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.
Spend your summer in the capital of Andalucia improving your language skills and immersing yourself in Spanish culture. The program offers three 4-week sessions, and students can choose to participate in one, two or all three. Through intensive language study, area studies courses, offered in English and Spanish, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, summer study abroad Seville offers you a unique and exciting international experience.
Study abroad in Seville and you will:
- Compare the country's past and present in courses on Spanish culture, politics, and art; and take innovative courses in human rights, sociology, public health, or international relations
- Explore Sevillano culture through visits to museums, theaters, and traditional festivals
- Travel to sites of cultural importance including, but not limited to Granada, Málaga, Extremadura, Carmona, and Itálica
Students will take one course/three credits per session. Coursework in this program focuses on Spanish language, culture, and history, and students will choose one language course or one content course per session. All courses meet daily, Monday through Friday, for two and a half hours. Additional cultural activities may be scheduled in the afternoon. The academic calendar includes dates for obligatory trips scheduled out of Seville. These hands-on learning experiences contribute greatly to the student’s experience abroad. Instruction is interactive and dynamic. Many lectures take place in situ, so that the student can feel a part of the fascinating culture they are studying.
All courses are held at the CIEE Study Center which is located in a beautifully renovated Sevillano palace built in 1725. It is centrally located close to the Puerta de la Carne, and a 10-minute walk from the main Universidad de Sevilla building (Tabacalera). A computer room and CIEE student services and administration are housed here. In addition, CIEE professors have offices in the center, so that students may speak with them privately about issues related to their progress in class.
Accommodations & Meals
Housing, 3 meals per day, internet and weekly laundry/cleaning are included for study abroad students whether living in a homestay or a student residence hall. In homestays, all students are housed individually, although students may request to be placed with another student -each with their own room. In the residence hall, students are usually housed in doubles with a private bathroom. The vast majority of students opt to live in a homestay, which represents both a great opportunity to practice and improve language skills, as well as feel a part of the local culture. Living in student residence hall presents both unique opportunities as well as challenges as “communal living” is not for everybody and during the summer many of the local university students are taking exams or depart for summer vacation. Consequently, CIEE organizes a series of cultural and linguistic activities with local university student for ALL summer session participants.