Seville, Spain

Advanced Liberal Arts

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Information for term Advanced Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 2 – Dec 19, 2020 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 15 – Jun 6, 2020 (20 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.9 Overall GPA

Overview

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Take your advanced Spanish language skills to the next level while studying across a range of academic areas at CIEE Seville and our partner schools, University of Seville and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). Take classes alongside local students, in Spanish, while immersing yourself in the rich culture of Seville. CIEE Seville is located in the heart of Seville, close to the Royal Alcazar palace. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

The Take-Aways

  • EXPLORE A NEW PLACE, TASTE, OR

    experience every week, with activities and excursions that illuminate everything you are learning.

  • BECOME IMMERSED IN SEVILLE

    with courses alongside local Spanish peers at the local Spanish universities.

  • EXPLORE

    and discover some of the most beautiful cities in Andalucia through our excursions to cities like Cadiz, Malaga, Cordoba, Jerez, etc.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Old Town

    3
  • neighborhoods

    108
  • museums

    16

Location & Culture

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Seville has its origins in the trade routes controlled by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Romans, Goths, Muslims, and Christians established their capital here before it became the most important city in Southern Europe and gateway to the Americas in the 16th century. The commercial hub of its region, the city preserves many traces of its past and traditions. With 700,000 residents, Seville offers a large variety of cultural activities that range from the Flamenco Biennial and the European Film Festival to alternative theater venues, bars with live music, beautiful streets and open spaces and, of course, one of the most respected bullrings in the world.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Practice your language skills with Spanish university students during a special language immersion day that includes group activities and games, presentations, one-to-one conversation, food and drinks.
  • Discover the treasures of cities like Córdoba and Cádiz.
  • Try your hand at Spanish cooking – tapas anyone?
  • Unwind and get a different perspective on a kayaking tour.
  • Join in flamenco lessons, check out Seville’s alternative cinemas, and more. New activities are always on offer.
  • Explore historical sites all around Seville as well as medieval castles like in Carmona
  • Get above it all with a hike in the Sierra Norte

PROJECTS

  • Volunteer. Get to know the people of Seville better – and say gracias for your stay by volunteering with humanitarian organizations or teaching local youth.
  • Conversation exchange program. Socialize with Spanish peers while you improve your language skills by leaps and bounds.
  • University activities. Students can join in with a range of activities and outings – choir, hiking, sports, etc. – offered by our host universities.

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Most students choose to live with a Spanish-speaking family. Homestays are limited to one student per household. Each student will have his/her own bedroom, and weekly cleaning, laundry and internet are provided. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes, but may also be able to take public transportation.

    Residence halls. Students have individual bedrooms with bathroom, kitchen, Internet, and weekly cleaning and linen service. Halls have common spaces, and students can opt to pay for meal plans, laundry, gym and pool services and more. Students should expect a 20-40-minute commute, riding a rented bike or city bus.

    Academic-year students: Students can move to private apartments for the second semester. Roommates may not be American or English-speaking. CIEE provides a monthly stipend for these students, but they are responsible for arranging and paying for apartments.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Three meals per day are provided by the host. Residence halls: Meals are not provided. Students have access to kitchens and cafeterias.

Seville, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    In the city center, a ten-minute walk from the main Universidad de Seville building.

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    UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA

    Seville

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    UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE

    A 30-minute metro or bus ride from the center of the city.

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is designed for students with advanced Spanish language skills and strong academic backgrounds. Students take most classes with Spanish students at our partner institutions: the Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, and EUSA, as well as from CIEE Seville where a variety of specialized electives are offered. Whether you’re interested in business, engineering, language, arts, the humanities, or social sciences, you can explore your interests and earn credit toward your degree in Seville.

Universidad de Sevilla has been one of Spain’s leading institutions of higher learning since the 16th century, and now hosts some 75,000 students. Its many schools, departments, and institutes serve the educational needs of Spain’s most populous region.

EUSA (Estudios Universitarios Superiores de Andalucía) University Centre is a private university center founded in 1961 and affiliated with the University of Seville since 1996. Their official undergraduate degrees include Audiovisual Communication, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, and Tourism. EUSA is one of the educational components that constitute the Campus Formativo of the Chamber of Commerce of Seville, a unique configuration located in the heart of Seville which has catered to the learning needs of over 55,000 national and international students.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) – With nearly 11,000 students, UPO is the second largest state university in Seville. Its 345-acre campus is 30-minutes from the center of the city. UPO offers undergraduate and graduate programs in traditional majors, as well other areas, from biotechnology to translation. Modern facilities include campus-wide Internet access, sports facilities, science labs, and more.

CIEE Seville – Our home is a beautifully renovated palace, originally built in 1725. It is close to the Royal Alcazar palace and a 10-minute walk from the Universidad de Sevilla. The site includes classrooms, a computer room, student services, the Center for Linguistic Resources, and the Advanced Liberal Arts team.

Prior to departure for Seville, all students take a CIEE online placement exam. Results determine appropriate placement in language courses. Placement in many upper-level courses depends on a high score.

