Menéndez Pelayo International University – Sevilla
Semester or Academic Year
Minot State University features two programs at the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Sevilla, Spain:
The International Studies, Business & Spanish Language program accommodates students of all levels of Spanish proficiency. The curriculum includes courses in grammar, communicative skills and Spanish culture, as well as business and economics courses in English. Additionally, there is an option to complete an internship concurrently with this program. This program is recommended for MSU students from all majors who are interested in improving or acquiring Spanish language skills while studying other subjects at the same time, and particularly for students pursuing degrees in International Business or Spanish.
The Education In A Multicultural Context program offers student an opportunity to experience and be a part of education in Spain while improving Spanish language skills. This program is recommended for MSU students pursuing a degree in Education with a Major in Spanish language as well as all other education majors interested in improving or acquiring Spanish language skills. As one of their courses, students are required to enroll in the Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice course and participate in an academic internship at a local school teaching English as a foreign language for two hours a week.
Location: Sevilla (metro population around 1,500,000), the largest city in southern Spain and the fourth largest in the country, offers endless opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and history while studying abroad in Spain. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, this capital city of the region of Andalucía has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for American students. Its history recalls events from the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, and many monuments and cathedrals still remain.
Learn more about Sevilla!
- Language: Language of
instruction varies depending upon the specific course chosen. the majority of classes in this program are offered in English while most Spanish language, culture and grammar classes are taught in Spanish. The official language in Sevilla is Castilian Spanish (Castellano).
- Program Provider: International Studies Abroad (ISA) is one of MSU’s
affiliated study abroad providers that has been chosen specifically for the
quality and credibility of their academic offerings, affordability, and the
level of service provided to participants.
Program Cost: Tuition and fees will be paid directly to ISA, and a single course fee of $50 will be paid to MSU.
For more information about prices and dates, scroll down this page to "International Studies, Business & Spanish Language" or "Education in a Multicultural Context" – Menéndez Pelayo International University – Sevilla for the term you have chosen.
Minot State University students receive a $200 discount from the overall program fees, which will be subtracted from the final payment made to ISA.
Areas of Study: Students participating in any Sevilla program are required to take an online placement exam prior to departure to determine their Spanish language proficiency level. Eligibility for courses may be subject to the results of each student’s placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
- International Studies, Business & Spanish Language
- International Studies, Business & Spanish Language with ELAP Internship
- Education in a Multicultural Context
* While preparing to study abroad, students should consult their academic advisor for assistance in choosing the most appropriate courses for their degree program.
Housing: ISA arranges housing in Sevilla for all students participating in this program that provides the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. All ISA housing options are 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. Note that all housing options are subject to availability. Options include home stay or apartment.
For more information, check out the housing link on the page of the semester option you have chosen.
How to Apply
Fall Semester - February 15th
Academic Year – February 15th
Spring Semester – September 15th
Eligibility: Undergraduates, with sophomore status and at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative). There is no language prerequisite for this program, with the exception of the ELAP internship option.
*To be eligible for the ELAP Internship Option available with the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies program, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (three quarters) of college-level Spanish in order to be admitted to the program.
- Step 1: Submit a completed MSU Study Abroad Application to the MSU Office of International Programs by the appropriate deadline.
- Step 2: Receive letter of acceptance to study abroad through MSU from the MSU Office of International Programs.
- Step 3: By the appropriate deadline, complete the ISA application online, making sure to follow all instructions and program requirements.
- Step 4: You will receive notification of your final acceptance status from ISA. If admitted, complete the process outlined below, along with any other instructions you receive from ISA.
Contact Information: Libby Claerbout, Director of International Programs
Information for Admitted Students
* Although we make every attempt to keep this information up to date, please defer to information provided to you directly from ISA as the best resource. If there are discrepancies between the protocols listed here (applying for housing, getting registered for courses, etc.) and those told to you by ISA, default to those of ISA. However, health insurance requirements, course equivalencies, credit transfer and grading are determined solely by MSU.
- Student housing details
- Student visas
- Scheduling your travel
- Health, safety & insurance
- Cultural resources
- Cell phones/communication while abroad
- Housing: The cost
of housing is included in the program fee, but certain housing options can be
limited, so make your arrangements promptly. You will complete a housing
preference form through the ISA student
ISA will provide you with your housing assignment details via the portal in your Final Packet, typically 2-4 weeks before the program start date. For any questions about housing, contact your ISA site specialist.
