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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Madrid, Spain; Segovia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:




This is a bilateral exchange program based on an agreement between the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University and IE University. IE University is a world-class private institution founded in 1997 and graduating its first class in 2013. The institution offers a broad range of coursework in both English and Spanish: whereas prior knowledge of Spanish would be a plus, it is certainly not required in order to have a successful experience. The university is housed within the 13th century Santa Maria la Real Convent. In spite of these impressive historical settings, the university is nevertheless on the cutting edge of a technologically-informed education.


Segovia is a mid-sized city in the autonomous region of Castile and Leon to the north of Madrid. The city has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of the vibrant historical structures that stud the landscape. Students traveling on this exchange will have the opportunity to take advantage of a modern, world-class education at IE University while living in a city that is more than 2000 years old. While living in Segovia, students can visit Alcazar Castle, an 11th century structure that has provided a template for many a Disney castle and was reputedly the site where Queen Isabella dispatched Christopher Columbus to explore the wonders of the so-called "New World." Additionally, travelers to Segovia can visit the famous Roman Aqueduct, the gothic Segovia Cathedral, and the uniquely 12-sided Iglesia de Vera Cruz. Take a virtual tour courtesy of IE University!


In consultation with IE University's Student Office, exchange students are able to explore a variety of housing options including on-campus residence halls, an off-campus residence hall, renting a room or an apartment, or even staying with a local family. A more complete explanation can be found here.

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter. 

IE University's Department of Psychology offers a full program overview, as well as a comprehensive roster of courses, complete with syllabi. 

Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have a Rank 3 status, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Preference will be shown to Psychology majors and minors, although students from throughout the social sciences are welcome to apply. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Applicants are requested to address the following specific topics in their personal statement: their major, their future career aspirations and how study at IE University will support their academic interests in the social sciences. The personal statement should be about 300 words. The personal statement will be a key determining factor in nomination decisions. Complete applications will also include a letter of recommendation from a recent professor in the subdivision of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included.  In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions

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U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (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.



The best part of this program was the international environment of the school I attended, and its unique interaction with Spain and Spanish culture. At IE University, I made friends from every continent, and from every region of the world. Meeting individuals from Switzerland, Australia, Indonesia, Peru, Namibia, Japan, Russia, the Netherlands, Iceland, and more, was an eye-opening experience for me. Not only was I able to understand how the culture in which an individual grows up influences their personality and how they interact with others, but I had the opportunity to learn about new perspectives on important cultural and international events in the world today. This study abroad changed the way I see international events, especially important occurrences impacting the US and the EU.
Furthermore, I had the opportunity to experience Spanish culture, and compare my experience with those of the other international students. I was able to connect with a family in Madrid, and I spent a lot of time with them. This allowed me to have an insight into Spain that my friends did not receive as much as I did. I fell in love with the relaxed way that Spaniards approach the world, like the siesta, while many of my friends from other Western cultures did not appreciate it so much. This program was a blend of international culture and Spanish culture, with a heavier emphasis on the international.
     — Fall, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020
11/01/2020 01/03/2021 05/28/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021
03/15/2021 09/04/2021 05/27/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Fall 2021 03/01/2021
03/15/2021 09/04/2021 12/17/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Spring 2022 09/01/2021 10/01/2021 01/09/2022 05/27/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.

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