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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Requirement:
0-6 semesters
Internship Available:
Yes
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Advertising, Animal Science, Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Communications, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, French, Geography, German, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, International Business, Journalism, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, 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
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 
  • See specific eligibility requirements for each program track below

Program Description 

Penn State Education Abroad approves four (4) CIEE semester programs in Seville, ranging from beginner to advanced Spanish levels:

International Business + Culture

This program is geared for students with beginning to intermediate level Spanish language skills who wish to improve these skills while selecting from a from a wide variety of courses taught in English. Students can fulfill school requirements by enrolling in classes for international students at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) in subject areas like international relations, psychology, business, history, literature, science, and more.  Students can also enroll in a maximum of two direct-enroll courses, in Spanish or English, alongside their Spanish peers.

Eligibility, Pre-requisites, & Program-specific Information:

  • 2.90 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • No prior Spanish language required
  • Courses are offered in Spanish and English
  • Students are required to live in a homestay
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities available

Business + Society

This program suits business and Spanish majors and minors and helps students improve their language skills while they explore economic and business management in Spain and the European Union. Learning takes place through coursework, lectures, internships, and company visits.

Eligibility, Pre-requisites, & Program-specific Information:
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent 
  • 3 semesters of college-level of micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or statistics 
  • Courses are offered in Spanish only
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities available

Liberal Arts

This program will help advanced level students improve their spoken and written Spanish while they pursue coursework in a variety of subjects. In addition to a range of courses offered by CIEE, students can enroll directly in courses at any of the schools at Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide. From art history to service-learning, there’s plenty of courses to inspire you.

Eligibility, Pre-requisites, & Program-specific Information:
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent 
  • Courses are offered in Spanish only
  • Volunteer, service learning, and teaching practicum opportunities available

Advanced Liberal Arts

This program is designed for students with advanced Spanish language skills and strong academic backgrounds. Students take most classes with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, and also from a variety of specialized CIEE electives. Whether you’re interested in business, engineering, language arts, the humanities, or social sciences, you’ll be able to explore your interests and earn credit toward your degree in Seville.

Eligibility, Pre-requisites, & Program-specific Information:
  • 2.90 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • 6 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent 
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish language classes 
  • Courses offered in Spanish only
  • Spanish majors can earn credits toward their major on this program track only

Dates

Dates vary depending on the program track chosen. Please refer to the CIEE program page(s) linked above for the specific dates.

Location

Seville has its origins in the trade routes controlled by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Romans, Goths, Muslims, and Christians established their capital here before it became the most important city in Southern Europe and gateway to the Americas in the 16th century. The commercial hub of its region, the city preserves many traces of its past and traditions. With 700,000 residents, Seville offers a large variety of cultural activities that range from the Flamenco Biennial and theater and the European Film Festival to alternative theatre venues, bars with live music, beautiful streets and open spaces and, of course, one of the most respected bullrings in the world.

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, Advertising, Animal Science, Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Communications, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, French, Geography, German, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, International Business, Journalism, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Course Listings

To find courses on the CIEE Seville program, follow the instructions on each program page under the "Academics" section.

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 CIEE'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 CIEE

