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CIEE Communication, New Media, and Journalism 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: Communication Studies, Journalism, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options: Apartment, Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:


Explore. Engage. Create. Combining intensive language study, student-driven media projects and professional opportunities, Communications, New Media + Journalism in Seville will challenge you to truly engage with and examine not only the country’s culture, but the culture of new media.     

Study abroad in Seville and you will:

  • Collaborate on audio-visual, digital and printed communications projects with both American and Spanish students
  • Examine the future of the information market in the face of the new tools and media available to both producers of content and the general public
  • Study and create with some of Spain’s most progressive, young media professionals
Whether you use a lens, a microphone or pen, feed your creative vision and enhance your knowledge of contemporary media culture and production from a national and global perspective, in Spain.

The CIEE Difference


From the newsroom to the darkroom, enroll in a curriculum based in both theory and practice:

  • Through discussions with local professionals and Journalism students, develop a background on the history of printed press in Europe and methods by which they continue to adapt to the challenges posed by the Internet
  • Discover the active and multidisciplinary scene of digital production in Spain and in Europe, with an emphasis on the work of individuals and collectives who address mass media issues from social and culturally critical perspectives
  • Examine and capture your new community through images in Urban Photography Workshop or create an aural soundscape with Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting


Step into the professional field and gain practical work experience through a for-credit internship in the areas of Audio-visual Communication, New Media, Visual Art, Media Management, Journalism, Radio and TV Broadcasting.

Field Trips and Workshops

Explore new scenery and new perspectives with trips to various cultural and educational excursions:


  • Supplement in-class work with trips to Córdoba, Aracena, and Cádiz
  • Put into practice the most basic and raw principles of graphic communication during a four-day trip to the city of Barcelona
  • Participate in a workshop and exercises conducted by the directors of a leading communication studio associated with the prestigious School of Communication and Design at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Collaborative Media Projects

Put your knowledge and skills to work in two hands-on core courses:

  • Work with classmates and an editorial team to develop a number of articles and chronicles to be published on the program website and in the student-produced magazine más+menos
  • Produce creative, culturally and socially grounded audio-visual content at the Centro Experimental y Tecnológico para las Artes de Sevilla (ICAS) under the leadership of a team of prominent young media professionals

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

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


Study abroad students take five three-credit courses per semester. Depending upon language placement during orientation, students take either Cultural History of Spain or the Advanced Spanish Grammar course during the Intensive Session at the start of the semester.  During the regular university session, students must take a core course, and have the option of taking both core courses. The remaining classes may be selected from the Communication elections, CIEE Liberal Arts program courses or Universidad de Sevilla/Pablo de Olavide regular university classes with Spanish students. This program also offers a one-credit workshop on urban photography. Yearlong students may opt to take an independent internship during the Spring semester.

About Seville

Seville has its origins in the trade routes controlled by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Romans, Goths, Muslims, and Christians established their capital here before it became the most important city in Southern Europe and gateway to the Americas in the 16th century. The commercial hub of its region, the city preserves many traces of its past and traditions. With fewer than 800,000 residents, Seville offers a large variety of cultural activities that range from the Bienal of Flamenco and the European Film Festival, to alternative theater venues and one of the most respected bullrings in the world.

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.

Additionally, some of the courses of the Communication, New Media and Journalism study abroad program are hosted at the Centro Experimental y Tecnológico para la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla (ICAS) located in the 14th century monastery of San Clemente (a 15-minute walk to the CIEE Study Center).  Here  students get connected to professionals from the fields of New Media, Visual and Performing Arts, or Film and Audiovisual Production and  they also get to present their works here to the public at the end of each semester.

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.

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

This study abroad program is designed for students considering a career in any communication environment. Students take courses in these disciplines through CIEE and with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla. Students may also register for CIEE classes offered through the Liberal Arts Program. Students gain valuable hands-on experience in a multifaceted academic and professional environment. CIEE guarantees the social and cultural immersion of participants in the host society via specialized projects and extra-curricular activities.

Academic Culture

Courses meet two to three times a week and classes are scheduled every day, Monday through Friday. Instruction is usually lecture style. Final exams take place in January for the fall semester and June for the spring semester. In some cases professors may be willing to administer the final exam earlier (before Christmas in the fall and end of May in the spring) but CIEE is not responsible for arranging or guaranteeing early exams. At the end of the fall semester, academic year students have a break for the late December and early January holidays. Students who are enrolled in University classes must be back in Seville by January 6 to continue their classes and take their final exams.

Students who choose to take the advanced literature class (LITT 3501 CSCS) 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.

During the fall, there is no extended vacation period. During the spring, two vacation periods take place at the University: Semana Santa and Feria de Abril. While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s experience, attendance in class is mandatory. Early departure for or late return from vacations is not allowed.