The IES summer program in Madrid offers intermediate and advanced Spanish language courses and area studies courses taught in Spanish. Classes integrate the best of Madrid's historic and cultural opportunities, allowing you to improve your Spanish language skills while also discovering Spain's rich artistic, theatrical, and film heritage. Students enrollin one Spanish language course and one area studies course for a total of six credits. Highly advanced students may enroll in a second area studies courses instead of the required Spanish language course. All courses are taught in Spanish on this program.
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 6 credits per semester; students can register for a maximum of 6 credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Madrid 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 webpage.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:.
- 2.5 Cumulative GPA
- Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
- 2 or more semesters of Spanish
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay, where two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) will be provided, or in a student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
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.
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.
IES Public School Grant
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.
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.
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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