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Dept ENGR: San Sebastian
San Sebastian, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Requirement:
0 - 4 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

The city of San Sebastian is a stunning resort area for wealthy Spaniards who want to get away from the south of Spain. The Museo de San Telmo, a 16th-century monastery, has a bit of everything, including ancient tombstones, sculptures, agriculture and carpentry displays. Known as Donostia in Euskera, the local language, San Sebastian has been a stronghold of Basque nationalist feeling since well before Franco banned the use of Euskera in the 1930s. For more information about the university and city see this promotional video.

Founded by the Venerable Josemaria Escriva de Balabuer in 1952, the University of Navarra started as a Law School. Now, the university offers courses in various other areas, including medicine, humanities and social sciences, biological sciences, architecture, industrial engineering, and more. 

Penn State has developed a reciprocal exchange program with this university. According to the exchange agreement, the number of Penn State undergraduates who attend this university through Education Abroad equals the number of undergraduates from this university who attend Penn State. Costs may vary by program, but reciprocal exchange programs generally provide Penn State students with affordable opportunities to enroll directly in universities abroad.

This institution offers a variety of courses in engineering. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. Course topics available on this program may include: Bioengineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, indutrial engineering, and mechanical engineering.  Elective courses in the areas of business administration, strategic marketing and information systems may also be available. The academic structure of the program consists of lectures, design studies, and term reports. Around 40% of courses at Navarra are taught in English, courses taught in Spanish will require advanced language skills. Review the Navarra website for a listing of courses taught in English.   

View of San Sebastian over the waterPrerequisites

  • A limited selection of courses are taught in English, but a background in Spanish is highly recommended. 
  •  All prerequisite engineering courses (i.e., first 2 ½ years of the program)

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 will register for a minimum of 12 credits/24 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Students can register for a maximum of 15 credits/30 ECTS. 1 ECTS credit = 0.5 PSU credits.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the San Sebastian 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.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact

Housing and Meals
You will live in a residential college or student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Navarra will help you find suitable housing.

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, scholarship opportunities, and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
University of Navarra at San Sebastian
For More Information

Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience.  The college's international office is located in 205 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions.  In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have.  Please see for information about the office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant.  In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad. 

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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their 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
  • 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. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Spring 2015 05/01/2014
06/30/2014 01/01/2015 01/02/2015
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.

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