Seville, Spain

Advanced Liberal Arts

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Information for term Advanced Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 23 – Dec 22, 2023 (17 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 11 – Jun 9, 2023 (21 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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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.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Seville.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Participate in excursions to other Spanish cities in the region of Andalucía if the local health and safety regulations permit. In the past, students have travelled to cities such as Córdoba, Cádiz, Malaga, Jerez, others.
  • 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.

PROJECTS

  • Volunteer: Become and English cultural and language assistant for children or teenagers at a local school, or connect with the people of Seville by helping at one of the many local organizations that support citizens in need of social assistance.
  • 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

    All housing is within a 40-minute commute to CIEE.

    Homestays: Live with a Spanish-speaking family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual room.

    Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students, local and international students. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms. Students usually share kitchens and common areas.
     
    Housing is tight in Seville. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Three meals per day are provided by the host.

    Residence Halls: Meals are not provided. Students have access to the studio apartment kitchens.

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.

What People are Saying

  • "Going abroad is one of the best experiences a person can have in their lifetime. CIEE provides so much structure, organization, and support for their students, making it a mostly stress free and super fun experience."

    Mireya V., Santa Clara University
  • "I felt that the program was extremely well-organized and I enjoyed my experience"

    Olivia D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Academics

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Academics

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 are 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.

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.

Language Prerequisites

6 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent).

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program 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 

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

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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.

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.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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Course Information

  • 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 Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing are held at the University of Seville’s School of Economics and Business.

Note about Exam Dates:  Students are required to stay in Seville until they have completed their exams. Official host institutions Fall exams are in January, and official host institutions Spring exams are in June. However, early exams in December and May may be possible, and they should be confirmed on an individual basis with the professor at the start of the regular semester session, during the add/drop period. Please note that it is up to the discretion of each professor to allow the taking of final exams before the start of the official examination period. You will be provided with housing until all your exams are completed. As it is impossible to confirm your exam schedule prior to your arrival, if your priority is to leave Seville as soon as your university finals are finished, please book an airline ticket with a low change fee or a flexible departure date.

Spring 2023 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
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Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

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

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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.

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2023 21 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 11, 2023 Jun 9, 2023
$17,950
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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 = $13,623 **

Housing = $3,860 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $850 ††

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $60

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,150 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,020

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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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 residence housing option, you should budget roughly $350 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly. For students selecting the homestay housing option, all meals (and laundry) are included in the program fee – 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. Final cost will vary based on personal lifestyle and independent travelling

Fall 2023 17 weeks Apr 1, 2023 Aug 23, 2023* Dec 22, 2023*
$17,950
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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 = $13,593 **

Housing = $3,860 ***

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $17,950

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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $850 ††

Local Transportation = $100 †††

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $800 ††††

Other = $40 †††††

Total Estimated Costs = $3,700

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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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 residence housing option, you should budget roughly $350 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly. For students selecting the homestay housing option, all meals (and laundry) are included in the program fee – 3 meals per day/7 days per week.

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

††† Transportation card 25 per month.

†††† Please note that this is a general approximation as some students spend large quantities on personal travel, meals and purchases. Final cost will vary based on personal lifestyle and independent travelling

††††† Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

*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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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