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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Area of Study: Business Administration Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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Sports Management and Law in Portugal and Spain | Faculty-led Program

The most recent Sports Management and Law in Portugal and Spain faculty-led program took place in January 2020.
This faculty-led program may be offered again in December 2023-January 2024.

Students who participate in the Sports Management and Law in Portugal and Spain faculty-led program will examine the legal, financial, moral, and policy issues and disputes that arise in the world of amateur and professional sports. Assignments cover some of the most current and comprehensive legal developments affecting high school, college, Olympic, professional and international sports. We will discuss new landmark judicial decisions, as well as, significant NCAA infractions cases and Olympic sports arbitration awards. Students are also provided an opportunity to debate complex issues related to the application of antitrust, labor, and intellectual property law to sports. We will approach the issues from the perspective of various players in the sports industry, such as the sports lawyer, corporate counselor, university administrator, team manager, various sports regulatory bodies, and, of course, the athletes and fans. Students will have multiple opportunities to meet both domestic and international sports clubs (teams) and they will be able to compare and contrast not only their talent, but also the way the clubs are managed (functionally and as a business). Several visits are being planned with athletic teams in both Minnesota (prior to departure) and teams while abroad.

Students will be expected to actively participate in course activities that will require, but not be limited to: walking moderate distances, carrying their own luggage while navigating an urban environment, enduring moderate temperatures, and navigating public transportation.

PLEASE NOTE: A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.

10-13 days in December-January

  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Bilbao, Spain
  • BUSA 377 (3 credits) - spring semester course
  • Students have the option with the approval of Dr. Kight to enroll in a 3-credit independent study in addition to take the BUSA 377 course. For more information about this option, please contact Dr. Kight at
  • Business Administration majors
  • Business Law minors
  • BUSA 291 - Legal Environment of Business. To understand the complexity of Sports Law a basic knowledge of legal concepts is required.
  • Admittance to the College of Business is not a prerequisite, but preference will be given to upper-class students and College of Business majors.
  • The typical cost range for this program is between $5,000 - $5,900 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for 3 credit BUSA 377 course, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational activities, international health insurance for the duration of the program, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are granted permission to enroll in the 3-credit independent study course, your total cost may be higher than the range above to take into consideration the cost of tuition and fees for the additional 3 credits for the independent study. 
Dr. Jason Kight ( 

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.