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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Requirement:
3 semesters
Internship Available:
Yes
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, Geography, Geosciences, Global Studies, Health and Human Development, History, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, International Business, Labor and Employment Relations, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Telecommunications, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 
  • 3 semesters of college-level Spanish language required for intermediate program
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish language required for advanced program
  • Enrolled in a Spanish course within the year prior to the program start date

Program Description 

The program offers two unique program options that are designed to improve your Spanish proficiency: the Intermediate Spanish Program and Advanced Spanish Program.

Students placed in the Intermediate Program take IES Abroad courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced Program courses are conducted entirely in Spanish, including study at the Universidad de Granada. Both options introduce students to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Islamic and Contemporary North African Studies. Advanced students can also experience Arabic language courses of all levels, at the Universidad de Granada.

Students can also add international work experience to their résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Dates

Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: mid January - late May

Refer to IES Abroad's website for the specific dates, if available. 

Location

Many people who visit Granada insist it’s the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, Granada is also a youthful city with a vibrant student life that will make meeting new friends even easier—Granada awaits!

Granada will be your classroom. Explore the last capital of Moorish Spain: visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, and the Generalife, an impressive garden just nearby. When you’re not learning about the history of this fascinating city, enjoy tapas with new friends, visit the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains for a ski trip and observe Granada’s treasured Spanish-Muslim art.

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.

Academics

Available Fields of Study

Accounting, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, Geography, Geosciences, Global Studies, Health and Human Development, History, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, International Business, Labor and Employment Relations, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Telecommunications, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies[copy fields of study from studio - the advanced search course list]

Course Listings

To find courses on the IES Granada program, follow the instructions on IES Abroad's website under "Academics."

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on IES Abroad's website before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with IES Abroad

Program-specific Course Information

While in Granada, students take 15–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Craft your own academic experience according to the program in which you enroll by selecting from the following required and optional components:
  • Intermediate Program (3 semesters of college-level Spanish)
    • IES Abroad Spanish course (required, 6 credits)
    • IES Abroad English-taught area studies courses (9–12 credits)
  • Advanced Program (4 semesters of college-level Spanish)
    • IES Abroad Spanish course (required, 4 credits)
    • IES Abroad Spanish-taught area studies courses (3–15 credits)
    • Universidad de Granada courses (3–6 credits)

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 15 credits and a maximum number of 19 credits 
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
 
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
A
A-  A-
B+  B+
B
B-  B-
C+  C+
C
D
F
 
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
3 credits per course  3 credits per course 

Housing and Meals

Housing and Meals

Homestays
  • Live in a Spanish home and eat two meals a day with your hosts while your program is in session. With locations throughout Granada, homestays may offer single or double rooms. In some cases, more than one IES Abroad student may be placed in each home.
Dorm House (limited availability)
  • This small, family-run housing opportunity located in the heart of Granada includes 18 meals (Monday through Saturday), with no meals on Sundays and holidays. In the Dorm House, you’ll have a single room with a shared bathroom. This housing option is suitable for independent-minded students with a high level of Spanish language, who are comfortable being proactive when meeting Spanish students and integrating into local student culture. Placements are limited.
Colegios Mayores (limited availability)
  • Each Colegio Mayor has its own unique social and academic environment, as well as a deep sense of belonging. This single sex housing option includes up to 18 meals per week, and typically has rooms with single occupancy and a shared bath. It is ideal for outgoing students with a high level of Spanish language who want to integrate into local student culture, participate in Colegio activities, and are willing to abide by the rules of the Colegio. Placements are limited.

Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs
Spring Costs*

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser

*Students choosing to study for an Academic Year on an IES program will receive a tuition reduction on their spring semester bill.

Scholarships 

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Program-specific Scholarships

Students studying on IES Abroad programs are eligible to apply for IES funding opportunities. Learn more on IES' scholarships website.

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility 

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

IES Abroad Country-Specific Diversity and Access Resources: Spain

Just as each study abroad experience is unique, each location offers a different adventure. IES Abroad offers students comprehensive resources specific to their host city and country. Please visit the IES Abroad Spain - Diversity Resources website for valuable information on the following:
  • Day-to-Day Life in Spain
  • Dietary Concerns
  • Diverse Racial, Ethnic, & National Identity
  • Gender Identity, Gender Expression, & Sexual Orientation
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Disability Resources & Mental Health Support

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

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For information about upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, deadlines, and much more visit the Global Programs Events Calendar and follow us on social media!
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
**
Rolling Admission 01/22/2019 05/31/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
03/13/2019 09/02/2019 12/18/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program dates are subject to change. Contact IES Abroad for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
03/13/2019 09/02/2019 05/16/2020
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program dates are subject to change. Contact IES Abroad for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
Spring 2020 07/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program dates are subject to change. Contact IES Abroad for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.

** 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