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CIEE: Seville, Business and Society
Seville, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
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:
Business/Management/Finance, Communications, Culture, Economics, History, International Business, Internship, Marketing, Spanish
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
5 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Nora Salmon
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Specific Scholarships:
CIEE-PSU Scholarship
Program Description:
Seville - Plaza de Espana

Program Overview     

This program offers a wide variety of courses in Spanish language (beginning to intermediate levels), business, economics, and social sciences. This program provides an opportunity for students to observe and participate in Spain's economy and business management practices through a combination of coursework, internships, related lectures, and company visits. The intensive course is compulsory; this will ensure a proper introduction of business and economic vocabulary and language skills, including terminology and writing styles, and will prepare you for your business courses. Further information about the range of courses on this program can be found at the CIEE website. 

Students planning to fulfill any requirements for the Spanish Minor are advised to obtain course approval from the adviser for Spanish Minors.

Internship opportunities (for credit) are available; however, please note that not all Penn State departments treat the academic accreditation of internships in the same way. Please check with your academic adviser to see if/how the internship courses will count toward your degree.

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 take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. Students must register for a minimum of 15 credits/22.5 Quarter Hours per semester; students can register for a maximum of 17 credits/25.5 Quarter Hours per semester. 1 Quarter Hour = 0.3 PSU credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Seville 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.
  • This program is only available to regularly enrolled Penn State undergraduate students.
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • 5 semesters of Spanish 
    • Language semesters required for this program reflects the minimum number of semesters needed before attending the program.  Please apply only to the program that corresponds with your level of language study.
  • Beginning Fall 2015, Spanish majors cannot earn credit towards their major on this program. Spanish majors should consider the CIEE: Seville, Advanced Liberal Arts program as an alternative. 

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. Some housing options will be:

  • Spanish homestays - all meals are provided
  • Off-campus residencias with international and Spanish students (spring only) - most meals provided
  • Shared apartments with Spanish students - no meals are provided; given modest monthly food stipend

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and 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. 

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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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 05/01/2015
06/29/2015 01/12/2016 05/06/2016
Fall 2016 03/01/2016
03/15/2016 09/06/2016 12/18/2016
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016
03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 05/01/2016
06/30/2016 TBA TBA

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