berlin, Germany

  • Berlin Wall
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Reichstag Building
  • Museum Island
  • Alexanderplatz

London, England

  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
  • Buckingham Palace
  • British Museum
  • Tower of London
  • London Bridge
  • Piccadilly Circus



Barcelona is on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula (which includes Spain and Portugal) and on the shores of the stunning Mediterranean. With a population of 1.5 million, it is Spain’s second largest city and one of the central hubs for business in Europe. Barcelona is world class when it comes to culture, including art, cuisine and traditions unique to this wonderful city. From the Spanish tradition of tapas to frequent festivals, human pyramids called castellers, and a naturally healthy appetite for food, drink and social company, Barcelona pulsates with life. Simply strolling the city streets is an experience in itself, as architecture, layout, demographics and locales change from street-to-street. 


Berlin is the capital of Germany and its largest city with a population of 3.7 million. With a significant place in the start-up world, Berlin’s economy is largely based on technology firms which is where a great number of foreign investors contribute. This city is world-renowned for its education institutions, museums, festivals, creative arts and entertainment. Significantly impacted by Germany’s involvement in the second and first World Wars, the cityscape is bursting with a contrast of both modern and historic buildings and landmarks, emanating its deep history of war and peace.


London is the capital city of England in the United Kingdom. With an estimated 8.7 million residents, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the UK and the third most populous city in Europe. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans who named it Londinium. The London Underground (subway) makes navigating this big city easy and manageable. It is the oldest underground railway in the world, and combined with London’s train and bus systems, it makes everything accessible in minutes. It is the world’s leading investment destination, attracting entrepreneurs from all over the world.

The University

This CISaustralia summer program is a short course offered by Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), a truly international institution allowing students exposure to many different nationalities. 

SIS offers international students the incredible opportunity to vastly improve their Spanish language skills while earning college credit with courses in English, specifically designed for them. SIS is located in the heart of Barcelona, just minutes from Plaça Catalunya – the central transportation hub of the city. 

Barcelona SIS is a Spanish institution with U.S. accreditation through Jacksonville University (JU) in Florida. Academic credit is offered by JU as a School of Record (SOR). An SOR is a U.S. accredited institution of higher education that officially documents and awards credits for programs or institutions that are not accredited in the U.S., verifying appropriately all elements necessary for such official documentation.


During this program, you could stay in a combination of upscale hostels or aparthotels. All rooms are same gender, shared rooms – usually two students per room. You will share your room with other program participants. Accommodation will be located within easy access to public transportation, restaurants and shops.

Details will be provided as part of your final detailed itinerary closer to the program start date. Accommodation will vary according to availability in each city.

Program Fee & Dates

July 2020
Application Deadline10 April 2020
Arrival Date29 June 2020
Departure Date19 July 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,913


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Medical and accident insurance (if requested)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • On-site orientation
  • Accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels, or similar
  • 2 x group meals: welcome and farewell
  • Extracurricular social and cultural activities
  • Intra-European travel to each city during the program. NOTE: Transportation typically includes 1 piece of checked luggage. Excess baggage fees are not included.
  • 24/7 on-site and emergency support
  • Jacksonville University official transcript*
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

*Jacksonville University will provide an official transcript as the School of Record (SOR). An SOR is a U.S. accredited institution of higher education that officially documents and awards credits for programs or institutions that are not accredited in the U.S., verifying appropriately all elements necessary for such official documentation.

Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.

What is not included:

  • Flight to the program starting location
  • Return flight from the program ending location
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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