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CIEE Seville Business & Society Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Seville, Spain




5 semesters college level Spanish or equivalent, minimum GPA 2.75, 3 semesters of economics, accounting, finance, management, marketing or statistics, must have valid passport at time of application.

Application Due:

9/24 for Spring
3/1 for Fall/ Academic Year

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This semester or academic year program, established in 1986, offers students an opportunity to study business in an international context through a combination of course work in Spanish business, society, and language, and related field visits to Spanish companies. Housing in Spanish-speaking homes or in student residencias encourages first-hand experience with the Spanish way of life. Designed for highly motivated students of business with advanced-level Spanish skills, the program is located at the University of Seville's Business School, the Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales. Some unpaid and non-credit internships may be available to students with advanced language ability and the appropriate background and job skills. This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which the University of Iowa is a member.

Academic Program

Students begin the program with a one-month intensive course, "Spanish for Students of Business and Economics" and then select from additional classes covering issues in finance, management, operations and marketing which they study for the remainder of the semester. The business courses are taught in Spanish by faculty from the Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales (FCEE). Students are also encouraged to enroll in, or audit, regular University of Seville or Pablo de Olavide University business courses when appropriate. Students can supplement their schedules up to 2 classes offered by the CIEE Liberal Arts Program.

UI students earn resident credit which may be applied toward the following General Education Areas: Foreign Language, Historical Perspectives, International & Global Issues, Literary, Visual & Performing Arts and/or Values, Society & Diversity. Credit earned on this program may satisfy requirements for the International Business Certificate and many business majors or minors. To see an updated list of course offerings for this program, go here . (Click on the grey 'All Courses' bar to view classes)

Students have the opportunity to gain practical work experience through an internship. All internships have a challenging academic component. Eligibility for the internship is determined by the students' language ability, job skills, background, and professional attitude. Internships are not guaranteed as Spanish firms make the final selection of eligible students.

At least three company visits are organized each semester to complement students' academic studies through first-hand exposure to business in Spain and Europe. In addition to trips to local businesses, participants will participate in a 3-day guided visit to Morocco.

2015 Program Dates

Spring 2015: 1/13-5/8

Fall 2015: TBA

***CIEE Study Center courses offered during the fall/spring semester finish in mid December/early May. Students taking regular University of Seville and Pablo de Olavide University courses during the fall semester must remain in Seville for the University exam periods in late January or early February. Students taking regular University of Seville and Pablo de Olavide University courses during the spring semester must remain in Seville for the University exam periods in late June or early July (spring semester). Please note that while participants may request permission to take early University exams, CIEE does not guarantee approval of such requests by the University.

For More Information

More information about this program is available on the CIEE Seville Business & Society webpage. If you are interested in learning more about how this program fits in your academic plan, please make an appointment with Study Abroad Advisor Aubree Compton.


Capital of Andalucia, Sevilla (or Seville in English) 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 Velasquez 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 Sevilla is the commercial hub of Andalucia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers an amazing variety of cultural activities, monuments and local gastronomy that is sure to delight any visitor.

Universidad de Sevilla

Since its establishment in the 16th century, the Universidad de Sevilla has been one of Spain's leading of higher learning. The schools of philology, geography and history, philosophy, law, communications, labor sciences, mathematics, psychology, business, economics, natural sciences, and engineering 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.

Universidad de Pablo de Olavide

With 9,000 students, the Universidad de Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is the second state-run university in Seville, located on a 345-acre campus, about a twenty minute bus ride from the center of the city. 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.

Living Logistics

Housing, all meals and laundry are included in the program fee. Participants have three housing options: a Spanish homestay, a residence hall with other international students or a shared student apartment.


Homestays are the overwhelming preference of study abroad participants and is highly recommended because of the cultural and linguistic opportunities that contribute to the student's overall learning experience. Students have their own room and are placed on an individual basis. However, students who specifically wish to share housing may request to live with another program participant, but always with the condition that each student has their own separate bedroom. Given the size of the city, all students should expect to use public transportation (metro, tram, bus or public bike rental) to commute from their place of residence to their classes.

Residence Halls

Students seeking the residencia option have all meals (except Sunday lunch) provided in the cafeteria, and a limited meal service during Christmas break, Easter break and Feria. Laundry is the responsibility of the student, though facilities are provided. Rooms are usually doubles or triples shared with other CIEE participants. Few individual rooms are available.