- Visa: Terminology note: the words 'visa,'
'residence permit' and 'study permit' are used interchangeably to describe the
document that authorizes a person to enter or leave the country for which it was
A National Visa is required for programs that are 91 days or longer.
Information about your Spanish Residence Permit will be obtained through ISA. Refer to the information provided on your student portal for detailed instructions. Depending upon your program dates and individual situation, travel to the embassy (and/or a visa) might not be necessary.
- Planning your travel:
Wait to make your travel arrangements until you have received an itinerary and
guidelines from ISA regarding official arrival dates and times, as well as your
program's official end date. After booking all travel arrangements (flights,
trains, etc.), it is imperative to schedule your arrival with your on-site
Global Health Insurance: Insurance coverage is critical in obtaining medical assistance abroad, and the coverage you’ll need on your study abroad program differs from what most domestic insurance policies offer.
Medical insurance is included in the price and covers the program participant for the official on-site period of program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA participant will be covered by the ISA medical insurance coverage. ISA requires that all students have comprehensive insurance and has arranged for a group insurance policy. Click here for more information about Health and Safety through ISA.
- Academic Information: Students will enroll in 12-17 credit hours during a semester. Students who have not completed a college semester/quarter of Spanish language or the equivalent must choose language as one of their courses. The majority of courses have 45 hours of instruction; each 45 contact hour course will count for 3.5 credits at MSU.
All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Sevilla. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level and will determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll. Proficiency level can typically be related to a student's past language study: less than one year of college-level Spanish = beginning level; one full year of college-level Spanish = intermediate level courses; two full years of college-level Spanish = advanced level courses.
Courses are held at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) satellite campus and are taught by host university faculty. All classes are with ISA and other international students. Classes are held Monday - Friday. The UIMP in Sevilla is a satellite campus of the UIMP in Santander, Spain. It is located in the Plaza del Triunfo in the historic section of Sevilla. The UIMP is a language learning center, open to international students.
Credits earned are determined by the student’s home institution, Minot State University. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Students will receive an official transcript from the Menéndez Pelayo International University upon completion of the program.
- Grading: Scores received at the Menéndez Pelayo International University will be evaluated according to World Education Services (WES) grading standards published on the WES website. Conversions can be accessed by selecting Spain from the drop-down box.
Areas of Study Additional Details:
- International Studies, Business & Spanish Language:
This semester or academic year program offers courses in Spanish grammar, communicative skills and Spanish culture for students of all levels of Spanish proficiency. This program also offers business and economics courses in English.
There are two certificate options available through this program:
- International Political Economic Relations Certificate (IPER)
- Health Sciences Certificate
Review the “courses” section of the program you choose to learn more and see the requirements.
- International Studies, Business & Spanish Language with ELAP Internship option:
This program is available to students with an intermediate or advanced level of Spanish proficiency. Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (three quarters) of college-level Spanish.
In addition to the academic courses students are taking within the International Studies, Business & Spanish Language program, they will have the opportunity to intern 5-10 hours per week at a host organization, increasing their language proficiency and gaining valuable international experience. Language proficiency for the internship will be determined by a phone interview before acceptance to the program. Placements are arranged prior to arrival in the host country and language requirements vary. For more information on placement opportunities, visit the Experiential Learning Abroad Programs (ELAP) website.
Internship placements are coordinated by ELAP, a division of ISA, and have no affiliation with the university. Students develop an ELAP Portfolio throughout the program, documenting their projects, hours and program activities. Participants will not receive transcripted credit for the internship. For information on receiving credit for the internship, please contact ELAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Education in a Multicultural Context:
This semester or academic year program offers courses in education and Spanish language. Students are required to enroll in the "Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice" course and participate in an academic internship at a local school teaching English as a foreign language for two hours a week. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the local school.
In addition to the Education courses, students may choose from the courses offered from ISA's International Studies, Business & Spanish Language semester/year program.
There is an optional intensive Spanish language course at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo prior to the regular program for advanced level students (45 additional hours of instruction). Students interested should enroll in one of the following options according to the semester they wish to go abroad: Spring 5A, Fall 5A, and Academic Year 5A. * If enrolling in the Education in A Multicultural Context program’s intensive Spanish language option, the program starts two weeks earlier.
Students completing an entire academic year abroad: During the fall semester, students are required to enroll in the "Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice" course and participate in an academic internship at a local school for two hours a week. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the local school. During the spring semester, students are required to enroll in the "Multiculturalism and Education" course in addition to an internship for up to 20 hours a week in a local school.
last updated August 15, 2013