International Study Tours

Experience Vibrant Co-operative Economies in Emilia-Romagna, Italy and Mondragón, Spain

Imagine exploring Spain or Italy, and seeing first-hand the benefits of a successful co-op economy. Our international study tours are an essential component of the Master’s program and the chance for students to gain valuable experience focused on models of co-operative excellence. The study tour is the in-person component of a 6-week, online course that includes readings, discussions, lectures, papers, and a journal project. Non-student spots are available. 

Upcoming Tours 

  • International Co-operative Study Tour to Emilia-Romagna, Italy, June 3 -12, 2023. This tour is full. Stay tuned for 2024! 

Sample Itinerary

View a Mondragón Sample Itinerary & Emilia-Romagna Sample Itinerary.


The international study tours run on a cost-recovery basis. The fee covers the costs of your accommodation (including breakfast), some lunches and evening meals, administrative and coordinating fees within the host country, translation to English as required, transportation required during the tour, and expenses related to the tour leaders.

Students and industry participants are responsible for organizing and paying for their airfare and ground transportation to and from the tour’s starting location, some meals, and other personal and incidental expenses that may arise during the trip.

Study tour fee for non-students: $4,750 CDN

 “A Life-Changing Event:” Study Tour Testimonials

"The visit to Mondragón was nothing short of transformational. It was extremely inspiring from both a business/strategy perspective and a social development perspective. It's mostly the way they are so confident in their model and purpose. Mondragón is not without its problems, but it owns them and is not afraid to speak to the issues. It was this confidence and transparency that really allowed me the opportunity to learn. Democracy is complicated. I feel like I figured a lot of things out personally and professionally. I'm still buzzing!" - Aaron Russin, Master's Graduate, Assiniboine Credit Union, Canada

"On our study visit to Italy, we witnessed how a co-operative economy can play a key role in a whole region. You can understand why the Master’s program was created and why it is so important." - Norma Babineau, Master's Graduate, Canada