Seville, Spain

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 31 – Dec 14, 2023 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 18 – May 12, 2023 (16 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 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.


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  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Old Town

  • miles from the ocean

  • neighborhoods


Location & Culture

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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.
  • 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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    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.


    Homestays: Three meals per day are included.

    Residence Halls: Meals are not included.

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.

What People are Saying

  • "It was a great experience living in Seville and integrating myself with the city, its history, and culture. It was also amazing to learn a new language and share my experiences with fellow CIEE students from different parts of America."

    Min Kumar T., Soka University of America
  • "I have had a great experience with CIEE due to my amazing homestay and friends I have made. I also feel like CIEE is very involved in making sure we are well-settled and satisfied."

    Sophia B., Wofford College


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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 is 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.

Language Support
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.



Language Prerequisites

4 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 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
    • 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) 

Program Credit

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

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, 100-120 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

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

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.

Class Format

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.

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

Spring 2023 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

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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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.

You may find Cursos Concertados syllabi online.

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


  • 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.

You may refer to the Universidad de Sevilla website at, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide website at, and EUSA website at for more information.


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
  • 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


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
  • 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.


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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 16 weeks Oct 1, 2022 Jan 18, 2023* May 12, 2023*
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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 = $14,163 **

Housing = $3,320 ***

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 15 weeks Apr 1, 2023 Aug 31, 2023* Dec 14, 2023*

*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

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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