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  • Locations: Seville, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/26/2018 10/12/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Communication Studies, Economics, Humanities, Sociology, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options: Apartment, Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:


Come to Seville and develop your advanced level Spanish skills while enjoying extensive course offerings in nearly every academic discipline.

With a curriculum built specifically for CIEE students, direct enrolment options at two of local universities, homestays, a language exchange, interest groups and volunteering opportunities, studying abroad in Seville offers you a challenging and unique academic and intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Seville and you will:

  • Study at one of the oldest and most prestigious study abroad programs in Spain, chosen by thousands of U.S. students since its inception in 1971
  • Learn outside the classroom through weekly educational activities and excursions to sites of cultural importance
  • Immerse yourself in the local community through special interest groups, homestays, Intercambios, and volunteer opportunities

The CIEE Difference


From Art History and Anthropology, to Communications, Literature, Economics, and Film Studies, Seville has an incredibly vast and rich curriculum which allows you to pursue your passions in an environment that is both challenging and stimulating.


Enjoy a number of field trips and excursions to points of interest in Seville and Spain. Field trips and visits highlight topics covered in class and have included excursions to Granada, Córdoba, Aracena, and Cádiz. Students who participate in Interest Groups also take part in a three day themed weekend trip to locations including Barcelona, Lisbon, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, or Morocco.


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.

Interest Groups meet throughout the semester and are focused on different themes includingIntensive Session) based upon the result of the online language placement exam. Upon completion of the Intensive Session, students begin their program of study, which includes a combination of four courses from CIEE Study Center (CSCS) courses, Cursos para Extranjeros at the Universidad de Sevilla, and regular university classes at the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO. Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to the four courses during the semester.

Study abroad students with lower-than-average language levels will be required to continue with a specially designed language class after the intensive session, Academic Writing and Critical Thinking (SPAN 4001 CSCS).

Liberal Arts participants may also take one CIEE course offered through the Business and Society program and/or any of the CIEE courses offered through the Teaching Development and Communication, New Media and Journalism programs. Please refer to those sections of the catalog for course information. Regular University course offerings at the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO are in the Advanced Liberal Arts section of the catalog.

Students in the Liberal Arts study abroad program for the academic year are not required to repeat the Intensive Session in January. However, many academic year students may wish to take Short Stories in Spain and Latin America (LITT 3501 CSCS) during this time. If an academic year student does not take the literature class during the Intensive Session, he or she must take five classes during the remainder of the semester.

CIEE recommends that students with a strong academic background and excellent Spanish skills take at least one regular university course. Students staying for the academic year should include several regular university courses when designing their program of study. Liberal Arts students may take these classes from any of the schools of the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO. Business classes offered at UPO may be found in the Business and Society section of this catalog..

Because CIEE Resident Staff have the responsibility for recommending students for admission into regular university courses, they reserve the right to require students to take on extra work in language study should they deem it necessary. Credit is not recommended for the extra work.

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, geographyand 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, theUniversidad 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 ten minutes on foot from the main Universidad de Sevilla building (the Tabacalera). Housed in the CIEE Study Center are classrooms, computer center, CIEE student services, and CIEE administration. CIEE professors also have an office there where 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

The CIEE Liberal Arts study abroad program began in 1971 and is designed for students at the advanced level to improve their spoken and written Spanish while pursuing coursework in a variety of subjects. In addition to a range of courses offered by CIEE, students can also choose to enroll directly in a Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide course.

Academic Culture

All courses meet two to three times a week and classes are scheduled every day, Monday through Friday. Instruction is usually lecture style.

CIEE Study Center courses and Cursos para Extranjeros offered during the fall semester finish before Christmas and for the spring semester, in mid-May. Final exams at UPO normally take place in late January and June, but may be taken early during both semesters if necessary. At the Universidad de Sevilla, exams take place in January and 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.

At the end of the fall semester, academic year students have a break for the late December and early January holidays celebrated in Spain. Students who are enrolled in regular University classes must be back in Seville by January 6, following the holiday called Reyes, to continue classes and take 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.

During the fall, there is no extended vacation period. During the spring, 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.

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.