Shared Apartments

Participants choosing shared student apartments will be housed, possibly, with one other program participant, in addition to Spanish and (occasionally) international students. All apartment residents will have their own bedroom, but bathrooms, kitchen and other common areas are shared amongst the residents. Students choosing this option will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals as these are not provided, nor is there a cafeteria (as with the residence hall). However, students will receive a modest monthly food stipend. Laundry is also the responsibility of the student, though a washing machine is provided.

***Academic Year students may choose to move into private apartments with Spaniards (not other Americans or English-speakers) during the spring semester. CIEE will provide a monthly stipend as well as an informational session about this option, but students are entirely responsible for all aspects of this living option.


Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. All students will have access to free wireless Internet at the universities, the CIEE Study Center, in the homestays, residencias or shared apartments.

Cultural Immersion

Social Activities

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to points of interest in Sevilla that highlight topics covers in class. Past day trips have included visits to Cádiz, Aracena, Córdoba, and Carmona. Every two weeks an e-newlsetter, Noticias desde Sevilla, is sent to program participants. It announces events and cultural activities around Seville and the planned activities CIEE has planned to complement academic work.

Students may also participant in a wide range of activities with Spaniards offered by the host institutions including hiking, choir, sports teams, theater, and cinema. A conversation exchange program with Spanish students is also offered.


Students have the opportunity to gain practical work experience through an internship in Seville. Eligibility for the internship is determined by the student's language ability, job skills, background, and professional attitude. Internship placements are not guaranteed, as Spanish firms make the final selection of eligible applicants. In the past, students have interned for organizations such as Telefónica España, Macpuarsa, Worldwide Payment Systems, Mutua Universal and a number of local smaller businesses and consulting firms.

Morocco Visit

Diring a 3-day guided visit to Morocco, students will experience the cultural, religious and social differences of this North African country. Participants will vist a local Moroccan factory and participate in a cultural and language exchange with Business students from the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangiers.


Tangiers, Morocco


Minimum pre-requisites include 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent ; a GPA of at least 2.75; and 3 semesters of economics (micro/macro), accounting, finance, management, or statistics. A good background in math/statistics will help students grasp the more theoretical focus of European business instruction.

Next Steps and Application

Students interested in participating in this program must meet with Spain study abroad advisor Aubree Compton prior to application to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After receiving permission from your study abroad advisor to apply to this program, click here to begin your application.

Final admissions decisions are made by CIEE in Portland. Well-qualified candidates endorsed by Study Abroad are seldom rejected.

Application Deadline

The application deadline set for University of Iowa students is March 1 for fall and academic year programs and September 24 for the spring semester program.


The program fee for the Spring 2015 semester is $16,167 for Iowa residents and $17,811 for non-residents. This fee includes all tuition and fees, airport meet and greet, housing and all meals in homestays or a monthly meal stipend in residence halls or shared apartments, orientation, cultural activities, excursions around Sevilla and Spain, the Morocco trip, international health insurance and the University of Iowa administrative fee. The program fee does not include transportation to Spain, personal expenses, books and supplies, visa expenses, and local transportation.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Application Administrative fee: $0
Course Fee: $300
After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program) Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Pre-Departure Orientations in Iowa

Students participating in CIEE study abroad programs will have three separate pre-departure orientations:

The first orientation is for University of Iowa students attending this and other CIEE Spain programs. During this orientation, students receive information on registering for their program on ISIS, payment and billing, course approvals and other practical matters. Students also have the opportunity to ask questions about academics, Spanish culture and other general topics from someone who has lived, studied and worked in Spain.

The second required orientation is the general study abroad orientation for all University of Iowa students going abroad (called 'TIPS'). This orientation covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as Health and Safety, Communication, Money, Goals and much more. This event is usually held on a Saturday afternoon in late autumn/spring.

Finally, CIEE will hold an online pre-departure orientation specifically for students participating in the Seville Business & Society program prior to departure. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with their future peers and the resident director in an online setting.

On-Site Orientation in Spain

Upon arrival in Seville, students will attend a mandatory week-long orientation. During this session, participants will be introduced to the country, culture and academic program, and are provided with practical information about living in Seville. This orientation serves to inform students of issues relevant to their experience and help them make a gradual transition to Spanish life. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the duration of the program.