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Fresno State Transportation Institute

Transportation Business & Management
Summer 2024 Study Abroad in Spain

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Explore the World, Expand Your Horizons: Study Abroad in Santander, Spain!

This two-course program will provide students with international perspectives and pratical tools focusing on Transportation Business and Management.

One of the courses focuses on building a business plan for an entrepreneur or firm interested in the development of a new product or service in the transportation business. A key element of the course is a project; students build a detailed plan to solve transportation-related problems, whether old or new. This may include analysis of problems of product or service design; development of structure, promotion, inter-organization cooperation and control in international marketing. Special emphasis on the importance of innovation and creativity for customer satisfaction.

The other course focuses on the essentials of capital budgeting and financing in the construction business and how to track and interpret the financial performance of a construction project throughout its life cycle. The course also provides the context in which the design and construction of transportation projects are developed, including the project life cycle, key participants, project delivery systems, and procurement methods.

Students will have first-hand experience learning about, seeing, using, and understanding the european transportation paradigm and how different it is from the American model. Students will enjoy field visits to the different transportation facilities in Santander, Spain including the port, transit systems, active transportation modes, and airport. Students will also meet and engage with local transportation buisnness owners and professionals. In addition, students would enjoy the rich culture, vibrant atmosphere, beautiful nature, and the warm summer waters of the region. 

This program will take students to Santander, Spain, for two weeks in June 2024. This program is open to upper-division students in the colleges of Engineering and Business. Also, upper-division students in other departments across campus upon approval of their advisors. 


Early registration is strongly encouraged. 

  • Participants in this program must have a valid passport that expires no sooner than 6 months after the return date of your program.
  • Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to the instructor, so the corresponding accommodations can be made.  
  • All participants in this program must register for credit, including non-matriculated individuals.


Information Sessions

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Date Time Location
11/16/2023 2:00 PM

Hyflex : Engineering West 101 and Zoom (Link Below)

11/29/2023 10:00 AM Zoom (Link Below)
12/07/2023 5:30 PM Zoom (Link Below)



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Program Dates:

Fresno: May 27, 2024 – June 5, 2024
Santander, Spain: June 8, 2024 – June 22, 2024


Program Price:

$5,046 (For matriculated students)
$6,896 (For non-matriculated students)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Program price subject to change



1. Transportation Business:

     ENGR 191T or MKTG 189T (3 units)

2. Transportation Projects: Management and Contracting Strategies

     ENGR 191T or BA 189T (3 units)

Credit: 6 units

  • Students must enroll in both courses
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

Program Leaders

Program Leaders Phone# Department Email
Dr. Aly Tawfik 559.278.8791 Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering
Lyles College of Engineering 
Dr. Samer Sarofim 559.278.2915 Marketing and Logistics Department
​​​​​​​Craig School of Business 
Dr. Maria Calahorra Jimenez 559.278.8747 Department of Construction Management
Lyles College of Engineering  
Dr. Harry Xia 559.278.4981 Finance and Business Law Department
Craig School of Business 

Participants in this program must have a valid passport that expires no sooner than 6 months after the return date of your program. Those needing a U.S. Passport can apply in the Passport Place Office, located in the Kremen Education Building, Room 140.

Routine service for first-time applicants (ages 16 and over) takes up to 14 weeks from the form DS11 submission date.

Expedited services for first-time applicants (ages 16 and over) take up to 10 weeks from the form DS11 submission date. There is an additional fee for this service.

For more details on passport information or to schedule an appointment, visit the Passport Place at Fresno State.

The program price includes:

  • Tuition fees for 6 units of coursework payable to the Division of Continuing and Global Education
  • Round-trip airfare from San Francisco, CA to Santander, Spain
  • Travel Insurance
  • 13 nights of hotel accommodations in twin rooms, hotel tax and service changes, and wireless internet
  • Field trips, cultural site visits, and tours outlined in the itinerary 
    Some meals
  • Local transportation
  • Tour guide and field specialist
  • Emergency support
  • Intra-program coach transportation
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Transportation to and from Fresno to San Francisco airport
  • Passport fees
  • Additional tours, excursions, and incidentals
  • Some meals
  • Personal needs such as laundry, beverages, and entertainment
  • Luggage overage fees
  • Oversees mobile phone data plan
  • Vaccinations and immunizations required for travel

Important Dates

Dates of Study Abroad Periods Description
February 28, 2024 Payment of $1,000 is due through the Study Abroad portal. Last day for students to request a refund. Refund requests must be made before 4:30 pm.
March 20, 2024 Payment of $1,003 due through Study Abroad portal.
April 3, 2024 Tuition and registration fees of $2,040 due through PeopleSoft.
April 23, 2024 Payment of $1,003 is due through Study Abroad portal. Those participants who do not qualify for a travel grant will have to pay $2,853
June 8, 2024 Group departs for Santander, Spain from San Francisco airport. Students are responsible for getting to the San Francisco airport on their own at least 3 hours before flight departure time.
June 22, 2024 Group travels back to San Francisco from Santander, Spain.


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