This program offers a large selection of courses, including art history, business, communications, economics, film studies, fine arts, geography, history, international business, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, Spanish language and literature, sociology, theatre, and women's studies. Further information about the range of courses on this program can be found at the IES website.
You must take at least 15 credits on this program (per IES requirements). Students planning to fulfill any requirements for the Spanish Minor are advised to obtain course approval from the adviser for Spanish Minors.
Education Abroad Credits You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. Students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits per semester, and can take a maximum of 19 credits per semester.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Madrid Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and
Activity) general education requirements abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
Housing and Meals Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay (most students), where some meals may be provided, or in a residence hall or student apartment (limited availability), where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. NOTE: Additional costs will be incurred for students staying in residence halls.
Program Costs For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates above may vary
depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Finances.
IES Public School Grant As a Penn State student, you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant for this program. IES has created this award to make their programs more affordable to you. This award has ALREADY been calculated into the above Budget Sheet.
For More Information For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program. For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply If
you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will
need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now"
button at the top of this page. You must complete the following
materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to
complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State
application. Applications open approximately one year before the program
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: May 11 Student Departure for students enrolled in only IES Abroad courses
Late May - Mid June Student Departure for students enrolled in partner university courses*
NOTE: The program end date will be later for students enrolled in courses at partner University. Consult www.iesabroad.org for exact dates.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed
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