Spain: Seville Semester

Program Overview

Located in Seville, this program draws upon the resources of both the University of Seville and the International College of Seville (ICS). Both border a beautiful park near the center of the city, with easy access to the many cultural and historical attractions of Seville. In addition to the historical sites such as churches, palaces and museums, Seville also has modern transportation, many hotels and restaurants, and theatres. ICS, founded in 1982, is a private educational institute with its own classrooms, library, and study areas. It provides a full range of academic advising and student services, as well as numerous activities designed to complement the academic program.  ICS academic partner, the University of Seville, was founded in the sixteenth century and is one of the top-ranked universities in Spain, serving over 70,000 students.



Academic Profile
Academic Profile

The International College of Seville in Seville

The International College of Seville (ICS) is a private, independent, cultural association whose basic aim is to serve as a center for the promotion of international education. ICS was previously known as Institute of International Studies, an institution founded in 1982 and offering, in cooperation with different U.S universities and colleges and the Faculties of Philology and Geography & History at the University of Seville, a multi-faceted program for students wishing to study in Spain.  The classrooms, a reference library, TV room, Internet facilities, study areas and administrative offices occupy a three-story Andalusian villa located in the charming neighborhood of El Porvenir and next to the beautiful María Luisa park.

The University of Seville, founded in 1551, is one of the leading institutions of Spain's higher education system. Its Schools of Philology, Geography and History, Philosophy, Biology and Engineering and its many schools and technological institutes serve the educational needs of some 70,000 students.  Located in the downtown area, the University's main building is bordered by the Maria Luisa Park and the Guadalquivir River. This building, the completely remodeled historic Tobacco Factory, houses the Schools of Geography and History, Philology, Law, and the main administrative offices. ICS students enrolled at the University of Seville will appreciate attending classes in the imposing 18th Century building immortalized by Bizet's opera "Carmen" and by 19th Century travellers in search of Romantic Spain. The building, complete with moat and watchtowers, is evidence of the importance given to protecting the King's lucrative tobacco monopoly, which at the time manufactured of all of Europe's cigars.

Course Offerings

At the International College of Seville (ICS), students may enroll in Spanish language courses from elementary through advanced. Prior study or proficiency in Spanish is not required.  Coursework is also offered in English in a variety of subjects, including History, Political Science, Literature, and Business/International Trade.  Students who are proficient in the Spanish language may take upper-level courses taught in Spanish at the University of Seville.  These courses are designed for visiting overseas students.  Students electing to study at the University of Seville will take a minimum of three and a maximum of five courses there in subjects like Spanish Language and Literature, Spanish Culture, History, Geography, Anthropology, Art History, International Relations, and Political Science.

For current course information, visit the International College of Seville website at and click on "Academic Program."  Select the term and institution where you wish to study abroad to access the list of courses and syllabi.  Students typically enroll in 12-18 credits per semester.


Student Life in Seville, Spain
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Each semester, ICS students have the opportunity to participate in four distinct and fascinating excursions. These organized trips are to: Córdoba, Granada, Jerez/Cadiz, and Morocco, Africa. All visits are given in English.  ICS also organizes a vareity of social and cultural activities for students that allow them to interact with local Spanish students and experience all that Seville has to offer.  Opportunities range from cooking classes to soccer matches to visits to the local aquarium.  Click here to see some of the city highlights!


Students have the option of living with Spanish host families or in supervised residencias. The homestay option is very much encouraged as the optimal way of becoming immersed in the culture. In a homestay, generally 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.  Both options include a full meal plan (3 meals daily, 7 days a week) and laundry.

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.

Alumni Feedback

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


Spain Study Abroad Program Details
Spain Semester Program Details


Fall 2015: September 16 - December 11, 2015
Spring 2016: January 27 - May 6, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

Fall 2015:  August 1, 2015
Spring 2016: December 1, 2015

Financial Aid

Students should check with their Financial Aid office at their home school to determine whether their aid is applicable toward study abroad program.

Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to students at least 18 years of age from 2 and 4 year colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada with a 2.5 GPA or higher.


English and Spanish

Academic Levels



Fall 2015: $10,390
Spring 2016: $10,815 CCIS members /$11,215 non-members

*Please note the spring program cost is higher because the program is longer*

Costs Included

Includes instructional fees and administrative fees, airport meet and greet service for designated flights, housing with laundry and full meal plan, health insurance (private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service), free basic cell phone, cultural visits, excursions including weekend trip to Morocco, free Wi-Fi access at ICS for laptops, tutorial assistance, on-site library and study areas, and "intercambio" language exchange program with Spanish students. It also includes a $100 refundable housing deposit which will be returned to the student at the end of the semester, if there are no charges against it.

Costs Not Included

Airfare (approx. $1,100 to $1400 depending on departure times, airlines and cities of origin), passport, visa ($160 at the Spanish Consulate in Miami, could vary depending on the consulate in your jurisdiction), personal costs, books, and home campus tuition if require, passport.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia Seville, Spain
Wikipedia University of Seville
University of Seville at Google Maps


Your Adventure in Spain Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Liz Vocasek, Study Abroad Coordinator
Greene International Education Institute
Broward College – WHC Downtown Center
225 E. Las Olas Blvd, Bldg. 32/617
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel #: 954-201-7709

How Do I Apply?

Before beginning the application process, you should speak with the study abroad office at your home institution, or your academic advisor if your home institution does not have a study abroad office.  Please download application materials to your computer.  Do NOT fill forms out in your web browser.

1.) CCIS Application Form
2.) 2 Academic Recommendations from Professors
3.) Official transcript
4.) ICS Course Registration Form for Fall 2015 OR ICS Course Registration Form for Spring 2016
5.) Housing Form

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.