Penn State has partnered in conjunction with the University of Virginia to offer this study abroad program in Valencia. Students who have completed through the intermediate Spanish language level will spend the fall semester studying Spanish language and English-taught Engineering courses. This program is targeted to Sophomore engineering majors with an intermediate level of Spanish.
Valencia is the 3rd largest city in Spain, and has a population of over 800,000. It is a coastal city on the Mediterranean, and is surrounded by immense beaches. The city gracefully mixes new and old, with modern public services, business establishments and leisure attractions, all moving against a backdrop of historically important civic and religious buildings, monuments and museums. Among these are the Fine Arts Museum, Modern Art Museum, Ceramics Museum, Taurine Museum, Fallas museum, City of Arts and Sciences.
Check out a video about the program on the UVA website!
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 are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester; students can register for a maximum of 15 credits. Students on this program are required to take a Spanish language course above the intermediate level, and 3-4 English-taught engineering courses. This program offers many entrance to major courses for Engineering students, CMPSC 360 and CMPSC 122, MATH 250, PHYS 212, STAT 318.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for Engineering courses taken on this program, visit the Valencia Engineering Course Equivalency List. To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for Spanish language courses taken on this program, visit the Valencia Language and Culture 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 page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
- 2.75 Cumulative GPA
- 3 semesters of Spanish (through SPAN 003)
- 4 semesters of Spanish (through SPAN 100) is strongly encouraged
Spanish homestays will be arranged by on site staff. Three meals a day and laundry will be included in the homestay.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing. 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.
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 Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
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
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.
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.
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