Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Spain

Type of Travel: 
Departure Date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Monday, March 25, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

The course objective is to enhance students' understanding of production and competition in agricultural world markets.  Students will analyze production agriculture (a typical farm or ranch), business and trade in Spain and compare them with respect to the U.S. Pre-departure orientation will familiarize students with the history culture, politics, geography, soils, agriculture, economy and trade of Spain.

See program brochure here

Course Credits
3 credits total (1-2 credits in AGRON 496 + 1-2 credits in ECON 496 to total 3 credits)
Prerequisite: 3 credits in agronomy and/or 3 credits in economics.

Criteria For Selection
Responses to essay questions and other information provided in the application.
If there are more than 25 applicants, preference will be given to majors in Agronomy, Ag Business, Economics, and Business Economics.

Program Fee
$3,154.40 (includes roundtrip air ticket, in-country transportation, housing, entrance fees, excursions, some meals, roundtrip airport transportation in the U.S., CISI required insurance)

Other Fees
$105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center
ISU Tuition and Fees

Out of Pocket Personal Cost
$145 passport*
$150 meals on your own
$150 Incidentals (based on personal spending habits)
Immunizations/vaccinations (varies by insurance provider)

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

If you are an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, you can apply for a CALS study abroad scholarship. Spring scholarship deadline is November 1.  Information about the scholarship can be found in learning content of the application.

Other Scholarship Resources
Office Of Students Financial Aid
How Do I Afford Study Abroad
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Tentative Travel Itinerary

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Afternoon departure from Ames for Des Moines Airport

Friday, March 15, 2019
Morning:  Arrive at Madrid
Afternoon:  US Embassy in Madrid

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Guided tour of Madrid
Visit museums, Royal Palace/important sites in Madrid

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Morning:  Free time to explore Madrid.
Afternoon:  Take fast train from Madrid to Lleida
Monday, March 18, 2019
Morning:  ETSEA campus. Presentations by ETSEA professors; RAIMAT winery
Afternoon:  Guided tour of dry and irrigated fields en route to Gimenells (apples, peaches, nectarines, corn, alfalfa)
Free afternoon in Lleida for shopping or sightseeing, etc.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Morning:  Corporación Alimentària Guissona: Agricultural and Animal Production Cooperative
Afternoon:  Swine manure dehydrating plant in Juneda; swine farm Entre Arbeca

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Morning:  Fish farming center South of Tarragona; Citrus orchards
Afternoon:  Olive growing area Mas de Barberans

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Morning:  Batlle Seed company in Bell-Lloch; Borges olive oil company in Tàrrega
Afternoon:  Annual Spring agricultural/farm machinery fair in Mollerussa; swine market at Lleida

Friday, March 22, 2019
Morning:  Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet (Place where the Catalan Kings are buried); Medieval town of Montblanch.
Afternoon:  Guided Visit to Roman amphitheater and other Roman ruins in Tarragona.  Arrive at Barcelona

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Guided city tour of Barcelona (Sagrada Familia, other Gaudi Buildings, Olympic Village, etc.)

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Free time to explore Barcelona

Monday, March 25, 2019
Morning departure for Des Moines 
Afternoon arrival in Ames