Program-specific Course Information

International Business + Culture program:
  • Students must take 5 courses, for a total of 15 semester credits, including:
    • 1 two-week intensive session Spanish language course
    • 1 regular session Spanish language course (eligible students may take a content course in Spanish to fulfill this requirement)
    • 3 to 4 regular session elective courses chosen from;
      • COMM 3301 CSCS (ENG) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (in English) for CIEE students only
      • INSH 3802 CSCS Internship Seminar (for CIEE students who choose to partake in an internship)
      • Hispanic Studies Courses at the University Pablo de Olavide
      • Up to 2 P.I.U. direct enrollment classes at the University Pablo de Olavide
  • All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted. Students may take an additional elective for a total of 18 credits per semester. 
Business + Society:
  • Students must take 5 courses, for a total of 15 semester credits, including:
    • 1 two-week intensive Spanish language course
      • Intensive Session: Intensive Spanish for Students of Business and Economics. 
    • 4-4 elective courses to be selected from:
      • A minimum of 2 CIEE Business and Society courses
      • CIEE Liberal Arts courses
      • Cursos para Extranjeros at Universidad de Sevilla
      • Up to 2 direct enrollment classes at Universidad de Sevilla, University of Pablo Olavide, or EUSA School of Communications
      • Students with lower-than-average language levels must enroll in Advanced Spanish Business Writing
  • Students may request to take an additional elective for a total of 18 credits per semester.
Liberal Arts:
  • Students must take 5 courses, for a total of 15 semester credits, including:
    • 1 intensive Spanish language course
      • Intensive Session: Cultural History of Spain or Advanced Spanish Grammar, depending on results from placement exam. 
    • 4-5 elective courses selected from:
      • Courses from CIEE curriculum
      • Cursos para Extranjeros at Universidad de Sevilla
      • Up to 1 course offered by the CIEE Business and Society program
      • Up to 2 direct enrollment classes at Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, or EUSA School of Communications
      • Note: students with lower-than-average language levels must enroll in the CIEE course Academic Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Students may request to take an additional elective for a total of 18 credits per semester.
Advanced Liberal Arts:
  • Students must take 5 courses, for a total of 15 semester credits, including:
    • 1 two-week intensive Spanish language course
      • Intensive Session: Social History of Contemporary Spain, Intensive Spanish for Students of Business and Economics, or Intensive Advanced Spanish Grammar, depending on results from placement exam. 
    • 4-5 electives courses to be selected from:
      • A minimum of 3 direct enrollment classes at the Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, or EUSA School of Communications
      • Up to 2 courses from CIEE curriculum
      • Students with lower-than-average language levels must enroll in SPAN 4101 CSCS: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Writing for 3 credits

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 15 credits and a maximum number of 18 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

International Business + Culture program:
  • Homestays: Students live in a Spanish-speaking homestay. Each student will have his/her own bedroom and internet, weekly cleaning and laundry service are provided. Homes are within walking distance of the metro with an approximately a 30-minute ride to the UPO campus. CIEE provides a transportation stipend.
Business + Society program:
  • Homestays. Most students choose to live with a Spanish-speaking family. Each student will have his/her own bedroom, and weekly cleaning, laundry and internet are provided. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes, but may also be able to take public transportation when available; average commute to classes is 20-30 minutes.
  • Residence halls. Students have individual bedrooms with bathroom, kitchen, internet, and weekly cleaning and linen service. Halls have common spaces, and students can opt to pay for meal plans, laundry, gym and pool services and more. Students should expect a 20-40-minute commute, riding a rented bike or city bus.
Liberal Arts program:
  • Homestays: Most students choose to live with a Spanish-speaking family. Each student will have his/her own bedroom, and weekly cleaning, laundry and internet are provided. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes, but may also be able to take public transportation when available; average commute to classes is 20-30 minutes.
  • Residence halls: Students have individual bedrooms with bathroom, kitchen, internet, and weekly cleaning and linen service. Halls have common spaces, and students can opt to pay for meal plans, laundry, gym, pool services, and more. Students should expect a 20-40 minute commute, riding a rented bike or city bus.
Advanced Liberal Arts program:
  • Homestays. Most students choose to live with a Spanish-speaking family. Homestays are limited to one student per household. Each student will have his/her own bedroom, and weekly cleaning, laundry and internet are provided. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes, but may also be able to take public transportation.
  • Residence halls. Students have individual bedrooms with bathroom, kitchen, Internet, and weekly cleaning and linen service. Halls have common spaces, and students can opt to pay for meal plans, laundry, gym and pool services and more. Students should expect a 20-40-minute commute, riding a rented bike or city bus.

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

Meals

International Business + Culture program:
  • Homestays: Three meals per day are provided by your host family.
Business + Society program:
  • Homestays: Three meals per day are provided by the host.
  • Residence halls: Meals are not provided. Students have access to kitchens and cafeterias.
Liberal Arts program:
  • Homestay: Three meals per day are provided by the host.
  • Residence halls: Meals are not provided. Students have access to kitchens and cafeterias.
Advanced Liberal Arts program:
  • Homestay: Three meals per day are provided by the host.
  • Residence halls: Meals are not provided. Students have access to kitchens and cafeterias.

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

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.

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.

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 01/09/2019 06/08/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program dates are subject to change. Contact CIEE for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program dates are subject to change. Contact CIEE for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
Spring 2020 05/01/2019 06/07/2019 TBA TBA

** 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