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CIEE Business and Society Program in Seville, Spain
Seville, Spain
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Economics, Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options: Apartment, Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:


Study abroad in Seville and advance your Spanish language skills while developing a thorough understanding of economic and business management practices in Spain and the EU.

Through intensive language training, homestays, company visits, internship opportunities and a host of coursework in economics, finance, marketing, and management, study abroad in Seville offers you truly unique international perspective, and professional experience.

In Seville you will:

  • Visit companies focused on business in Spain and the EU; intern for credit—gain practical experience in a non-American business environment
  • Explore sites of cultural importance in and around Seville and Spain on CIEE excursions, cultural and educational activities, and a three day field trip to Morocco
  • Take advantage of the CIEE writing center and tutorials,  lecture series, and workshops
The CIEE Difference


Whether you’re a business-related major with a Spanish minor, or a Spanish major with a business-related minor, you’ll find an extensive selection of courses to meet your particular interests in Seville. All courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Sevilla’s School of Economics and Business as well as highly qualified professionals from the field of international business.


Gain unparallel insight in local business practices and hands-on work experience through a for-credit internship. In the past, students have interned for such organizations as Telefónica, Endesa, Bolsasur, and the Macpuarsa Corporación, as well as a number of local smaller businesses and consulting firms.

Site Visits

In addition to trips to local business, you’ll enjoy a three-day guided visit to Morocco. Explore the religious, cultural, and social differences of this North African country; visit a local factory; and participate in a cultural, and language exchange with Business students from the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangiers.


Total recommended credit and a full course load for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Requirements

During the first few weeks, students take Intensive Spanish for Students of Business and Economics. During the remainder of the semester students enroll in four additional courses, at least two of which must be business courses. Business courses are chosen from CIEE Business and Society courses (SEBS), the CIEE Business Internship, or regular University courses in business at the Universidad de Sevilla or UPO. For their remaining courses, students enroll in Cursos para Extranjeros at the advanced level, CIEE courses, or additional language courses. Depending on language placement results, students with lower language levels may be required to take Advanced Spanish Business Writing.

CIEE encourages qualified students, especially those enrolled for the academic year, to take one or more regular University courses.

Participants who expect to take less than two business offerings must apply for the Liberal Arts program and request permission to take a SEBS course of interest. Such permission is usually granted if the applicant has the appropriate language level and academic background for the course requested.

About Seville

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 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 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.

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.

Internet 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.

Academic Program

Established in 1986, the Business and Society program offers students at the advanced language level the opportunity to solidify their Spanish language skills, while gaining an understanding of economic and business management in Spain and the European Union. The program combines coursework, related lectures, internships, and company visits. In addition, students have the opportunity to directly enroll in regular University courses.

Academic Culture

All CIEE Business and Society courses (SEBS) are held at the Universidad de Sevilla School of Economics and Business. Students may also choose to take one or more regular University courses with Spanish students at the School of Economics and Business (Universidad de Sevilla) or at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

CIEE Study Center courses offered during the fall semester finish before Christmas, while regular University courses have exams in January. While CIEE students may request permission for early University exams, CIEE does not guarantee approval of such requests by the University. In the spring, the exam period for regular University classes is late June.

At the end of the fall semester, academic year students have a break in late December and early January for holidays celebrated in Spain, and are not required to repeat the Intensive Session in January. Students who are enrolled in regular University classes must be back in Seville by the 6th of January to continue with their classes and take their final exams. Students who choose to take the advanced literature class during the spring semester intensive session must be back in Seville by the third week of January. All other academic year students return the first week of February. If an academic year student does not take a course during the spring intensive session, he or she must take five classes during the semester.

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 again for a week approximately two weeks after Easter.

While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute greatly to the student’s overall experience, attendance is mandatory for both classes and required events. Early departure for or late return from vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during the vacation periods, or upon completion of the program.