Our Language Resource Center is staffed by language professors and Spanish students majoring in Spanish philology. Tutorials that focus on university course content are also offered. Spanish classmates and graduate students help CIEE students with their university work. Students can also request personal tutors.

Students agree to speak only Spanish to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIEE courses are open only to CIEE students. University courses are open to Spanish and international students. Courses in law, geography, history, and philology meet in the Universidad de Sevilla’s main building, Tabacalera. Classes from the other schools meet at different campuses around the city. Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) classes are held on the UPO campus, a 30-minute commute from the city center. EUSA classes are taught on the EUSA campus, about 20 minutes walking from the center of the city.

  • GRADING

    In CIEE courses, students are graded on midterm and final examinations, assignments, class participation, and attendance. In direct enrollment classes, professors give oral or written final exams, and sometimes term papers, too. Numerical grades are given on a 10-point scale and converted to the U.S. scale.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Spanish students begin to study in their area of concentration from day one. They are specialists, not generalists. Spain does not have a liberal arts educational tradition and different degrees do not include survey-type classes. Class attendance is mandatory, and students are expected to complete work and exams as scheduled. Dates of official university exams are published early in the semester. Academic and exam schedules vary between academic institutions, so plan accordingly. All students are required to review their exams with their professors before leaving Seville, so they know how they performed and what grade to expect.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    The GPA for students who want to take classes at University of Seville is 2.5. For students who want to take classes at University Pablo de Olavide, the GPA is 2.9

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    6 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100 placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/ quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100 research hours
  • University of Seville: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
  • University Pablo de Olavide: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
  • EUSA School of Communications: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted

Language of Instruction
Spanish

Requirements
Students must take five to six courses, for a total of 15-18 semester credits, including:

  • One two-week intensive Spanish language or culture course
    • HISP 3501 CSCS Social History of Contemporary Spain, SPAN 3503 CSCS Intensive Spanish for Students of Business and Economics, or SPAN 4502 CSCS Intensive Advanced Spanish Grammar, depending on results from placement exam. 
    • Students at a lower language level will be encouraged to enroll in the semester long course SPAN 4102 CSCS: Advanced Composition and Stylistics
  • Four to five semester elective courses
    • One to two CIEE course from any of the areas listed below
      • Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing
      • Communication, Journalism, and Media
      • Health Professions and Related Programs
      • History, Philosophy, Religion
      • Languages and Cultural Studies
      • Literature, Linguistics, and Writing
      • Psychology
      • Social Sciences
      • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Independent Research Project (optional)
    • Business Internship (optional)
    • A minimum of three host institution courses
      • University of Seville
      • University Pablo de Olavide
      • EUSA School of Communications 

Course Notes

  • First-year courses at the University of Seville are not available to international students.
  • Advanced Liberal Arts students may not take classes from the Cursos Concertados at University of Seville.
  • Courses in the area of Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing are held at the University of Seville’s School of Economics and Business.
  • All students who take host institution courses must stay to complete their classes and exams. Late semester exams may be possible but must be confirmed with the professor. Exact final exam dates will not be available until the beginning of the semester. Center staff will be able to help students enroll in courses with early exams if necessary.

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.

Courses

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Spring 2020 CIEE Courses

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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Health Professions and Related Programs

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

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Psychology

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

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Psychology

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Host Institution Courses

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Host Institution courses are available from the UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE, UNIVERSITY PABLO DE OLAVIDE COURSES, and EUSA School of Communications.

Students may refer to the Universidad de Sevilla website at www.us.es, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide website at www.upo.es, and EUSA website at www.eusa.es for more information.

All syllabi are posted on the universities´ websites.

CIEE cannot guarantee host institution offerings or that the courses on the websites will not change.

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA (US)

First-year courses at the University of Seville are not available to international students.

Academic departments include:

  • Arabic Language, Literature, and Area Studies
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics/Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • History
  • Labor Sciences
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Modern/Classical Languages and Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Philology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Studies of East Asia
  • Tourism

UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE (UPO)

Academic departments include:

  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Economics/Business
  • Education
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Geography/ History
  • Humanities
  • Labor Relations
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Philology
  • Social Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sports Sciences
  • Translation and Interpretation

EUSA

Academic departments include:

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Audiovisual Communication
  • Journalism
  • Tourism

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2020 20 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 15, 2020 Jun 6, 2020
$16,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $12,123 **

Housing = $3,860 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,500

International Airfare = $1,100 ††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,210

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes three meals daily for students choosing to live in a Spanish homestay. Meals and laundry are at the students’ expense for those participants choosing to live in a residence hall

For students in the residencia, you should budget roughly $550 per month if you want to purchase a full meal plan (3 meals per day), less if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly. All meals (and laundry) are included for students in homestays – 3 meals per day/7 days per week.

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† please note that this is a general approximation as some students spend large quantities on personal travel, meals and purchases

Fall 2020 15 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Sep 2, 2020* Dec 19, 2020*
$16,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $12,123 **

Housing = $3,860 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,450

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes three meals daily for students choosing to live in a Spanish homestay. Meals and laundry are at the students’ expense for those participants choosing to live in a residence hall

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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