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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.
Accommodations and Meals
Homestays: Most students choose to live with a Spanish family. Although homestays are generally limited to one student per household, we can usually accommodate requests to be placed with another student. Each student will have his/her own bedroom, and weekly cleaning, laundry and Wi-Fi are provided. Homestays are within walking distance of the metro station with an approximate 25-minute ride to the UPO campus.
Residence Halls: Students live with other Spanish and international students. Participants are placed in small studio apartments. Each studio apartment has two individual rooms and a shared bathroom and kitchen. Residence Halls have study rooms, meeting common spaces, tv rooms, cinema room, laundry, gym, swimming pool, and many more services. Residence Halls are limited, hence this option is not guarantee and it will depend on availability.
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 day trips around Spain, as well as local excursions to points of interest in Seville, highlighting topics covered in class.
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.