This program is designed for students various levels of Spanish language experience. Students take classes at the Menéndez Pelayo International University with other ISA students.
The origin of this Mediterranean city goes back more than 2,500 years - ruled by Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Franks until it finally became part of the Spanish empire in the 17th century. Barcelona has a population of approximately 1.7 million and home to some of the nation's riches resources. It is one of Spain's most prosperous and attractive regions.
The Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) was founded by Spain's Ministry of Education in 1932 under the name of Universidad de Santander. In 1945 it acquired its present title. An autonomous institution that reports to Spain's Ministry of Education and Culture, the UIMP continues to have its central campus in the city of Santander, where it originated. The University offers courses in Spanish as a Second Language at various satellite campuses throughout Spain. The UIMP is an internationally accredited university that is renowned for working with international students. The Spanish Language and Culture courses are an essential part of the University's curriculum.
ISA housing is either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. Homestays are the norm for Spain, and are required by Ohio State for students participating on ISA programs. ISA participants living in homestays will be provided with two meals per day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program. This is included in the ISA program cost. Students usually share a bedroom with another ISA student, but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this priorto submitting their applications.
Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
Beginning/Intermediate Spanish Language students (no Spanish language credit on OSU record) have one program option: Summer 3 and 4 (both sessions required).
Intermediate Spanish Language students (Spanish 1102/1155 pre-requisite) have one program option: Summer 4.
Advanced Spanish Language students (Spanish 3450 pre-requisite) have three program options.
GPA & OSU course prerequisites determine eligibility; refer to the eligibility section.
All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival. Level of testing placement and course enrollment are not guaranteed.
Course offerings and equivalencies are subject to change based on student interest and university availability.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has reviewed and pre-approved specific courses for this program. Please call 614.292.8485 to schedule an appointment to do the following:
You must complete these steps PRIOR to submitting the ISA application.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA, 3.0 in Spanish language courses (if applicable), no Spanish language credit on their record (SU 3 + 4), completion of Spanish 1102/1155 (SU 4, only) or completion of Spanish 3450 (SU 3, SU 4, or SU 3 + 4).
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Application instructions: This application process takes advanced planning. Students should not plan to start the application process within one week of the deadline due to the number of elements involved.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
An academic reference from a current/recent Ohio State Spanish language instructor is required. Students with no Spanish language course experience at Ohio State may select an Ohio State instructor from the subject of their choice to provide the recommendation.
IMPORTANT: Students are required to obtain approval from Ohio State via completion of the ISA credit verification form (please see "courses and credits" section for additional information) before starting an ISA application.
ISA requires all applicants to submit a non- refundable deposit of $95 at the time of application.
All elements of the ISA application must be completed by the Ohio State deadline. This includes the online application, application supplement (page 4), official Ohio State transcript, service learning supplement page (if applicable) and resume (if applicable). Students are advised to order an electronic copy of their transcript and request it to be emailed directly to their ISA Program Manager. Online order requests may be completed on Buckeyelink under "Academics and Records."
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay the ISA program fee (minus a $200 discount given to OSU students) and International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The ISA program fee includes instruction, volunteer/internship placement, room and most meals with a host family, on-site orientation, excursions and transfer from/to the airport. Round trip international airfare, books/supplies, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
An ISA representative will be on campus to hold drop-in advising hours. Sign in at the front desk in Room 140 Enarson Classroom Building.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
For me, the most valuable thing I am bringing back from my trip is the increased confidence in speaking Spanish and in my own abilities to not just survive but thrive in a new environment.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.