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Spain is one of Europe's most geographically diverse counties, ranging from the near-deserts of eastern Andalucia to the green countryside and deep coastal inlets of Galicia, and from the sunbaked uplands of Castilla-La Mancha to the rugged, snow-capped Pyrenees. Culturally, Spain is filled with historic structures, from Roman aqueducts and Islamic palaces to Gothic cathedrals.
As the capital of Andalucia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to iconic characters such as the Barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalucia. For a city of approximately 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts. In the spring, the Feria features a weeklong celebration of Seville's cultural traditions. Seville is also home to many university students and has a lively nightlife.
CIEE Study Center, affiliated with Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Universidad de Sevilla
The CIEE Study Center is located in a beautifully renovated sevillano palace that was built in 1725, in the heart of Seville's city center and about a ten minute walk from the main building on the Universidad de Sevilla campus. The CIEE Study Center houses classrooms, student services, and administration. CIEE Professors also have an office in the Study Center, so that students may easily access them.
Students in the International Business & Culture program will take classes at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). With 9,000 students, UPO is the second state run university in Seville. It is located on a 345 acre campus, about a 20-minute metro or bus ride from the center of the city. Students in the Business & Society program may take classes at the Universidad de Sevilla, which has been one of Spain's leading institutions of higher learning since its establishment in the 16th century. The school and its many departments and institutes serves the educational needs of Spain's most populous region. In total, the Universidad de Sevilla is the educational center for some 60,000 students.
CIEE's International Business & Culture program (IBCP) is geared toward students with beginning to intermediate level language skills (0-4 college semesters or equivalent) who wish to improve their Spanish language skills while taking international business or humanities courses in English. In addition to business and Spanish courses, students can fulfill Bentley requirements in other arts/science disciplines.
- IBCP Required Courses:
- Intensive Language Course at the beginning of the semester (3 credits)
- Semester-long CIEE Spanish language course at appropriate level (3 credits)
- 3 additional courses from UPO courses for international students (9 credits)
CIEE's Business and Society program (SEBS) offers students at the advanced language level (completed MLSP 202 or equivalent) 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. NOTE: Business and Society students must take all of their courses in Spanish.
- SEBS Required Courses:
- Intensive Spanish for Students of Business and Economics* (3 credits)
- 4 additional courses, at least 2 of which must be business** (12 credits)
Both programs offer students the opportunity to participate in a for-credit business internship as one of their courses.
*Depending on language placement results, students with lower language levels may be required to take Advanced Spanish Business Writing as a semester-long course as one of their 12 remaining credits.
**Business courses are chosen from CIEE Business and Society courses (SEBS), the CIEE Business Internship (INSH), 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 Liberal Arts program courses (CSCS), or additional language courses.
Accommodations and Meals
The housing fee includes all meals and laundry services. Students live in Spanish-speaking private homes, one per family in the fall and one or two per family in the spring. Students should expect a 25-minute bus ride or 15-minute metro ride from the city center to the UPO campus. A transportation stipend is included for students taking classes at UPO. Some homestays may not have internet connections. Cyber cafés are readily available in Seville. Internet access is also available in the university libraries and computer labs. Computers at the CIEE Study Center are available to students for academic purposes. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops since the CIEE Study Center and the universities have wireless access.
Special Program Features
Orientation: A week-long orientation session, conducted in Seville at the beginning of the program, introduces students to the country, the culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Spain. It includes both structured activities and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program by the staff at the CIEE Study Center.
Excursions: The academic program is supplemented with excursions to points of interest in Seville, highlighting topics covered in class. Both the ICBP and SEBS programs include a three- or four-day field trip to Morocco where students experience the cultural, religious, social, and economic differences of this developing North African country.
Internships: Students on the Business & Society program may be eligible to enroll in a credit-bearing internship as one of their five courses for the semester. All internships are conducted in Spanish so advanced language skills are required. Students work 120 hours for a local company; the work placement is complemented by a structured academic component entailing weekly meetings.
Volunteering: Students on both programs have the opportunity to work with children and the elderly, as well as other humanitarian associations. Students may also become involved in such international organizations as Amnesty International. Volunteer teaching opportunities in local schools are also available.