Seville, Spain

Communications, New Media + Journalism Spanish

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Information for term Communications, New Media + Journalism Spanish

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 1 – Dec 15, 2021 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 19 – May 11, 2022 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 1, 2021 – May 11, 2022 (36 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Bring your advanced Spanish language skills to the wonderful city of Seville and increase your knowledge of video or magazine reporting. Communication students choose courses in Spanish at CIEE’s partner schools, Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), and EUSA School of Communications, as well as at CIEE Seville. Coursework includes an intensive language course, Digital Video Reporting or Magazine Reporting, and a wide selection of liberal arts and electives. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


    with a greater sense of purpose by using the power of media.


    together with other American and Spanish students to tackle a variety of media projects.


    how digital tools and media – and easy access to them – could change the information market.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Old Town

  • neighborhoods

  • universities


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 Bienal and the European Film Festival to alternative theatre venues, bars with live music, beautiful streets and open spaces and, of course, one of the most respected bullrings in the world.

The Culture


  • Join in flamenco lessons, take a bike tour, participate in language exchanges with Spanish university students, practice new sports in the Guadalquivir river, and more, with new local friends. New activities are offered all the time throughout the semester.
  • Go behind the media scenes at independent radio stations, Radio Nacional de España, or Seville's longest running newspaper
  • Get new ideas at urban photography workshops, independent film festivals, international art and new media events, or rooftops concerts
  • Get an insider’s view of iconic places like Parque de María Luisa, Plaza de España, Catedral de Sevilla, Archivo de Indias, Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, and many more amazing locations spread all around the city.
  • Participate in excursions to other Spanish cities in the region of Andalucía. In the past, students have travelled to cities such as Córdoba, Cádiz, Malaga, Jerez, etc.
  • Explore and step back centuries in time with a tour of Roman ruins in Italica or the medieval city of Carmona


  • Publish: learn how to write, design, and publish articles for the web and más+menos magazine; produce video documentaries while meeting the citizens of Seville; or create original photo projects in your new
  • Volunteer: become an English cultural and language assistant for children or teenagers at a local school;’ connect with the people of Seville by helping at one of the many local organizations that support citizens in need of social assistance; or join Historias de Luz, a project that gives voice to people in need through different media platforms
  • Practice your Spanish language lessons with Spanish students through a conversion exchange program
  • Team up with a Spanish student on the Tandem Project – you help with English, he or she helps with Spanish, monitored by a university professor

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    Homestays: Most students choose to live with a Spanish-speaking family. 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 when available; average commute to classes is 20-30 minutes.most students choose to live with a Spanish-speaking family. Homestays generally are limited to one student per household; however, we can usually accommodate requests to be placed with another student - subject to approval from the study abroad office. 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 when available; average commute to classes is 20-30 minutes.

    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.


    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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    In the city center, a 10-minute walk from the main Universidad de Seville building.

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    A 20-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center; 7 minutes to the Universidad de Sevilla main building.

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    Center for Cultural Initiatives at the University of Seville (CICUS). A 3-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center.


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Combining theory and hands-on practice, this program is designed for students considering a career in communications. Students take courses with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla and may also select classes in the CIEE Liberal Arts program. Along the way, students learn about Spanish culture with a range of projects and activities. Great emphasis is placed on helping students explore their host community with a greater sense of purpose and reciprocity in their exchanges.

EUSA School of Communications is a prestigious, private institution offering courses that are academically accredited by the Universidad de Sevilla. Classes on the tools, theory, and history of media are taught by local media professionals.

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

Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is the second largest state university in Seville and hosts some 11,000 students. 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 is located in a beautifully renovated palace, 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 Language Resource Center, and the Liberal Arts team.

Language placement – 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.

Language support – The CIEE Language Resource Center is staffed by language professors and Spanish students majoring in Spanish philology. CIEE organizes tutorials to help students progress in content courses taught exclusively in Spanish. Tutorials are also offered for regular university courses.

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



Language Prerequisites

4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Program Requirements

Students enroll in five to six courses for a total of 15-18 credits.

  • One two-week Intensive Spanish Language course
    • HISP 3502 CSCS Cultural History of Spain, or SPAN 3501 CSCS 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 4001 CSCS Academic Writing and Critical Thinking
  • One or more CIEE CNMJS semester core courses
    • COMM 3001 SCMJ/JOUR 3001 SCMJ/SPAN 3001 SCMJ Magazine Reporting and Writing and/or
    • COMM 3008 SCMJ/JOUR 3006 SCMJ/SPAN 3004 SCMJ Digital Video Reporting in Context (see Communication, Journalism, and Media course list below)
  • One or more CIEE CNMJS semester elective courses 
    • COMM 3004 SCMJ/HISP 3001 SCMJ/NMDS 3001 SCMJ Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain and/or
    • COMM 3007 SCMJ/JOUR 3005 SCMJ/SOCI 3001 SCMJ Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter (see Communication, Journalism, and Media course list below)
  • Independent Research Project (optional) 
  • Business Internship (optional)
  • Additional semester elective courses from: 
    • CIEE Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing (maximum one course) 
    • CIEE Health Professions and Related Programs
    • CIEE History, Philosophy, Religion
    • CIEE Languages and Cultural Studies
    • CIEE Literature, Linguistics, and Writing
    • CIEE Psychology
    • CIEE Social Sciences
    • CIEE Visual and Performing Arts
    • Cursos Concertados semester courses at University of Seville
    • Host Institution semester courses (maximum of two courses): 
      • University of Seville (US) 
      • University of Pablo Olavide (UPO) 
      • EUSA School of Communications (EUSA) 

