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Spain: Social & Environmental Considerations for Tourism Development in the Basque Country
Bilbao, Spain
Program Terms: Summer
Cost Estimate Summer
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Minimum GPA: 3
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Graduate Open to non-GW students: Yes
Program Description:

Social and Environmental Considerations for Tourism Development in the Basque Country


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Since 2000, this exciting course has given students the opportunity to focus on the real-life application of tourism in an emerging destination. This summer we will focus on the Basque Country of Spain, specifically looking at their cultural and natural resources and how the region can maximize its tourism potential. We will be based in the city of Bilboa where we will work with local tourism officials as well as a local university on this interesting, real-life consulting project.

The student teams conduct thorough background research (3-4 weeks before the practicum), prepare an inception report, conduct fieldwork and prepare a set of strategic recommendations. In the weeks preceding the fieldwork, GWU students cooperate with the students from the local university/school via the GWU online learning platform and other virtual communication tools.

Based on the specific scope of the assignment during the two-week fieldwork period the teams conduct relevant interviews, site visits, assessment of existing and potential tourist attractions, tourist facilities, etc. At the end of the practicum the teams present a set of recommendations and actions and produce a detailed consultant report.

Quote from a previous student: “The tourism practicum is an opportunity to work as a consultant and project manager for a real world international client…your knowledge and teamwork skills are stretched to the limit, resulting in the most intensive learning environment you ever have as a graduate student.” –Robert Costino, MBA Graduate

Academic Credit

6 credits are awarded for successful completion of the TSTD 6214 and TSTD 6282 course series.


Application Deadline:

March 2, 2014
Graduate students must also arrange a short personal interview Dr. Kristin Lamoureux.

On campus Dates

May 20, 2014 – July 3, 2014
Tuesday and Thursday 6:10-9pm

Overseas Dates:

June 16, 2014 – June 28, 2014


Graduate students only


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Information Session

Thursday, January 16, 2014
12pm - 1pm
Funger Hall room 620 

Thursday, January 30, 2014
5pm - 6pm
Funger Hall, room 520

GW Professor

Kristin Lamoureux,, Assistant Research Professor of Business and Tourism Management


This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.1212 or with questions. 

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