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Study in the vibrant and culturally-rich city of Seville, Spain, advancing your Spanish language skills and taking classes in disciplines ranging from history and languages to anthropology and Arabic studies! Offered through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), this program provides the opportunity to enroll in either a Liberal Arts (LA) or Advanced Liberal Arts (ALA) program.
Both the LA and ALA programs are based at the CIEE Study Center, a beautifully renovated 16th century palacio, welcoming around 250-500 U.S. students from colleges and universities each semester. The Study Center is centrally located and is about ten minutes on foot from the main Universidad de Sevilla building, the Tabacalera.
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.
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Seville is located in the south west of the Iberian Peninsula. Situated on the River Guadalquivir, it is the capital of the region of Andalusia and has a Mediterranean climate. Seville 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, famous operas set in the city. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace.
Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts. Its metropolitan population of around 1.5 million makes it Spain’s fourth-largest city.
Getting to Your Program
You will make your own flight arrangements but are given guidelines for arrival date and times by CIEE.
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.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
A mandatory weeklong orientation session is conducted in Seville at the beginning of the program. You will be introduced to the country, culture, and academic program, and also provided practical information about living in Spain.
HousingYou will have a preference of living situation and may choose between a homestay (room in a Spanish home), residencia option (shared residence with other CIEE students), or shared apartments (mix of CIEE and Spanish/international students). Only academic year students may choose to move into private apartments with Spaniards (not with other Americans) during the spring semester.
All meals are provided in the homestay. The residencia option provides all meals except Sunday lunch and limited service during breaks. In shared apartments, you are responsible for purchasing and preparing your own meals.
Given the size of Seville, you should expect to use public transportation or could have up to a 30 minute walk from your place of residence to your classes.
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, Aracena, and Cadiz. Every week you’ll receive an e-newsletter that announces happenings around Seville and what cultural activities the program has planned.
The Seville program provides opportunities for you 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.
The LA and ALA program each have a Resident Director and the CIEE Study Center has a large staff, all available for on-site assistance.
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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."
"I loved my host family and they truly made me feel like I was a fourth member of their family. They helped me learn about Spain and I can't thank them enough for the great experience they gave me."
Read about current & past students' adventures.
CIEE Seville BlogKelsey-Academic Year 2012-13Quinlyn-Spring 2013
Watch videos about the program.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
The CIEE Study Center in Seville provides the opportunity for you to take:
-CIEE courses (designed for, and only open to, CIEE students);
-Cursos para Extranjeros (courses for American students at Universidad de Sevilla); and
-University classes at the Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO)
The Universidad de Sevilla is one of Spain’s leading institutions providing schools of business, communications, economics, engineering, geography and history, law, labor sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, philology, philosophy, and psychology for some 75,000 students. Its main building is a 10-minute walk from the Study Center.
UPO is a smaller university in Seville offering traditional majors including, environmental and sports sciences and humanities. This campus is located 30 minute bus/metro ride from the city center.
You will select between the Liberal Arts (LA) or Advanced Liberal Arts (ALA) option when applying to the Seville program. All courses are taught in Spanish. The primary difference between these two programs is in the academic structure. If you are direct enrolling in university courses, you must be prepared to stay until the end of the examination period in the fall (January) and spring (June). Early exams may be possible, but cannot be guaranteed.
The LA program is designed for students to improve their spoken and written Spanish while pursuing coursework in a variety of subjects. You will take one intensive session course (for credit) the first few weeks of the program based upon the result of your language placement exam. After the intensive session, you will choose a combination of four courses from CIEE courses, Cursos Para Extranjeros, and regular university courses. If you have a strong academic background and excellent Spanish skills, you are encouraged to take at least one regular university course.
Advanced Liberal Arts
The ALA option is geared toward students with at least six semesters of Spanish who are ready to undertake the challenge of studying within the Universidad de Sevilla or UPO alongside Spanish students. You will take courses in a wide variety of disciplines offered at the two universities. You will take one intensive session course (for credit) the first few weeks of the program based upon the result of your language placement exam. After the intensive session, you will choose four courses. 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.
Universidad de Sevilla
Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO)
Program Web Page(s)
CIEE Seville Liberal Arts Program
CIEE Seville Advanced Liberal Arts Program
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