The thesis is required and is an integral part of your academic experience throughout the program. The thesis project is done in teams of three to four students, who begin work on their thesis at the University of Virginia in the fall. The course “Researching and Writing a Global Business Thesis” helps student teams to identify a topic and research question, and to develop a thesis proposal that will guide their work throughout the remainder of the year. During the fall, students also select a tutor, who serves as their primary thesis adviser after the fall semester. The final thesis manuscript is due in June. Teams defend their thesis in Barcelona before a panel of faculty from all three partner institutions.