In an increasingly globalized economy, international experience in a professional setting is becoming more and more valuable. This summer in Seville you can increase your Spanish business vocabulary, immerse yourself in a foreign setting, and gain practical experience on the job.
Through challenging coursework, language training, homestays, company visits, and a for-credit internship, studying abroad in Seville offers you unparalleled insight into international business and a unique intercultural experience.
Study abroad in Seville and you will:
- Improve your Spanish language, public speaking, and business writing skills
- Gain practical experience and cultural insight working in a foreign company through a for-credit internship
- Enjoy Seville, a vibrant and bustling city and the commercial hub of Andalusia
- Spend three days in Morocco, visiting local and European companies, for a firsthand look at its business environment
- Participate in excursions to sites of cultural importance, such as Granada, Cordoba, Carmona, and Itálica
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Use a two-week intensive Spanish course to build vocabulary and language skills essential to the fields of business and economics. For the next six week, you’ll utilize those skills while interning full-time with a Spanish company, giving you hands-on exposure and experience in an international work environment.
Enjoy a number of field trips and excursions to points of interest in and around Seville and Andalusia. Excursions may include visits to such sites as Huelva, Córdoba, Carmona, Cádiz, and Itálica. Weekly activities include visits to sites around Seville, cooking classes, and hiking.
The study abroad program also includes a three–day guided visit to Morocco, where you’ll experience the cultural, economic, religious, and social differences between your host country and this developing North African country. While in Morocco, take part in a cultural and language exchange with business students from the EcoleNationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangiers, and visit Moroccan businesses involved in exporting to the U.S. and European Union.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all meals
Estimated Additional Costs
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Total recommended credit for the Internship program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
The Business Internship has 135 contact hours and the Spanish for Students of Business has 45 contact hours.
Students are required to take Spanish for Students of Business and the Business Internship.
About the City
About The City
Capital of Andalusia, 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. 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.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Virginia Neira is a native Sevillian who received her B.A. in English Philology from the Universidad de Sevilla. She began working for CIEE during program orientations and joined the Business and Society study abroad program in 2006 as program assistant. In 2010 she began to coordinate the Summer Internship program. Virginia has participated in a staff exchange with Indiana University. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Religions and Society at the University Pablo de Olavide.
Participating in an internship in a foreign country is a great way to gain valuable work experience, to enrich your resume, and to obtain or improve professional skills such as giving formal presentations, public speaking, and business writing in the Spanish language. This rewarding academic program, together with an enriching cultural experience in Seville – the heart of Andalusia – creates a memorable student experience.
— Virginia Neira, Resident Coordinator
Jaime Ramírez, a native Sevillian, earned his bachelor's degree from the Universidad de Seville in business administration and MBA. at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo. Jaime participated in CIEE´s Internship USA, working for four months at the CIEE headquarters in Portland, Maine. He has also participated in several professional development staff exchanges with Georgetown University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jaime has been with CIEE since 2004 and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in work and organizational psychology.
Estudiar en España te permitirá disfrutar de una experiencia personal, profesional y cultural que nunca olvidarás. Al conocer España, su idioma y su cultura desarrollarás una nueva perspectiva y un nuevo punto de vista sobre tu propio país. Esta nueva perspectiva te beneficiará a lo largo de tu carrera profesional. Nosotros estamos aquí para facilitar tu integración e introducirte a conceptos de negocios y economía en España. No te será difícil integrarte ya que los sevillanos son amables y abiertos. Con el programa de Business & Society, podrás diseñar tu propia experiencia, mediante una combinación de cursos de empresariales de CIEE, cursos universitarios, programa de Intercambios y programa de prácticas en empresas.
— Jamie Ramírez, Center Director “”
Antonio Romero coordinates the Business and Society program’s summer internship at CIEE Study Center in Seville. He is in charge of networking with local companies to offer internships to our students. Originally from the beautiful Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a coastal town in the South of Spain in the province of Cádiz, he moved to Seville to study business administration at Universidad de Sevilla. Antonio spent six months working at CIEE´s headquarters in Portland, Maine (USA), where he had the best personal and professional experience of his life thus far!
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center 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 (the Tabacalera). 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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & 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.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Seville even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident coordinators share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
The mandatory orientation session conducted in Seville at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Spain. It includes both structured activities and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. All homestays have internet access and the CIEE Study Center has a wirless connection. You'll be allowed to use the computers at the CIEE Study Center, but for academic purposes only.
The academic study abroad program is supplemented with field trips and excursions to points of interest in Seville and Spain, and highlight topics covered in class. Prospective day excursions may include trips to Córdoba, Aracena, and Cádiz. Students will also travel to different cities of Andalusia for one weekend each session. These may include trips to Granada, Malaga, or Cádiz.
A conversation exchange program with Spanish students is an important part of the program. Intercambios give you the chance to practice what you are learning in language courses, as well as help you become more integrated into Spanish student life and into the life and culture of Seville.
Study abroad students 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 for future teachers.
The Internship program offers a unique opportunity for study abroad students to increase their business vocabulary, immerse themselves—both linguistically and professionally—in a foreign setting, and gain practical experience on the job. The Internship program incorporates an intensive Spanish for Students of Business course, which increases the student’s business vocabulary and conversational skills, as well as an internship at a local Spanish company. For the internship, students complete 100 hours of on-site work. They also conduct a research project and participate in weekly seminars, which involve training in public speaking and leadership.
Online Placement Exam
Prior to departure for Seville, all students are required to take a CIEE online placement exam during the scheduled exam period in mid-April. The purpose of this exam is to determine the student’s proficiency in Spanish, ensuring that they are placed in the appropriate level language course. Students should take this exam seriously, as placement in an upper level course depends upon a high online placement exam score.
The study abroad program offers students the opportunity to develop both their professional profile and Spanish language skills. Through a combination of coursework and related lectures, students have an unparalleled opportunity to observe, and even participate in, Spain’s economy and business management practices. Students are expected to speak Spanish at all times in class, at their place of residence, and with fellow students.
While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute greatly to the student’s overall European experience, attendance in class and at required events is mandatory. Early departure for, or late return from, the weekend is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start or upon completion of the program.
Nature of Classes
Spanish classes are with other CIEE study abroad students only. The internship places students with local Spanish businesses.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.
Final grades for the Internship program are based on completion of the 100 work hours; an evaluation by the internship sponsor; seminar attendance and participation; and completion of a professional journal, report, and presentation. Attendance is mandatory, and unexcused absences are reflected in the participant’s final grade. Class attendance and participation is essential.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by professionals from the business community and the CIEE Study Center in Seville.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Required CIEE Courses
INSH 3101 SVIN
The Business Internship, which lasts for six weeks, gives students the opportunity to apply their academic and language skills in a professional context while working full-time for a Spanish company. Internships require 100 work hours along with additional weekly sessions in class. The academic component requires the following: a research project analyzing and applying academic aspects to the student’s internship experience; professional journal explaining the day-to-day activities and observations about the internship; seminar attendance and participation; presentation of a research report in PowerPoint; and evaluations from the Internship Sponsor.
SPAN 4501 SVIN
Spanish for Students of Business
The objective of this course is to enable students to gain expertise in Spanish vocabulary and to acquire language skills essential to the fields of business and economics. These fields make special use of language that the candidate for international business must master. This course takes place the first two weeks of the program.