Seville, Spain

Advanced Liberal Arts

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Information for term Advanced Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 1 – Dec 23, 2021 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 19 – Jun 11, 2022 (20 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

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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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


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


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


    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

  • neighborhoods

  • museums


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


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


  • 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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    As long as the local health and safety regulations permit, students could stay in: 

    Homestays. Most students choose to live with a Spanish family. Although homestays are generally limited to one student per household, we can usually accommodate requests to be placed with another student. Each student will have his/her own bedroom, and weekly cleaning, laundry and Wi-Fi are provided. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes but may also take public transportation. Average commute to classes is 20 minutes maximum.

    Residence halls. Students live with other Spanish and international students. Participants are placed in small studio apartments. Each studio apartment has two individual rooms and a shared bathroom and kitchen. Residence Halls have study rooms, meeting common spaces, tv rooms, cinema room, laundry, gym, swimming pool, and many more services.

    Academic-year students: Students can request to move to independent housing (private apartments) for the second semester. Roommates may not be American or English-speaking.


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

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


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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.


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.


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.

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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.


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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 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.

Fall 2021 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Semester Credit


Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

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, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide website at, and EUSA website at 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.


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


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


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 Open Campus Network and that are offered at multiple CIEE Centers.


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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

Fall 2021 16 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 1, 2021 Dec 23, 2021
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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 = $1,600

International Airfare = $1,100 ††

Local Transportation = $180

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,500 †††

Other = $160 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,300

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 residencia, you should budget roughly $400 per month for groceries 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

†††† Covid test fees for entry to the US

Academic year 2021-2022 16 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 1, 2021 TBD
Spring 2022 20 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 19, 2022* Jun 11, 2022*

*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

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
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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