CIEE Seville Liberal Arts
Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.
With 9,000 students, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is the second state run university in Seville. It is located on a 345 acre campus, about a 20-minute metro or bus ride from the center of the city. UPO offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in the traditional majors, as well as in biotechnology, environmental sciences, humanities, labor relations, second language acquisition, social work, sports sciences, and translation. Its facilities are equipped with the latest in technology, including campus-wide Internet access, computer, television, video and audio centers, an open access library, sports facilities, and science laboratories.
Since its establishment in the 16th Century, the Universidad de Sevilla has been one of Spain’s leading institutions of higher learning. The schools of business, communications, economics, engineering, geography and history, law, labor sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, philology, philosophy, psychology, and its many departments and institutes, serve the educational needs of Spain’s most populous region. In total, the Universidad de Sevilla is the educational center for some 60,000 students.
Students take courses at both of these two universities.
If you have at least one advanced level Spanish course, a keen interest in Spanish society, and if you are looking for an opportunity to completely immerse yourself in Spanish culture by speaking only Spanish – in class, at your place of residence, and with fellow program participants – then, this program is ideal for you.
Relevant Academic Disciplines
Overall GPA 2.75
Language Skill: 2.5 years college level