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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Washington, DC, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring Short Term
  • Cost Estimate: Spring Short Term
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

UPDATED - Spain: Innovation and Technology in Barcelona


Important: Program Changes due to COVID-19

As a result of the University's decision to restrict nonessential travel due to COVID-19, the international mobility of this program has been cancelled. Although travel will not occur, the academic course will continue for the Spring 2020 term. G&EE and our faculty directors are working closely together to make alternative arrangements for academic continuity. Students enrolled in the course will be updated by their faculty director.

We realize this will be a disappointment and want to assure everyone that student health and safety is the university’s top priority in making this difficult decision. With this in mind we encourage all students, faculty and staff to keep current through the GW COVID resource page.

Is this program for me?

We are constantly being told that the 21st century is the age of "global innovation" but, what does it mean? Leading away from the academic discourse, GE's global development of wind turbines is a good example: the design and integration was done in New York, the microprocessor to control the pitch of the blades was designed in Shanghai, Bangalore was responsible for mathematical models to maximize materials efficiency, while a team in Munich designed a system to deliver optimal blade pitch to produce maximum electricity. 

The increasing diversity and dispersion of knowledge, the growth of new markets, and the emergence of new competitors require a different way how firms innovate. They need to transform themselves into global innovators. Technology plays a critical role in this innovation – both development and growth of organizations.

This course provides a holistic framework to approach the global innovation challenge, going from the most strategic aspects involved in the design of a global innovative perspective to the most managerial ones implicit in managing global innovation projects. Real-world examples and experiences of start-ups will help us to pursue such objectives.

Course Objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Understand the challenge of global innovation
  • Know how to design a global innovative strategy and implement it through processes and new capabilities
  • Know how to build an innovation network and how to access new knowledge globally
  • Know strategies and tactics for managing global projects from inception to delivery, including through collaboration with external partners


This program is open to graduate students and qualified undergraduate students. Eligible students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above) at the time of application deadline.


Academic Credit

3 credits are awarded for successful completion of ISTM 6297. 

This program fulfills general elective credit for Master's and MBA programs. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor. 

Undergraduate applicants should consult with their advisors to see if this course will fulfill degree requirements; otherwise this course may serve as an unrestricted elective.
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Application Deadline:
Friday, September 20, 2019

On-Campus Dates*:

Friday, January 10, 2020 6:00 – 8:00pm (this is an informal meeting)
Friday, February 7, 2020 6:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, February 21, 2020 6:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, February 28, 2020 6:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, April 3, 2020 6:00 – 8:00pm - Online 
*Online option available. Faculty will make arrangements with accepted online students to join the on-campus sessions virtually

Overseas Dates: 
March 14 - 21, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 university response, all travel was cancelled and courses were moved online for continuity. 
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GW Professor

Dr. Mary Granger ( - Professor Emerita of Information Systems & Technology Management

Cost Estimate

For this program students will be charged GW tuition for 3 credits as well as a program fee. Click HERE for cost estimate.

Please note that application decisions will be shared with students on October 2nd. Those applicants who are admitted to their program of choice will be required to make a $500 deposit within 5 business days of decision date. If a deposit is not received within 5 business days, students will forfeit their spot on the program.

Scholarships are available to GW School of Business graduate students. For more details on eligibility requirements, click HERE. 5 regular scholarships in the amount of $1,250 and 1 blog scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded in each term (winter and spring).

Information Session

Tuesday September 10th, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Duques 151
Reception to follow 

View a recording of the Information Session HERE.

Additional Information

Itinerary:  DRAFT Itinerary STAP Spain 2020
Syllabus:  DRAFT Syllabus STAP Spain 2020
Article by George Chilton: “Barcelona isn’t the new Silicon Valley – and that’s a good thing
Video by STAP Barcelona, Spring 2017 Video


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

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.3681 or with questions.

Helpful Links

Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate)
Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad
Non-Participant Accompaniment
Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad
Global and Experiential Education Scholarships