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter credits 

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 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 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100 research hours 
  • Cursos Concertados at University of Seville: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
  • University of Seville: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
  • University Pablo de Olavide: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
  • EUSA School of Communications: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted

Academic Culture

Class attendance is mandatory and students are expected to complete work and exams as scheduled. Students should be aware that academic and exam schedules may vary between academic institutions, and plan accordingly. During the fall semester, there is no extended vacation period. During the spring semester, there are two one-week breaks: Semana Santa (normally the week before Easter) and Feria de Abril (normally two weeks after Easter).

Class Format

CIEE classes and Cursos Concertados at the Universidad de Sevilla are scheduled Monday through Thursday and meet twice a week. Direct enrollment courses are scheduled Monday through Friday. CIEE classes are only open to CIEE students. The program’s core courses usually include students from the Universidad de Sevilla. Cursos Concertados are open to other international students. Direct enrollment university classes with Spanish and international students last until the end of the regular semester. Students should plan on staying at least a week longer in the fall and a month longer in the spring. Core and elective courses are taught by media professionals with experience in collaborative and experiential learning projects. Other courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Sevilla or the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. The program’s core courses: 'Digital Video Reporting in Context and Magazine Reporting in Context' are workshops that give students the possibility of exploring their new social and cultural environment as documentarists.


In CIEE and Cursos Concertados, students are graded on midterm and final projects, papers and/or examinations, course assignments, class participation, and attendance. In direct enrollment classes, professors give oral or written final exams and, sometimes, term papers. Numerical grades are given on a 100-point scale and converted to the U.S. scale.

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Course Information

  • First-year courses at the University of Seville are not available to international students. 
  • All students who take host institution classes 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

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Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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The following list of classes is for informational purposes only. Class schedules vary.


  • An Introduction to the History of Contemporary Spain
  • Cuisine Culture in Spain
  • Cultural Anthropology of Latin America
  • Economy and Society in Contemporary Spain
  • European Art of the Twentieth Century
  • Flamenco: An Expression of the culture of Andalusia
  • Inter-American Relations
  • Introduction to the Early Modern History of Spain
  • Jewish History and Culture within Spain
  • Photography: Theory, History, and Art Photography
  • Political Transition and Democracy in Spain (1975-2000)
  • Present-Day Spain and the Context of International Relations
  • Regional Policy, Economic Resources, and the European Union's Commercial Relations
  • Spanish Art in the Twentieth Century
  • The Historical Projection of Three Cultures: Christians, Muslims, and Jews
  • The History of Slavery in Latin America 
  • Tourism in Spain: Keys and Destination
  • Tourism Marketing 
  • Wine in Spain: History, Culture, and its Economics
  • Woman in Art: Visions from the Perspectives of Difference and Equality 
  • Women in the History of Latin America


  • Cervantes and Don Quixote
  • Contemporary Spanish American Literature
  • Contemporary Spanish Cinema
  • Contrastive Grammar
  • Corrective Phonetics and Conversation
  • Introduction to Translation: Culture, Vocabulary and Process
  • Learning Spanish Vocabulary
  • Literary and Cultural Traditions in Spanish-Speaking Communities 
  • Literary Visions of Andalusia
  • Literature and Cuisine: Reading, Writing, Cooking, Eating
  • Painting in Literary Seville 
  • Photographing the Literary Seville
  • Progressive Spanish for English-Speaking Students 
  • Publicity and Propaganda in the Society of Masses
  • Spanish in Economy, Business and Finance
  • Spanish Literature's Mythic Figures
  • The City Constructed in Literature, The Case of Sevilla
  • The Civil War and Present-Day Spanish Literature
  • The Contemporary Arab-Islamic World
  • The Image of Spain on the Cinema Screen
  • The Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish
  • Travel Literature: The Search for an Ideal, The Surprise Reality Provides
  • Writing and Composition of Texts


All syllabi are posted on the universities´ websites.


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.


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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.


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Start Date

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2021 15 weeks Apr 1, 2021 Sep 1, 2021* Dec 15, 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 = $12,663 **

Housing = $3,320 ***

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

Spring 2022 16 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 19, 2022* May 11, 2022*
Academic year 2021-2022 36 weeks Apr 1, 2021 Sep 1, 2021* May 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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