Field Trips and Technical Visits
Spanish Food Culture:
Mediterranean Diet & the Agrifood Industry
June-July 2019

What makes this summer program unique?

Much more than
an academic program

Learn from the experts all about the value chain for Mediterranean products.

International
experience

Join students from all over the world and build strong networking connections.

Leading
agribusiness sector

Discover Spain's dynamic food industry through its wines, olive oil, seafood, fruit & vegetables and gastronomy.

Hands-on
experience

Come out of the classroom and be part of your learning journey.

Spanish language
and culture

Enjoy daily language classes and gain insight into Spain’s culture and customs through its gastronomy.

Optional 4-week
internship program

Gain international work experience and apply what you have learnt during the program.

Your learning journey begins here!

Take a look at the video, calendar and program for MABS19

Enjoy a summer in Spain studying agribusiness, learning Spanish and embracing the Mediterranean Diet and culture

Academic Program

Academic Program

Comprehensive program and highly experienced speakers.
Case studies on the main Mediterranean products.
In-company complementary seminars.
Classes in English and/or with simultaneous interpreting.
Practical sessions.
Showcooking.
Tasting sessions (wine, ham, olive oil, beer, cheese, etc).

Field Trips and Technical Visits

Field Trips and Technical Visits

La Rioja winery
Weekend trip to the Pyrenean mountains
Mussel farms in the Mediterranean
Somontano County and World Heritage Site Alquezar
Oil mill and olive groves
Almond grove
Artisanal and industrial breweries
Organic bakery
Fruit processing industries

Spanish Language and Culture

Spanish Language and Culture

30-hours language lessons
Small groups adapted to each level
Working language knowledge
Build on Spanish vocabulary while tasting and cooking
Experience the social dimension of Spanish food culture
Cultural outings in and around Zaragoza

Academic Program

Optional Internship

4 week duration
Up to 40 hours per week
Valuable work experience in the Spanish agrifood industry
Professional networking
Language practice in a working environment
International team-building
Ideal complement to the program

Fees

The Mediterranean Agribusiness School (MABS) offers excellent value for money

Fees

2700 €

  • + 280€* registration fee
  • + 200€* internship fee


  • *Non refundable

What's included

Important dates


  • 3 December 2018
    Registration begins
  • 22 February 2019
    Early-bird registration deadline
  • 30 April 2019
    Registration deadline
  • 10 May 2019
    Full payment deadline
IAMZ
MAPAMA
Gobierno de Aragon

FAQS

  • MABS Summer program is a course aimed at undergraduates, recent graduates and young professionals who want to learn first-hand from Spanish food and culinary experts about the A to Z of Spanish food and the Spanish food sector.

  • The program can be followed in English or in Spanish. Some activities and lectures will be delivered in English and others in Spanish, with simultaneous interpreting into English for those who are not fluent in Spanish. If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum level of English equivalent to CEFR B2 (IELTS score of 5-6.5 or TOEFL score of 72-109) to be able to express yourself fluently in spoken and written English and interact with the rest of the class.

  • Applications can only take place via the MABS website. Follow the link and complete the on-line application form. Please note that Spain is the third tourist destination in the world. The peak travel season for Spain is mid-May through mid-September so make sure to register as soon as possible and book your flights well in advance to get the best fares. If you have any questions about the application or encounter any problems, do not create a new application but contact the MABS team for assistance at mabs@iamz.ciheam.org.

  • It is your responsibility to apply for a Spanish visa if required. Consult the Spanish Government Border Agency website for more information: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/es/ServiciosAlCiudadano/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Paginas/RequisitosDeEntrada.aspx

    If you require a visa we will issue a ‘visa invitation letter’ for you to submit with your visa application. In the event of refusal of your Spanish visa for any reason and subsequent cancellation of your place this will be treated in accordance with our cancellation policy as stated in the terms and conditions.

  • The tuition fees for the 2019 summer program amount to 2,700 EUR (not including the non-refundable administration fees of 280€ that students should pay to ensure a place in the program). The optional internship bears an additional non refundable administration fee of 200€. All payments are to be made in EUROS and by bank transfer. Payments may be made in installments upon request.

    There are a limited number of scholarships for outstanding candidates. Applicants wishing to apply for a scholarship should state this in their letter of motivation or contact the organizers directly after completing the online application form.
    MABS reserves the right to cancel the program if a minimum number of students have not enrolled by 30th April 2019. In the case of program cancellation, all enrolled students will be notified and given a full refund of the tuition fees and all other payments made to MABS.

  • The MABS team will help students find the most suitable housing option (halls of residence, shared apartments or host families). Most options are located in vibrant neighborhoods of the city with easy access to all that Zaragoza has to offer. Accommodation is booked in advance but payment is secured upon arrival. Prices range from 500 to 800 euro per month for a room in a hall of residence, 300 to 350 euro per month for a room in a shared apartment or 600 to 700 euro per month with a host family.

  • Most classes take place at IAMZ-CIHEAM headquarters on the Campus of Aula Dei, one of the largest agricultural research complexes in Spain. There is a free bus service between Zaragoza and the Campus. Besides the in-class sessions at IAMZ-CIHEAM, the program includes trips and visits in and around Zaragoza. Travel and accommodation expenses for these activities are included in the fees.

  • The summer program organizers will provide accident, medical and travel insurance valid for Spain for the duration of the program but we recommend that you arrange your own travel insurance beyond those dates. Organizers do not accept liability for any loss (consequential or otherwise) due to delay, cancellation, sickness, death or any other cause. Students from the European Union or the European Economic Area should also bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The program organizers (IAMZ-CIHEAM) have a legal liability insurance to cover students during the program.

    Bilingual MABS staff provide a 24/7 hotline service for the duration of the summer program

  • The city of Zaragoza is strategically located between Madrid and Barcelona and is the fifth biggest city in Spain with around 700,000 inhabitants. Its more than 2000 years of history make the city one of the greatest historic and artistic legacies in Spain as well as one the best tapas and bar scenes in the country. Zaragoza is a pleasant city, functional, clean and safe and it is easy to get around on foot, by bike, car or public transport. Its inhabitants are kind, friendly, and always up for a chat! Zaragoza has a special quality that makes visitors feel at home. See this testimonial as an example: Zaragoza, the great unknown.

About Us

Mediterranean Agribusiness School (MABS)

MABS is an initiative run by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, the only center of higher education in Spain to belong to an international organization, IAMZ-CIHEAM. We have 50 years of experience offering top level training and education in agribusiness and agriculture-related topics, and are reliable partners in international research and project management.

We are supported by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. We are located on the Campus of Aula Dei, one of the largest and most prestigious agricultural science complexes in Spain.

MABS

The MABS team will be happy to help you out before, during and after your summer program

1005 Montañana Avenue, 50059, Zaragoza, Spain

mabs@iamz.ciheam.org

00 34 976716000

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