Activities and Opportunities
Students have the option of living with Spanish host families or in supervised residencias. Homestay is very much encouraged as the optimal way of becoming immersed in the culture. In a homestay, two students are placed with a host family and there are more Spanish family members living in the apartment. A supervised residencia is very similar to the host family in that a student is living in the apartment of a Spanish family, but there are more students placed in a residencia (3-4) and there will always be at least a house mother living in the supervised residencia.
The type of meal plan varies with the type of accommodation chosen, and in homestay arrangements the cost of laundry is included. Students must stay in housing arranged by the program. All students are encouraged to participate in a program which offers a chance to meet Spanish students and practice the language. There is a co-curricular cultural program featuring trips to local events and places as well as travel in the region. Students may participate in a variety of sports. Staff members are bilingual and trained in student services.
It is highly recommended that students visit the International College of Seville web site to learn more about the housing options - www.ics-seville.org.
"I would say that everyone should take this opportunity as a blessing. The experiences you get are incredible and once in a lifetime. You will see yourself grow as a person over the course of just a few short months. You will learn about yourself, and be tested in every single way imaginable, and unimaginable. You will end the semester saying goodbyes to your best friends, to go home to your best friends. Get out of your room and explore! Talk to everyone, taste everything, and just live life to the fullest. The time goes by too quickly but you will always remember everything. Over time you will see the person you have become, and learn how to balance both of the worlds in one. That is the most incredible part of the journey." - Shimriya Richard, Brookdale Community College, Spring 2012
"When I first arrived to Sevilla the only thing I wanted to do was return to the United States. I could not see pass my own fear and insecurities to see the beauty that Spain had to offer. I immediately began to do exactly what I was told not to do. I was comparing Spain to America. Mostly, I complained about the streets and the noise. However, upon returning home and having time to reflect on my experience, I have come to realize studying or even traveling abroad is well worth the journey. Spain was magical. There were Gothic cathedrals, Flamenco dancing, fresh pan everyday, siestas, and wonderful Señoras to make you feel right at home. Now I think every person should journey abroad at least once in life." - Diamond Munerlyn, Lincoln University of Missouri, Spring 2012
"Choosing to study abroad in Sevilla was hands-down one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. I left behind my comfort zone in the states to come to a foreign country that I knew little to nothing about, and I'm now leaving feeling like I've found my second home. The friendships I've made here are ones that I know will stay with me for years to come, and the knowledge I've gained about myself and others is completely and totally invaluable. For me, Sevilla was the perfect city to study abroad in; the people, the language, the music - just the general atmosphere and culture of the city in general - all combined to make for an absolutely unforgettable semester. I wholly recommend this opportunity to anyone who can take advantage of it - you won't regret it!" - Elena Rivera, Mount Wachusett Community College, Spring 2012
"Sevilla is just unbelievable, words can't express anything, you have to go yourself to know. My Spanish improved so much! Even more with hanging out with the local Spaniards. I got close to some of my classmates here at ICS and traveled around Spain with them and all I can say it was some of the best times of my life, especially that I'm on my own in a different country, it tested my independence and I grew a lot from this experience. I got so attached to Sevilla, the people and its rich culture, so hard to say goodbye too, but definitely coming next year for Feria. I say if studying abroad in Spain ever crossed your mind, don't think about it once more, go for it!" -Susan White, McHenry County Community College, Spring 2012
"I am so glad I had the opportunity to study abroad because it is the only way to truly understand another culture. My semester in Sevilla was definitely the biggest growing experience of my life so far. I met amazing people, learned to communicate in another language, and got the chance to travel around Europe. Through studying abroad, you eventually learn to step out of the bubble of America, to accept change and to experience new things. Sevilla is such a beautiful city; I wouldn't trade my time in Spain for anything and I would go back in a heartbeat. I think it is important for everyone who has the opportunity to study in another country, that they take it and make the most of the time they have abroad." - Kathryn Hamel, Truman State University, Spring 2012
"My time in Spain was more incredible than I could have ever expected. Being thrown into a new country, culture, and living situation helped me to discover who I am, my identity. Not only as an individual but as an American too. The staff of ICS was so helpful and informative. We had a lot of fun busing around Andalucia and plenty of adventure wherever we stopped. I could tell they wanted me to get the most out of my time abroad and for me to excel with the language. I know for certain when I arrive back in Wisconsin it will be with a suitcase full of souvenirs, a head full of knowledge and memories, hands full of new skills and abilities, a camera full of pictures of the amazing, awe-inspiring places I've seen, and a heart full of love for all the wonderful people I had the pleasure to meet on the other side of the sea." - Seth Riley, Madison Area Technical College, Spring 2012
"My semester abroad in Spain can really only be described as life changing. I had experiences that I never would have gained had I stayed in the States. The Plaza de Espana in Seville is like nothing I have ever seen before in my life and probably will ever see. I met British man before I went to Seville who had been there before and he said that Seville was in one word "ambiance" and I have to say that now that I have been there too, I must agree with him. But even though the city is simply spectacular, the best part about studying abroad in Seville is the people that you meet and the friends that you make. I absolutely encourage everyone considering study abroad to go to Seville. The experience is incomparable. " - Grace Chikwem, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2012