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. Founded in the sixteenth century, the University of Seville, with a student body of over 70,000, is one of the top-ranked universities in Spain. The International College of Seville (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.

 


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. The 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

For current University of Seville course information, visit the International College of Seville web site at www.ics-seville.org and click "Calendar & Schedule" for the semester you wish to study abroad.

Academic Highlights

At the International College of Seville (ICS), students select Spanish language courses from elementary through advanced. Prior study or proficiency in Spanish is not required. Course work is also offered in English in a variety of subjects, including History, Political Science, Literature, and Business/International Trade. Several courses are taught in both Spanish and English. Students who are proficient in Spanish language may take upper-level courses taught in Spanish by University of Seville faculty at the University; these courses are designed for visiting overseas students and are offered on a semester basis. Students electing to study at the University may take a maximum of five courses there, and can choose from course offerings in Spanish Language and Literature, Spanish Culture, History, Geography, Anthropology, Art History, International Relations, and Political Science. Students typically earn 15-18 credits per semester.

 


Student Life in Seville, Spain
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

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.

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, 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

 


Spain Study Abroad Program Details
Spain Semester Program Details

Duration

Fall 2014: September 17 - December 12, 2014
Spring 2015: January 28 - May 8, 2015

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: September 1, 2014
Spring: November 28, 2014

Financial Aid

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

Eligibility Requirements

A 2.5 GPA is required, in addition to transcripts and two letters of recommendation. The program is open to students at least 18 years of age in freshman through post-graduate standing.

Language

English and Spanish

Academic Levels

Undergraduate

Costs

Fall 2014 Costs:  $10,140 for CCIS members; $11,140 for non-members enrolling through SBU
Spring 2015:  $10,565 for CCIS members; $11,565 for non-members enrolling through SBU

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

**SBU students should contact the International Studies Office at St. Bonaventure University for costs.

Costs Included

Includes instructional fees and administrative fees, airport reception for designated flights, housing with laundry and full meal plan, health insurance (private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service) free cell phone for duration of semester, 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" 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), 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 required.

Entry Requirements

For students with a U.S. passport studying abroad during the fall 2014 semester a visa will not be required.  However, it is required of all students who will be participating in the Spring 2015 term.  Students must apply for a visa in person at the Spanish Consulate in their jurisdiction. Depending on where a student lives, they may have to travel several hours out of their home state (some students may have to fly to a Spanish Consulate) in order to apply for a visa.

For more information about the visa application materials required by the Spanish Consulate in your jurisdiction, please contact the study abroad office at your home school or please contact Broward College.

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
Live Webcam Main Enterance
University of Seville at Google Maps

 


Your Adventure in Spain Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

PLEASE SELECT JUST ONE OF THE BELOW LISTED PROGRAM SPONSORS. DO NOT SEND APPLICATIONS TO BOTH SPONSORS 

STUDENTS FROM CCIS MEMBER INSTITUTIONS

Program Sponsor #1:

Liz Vocasek, Study Abroad Coordinator
Greene International Education Institute
Broward College - WHC Downtown Center
225 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tel: 954-201-7709
Fax: 954-201-7708
abroad@broward.edu

CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation (Students need 2 academic recommendations) (Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.)

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STUDENTS FROM NON-CCIS MEMBER Institutions

Program Sponsor #2:

Alice Sayegh, Director

International Studies
St. Bonaventure University
P.O. Box 113-Reilly Center 221B
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Tel. #: (716) 375-2574
Fax #: (716) 375-7882
asayegh@sbu.edu

CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation (Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.)

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms above. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.

YOU MUST NOTIFY YOUR HOME INSTITUTIONS' STUDY ABROAD OFFICE OR ADVISOR OF YOUR INTENTIONS AND ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION. 

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.