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Offered through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), the Liberal Arts (LA) and Advanced Liberal Arts (ALA) programs in Seville are co-sponsored by UW-Madison. Both the LA and ALA programs are based at the CIEE Study Center which was established in 1971 and is currently located in a beautifully renovated Sevillano palace. The Study Center is centrally located and is about ten minutes on foot from the main Universidad de Sevilla building, the Tabacalera.
The vibrant, culturally-rich city of Seville, the capital of Andalusia, was one of the last footholds of the great Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. For a city of fewer than 800,000 people, Seville offers an amazing choice of cultural activities, from flamenco theaters to classical, pop, and jazz concerts. Seville's friendly locals coupled with its palm tree-lined streets, fresh smell of orange blossoms, and location on the Guadalquivir River reflect Seville's southern comfort feel.
Not sure where Seville is? See it on a map here.
Seville is located in the south west of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the capital of the Autonomous Region of Andalusia and has a Mediterranean climate.
Getting to Your Program
Students make their own flight arrangements but are given guidelines for arrival date and times.
A student visa is required for U.S. citizens studying in Spain for a semester or academic year. CIEE will provide you with visa information. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, contact your Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.You are advised NOT to leave the U.S. for any international travel up to three months before the program begins as your passport must be turned over to the consulate for visa processing. If you must be out of the country more than a couple of days prior to the program start date, there is no guarantee that the consulate will process the visa in time for your departure.
Student visas cannot be extended in Spain.
Called Cycle I by CIEE, an initial three or four week period required for all students and worth 3 credits. Students study either language or art history depending on language proficiency.
Housing, all meals, and laundry services are included in the program fee. Students live in either Spanish speaking homes or student dormitories. Only academic year students may choose to move into private apartments with Spaniards (not with other Americans) during the spring semester.
Excursions and Activities
The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to points of interest in Seville and Spain. Past excursions have included: Granada, Cordoba, and Extremadura. Every week students receive an e-newsletter, which announces happenings around Seville and what cultural activities the program has planned.
The Seville program provides opportunities for participants to interact with Sevillianos. Opportunities include interest groups, professional development workshops, intercambios, writing center and language tutorials, volunteer opportunities, and the opportunity to work on a student publication.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
You will also be enrolled in a health and accident insurance program through CIEE.
CIEE Resident Director and staff
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.CIEE Seville LA Program Handbook
(Spring - 2012-13)CIEE Seville ALA Program Handbook
(Spring - 2012-13)
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
I had the time of my life in Sevilla. It opened my eyes to southern Spanish culture and gave me a new perspective on life. It's a gorgeous city full of fun and interesting people who go out of their way to make you feel at home.
Read about current & past students' adventures.
CIEE Seville BlogKelsey-Academic Year 2012-13Quinlyn-Spring 2013
Watch videos about the program.
Students must select between the LA or ALA option when applying to the Seville program. The primary difference between these two programs is in the academic structure.
The LA program is designed for students to improve their spoken and written Spanish while pursuing coursework in a variety of subjects. After an intensive pre-session course, students choose between a combination of four courses from CIEE Study Center courses (which are designed for, and are only open to, CIEE students), Cursos para Extranjeros (available to all American study abroad students at Universidad de Sevilla), and regular university classes at the Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). Courses are available to participants in the following subject areas: humanities, comparative literature, social justice, social science, Spanish culture, and Spanish language.
The ALA option is geared towards students with at least six semesters of Spanish that are ready to undertake the challenge of studying within the Universidad de Sevilla alongside Spanish students. Students in the ALA program take courses in a wider variety of disciplines including history, languages, anthropology, Arabic studies, business, economics, journalism, psychology, education, sciences, and mathematics. After an intensive pre-session, students on the ALA program take a total of four classes during the semester, three must be from the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO course offerings and the fourth course may be taken either from the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO offerings or a CIEE Study Center, Teaching Development, or Business and Society course.
University of Seville
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Program Web Page(s)
Study Seville Webpage
CIEE Seville Advanced Liberal Arts Program Page
CIEE Seville Liberal Arts Program Page
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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