Pitch Night

Dates

June 30 – July 28, 2018*

Students depart from the U.S. on June 29, 2018

Price

2018 prices to be announced soon

2017 prices were: Program Fee: $5,500
Tuition Fee for optional course credit: $1,600

*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
  • 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

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 experienceship in Spain will build your resume and make you stand out from the crowd of job applicants. This 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 and coffee making normally assigned to interns and replace them with client project work. That’s why its called an experienceship – it is focused on a collection of valuable experiences that apply to the real world from handling client meetings to navigating group dynamics to presenting in front of an audience. No matter what project you deliver, you will walk away with great stories for interviews, a huge resume boost and a tangible project to share.

Finally, through daily lessons and activities, you will get the opportunity to breathe life into your own business idea. During the first weeks of the program, we will work as a group to create hundreds of viable ideas and then pick the best to pursue. Don’t worry if you don’t have a million dollar idea in mind – the best part is learning how to see opportunities in your everyday life. The PRO trainers will challenge you to prepare for obstacles and create a solid business plan that you can legitimately launch one day. And we will wrap up with a ‘Shark Tank’ style pitch night were you all present your ideas to a panel of local business people and entrepreneurs!

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 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 info@leadabroad.com
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

Optional Course Credit

For summer 2017, you will have the option to earn three hours of course credit while participating in the PRO curriculum! The tentative syllabus can be found online here.

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 and explore Barcelona and other parts of Spain with weekend daytrips
  • Make friends by joining the included cultural, social and personal development opportunities like 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 2017 spots!

Experienceship Details

During 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 but you won’t be stuck inside 4 walls. You will get out and explore the city through challenges and scavenger hunts. You will also interview colleagues and business owners as you do research for your client project.

Each 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 housing near Las Ramblas, the heartbeat of the city. We will take care of all housing details for you so you do not need to worry about hostels or Airbnbs while you are getting ready to go! 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 housing near Las Ramblas, the heartbeat of the city. We will take care of all housing details for you so you do not need to worry about hostels or Airbnbs while you are getting ready to go! 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.