Seville, Spain

Spanish Language & Culture

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Information for term Spanish Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 14 – Dec 19, 2020 (14 weeks)

Application Deadline

September 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 11 – Apr 17, 2021 (14 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 14, 2020 – Apr 17, 2021 (31 weeks)


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Perfect your Spanish skills and flamenco dance moves in sunny Seville

What will you find in Seville? The world’s largest Gothic church. The tomb of Christopher Columbus. The oldest bullring in Spain. One of the warmest, sunniest climates in Europe. And more than 1,000 tapas bars. What’s not to love?

Seville is famous for flamenco dancing, bullfighting, and a festive atmosphere year-round. It’s also known for being very friendly and an ideal place for study abroad. Although it’s historic and culturally important, Seville has fewer tourists than you’ll find in most other Spanish cities. Large enough to offer major culture and art, it’s also small enough to easily navigate.

You’ll study Spanish intensively, but your curriculum also incorporates lots of interesting activities and visits to famous cultural sites and monuments. Outside the classroom, you’ll live with a welcoming homestay, practicing your Spanish while shopping at local markets, sharing meals, and living the typical everyday life of the Sevillanos.

In your free time, hang out in neighborhood cafes, stroll along the Guadalquivir river, visit the peacocks at the Alcázar, ride your bike through Parque Maria Luisa, get lost through the old Jewish quarter, and explore historical landmarks like the Seville Cathedral.

The Take-Aways

  • Language Proficiency

    20 hours per week of Spanish language instruction at the CLIC Language Institute in Seville

  • Global Citizenship & Cultural Competence

    Completion of CIEE’s Global Competence course providing you with a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning.

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in Spanish

  • of alumni said their language skills improved

  • said they learned to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds

  • said their level of independence increased


Location & Culture

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The beautiful capital of Andalusia boasts amazing Moorish architecture.

The capital of Spain’s beautiful Andalusian region, Seville is a vibrant center of Spanish culture, and home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Surprisingly, it manages to preserve its past while offering all the conveniences of a modern commercial hub.

It’s also famously walkable and easy to navigate. Stroll down cobblestone alleys, poke your head in local shops, and enjoy a slow, laid-back pace during your time here. Seville is known for being livable and fun without feeling overwhelming.

The birthplace of great Renaissance painter Velázquez and the city from which Ferdinand and Isabella ruled Spain in the late 15th century, Seville is also a city with serious roots. The Seville Cathedral, one of the three largest churches in the world, is a major focal point. The 15th-century building, which sits on the former site of a 12th-century mosque, is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.

Get the royal treatment on a guided visit to the Alcázar of Seville, a 700-year-old royal palace with magnificent grounds that span fancy salons, royal quarters, and formal gardens and pools. It’s okay to dress like your regular self; no crowns or tiaras required!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog.


  • Housing

    Private bedroom in home of carefully screened homestay.

  • Local Support

    CIEE resident staff available 24/7.

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Sample Activities

  • Enjoy a guided visit to The Museum of Fine Arts of Seville set in the old Merced Calzada convent, which dates from the beginning of the 17th century. Tour numerous rooms and view brilliant works by artists such as El Greco, Pacheco, Velázquez, and Alonso Cano.
  • Visit the royal palace – behold the amazing architecture of the Alcázar of Seville, a 700-year-old royal palace and grounds that span multiple buildings, salons, and formal gardens, gates, patios, and pools. This is one of the most iconic compounds in the city, the country, and the Mediterranean culture as a whole.
  • Take a peaceful kayak tour of the scenic Guadalquivir River.
  • View striking architecture on a bike tour along the Plaza de España, then pedal around the Maria Luisa Park, a lush area lined with palms and orange trees.

Your program fee also includes one day trip and one multiday excursion hosted by CIEE staff per semester, so you’ll get the chance to take in the diverse sights and sounds of several area landmarks and hot spots! Trips are subject to change, but examples of past excursions have included:

Cádiz day trip

Hop on a bus for a day trip to Cádiz, an ancient port in southwest Spain that traces its roots back to 1100 B.C. (many claim it’s the the oldest city in Western Europe). You’ll take a walking tour of this seaside destination, visit and climb to the top of the 18th-century CádizCathedral, shop at a traditional market, then hit the beaches for some sun, sand, and relaxation.

Ronda day trip

Head to the northwest side of the province of Málaga and find yourself surrounded by mountains. You’ll take a walking tour around the old town, visit the Jardines de la Alameda, and take in popular sites like La Colegiata and the City Hall.


Córdoba day trip

Take a private bus to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Córdoba to explore amazing architecture and famous churches. Your walking tour around the Roman Bridge includes a visit to the Mezquita-Catedral, the most famous site in Córdoba. Later, take time to walk around the Jewish quarter to visit the synagogue, built in 1315, and the Alzacár, a medieval palace near the Great Mosque.

Aracena day trip

This day trip will take you to Aracena, a historic Spanish town located in the province of Huelva. Here you’ll explore traditional Spanish architecture, as well as a castle and museum dedicated to ham! Museo del Jamón Ibérico has seven rooms dedicated to the delicious ham native to this region. While you’re in town, you’ll also visit the Gruta de las Maravillas and Castillo de Aracena.

Lisbon Multiday Excursion

With its rolling landscape overlooking the wide estuary of the Tagus River, this 2,000-year-old city is truly breathtaking. From the medieval neighborhoods of Alfama and Mouraria, to the café lined streets of Chiado, Lisbon is the heart of Portuguese culture.

Morocco Multiday Excursion

Cross the strait of Gibraltar by ferry to embark on a four-day excursion that includes visits to Tangiers, Rabat, Chefchaoen, and the Rif Mountains. Explore and develop a deeper understanding of Moroccan culture and history by touring local sites, and sharing meals and conversations during a two day homestay experience with a local Moroccan family. 

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

What People are Saying

  • I feel more confident, and my Spanish has obviously improved a lot, which is a very useful skill to have later on in life. It has encouraged me to take more chances and explore other parts of the world. I feel more confident going into college with this experience under my belt, and I am more independent and sure of myself.

    Sallie H., CIEE Gap Year Abroad alumna
  • As a result of my gap semester, once I started college, I was able to immediately skip to higher level Spanish courses for my Spanish minor. The Spanish that I learned during my semester abroad allowed me to feel comfortable enough being in higher level language courses and confident enough to pursue a minor in the Spanish language.

    Christina C., CIEE Gap Year Abroad alumna
  • The decision to join the CIEE Gap Year Abroad program was simply the best decision of my life. It taught me things about myself, and the world, that I am certain I could not have learned in an average classroom.

    Alexandra L., CIEE Gap Year Abroad alumna

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees


Fall: Rolling Admissions
Spring: October 15
Contact CIEE for more information


  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
  • Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure.
  • No previous language experience required.

Application Fee


You can create a duo program by combining any two CIEE Gap Year Abroad semesters and get 10% off the second semester.

Apply to a Fall Semester or Academic Year term by our 5/1 priority deadline and get $400 off the cost of your program. Apply to a Spring Semester by our September 1 Priority Deadline and get $400 off the cost of your tuition.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.



Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2020 31 weeks Rolling Admissions Sep 14, 2020 Apr 17, 2021


Fall 2020 14 weeks Rolling Admissions Sep 14, 2020 Dec 19, 2020


Spring 2021 14 weeks Sep 1, 2020 Jan 11, 2021 Apr 17, 2021


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