Students working on their project

Dates

July 2 – August 6, 2016*
Students depart from the U.S. on July 1, 2016

Price

Program Fee: $5,500

*Dates and prices subject to change

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support
  • Online orientation
  • Personal assistance
  • Flight recommendations
  • Parental communication
  • Personality assessment
  • StrengthsFinder assessment
  • Housing
  • Welcome and farewell group dinners
  • All professional experienceship-related activities
  • Overnight excursion during first weekend of program
  • Weekly community club meetings
  • Program Director concierge service
  • International medical insurance
  • Group transfers to/from airport
  • Emergency assistance
  • Resume assistance
  • References for internships, jobs and positions on campus
  • LinkedIn networking group
  • Atlanta networking group

Want to learn more about PRO?

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The PRO Difference

Professional experience + study abroad support + no business experience required = PRO

PRO Barcelona is the perfect combination of work experience, practical professional skills and travel adventures. Through our innovative model of professional mentorship and personal support, your experience-ship in Spain will build your resume and make you stand out from the crowd of job applicants. This 5-week experience will help you build confidence, increase problem-solving skills and grow your personal initiative. Here’s how…

First, our orientation will help you understand your personality, tendencies and strengths. Next, we get rid of the mundane photocopying, coffee making and general office duties normally assigned to interns and replace them with client project work. Whether you are working on a customer analysis, a marketing plan or a launch strategy, you will walk away with tangible experience and value for your resume. Finally, the PRO structure is divided evenly between professional learning and real-world projects, all of which is led by career mentors and small business owners.

In addition to the professional experience, you will also have all of the support of a study abroad program. With full-time staff and professors on the ground, we are there to support you 24/7 whether your luggage is lost or you are looking for a great restaurant recommendation. You will stay in the same accommodation as LeadAbroad’s GO Barcelona students so you have a built-in community of incredible college students from all over the US.

PRO Barcelona combines the best aspects of real-world business experience, applicable training and the support of study abroad. Spots are extremely limited so start on your application today!

How to Apply

There are 3 quick steps to complete your application…

1. Complete the online application here.
2. Send a resume to [email protected]
3. Submit your $500 deposit here. The $500 goes towards the total $5500 program fee. 

“LeadAbroad was exactly what I was looking for in an international experience and more. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to connect with and the program allowed students to either be completely independent on the weekends or to have a little more structure with their trips. Europe has so many is an incredible places and seeing it this way is an irreplaceable experience.”

-Megan Mallonee, University of North Carolina

“LeadAbroad was exactly what I was looking for in an international experience and more. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to connect with and the program allowed students to either be completely independent on the weekends or to have a little more structure with their trips. Europe has so many is an incredible places and seeing it this way is an irreplaceable experience.”

-Megan Mallonee, University of North Carolina

Benefits

  • Develop professional and personal skills vital to getting your first job and excelling in your career no matter what your major is
  • Build confidence and increase problem solving skills by creating a new business idea and learning the steps required to bring the idea to market
  • Differentiate yourself from your peers and improve your individual brand
  • Gain great experience that will help you show tangible results and learning in future interviews
  • No previous business experience or business courses required
  • Engage in hands-on, result-driven projects with small businesses
  • Build your resume while learning applicable professional skills
  • Work and learn in teams in innovative co-working spaces alongside Barcelona’s entrepreneurs and trendsetters
  • Pitch your final project to your clients during the last week of the program
  • Pre-departure planning, support and group flight options from the LeadAbroad team
  • Program Director available 24/7 to assist with activities, health and safety
  • Work during the week (9:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday – Thursday) and travel on the long weekends with both GO and PRO students
  • Make friends by joining the included cultural, social and personal development opportunities such as a weekend excursion to Valencia, weekly community club and welcome and final dinners
  • Get to know professional mentors who lead the program daily and ensure students are learning the core concepts
  • Work closely with your trainer, fellow PRO students and Barcelona start-ups
  • Learn about yourself, your vision and your values through our weekly Community Club meetings

Ready to apply?

Start your application now to get one of the limited 2016 spots!

Experienceship Details

During the 5 weeks of PRO Barcelona, you will split your time between the PRO Barcelona curriculum and your project for a real startup-company. You will meet at one of Barcelona’s premier coworking spaces everyday, Monday – Thursday, and enjoy 3-day weekends to explore the city, Spain or the rest of Europe.

During the morning, you will work with the PRO Barcelona trainers and your fellow students to explore the fundamentals of starting a business, problem solving and testing a business model. You will be exploring creative ways to meet the needs of a unique market, testing potential solutions and discussing the pros and cons of various business models. In the afternoons, you will work in small groups to tackle the project that your start-up company has given you.  It will be challenging and incredibly rewarding to work as a team to deliver value in this energetic environment.

