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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
Faculty-led programs

Sports Management and Law in Lisbon and Bilbao | Faculty-led Program

This program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications.

Students who participate in the Sports Management and Law in Lisbon and Bilbao 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 on the ground out of the US.

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 navigate public transportation.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least July 13, 2020. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport if you hope to participate in this program. 

January 2-12, 2020

  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Bilbao, Spain
BUSA 377 (3 credits) 

  • 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.
  • Range from $5,000 - $5,800 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.
  • The BUSA department values and supports students who desire to have an international study abroad experience related to their major. As such, the BUSA department graciously offers a scholarship in the amount of 10% of the total cost of the program up to $500 for all College of Business students who participate in this program. 
  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION OPPORTUNITIES: Students applying for this faculty-led program are eligible to apply for two faculty-led program scholarships to help offset program costs. The scholarship applications are linked below. Scholarship applications are due October 1, 2019 and recipients will be notified in mid-November. In addition to these two Winona State scholarships, there are other opportunities out there. See the Funding and Scholarships page more information and advice on how to pay for this experience.
Dr. Jason Kight ( 

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • Application Deadlines
    • Students will be accepted on a rolling basis upon completion of application.
    • May 3, 2019 at 4pm: Priority deadline. Priority will be given to students who have complete applications and paid the $500 confirmation deposit. 
    • September 20, 2019 at 4pm: Final application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Any application that remains incomplete will be withdrawn after this deadline.
  • October 4, 2019: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance must be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • December 12, 2019: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have spring semester financial aid/private loans to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of December 12. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.