Information for term Liberal Arts
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineApril 1, 2021
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Sep 6 – Dec 15, 2021 (14 weeks)*
- 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, Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). Study alongside local students across a broad range of disciplines, 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.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Old Town3
miles from the ocean50
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EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- 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.
- Join a group that matches your interests – sports, environment, food and wine, etc. Groups include Spanish students, meet throughout the semester, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take a service-learning or teaching practicum to earn academic credit and gain experience as you contribute.
- Socialize with peers while you improve your Spanish in a conversation-exchange program.
- Continue practicing or cultivate new interests through a range of college activities and outings, such as singing in a choir, hiking, or joining a sports team.
- Join a group that matches your cultural and intellectual interests: music, the environment, the social landscape, gastronomy, or urban art, amongst others. These interest groups include a trip to another city in Andalusia.
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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.
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, 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.
Where You'll Study
In the city center, a ten-minute walk from the main Universidad de Seville building.
UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE
A 30-minute metro or bus ride from the center of the city.
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The Liberal Arts program is designed to help advanced level Spanish students improve their spoken and written Spanish skills while they pursue coursework in a variety of subjects. In addition to a range of courses offered by CIEE, students can enroll directly in courses at any of the schools at Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide. From art history to service-learning, there’s plenty to inspire you. Prior to departure for Seville, all students take a scheduled CIEE online placement exam. Results determine appropriate placement in language courses. Placement in many upper-level courses depends on a high score.
Courses are taught by highly qualified professionals, many of whom are associated with the Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide.
Universidad de Sevilla has been one of Spain’s leading institutions of higher learning since the 16th century and hosts some 75,000 students. 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. 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, originally built in 1725. It is close to the Royal Alcazar palace and a 10-minute walk from the Universidad de Seville. The building features classrooms, a computer room, student services, the Language Resource Center, and the Liberal Arts team.
Our Language Resource Center is staffed by language professors and Spanish students majoring in Spanish philology. CIEE organizes tutorials to help them progress in those 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.
4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)
Students take five to six courses, for a total of 15-18 semester credits, including:
- 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 language placement exam.
- Students at a lower language level enroll in the semester long course SPAN 4001 CSCS Academic Writing and Critical Thinking
- Independent Research Project (optional)
- Business Internship (optional)
- Four to five semester elective courses
- CIEE Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing (maximum one course)
- CIEE Communication, Journalism, and Media
- 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)
Total credit: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
- 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, 100-120 research hours
- Cursos Concertados at University of Seville: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
- 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
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 week-long holidays: Semana Santa and Feria de Abril, normally the week before Easter (Holy Week), and two weeks after Easter.
CIEE classes and Cursos Concertados at the University of Seville are scheduled Monday through Thursday and meet twice a week. Direct enrollment courses can also meet on Fridays. Instruction is usually lecture-style. CIEE classes are open to CIEE students only. Cursos Concertados are open to students from U.S. institutions. Direct enrollment university classes with Spanish and international students last until the end of the regular semester. Students should therefore plan on staying at least a week longer in the fall and a month longer in the spring.
In CIEE courses, students are graded on midterm and final examinations, assignments, class participation, and attendance. In Cursos Concertados, professors give a midterm and final, and sometimes a final project or paper. Some give only a final exam. 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.
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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
Visual and Performing Arts
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CURSOS CONCERTADOS AT UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Students may take at least one course to have access to the Universidad de Sevilla’s libraries and international educational environment. Cursos Concertados courses are for American University students and Spanish students.
The following list of classes is for informational purposes only.
- Cuisine Culture in Spain
- Culture and Society in Present-Day Spain
- Cultural Anthropology of Latin America
- Economy, Society and the Environment in Spain
- Flamenco: An Expression of the Culture of Andalucia
- Understand Flamenco through Dance
- Initiation to the Practice of Flamenco
- Photography: Theory, History, and Art Photography
- Political Transition and Democracy in Spain (1975-2000)
- Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso
- The Historical Projection of Three Cultures: Christians, Muslims, and Jews
- The Political Construction of the European Union
- The World of Classical Antiquity in Contemporary Popular Culture
- Wine in Spain: History, Culture, and its Economics
- Woman in Art: Visions from the Perspectives of Difference and Equality
- Women in the History of America
LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE
- Contemporary Spanish American Literature
- Contemporary Spanish Cinema
- Contemporary Spanish Women Writers
- Contrastive Grammar
- Corrective Phonetics and Conversation
- El Quijote (Don Quixote) within Hispanic Culture
- Introduction to Translation Culture, Vocabulary and Process
- Literary and Cultural Traditions in Spanish-Speaking Communities
- Literary Visions of Andalusia
- Literature and Cuisine: Reading, Writing, Cooking, Eating
- Painting in Literary Seville
- Psychology of Persuasion in the Mass Media: From Advertising to Propaganda
- Spanish in America
- Teaching English to Spanish Students: Methodology and Practice
- The Image of Spain on the Cinema Screen
- The Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish
- The Social Psychology of Language Learning
- Writing and Composition of Texts
Host Institution Courses
All syllabi are posted on the universities´ websites.
UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
First-year courses at the University of Seville are not available for International students.
Academic departments include:
- Arabic Language, Literature, and Area Studies
- Art History
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Labor Sciences
- Modern/Classical Languages and Literature
- Social Anthropology
- Spanish Language and Literature
- Studies of East Asia
UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE
Academic departments include:
- Business Studies
- Experimental Sciences
- Geography/ History
- Labor Relations
- Social Education
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
- Sports Sciences
- Translation and Interpretation
EUSA, SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS
Many classes offered in EUSA would meet major requirements in the areas of public relations, communications, and journalism. Students should have excellent language skills (especially in journalism) and concentrate class selections in those offered after the first year. This school also offers classes in literature, history, and politics.
Academic departments include:
- Advertising and Public Relations
- Audiovisual Communication
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
- MSI 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.See more scholarship info
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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.
Fees & Housing
|Spring 2021 16 weeks||Oct 1, 2020||Jan 13, 2021*||May 7, 2021*||
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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 = $167Total Fees = $16,450
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 = $2,600 †
International Airfare = $1,100 ††
Local Transportation = $300
Books & Supplies = $250
Visa Fees = $160
Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500
Personal expenses = $2,800Total Estimated Costs = $7,710
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.
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.
** 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 apartments. Students in the residencia should budget $600 for Sunday lunches and meals during breaks/national holidays. All meals are included for students in homestays.
†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
|Fall 2021 14 weeks||Apr 1, 2021||Sep 6, 2021*||Dec 15, 2021*|
*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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