Study Spanish Abroad in Seville, Spain
Providing unique learning experiences for North American university students since 1969
Seville is the centerpiece of your experience, a beautiful and ancient city with a temperate climate and a rich cultural life. The setting of operas Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Carmen; birthplace of painters Velázquez and Murillo; Moorish palaces and Renaissance gardens; paintings, statues, and world-famous ceramic tiles. At the same time, Seville is very cosmopolitan. The bustling commercial center is filled with traditional business and trade activities, and an efficient public transportation system links the various neighborhoods and attractions. The sevillanos are a gracious and social people – welcoming to visitors and eager to introduce them to the life and culture of their city.
Andalucía’s capital is a beautiful and ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Its temperate climate and rich cultural life embodies the spirit of traditional southern Spanish culture, from flamenco to bullfighting, to winding ancient cobblestone streets.
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The Center for Cross-Cultural Study
We offer a variety of cultural, language, and content courses right within our own walls.
Spanish Studies programs feature all-inclusive study visits with accommodations, meals, entrance fees and expert professors and guides. Site visit destinations vary according to program.
Additionally, Spanish Studies organizes Optional Leisure Activities (OLA) and cultural events such as bullfights at the Real Maestranza, performances at the Teatro de la Maestranza, and weekend trips. You can see the Center’s Activities Calendars by semester of both included and optional activities.
Local study visits may include:
- Museo de Bellas Artes, a fine arts museum converted from a 15th-century convent
- Archivo de Indias, home to centuries of historical documents that chronicle Spain’s role in the Americas
- Itálica, a vestige of the Roman Empire in Southern Spain
- Seville’s principal monuments, such as the catedral and the Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish Palace
- Art exhibits, concerts and evenings at the theater
Day and overnight* excursions may include:
- Roman, Muslim, and Jewish monuments in Córdoba, Mérida & Cáceres
- The monastary of La Rábida, where Columbus planned his first voyage to the Americas
- The great Hispano-Muslim monuments of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains
*There are no overnight excursions in any of the short term programs.
Students may select to live with a local host family or in a student residencia*.
Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.
Homestays allow you to actually live with a local family, to sit with them at dinner, to speak Spanish regularly outside the classroom setting and truly learn what it feels like to be a member of the community.
Our Housing Coordinator chooses housing placements very carefully. Most of the families who host Spanish Studies Abroad students have been working with us for years and come with the highest recommendations from former students.
- Residencia spaces are limited and students with special health and dietary needs have first priority
Tutoring Local Kids Learning English
In Seville and Alicante, Spanish Studies Abroad students have the option to participate in English Tutoring Program to assist Spanish children who are learning English. This is a great opportunity to both teach about American culture and learn about Spanish culture from a new perspective. Students interested in tutoring are encouraged to approach the Spanish Studies Resident Director or office staff once they arrive on-site to set up a tutoring partnership.
Past students in the Córdoba Semester Programs have also volunteered as tutors with local Argentine students. Students interested in setting up a tutoring partnership should talk to the Resident Director once in Córdoba.
There are two public Universities in Seville we work with:
The Universidad de Sevilla (USEV) is an institution of higher education committed to study, teaching and research, as well as the generation, development and expansion of knowledge to serve citizens and society. Closely linked to the history of Seville and Andalusia, the USEV combines the values of tradition with those of an innovative institution of quality and excellence. It is a university as cutting edge and cosmopolitan as the city of Seville itself.
The UPO is officially recognized as the second most important Spanish University in investigative leadership.
Meet your Director of Academic Affairs
Dr. Michelle Durán, a native of Puerto Rico, is both the Resident Director for Seville and the Director of Academic Affaris for Spanish Studies Abroad. She is responsible for course development, assessment and overall academic quality of Spanish Studies programs in Spain, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Prior to assuming her duties as Academic Director, Michelle served as both faculty member and Resident Director of theSpanish Studies Seville Program. In that capacity she has been responsible for the introduction and implementation of new methods of assessment on-site in Seville. She did her undergraduate work at Amherst College, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University.