Achieve fluency in spoken and written Spanish while pursuing a wide variety of academic fields from a Spanish perspective in the Capital of Andalusia
Through direct enrolment in the Universidad de Sevilla, independent study options, homestays, a conversation exchange program, and volunteering opportunities, CIEE study abroad in Seville offers you a challenging, uniquely immersive academic and intercultural experience.
Enroll in regular University courses—ideal for meeting Spanish students and improving your advanced Spanish; take classes in a wide variety of disciplines, from history and languages, to anthropology and Arabic studies
Explore sites of cultural importance through weekly cultural activities and excursions
Fine-tune your language skills through the CIEE writing center and tutorials, Tertulia lecture series, personal development workshops, a conversation exchange, and volunteer opportunities
Live in a homestay, residencia or shared apartments and maximize your cultural and linguistic integration
The CIEE Difference
In addition to a variety of specialized CIEE electives, you’ll have access to a wide range of courses at the Universidad de Sevilla. Whether you’re interested in Business or Engineering, Language arts, the Humanities or Social Sciences, you’ll find a curriculum that allows you to explore your interests and earn credit towards your degree in Seville.
Improve your fluency and gain unparalleled insight into Spanish culture and family life by living with a local family.
Study abroad in Seville provides various activities and programs to help integrate you into the local and university communities, including: volunteering opportunities, a conversation exchange program, and a linguistic immersion weekend in which you’ll travel to El Bosque, in the Sierra de Grazalema (Cádiz), to engage in activities with a group of your Spanish peers from the Universidad de Sevilla.
Total recommended credit and a full course load for the semester program is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours and for the academic year, 30–32 semester/45–48 quarter hours.
The contact hours for the Universidad de Sevilla, UPO, and CIEE Study Center courses (CSCS) are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester /4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
Students in the Advanced Liberal Arts study abroad program take one course during the Intensive Session. During the remainder of the semester, students take four additional courses: three must be from the Universidad de Sevilla and/or UPO regular course offerings and the fourth course may be a Universidad de Sevilla, UPO, or a CIEE course chosen from the Liberal Arts, Teaching Development, or Business and Society programs. Please refer to those sections of the catalog for course information. Students may also enroll in an independent study project under the supervision of a home-campus faculty member. All courses are taught in Spanish and are considered junior- or senior-level.
Students who plan to take most of their classes in the social sciences and humanities and who score higher than 70 percent on the language placement exam are required to take Social History of Contemporary Spain during the Intensive Session. Students who plan to take classes exclusively in business and economics are required to take Intensive Spanish for Students of Business and Economics during the Intensive Session. Students whose language skills are below average based upon the results of the language placement exam are required to take Intensive Advanced Spanish Grammar during the Intensive Session in order to prepare them for direct registration in regular University classes with Spaniards. Students may also be required to take Advanced Spanish Grammar and Writing during the regular session if the results from the Intensive Advanced Spanish Grammar course show that they need further Spanish language support.
Students studying for the academic year are not required to repeat the Intensive Session in January. However, they may enroll in LITT 3501 CSCS: Short Stores in Spain and Latin America. Any academic year students who do not take the class offered during the January Intensive Session must take five classes during the remainder of the semester.
Advanced Liberal Arts study abroad students may select from a wide variety of classes at the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO. Please check the universities’ websites at www.us.es and www.upo.es for the most up-to-date information on specific classes. Academic information is also listed on our website. Most university courses are offered either in the fall or spring semester, and some are yearlong.
Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.
Where You’ll Study
Since its establishment in the 16th century, the Universidad de Sevilla has been one of Spain’s leading institutions of higher learning. The schools of business, communications, economics, engineering, geography and history, law, labor sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, philology, philosophy, psychology, and its many departments and institutes, serve the educational needs of Spain’s most populous region. In total, the Universidad de Sevilla is the educational center for some 75,000 students.
