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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 2.5, 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:

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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.

The list of current courses can be found here: CIEE Seville Business & Society Course Offerings

University of Iowa resident credit is granted for this program.

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.

Sessions run approximately

Fall: Early September to mid-December

Spring: Mid-January to mid-May

Exact program dates can be found here: CIEE Seville Business & Society Program Dates

Cultural Activities and Excursions

Site Visits

Participants will go on numerous company visits. In the past, students have visited EPES, part of the Andalusian Health System in charge of emergency medical support or Worldwide Payment Systems, which processes and manages information between hotels and travel agencies, among others. Students will also travel to Morocco to visit a local company during a three-day guided visit to Morocco and examine the cultural, religious, and social differences of this amazing North African country. In the past, students have visited Atlas, the bottling company for Coca-Cola, Larinor, or Polydesign System. Students could also participate in a very interesting cultural and language exchange with business students from the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangiers.


The academic program is supplemented with excursions to points of interest in Seville that reinforce topics covered in class. Some day trips have included Cádiz, Aracena, Córdoba, and Carmona.

Students may also participate in a wide range of activities with Spanish students offered by the host institutions including hiking, choir, sports teams, theater, and cinema events.

Every two weeks an e-newsletter, “Noticias desde Seville,” is sent to participants. It announces happenings around Seville and the cultural activities CIEE has planned to complement academic work.

Morocco Visit

During a three-day guided visit to Morocco, participants will experience the cultural, religious, and social differences of this North African country, visit a local factory, and participate in a cultural and language exchange with business students from the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangiers.


A conversation exchange program with Spanish students is an important part of the program. Intercambios give participants the chance to practice what they are learning in language courses, as well as help them become more integrated into Spanish student life and Sevillian life and culture.

For More Information

Aubree Compton, Senior Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353


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 Accommodations and Meals

Homestays are the overwhelming preference of study abroad students due to the cultural and linguistic opportunities that they provide. Students have their own room and are placed on an individual basis. However, those students who specifically wish to share housing may request to live with another program participant, but always with the condition that this is approved by the study abroad office and that each student has their own separate bedroom. All meals and laundry privileges are provided.

Students choosing the Residencia Universitaria will be provided an individual bedroom, bathroom, kitchen,TV/internet, AC and weekly cleaning/linen change; however meals are NOT included for which students can prepare their own meals or can eat in the cafeteria, but in either case, the cost is entirely their responsibility. Additionally, the residence hall offers a number of common spaces as well as fee-based services (meal plan, laundry, gym, pool, etc.). The residence hall represents both unique opportunities for independent living within the greater university host community, as well as challenges as it is a 20-40 minute commute depending on the location of classes and the mode of transport (bike, bus, tram…) utilized. Please note: this option must be approved by the UI Spain Study Abroad advisor.

Internet is provided in all types of CIEE housing, as are cleaning services, although these vary depending on the type of housing.

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 independent living situation.

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.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have completed 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent (4 years of high school Spanish) as well as 3 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or statistics. Participants must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university until departure. If the applicant is not in good standing at the end of the semester, student acceptance will be revoked and the student will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.

Program Cost Sheet

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Fall 2017 Cost SheetPDF

This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact Aubree Compton with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Upfront, out of pocket expenses

Some costs are incurred prior to departure and will be due before financial aid/scholarships disperse. Here are the expected upfront costs for CIEE:

  • Iowa Application Fee $50 (CIEE application fee is waived for UI students)
  • Spanish Visa approximately $160
  • Airline Ticket $1,000-$1,400

Financial Aid and Scholarships


Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.


Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.


Federal Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the student's CIEE Program Advisor and Aubree Compton at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which student withdrawal costs will be calculated. If for any reason the participant withdraws after the early admission period, after confirming, or before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what the student will be required to pay.

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 Study Abroad Advisor Aubree Compton for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when withdrawing 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 the airline for further details.

How to Apply

Steps to Completing Student Application for Study Abroad Participation

• Before filling out any applications, please schedule an appointment to meet with Aubree Compton, Study Abroad Advisor for Seville, Spain by calling 319-335-0353. The student's application WILL NOT be approved until this step has been completed.

• Fill out the CIEE Online Application for Seville Business & Society program.

• Instead of submitting an official UI transcript, UI students may upload a copy of their grade report to their CIEE application.

• Fill out the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad, applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee.

• As part of the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad applicants will need to upload a copy of their passport picture page and a list of courses to take while abroad, as well as a one page statement of purpose.

Post Acceptance

Acceptance into the applicant's chosen study abroad program is made by CIEE directly via an email to the applicant, which will refer to additional documents posted to a CIEE Portal account that will be created for the participant.


US passport holders should follow the batch process instructions provided by CIEE, otherwise participants must apply for their student visa independently. The consulate for all UI students is the Chicago consulate (it's based the location of one's home university, not state of origin). Students applying for their visa independently should utilize this visa guide: Student Visa Instructions for Spain

Flight to Spain

Students may either book the group flight through CIEE (see Portal for more details) or can book a flight independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time, as CIEE may fine individuals who are late.


In order to prepare for study abroad, all participants are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to required orientations provided by CIEE prior to departure and on-site. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

All study abroad participants are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. All participants will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to the student once enrolled. Any question regarding this component can be directed to:

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by Aubree Compton and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Aubree will provide the date and time for this mandatory in-person session during the application process.