Ready to take your intermediate Spanish language skills to the next level while immersing yourself in Spanish culture in one of the most exciting, dynamic cities Europe? Seville awaits!
Through intensive language training and coursework in Spanish literature, history, politics, religion and art, you’ll have the opportunity to drastically improve your language proficiency while developing your understanding and appreciation of the country and its people. And with homestays, a conversation exchange, volunteering opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Seville offers you a truly unique intercultural experience.
Study abroad in Seville and you will:
Study Spanish in a program designed for Spanish majors and minors with an intermediate language level
Participate in extensive field trips and excursions
Improve your Spanish through the CIEE writing center and tutorials, a conversation exchange, and volunteer opportunities
Live with a local family who provide cultural and linguistic integration
The CIEE Difference
Choose from a variety of CIEE electives and Universidad de Sevilla courses in subjects ranging from Political Science and History, to Anthropology, Music, Film Studies, and Visual Art.
Enjoy a number of daylong and extended field trips and excursions to points of interest in Seville and Spain. Past excursions have included trips to Granada, Córdoba, Aracena, and Cádiz.
CIEE 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.
You can also take part in the Tandem Project, a language exchange in which pairs you with a Spanish peer of similar abilities to your own. You’ll help your Spanish partners develop their English skills while they help you with your Spanish.
Total recommended credit and a full course load for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours.
Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
Study abroad students take one intensive three-credit Spanish course for the first few weeks of the program (Intensive Session) and four more classes during the semester (Regular Session), including two CIEE language classes and two content classes. Students take either two CIEE classes or one CIEE class and one Cursos para Extranjeros class). Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to the four courses during the semester.
The Intensive Session prepares students for content courses and solidifies their language skills. Based on the results of the language placement exam, students are placed in either SPAN 2501 SELS/Intensive Intermediate Spanish or SPAN 3501 SELS/Intensive Advanced Spanish.
For the remainder of the program (Regular Session), students are placed in two additional CIEE Spanish language courses: Advanced Grammar and Composition I or II and Advanced Language Skills and Conversation I or II.
In addition to the language courses, students take two content courses (either two CIEE content courses or one CIEE course and one Cursos para Extranjeros course).
Capital of Andalusia, Sevilla 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 there, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Sevilla is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Sevilla 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, geography and 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, the Universidad de Sevilla is the educational center for some 75,000 students.
Housing & Meals
Housing and all meals are included in the study abroad program fee. Students live in Spanish-speaking private homes and meals are taken at the homestay. All students are placed individually in homes where English is not spoken. Given the size of the city, all students use public transportation to commute from their place of residence to class.
Established in 1985, the CIEE Language and Society study abroad program is geared to intermediate-level language students who want to see a marked improvement in their language skills while gaining an understanding of Spanish culture. Course work combines intensive language and content courses.
Study abroad students take language courses at the CIEE Study Center. Content courses are held at the Facultades de Filología y Geografia e Historia, located 10 minutes from the CIEE Study Center. This location provides a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and become friends with Spanish students.
Having taught in the United States, many faculty members are familiar with the U.S. academic system. Teaching methods, of course, vary from teacher to teacher, and it is of great value for the students to be exposed to different styles. Students are able to use the library, computer facilities, and study rooms of the Facultades.
During the fall semester, there is no extended vacation period. During the spring semester, two vacation periods take place: Semana Santa and Feria de Abril. Although the dates are not fixed, students are normally free the week before Easter (Holy Week) and then again for a week approximately two weeks after Easter.
Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall experience, attendance in class is mandatory and unexcused absences affect final grades. 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 semester break, or upon completion of the program.
Nature of Classes
CIEE classes are with other CIEE study abroad students and not with Spanish students. Cursos para Extranjeros are with other American students.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.
Students are normally graded on the basis of at least one mid-term and final examination; language courses normally have more than two examinations and quizzes. Student participation composes part of the final grade.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Sevilla and professionals in the field of teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Faculty for the Language and Society program are highly specialized professionals in the area of teaching language and culture to foreign students at the intermediate language level. Many of the faculty have been working with the program for a number of years and have the experience and preparation to handle the needs of the participants.