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IES: Madrid, Language and Area Studies
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
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Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Art History, Business/Management/Finance, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Fine Arts, Geography, History, International Business, International Relations, Internship, Literature, Political Science, Spanish, Theatre, Women's Studies
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Nora Salmon
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
Train station in Madrid

Program Overview     

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. all courses are taught in Spanish on this program. Further information about this program can be found at the IES website.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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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 on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits per semester; students can register for 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.  To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies webpage. 


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
  • Sophmore class standing or higher at time of study
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • 4 or more semesters of Spanish

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay (breakfast and one other meal per day is provided), a homestay with kichen privileges (you will receive a meal credit in order to prepare your own meals), a student apartment (you will be responsible for providing your own meals), or a residence hall (you are allowed up to 20 meals per week in a student cafeteria). Residence halls charge an additional fee. Many students live in homestays, as spaces are limited in each of the other housing options.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet or Spring budget sheet. 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 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 visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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 are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with 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 on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

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 the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/12/2015 05/09/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing if taking only IES Abroad Center courses. Students taking university courses may stay as long as late May, depending on exam schedules.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 09/07/2015 12/12/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/15/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA

** 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.

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