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CIEE International Business and Culture 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: Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Science, Finance, General Business, History, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Options: Host Family
Program Description:


Advance your Spanish language skills while pursuing coursework in international business  in a city rich in history and culture: Seville.

Whether you’re an accomplished Spanish student or an absolute beginner, studying abroad in Seville offers you language instruction, area studies electives, and a host of courses in economics, finance, marketing, and management that give you international perspective and experience.

Study abroad in Seville and you will:

  • Learn about the culture through activities and excursions to sites of cultural importance in and around Seville and Spain, as well as a trip to Morocco
  • Visit Spanish companies and organizations to complement the academic program
  • Develop intercultural competency skills via the CIEE Intercultural Communication in Context course

The CIEE Difference


No Spanish language experience? No problem. Choose from a variety of language study, and international business courses – offered in both English and Spanish – exploring topics like: the functioning of the European economy; foreign exchange markets; the role of strategic business management in a globalized world; and marketing across linguistic and cultural borders.

What’s more, you’ll have access to  coursework in subjects ranging from History and Literature, to Communications, and the Social and Natural Sciences.


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, intramural sports, and outings to the cinema with local students.


Enjoy a number of daylong and extended excursions to points of interest in and around Seville, which highlight topics covered in class. This also includes a four-day field trip to Morocco where you’ll explore social, religious, and economic differences between your host country and this developing North African nation. 


Total recommended credit and a full course load for the semester program is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours and 30 semester/45 quarter hours for the academic year. Students may take up to 18 total credits for the semester.

Contact hours for the Intensive Session are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

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

Science classes with labs included

Program Requirements

Study abroad students take one language course during the Intensive Session, which takes place the first few weeks of the semester. Upon completion of the Intensive Session, students take one Spanish language class at their level, and three additional courses from the UPO courses for international students or the optional CIEE course, Intercultural Communication. Students may take up to five classes during the regular session.

Students at the beginning Spanish level will take one three credit language course and an additional one credit course in conversation for a total of 4 credits during the regular session. Spanish learners at the elementary level may opt to take the intensive 6 credit Spanish course to maximize language acquisition during the semester.

Depending on course availability, students may also choose to take regular university classes taught in English with Spanish students. Students who test into the Advanced Level on the UPO placement exam are required to take at least one content course in Spanish. Students who test into the Advanced Level II are required to take all classes in Spanish. Auditing classes (not for credit) is also possible. Information is available on site for interested students.

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

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 30 minutes from bus or metro from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide campus.. Housed in the CIEE Study Center are classrooms, computer center, 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

Housing, all meals, and laundry services are included in the study abroad program fee. Students may live alone or with a roommate in  Spanish-speaking private homes. Students will always have their own room in the homestay.. Students live within walking distance of a metro or bus stop. Students should expect a 30-minute metro or bus ride to the UPO campus. A transportation stipend is included in the program fee.

Academic Program

Founded in 2005, the CIEE International Business and Culture study abroad program is geared to students with beginning to intermediate level language skills who wish to improve their Spanish language skills while taking a wide variety of courses for diverse majors in English. In addition to  Spanish courses, students can fulfill home school requirements in such other areas as international relations, psychology, business, history, literature, and science, among others. These courses for international students are noted in the courses section.

Academic Culture

The study abroad  program is located on the UPO campus, where all classes meet during the regular University session. Intensive Session classes meet at the CIEE Study Center.

CIEE and UPO courses for international students are small and interactive.. These courses also include visits to the theater, cinema, and other local monuments. Participation is an important component of the grade.

Most classes meet two times a week. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Students may have academic commitments on Fridays such as class excursions and language tutorials.

UPO courses for international students offered during the fall semester finish before Christmas and in the spring end in late May. The optional CIEE Intercultural Communication course follows the same calendar.

During the fall, there is no extended vacation period during the semester. During the spring, two vacation periods take place at the University: 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.

While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s experience, attendance in class is mandatory. Friday is considered part of the academic week. Early departure for or late return from vacations 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.