Welcome to the Mediterranean Agribusiness School Summer Program

A unique opportunity to enjoy a summer in Spain, studying the European agro-food sector, learning Spanish and embracing the Mediterranean diet and culture

What we offer

4 week program

Highly experienced speakers

Hands-on experience, technical & business visits

Spanish language & culture

Optional 4-week internship

Accommodation in shared flats, dorms or with selected families


The MABS summer program will introduce students to the Mediterranean agribusiness environment focusing on the European Union (EU) as well as the culinary and cultural riches of Spain and will include Spanish lessons. It is a varied co-curricular program that reviews the main Mediterranean value chains -wine, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, seafood- with study trips to several cities in Spain, as well as visits to successful agro-food companies and activities in and around Zaragoza. This Study Abroad program will last 4 weeks with the possibility of staying an extra month to do an internship in a Spanish company.

About Us

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM)

This summer program is organized by the Mediterranean AgriBusiness School (MABS), an initiative run by IAMZ, one of the four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes of the CIHEAM (International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies). The CIHEAM is an international intergovernmental organization –founded in 1962 at the joint initiative of the OECD and the Council of Europe. IAMZ is located on the Campus of Aula Dei, one of the largest and most prestigious agricultural science complexes in Spain.

IAMZ in Figures

  • Over 15,000 students
  • Approximately 10,000 lecturers
  • 40 years of experience
  • 9 MSc Programs
  • Over 400 international courses for professionals
  • Over 170 publications
  • 40 research projects and networks
  • 60 agreements with national and international organizations

Training is our mission

Training is a core activity at IAMZ and our approach is international and multidisciplinary. Each year we welcome over 400 participants and 250 guest lecturers from around 80 countries. We offer short courses on cutting-edge scientific and technical issues targeted to professionals and MSc programs for graduates. We are also partners of excellence in training, collaborating with universities, companies and other international organizations (EEAP, EFSA, EU, FAO, ICARDA, IOC, OECD, UN, WTO, etc.) through research projects and networks to design and tailor courses and training activities according to the needs and objectives of our partners, but mainly to help them disseminate the outcome of their projects and network activities.

IAMZ has more than 40 years of solid experience in postgraduate training, scientific research and international cooperation and our areas of expertise are Plant Production, Animal Production, Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Food Science, Technology & Marketing.



  • Course materials
  • Spanish lessons, Agribusiness seminars and conferences
  • Simultaneous interpreting into English when required, both in lectures and on trips
  • Technical/Industry-related visits and field trips. Entrance to sites visited in the program
  • Meals during course days and field trips
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • Daily bus service from/to main accommodation option to classes
  • Accident insurance, medical insurance and travel insurance during the course
  • A certificate of completion
  • Personal assistance in English to participants during the Summer program

Early Payments
A 10% discount on Tuition Fees is applied if you register before 24th February. Discounts are not accumulative.
A 10% discount on Tuition Fees is applied to all CIHEAM alumni. Discounts are not accumulative.
Bring-a-Friend Program
A 10% discount on Tuition Fees is applied to both if you register with a friend. Discounts are not accumulative.
When filling in your application form you can select the type of accommodation. Note that the deadline to pay for accommodation is 15th May and accommodation is very limited if you register after 15th May.

  • With notification of withdrawal prior to 15th April, tuition fees will be refunded 100%.
  • With notification of withdrawal between 15th April and ten days before the start date, tuition fees will be refunded 80%, except for non refundable costs (e.g. accommodation or other deposits).
  • For withdrawals less than ten days before the start date there will be No Refund. Exception could be considered for extenuating circumstances: i.e. Medical (require documentation from attending physician), Illness/Serious Accident/Death in the Immediate Family (duly documented), and Military Activation (requires a copy of the military activation orders showing dates that conflict with the program dates).
  • If approved, MABS will refund 90% of the Tuition fees except for non refundable costs (e.g. accommodation and other deposits).
  • IAMZ reserves the right to cancel a course if a minimum number of students have not enrolled before 1st March.
  • In the case of course cancellation, all enrolled students will be notified before 10th March and given a full refund of the tuition fees.


Accommodation for the Summer Program is within walking distance from the city center. There is a bus service between Zaragoza and MABS campus.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I apply for the MABS Summer Program? Complete the on-line application form. Applicants will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of their application and instructions on how to proceed.
  • Are there language requirements for the MABS Summer Program? The Program is delivered mainly in English. Interpreting into English will be provided if needed.
  • Will I be asked to provide any documents to support my application? Yes:
    • A photograph
    • A resume
    • A letter of motivation
  • How long does it take to process an application? Once we receive your application and documents we can process this within one month.
  • What is an emergency contact? You will be asked to provide the information of a person not travelling with you to be contacted in the event of an emergency.
  • How do I make a payment? You can pay by debit/credit card or bank transfer. Upon completion of the application procedure you will receive an email detailing payment methods.
  • What is the deadline for the full fee payment? 15 May 2017
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 book your flights well in advance to get the best fares.
The program can be followed in English or in Spanish. In the MABS program 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 and prefer to follow the course in English.
If your question is still unanswered please feel free to contact the MABS team who will be glad to answer any questions you may have.