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Business Abroad: Portugal

Experience the economy and culture of Portugal! Join Jason Beck, Ph.D., 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: September 15, 2021

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

Undergraduate students should have junior status by the start of the Fall 2021 term and a declared business major, 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.

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

Dates of Program:
Travel: December 11 – December 19, 2021
Students will enroll for credit in the Fall 2021 Term B semester and will be required to attend pre-departure course meetings during October and November.

Students should plan to depart the U.S. on December 11 to arrive to Lisbon, Portugal on December 12. They should plan to depart from Lisbon on December 19.

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; cooking 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
– Cooking class
– Vineyard tour
– Visits with corporate professionals at local and multinational companies

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $500.00 deposit payment: Due September 15, 2021
1st Program Payment of $1,193.25: Due October 1, 2021
2nd Program Payment of $1,193.25 and Insurance of $12.50: Due November 1, 2021

All applications and payments should be submitted through the Business Abroad: Portugal global portal webpage.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all payments are non-refundable.
*Please note: the Parker College is anticipating that restrictions on international travel will be reduced by the intended date of this program. Should the program be cancelled due to COVID-related restrictions, students will have their money refunded.


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

Last updated: 4/7/2021