International Business & Economics

Faculty-Led Program - Barcelona and Valencia

Week 1

  • Depart USA

    Fly to Dublin, Ireland

  • Arrive in Dublin Airport

    • Arrive in Dublin Airport
    • Meet with EZC Study Abroad Representative
    • Travel to Cork by Private Bus
    • Check in to Housing
    • Welcome Dinner in Cork

  • Exploring Barcelona

    • Arrival Orientation with EZC Study Abroad
    • Explore Barcelona through a guided tour.
      Stops will include the famous Gaudi architectural works, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, the Gothic district, and other sites that contribute to the unique culture of the city.
    • Lunch & Dinner

  • Guest Lecture

    • 2 Hour Class – Faculty Member
    • Visit the port of Barcelona
    • Guest lecture: The Barcelona Port – Role and Opportunity: The Barcelona port is more than just a docking for ships – it serves an important role in the local economy, providing wealth and new opportunities connecting local businesses to new markets.
    • Lunch & Dinner

  • Visit to Poblenou

    • Visit to Poblenou: Barcelona’s Silicon Valley
    • Lunch
    • Guest Lecture: International Business in the Mediterranean Area
    • Dinner - Enjoy a Typical Catalan

  • Visit to Valencia

    • A Private bus transfer to Valencia
    • Check in to housing
    • Walking tour to see the most famous sites of Valencia
    • Dinner - Paella cooking class and dinner

  • Visit to Small Local Business

    • A Visit a small local business owned and managed by an American expat and learn about cultural differences in the workplace and leadership in business
    • Free Afternoon
    • Lunch & Dinner

Week 2

  • Lectures

    • 2 Hour Guest Lecture
    • Lunch
    • 2 Hour Class - Faculty
    • Dinner

  • Blarney Castle Visit

    • 2 Hour Guest Lecture
    • Lunch
    • Blarney Castle Visit
    • Dinner

  • Back to Barcelona

    • Check out of housing in Valencia
    • Lunch
    • Private Bus Transfer to Barcelona
    • Free afternoon & evening

  • Visit to Freixenet

    • Visit to Freixenet: Discover the art of Cava Wine and lecture learn how a family business became an international brand
    • Lunch
    • 2 Hour Class - Faculty
    • Farewell Dinner

  • Return to USA

    • Private Transfer to Barcelona Airport
    • Depart for USA


  • Housing will be in 3* central hotels
  • Twin bedrooms with private bathrooms for the students
  • Single bedroom with private bathroom for faculty


  • For the most part students will walk around Cork and Dublin as well as other locations they will visit
  • Private transport will be arranged for airport transfers and day trips
  • Public transport may be used for shorter excursions such as Cobh and Blarney Castle


  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included
  • Breakfast may be at a café near to the housing or breakfast items may be delivered to the housing
  • Lunch will be a packed lunch provided by a local catering company or at a café/restaurant depending on the day’s schedule
  • Dinner will be a sit-down meal at a local restaurant

EZC Representative

  • An EZC representative will be assigned to your group and will accompany you on excursions, day trips, guest lectures etc throughout your program
  • You will be provided with a 24 hour Emergency Contact phone number to reach EZC at any time during your stay


  • Classroom space is available with a projector and a flipchart
  • Weather permitting classes can also be held in local parks and green spaces
  • Guest lectures may take place on-site at companies and site visit locations

Program Description

(Day 3) Excursion – Guided Tour of Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia, is the most popular and the most iconic structure in Barcelona. A UNESCO World Heritage site and Antoni Gaudi’s modernist
masterpiece. Construction has been ongoing for more than 135 years, and the surreal structure, with its rainbow-hued stained-glass windows, is slated
for completion in 2026. Even in its unfinished state, it remains an absolute must-see for every visitor to the Catalan capital.

Park Güell: Along with the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell is one of the seven Works of Antoni Gaudi buildings that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Art Nouveau wonderland adorns many a postcard of the city. Antoni Gaudi spent 15
years designing and building Park Guell with its fountains, mosaic benches, pedestrian walkways, and gingerbread house-like.

Gothic Quarter Immerse yourself in the atmospheric streets of Barcelona’s beautiful Gothic Quarter, exploring the incredible architecture, bustling bars, trend-setting boutiques and mouth-watering tapas bars that give this famous
neighborhood its unique charm. Walking through its streets you’ll have the chance to see the medieval Placa del Rei (Royal Palace), the Temple
d’August and the city’s Roman remnants and the Palatine chapel of Santa Agata.

(Day 6) Excursion – Walking Tour of Valencia

Catedral de Valencia: Built on an ancient Roman temple that was later a mosque, the Cathedral of Valencia is a Gothic-style building, although it preserves many elements from different periods, from Romanesque to Baroque eras. The Cathedral
shows both history and art, and is dedicated since the era of Jaume I to the Assumption of Santa Maria. Its walls and doors also protect valuable treasures:
the Holy Chalice is kept in the Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum is the home to pieces by Maella or Goya. And if you enjoy panoramic views, there is nothing better than climbing the Miguelete tower. You will need to climb 207 steps, but the effort is worth it, since you will get the best panoramic views of the city.

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