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.
Students have two program options to choose from:
I. International College of Seville-Spanish Language Program:
Students enroll in 6 credits at the International College of Seville:
3 credits in Spanish language (all levels offered)
3 credits in Culture and Society of Spain
II. University of Seville-Arabic/Spanish Studies Program:
Arabic Studies Program:
Students enroll in up to 9 credits of:
Arabic (Arabic I or II)
Spanish language (Spanish I and II)
Multiculturalism of Spain (taught in English or Spanish)
For current ICS and University of Seville course information, visit The International College of Seville website and click "Calendar & Schedule".
Students attending the Spanish Language program at ICS will enroll in one Spanish language class (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) and Culture and Society of Spain. Students in the Arabic/Spanish Studies Program at the University of Seville can choose to enroll in up to 9 credits.
The academic program provides an opportunity to experience and understand Spanish/Arabic society and its institutions through direct exposure to Spain's history, art and contemporary society. The program provides excellent preparation for students planning to work in fields requiring a knowledge of Spanish/Arabic language and culture. Students are encouraged to make full use of the human and material resources in Seville and to build an active life in the community. Although extracurricular activities are encouraged and personal travel is a major contributor to the students' European experience, attendance to class is mandatory. A complete field trip package is included in the summer program. The Arabic Studies Program includes a 7-day excursion to Morocco.
A one-day Orientation session is conducted at the ICS at the beginning of the program. This session introduces the student to the country, the culture, and the academic program while also providing practical information about daily living in Seville. All students take a Spanish Proficiency Test before being placed in a Spanish language course.
While ample time is available for travel and relaxation, students are expected to attend classes regularly, study and perform academically to the best of their abilities. Student interviews are held regularly with the Director and with the Director of Academic Affairs of the ICS Center. Students are encouraged to see them any time a problem arises.