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  • Locations: Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 02/01/2024 03/01/2024 05/23/2024 06/01/2024
Program Description:

Communication in Portugal & Spain

Program leaders: Lindsey McCormick and Liesl Eberhardt


Program Information

Learn about intercultural leadership and communication while immersing yourself in the culture of Lisbon and Madrid!

Course and Credit Information

COMM4900/6250: Special topics: Leadership Communication Abroad: Intercultural to Interpersonal

Students can opt to participate in the program not for credit. Priority acceptance will be given to those students seeking credit.

Dates and Itinerary

The dates of the trip are May 23rd through June 1st, and a tentative itinerary can be found below.

May 23rd: Arrival, Madrid walking tour, and welcome dinner
May 24th: Breakfast at hotel, Business Visit 1, and Royal Palace visit
May 25th: Breakfast at hotel, Toledo day trip
May 26th: Breakfast at hotel, Prado museum, and Flamenco show
May 27th: Breakfast at hotel, flight to Lisbon, Lisbon walking tour, and local dinner
May 28th: Breakfast at hotel, Business Visit 2, Cooking class with dinner
May 29th: Breakfast at hotel, Torre de Belem, and Monastery of St. Jerome
May 30th: Breakfast at hotel, Sintra and Cascais Day Tour
May 31st: Breakfast at hotel, Free day in Lisbon
June 1st:  Breakfast, return to US

Cost and Payment Information

Estimated Total Program Cost: $4,470

The estimated total program cost breaks down as follows:

  • $150 International Affairs non-refundable Education Abroad registration fee (due December 1st, 2023)
  • $4,320 program fee (non-refundable payment due to WorldStrides)

Included in the program fee are the following items:​​

  • Hotel and ground transportation
  • Meals listed on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to most sites listed on the itinerary
  • Travel medical insurance
NOT included in the program cost are: 
  • UCCS tuition (if taken for credit)
  • Additional meals
  • Tipping and personal spending money
  • Round trip flight to Spain/Portugal (estimated at $1,200)
  • Travel/trip protection insurance

Participants will pay the program fee directly to WorldStrides online by January 1, 2024; please see their website for more information (payment link will become live by October 30, 2023).

**Please note that students seeking credit will be billed tuition on their UCCS account at their regular student rate for the term.**


All housing accommodations are in a hotel. The hotel offers internet access, double occupancy rooms, and dining facilities.

Passports and Immigration

All participants need to have a valid passport to participate in this program. The passport needs to be valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date to the US. Participants holding a U.S. Passport do not need a visa or additional permission for this program. Those who do not hold a U.S. Passport should check with the closest embassy or consulate for the country they hold their passport from for entry requirements.

Information on how to obtain a U.S. Passport can be found on our website.

Health and Safety

Health and safety are paramount to a successful experience studying abroad. We encourage students to research health and safety considerations of the destination they wish to travel to. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide up to date and comprehensive information about health and safety abroad. Please visit their websites to find more information.