Ronda is a small town of about 35,000 people located in the province of Malaga, in Andalucia, in southern Spain. Its history goes back as far as the Neolithic period. In the 6th century BC, it was settled by the Celts, then the Phoenicians, then the Romans in about 200 BC. In the 8th century, the Arabs made it part of the Cordoban Caliphate. Ferdinand and Isabel, the Catholic monarchs and sponsors of Christopher Columbus’ voyages, retook the city in 1485 as part of their reconquest of Spain.
Ronda is in a mountainous area, situated in an impressive escarpment (about 2,500 feet above sea level). The Guadalevin River gorge divides the city into old and new Ronda. The river lies nearly 350 feet below the bridges that span the canyon.
A popular tourist stop for visitors to Andalucia’s pueblos blancos, Ronda has hosted Ernest Hemingway and Orson Wells, among others, who stopped for extended stays over several years.
Classes will be taught by Penn State and local faculty. All students will live with families while in Ronda. The program includes three cultural excursions: one to Granada, one to Seville, and a more extensive four-day trip to Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo among other stops. Please visit the following site for more information: http://sites.psu.edu/ronda/
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 take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students must enroll in 9 credits on this program:
SPAN 100 (3 credits)- Intermediate Grammar and Composition SPAN 200 (3 credits)- Intensive Grammar and Composition SPAN 215 (3 credits)- Introduction to Spanish Linguistics SPAN 297 (3 credits)- Spanish Language and Culture SPAN 397 (3 credits)- Special Topics (Spanish Culture) SPAN 410 (3 credits)- Advanced Conversation SPAN 497 (3 credits)- Special Topics (Spanish History)
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.
2.5 Cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
Housing and Meals
Students will stay homestays and most meals are provided.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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 theFunding Study Abroadsection 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.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights 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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.