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Business Abroad: Portugal

Experience the economy and culture of Portugal! Join Dr. Rick McGrath on an 8-day intensive immersion to Europe’s latest hot spot while exploring the business and economic practices that have propelled Portugal forward. Learn about the challenges and successes the country faces as it continues to innovate and grow its fascinating economic mix of tourism, industry and technological innovation.

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Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Courses Titles and Credits:
Students have the opportunity to earn course credit and must be enrolled in 3 credit hours to participate in this program. Students may choose from either of the following:
Undergraduates: BUSA 3083 – Business Abroad: Portugal
Undergraduate BBA students may use this course as a substitute for their BUSA 4131 requirement.

Undergraduate students should have a declared business major and at least 45 credit hours at the time of application, with a 2.5 GPA, and no active disciplinary record with the institution. All students must be fully admitted to the institution and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.

Dates of Program:
Travel: May 15 – May 23, 2020
Students will enroll for credit in the Summer 2020 term and will be required to attend pre-departure course meetings in the Spring 2020 term.

Students should plan to depart the U.S. on May 15 to arrive to Lisbon, Portugal on May 16. They should plan to depart from Lisbon on May 23.

Program Cost:
Includes: All regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; breakfast everyday; welcome and farewell dinners; tour and entrance expenses; local metro pass; baking class; guest lectures; site visits to local businesses; insurance coverage; Business Abroad polo shirt.

Additional Costs: Tuition & fees for 3 credit hours of course enrollment, round-trip airfare to Portugal and additional meals/personal expenses not included in the program cost.

About the Location:
Students will experience and learn to navigate concepts about issues critical to successful business practices in the globalized economic environment.

Unlike its fellow EU states, the Portuguese government pursued anti-austerity measures in the face of economic and financial crisis and is experiencing a revival. Since 2014, the Portuguese economy is marked by steady continuous expansion with low unemployment, low rates of inflation and a reduction in the government budget deficit. Lisbon is attracting major multinational companies to relocate their headquarters, and the country has increased its economic competitiveness ranking by nearly 20 positions by increasing the weight of its tertiary-sector economy and emphasizing its natural resources in the production of renewable energy sources. Utilizing both local and international companies, students will gain first-hand and comparative perspectives on the challenges faced by operating businesses in an international setting.

Highlights of the Program:

– 8-day stay in Lisbon
– Course can be applied toward all degrees in the Parker College
– Lodging at 3-star hotel in central Lisbon
– Unlimited city metro pass and tour of city
– Welcome and farewell dinners
– Traditional Fado show
– Baking class
– Vineyard tour
– Visits with corporate professionals at local and multinational companies

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $500.00 deposit payment: Due February 15, 2020
1st Program Payment of $1,193.25: Due March 1, 2020
2nd Program Payment of $1,193.25 and Insurance of $12.50: Due April 1, 2020

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad Parker College of Business Portugal Marketplace webpage.

Space availability is first-come, first-served. A completed application and deposit must be submitted prior to being formally accepted to the program.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all payments are non-refundable.


Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Danielle L. Smith, Director of Experiential Learning & Student Engagement ( or
Dr. Rick McGrath, Professor of Economics (

Last updated: 2/25/2020