With nearly 11,000 students, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is the second state run university in Seville. It is located on a 345-acre campus, about a 30-minute metro or bus ride from the center of the city. UPO offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in the traditional majors, as well as in biotechnology, environmental sciences, humanities, labor relations, second language acquisition, social work, sports sciences, and translation. Its facilities are equipped with the latest in technology, including campus-wide Internet access, computer, television, video and audio centers, an open access library, sports facilities, and science laboratories.
CIEE Study Center
The CIEE Study Center is located in a beautifully renovated sevillano palace built in 1725. It is centrally located, close to the Puerta de la Carne, and is about 10 minutes on foot from the main Universidad de Sevilla building (the Tabacalera). Housed in the CIEE Study Center are classrooms, computer room, CIEE student services, and CIEE administration. CIEE professors also have an office in the Study Center, so that students may speak with them privately about issues related to their progress in class.
Housing & Meals
Homestays are the overwhelming preference of study abroad students due to the cultural and linguistic opportunities that they provide. Students have their own room and are placed on an individual basis. However, those students who specifically wish to share housing may request to live with another program participant, but always with the condition that each student has their own separate bedroom. All meals and laundry privileges are provided.
Students choosing the residencia option have all meals provided in the cafeteria except Sunday lunch and a limited meal service during Christmas break, Easter Week, and Feria. Laundry services are also the responsibility of the student in the residencia, although facilities are provided. Residencia rooms are usually doubles or triples shared with other CIEE participants. Few individual rooms are available in the residencia. Students who want to live alone in their own room should choose the homestay or shared apartment options.
Study abroad students choosing the shared student apartments will be housed possibly with one other program participant, in addition to Spanish and, occasionally, international students. All apartment residents will have their own bedroom, but bathrooms, kitchen and other common areas are shared amongst the residents. Students choosing this option will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals as these are not provided, nor is there a cafeteria (as with the residencia). However, students will receive a modest monthly food stipend. Laundry is also the responsibility of the student, although a washing machine is provided.
nternet is provided in all types of CIEE housing, as are cleaning services, although these vary depending on the type of housing.
Academic year students may choose to move into private apartments with Spaniards (not other Americans or English-speakers) during the spring semester. CIEE will provide a monthly stipend as well as an informational session about this option, but students are entirely responsible for all aspects of this independent living situation.
Given the size of the city, all students should expect to use public transportation (metro, tram, bus or public bike rental) to commute from their place of residence to their classes.
Founded in 1994, the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts study abroad program is designed for students with advanced Spanish language skills and a strong academic background. Students take the majority of their classes with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla and/or the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), supplemented by a variety of courses offered by CIEE.
Courses in law, geography, history, and philology meet in the Universidad de Sevilla’s main building, the Tabacalera. Classes from the other schools meet at different campuses located around the city of Seville. UPO classes are held on the UPO campus. All courses meet two times a week for 90 minutes or three times a week for 45 minutes. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Instruction is usually lecture style.
Keep in mind that Spanish students begin to study in their area of concentration from the first day of their university career. They are specialists, not generalists. Spain does not have a liberal arts educational tradition, and different degrees do not have survey-type classes as in the United States.
Fall semester students may take their final exams prior to the Christmas break, or take them during the official University exam period in late January. For those choosing to take their exams in January, there is a two-week break in between Christmas and January 6th (the holiday called Reyes). December exams are arranged on an individual basis with the professor; all dates for official university exams are published early in the semester. Yearlong students need to take their exams during the official University exam period..
In the spring, final exams for regular University classes at UPO may be taken the last week of May. At the Universidad de Sevilla, exams take place in early June. In some cases, professors may be willing to administer the final exam earlier than the officially scheduled date, but CIEE cannot be responsible for arranging or guaranteeing early exams.
During the spring semester, two vacation periods take place: Semana Santa and Feria de Abril. The dates are not fixed, but students are normally free the week before Easter (Holy Week) and then again for a week approximately two weeks after Easter.
Students are required to review their exams (called a revisión) with their professors before leaving Seville so they know how well they performed and what grade to expect.