Accommodation

While in Barcelona, you will stay in comfortable dorm-style housing just off of las Ramblas which is the heartbeat of the city. Situated near the El Raval neighborhood, the area is one of the coolest places to grab a bite or go shopping in the city. You can easily walk to the sights of las Ramblas or to the marina district. If you are exploring another part of town, it’s easy to catch the metro at Drassanes or Parallel. You will stay in double or triple rooms with additional living space and a shared kitchen. PRO Barcelona accommodations are located in a safe neighborhood and have security and wireless internet to make it easy to stay in touch with family and friends at home. We know you need catch up on those snaps!

Accommodation

While in Barcelona, you will stay in comfortable dorm-style housing just off of las Ramblas which is the heartbeat of the city. Situated near the El Raval neighborhood, the area is one of the coolest places to grab a bite or go shopping in the city. You can easily walk to the sights of las Ramblas or to the marina district. If you are exploring another part of town, it’s easy to catch the metro at Drassanes or Parallel. You will stay in double or triple rooms with additional living space and a shared kitchen. PRO Barcelona accommodations are located in a safe neighborhood and have security and wireless internet to make it easy to stay in touch with family and friends at home. We know you need catch up on those snaps!

Engagement

Our engagement model is the secret sauce that makes PRO different from other professional programs abroad. The PRO team consists of a residential director, program staff and peer leaders who will support you during every aspect of your international experience. We do not simply arrange your housing and activities; instead, the PRO Barcelona team will focus on your professional, personal and cultural engagement to help you have the best experience possible.

Standing by the lizard at Parque Guell

Professional engagement begins with your experienceship: real-world projects with mentors from start-ups and small business owners. With a projected cohort of 20 students, you will have an opportunity to know the staff and your fellow students as you build your professional skills and engage in the Spanish culture.

Personal engagement is created during our weekly community club meetings. These optional gatherings encourage you to pause and reflect on all that you are experiencing abroad. Each week will have a unique focus ranging from your personal strengths to your vision and values. Through intentional conversations, these meetings can provide a renewed sense of purpose and direction for your life while also helping you get to know your fellow students.

Cultural engagement is derived from the plethora of cultural activities that the PRO staff will plan as well as the daily life you will experience in Spain. There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore Barcelona and the surrounding area including visiting the monastery at Monserrat, hiking Mt. Tibidabo or learning how to make authentic paella. Our residence director and peer interns search for all of the most authentic cultural events and make them accessible to our students. Or, if there is something that you want to do, let us know and we will help you accomplish it.

“This program provided a great balance of experience and time to explore the city. I learned so much about myself and others and what I want to do in the future.”

– Josh Casarona, Auburn University

“This program provided a great balance of experience and time to explore the city. I learned so much about myself and others and what I want to do in the future.”

– Josh Casarona, Auburn University

Flights

There are two ways to book your travel to Barcelona. First, you can reserve a seat on our group flight. This is a great way to get to know your fellow LeadAbroad travelers from the moment you depart the US. Traveling thousands of miles away from home is new and exciting, so having familiar faces all around you makes the experience unforgettable.  Group flight details will be made available once you are accepted to the program.  If the flight is departing from a location other than your hometown, you will need to book your connecting flight independently to meet up with the group flight with a minimum 4-hour layover to connect.  No need for any stress on the way to Spain!

Barcelona

You can also choose to book your flight on your own. We will provide a time window when you should arrive at the airport in Barcelona.  If you arrive within the designated timeframe, LeadAbroad staff will be at the airport to greet you with huge posters and even bigger smiles.

If you are traveling in Europe prior to the program, you can also meet us at the dorms to check in with the rest of the group!

Health & Safety

Your safety is our number one priority on all programs. With a triad staffing model including LeadAbroad residential directors, interns and PRO staff, we have one of the lowest student:staff ratios of any professional program abroad. We execute safety procedures in Barcelona including assessment, education, security measures, ongoing monitoring and emergency response protocol. The LeadAbroad Policies, Terms & Conditions document outlines these policies in detail.

Barcelona sunset

We want every student to remain healthy on the program to ensure they enjoy their time in Spain. Though we are prepared to handle inevitable health issues, we certainly do not want you to miss out on the adventures and fun. Therefore, we combine pre-departure preparation with on the ground strategies to ensure our students are healthy and happy.

Prior to departure, every student will complete a detailed health questionnaire. We encourage you to visit your doctor and dentist to ensure that you are up to date on all vaccinations and have complete supply of prescriptions. We also include international medical insurance through TW Lord & Associates for all LeadAbroad students. It is important to note that this is different than trip protection or travel insurance. We will provide many more details on health and safety information in the student login after you are accepted.