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CIEE Seville Language & Culture Summer Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Seville, Spain




2.75 GPA. For CIEE content courses in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

Application Due:


Program Cost:

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This three, six or nine week program is designed to develop students’ Spanish language skills and to expose them to Spanish culture through an intense immersion experience. This is achieved through courses in Spanish language and culture, a conversational exchange program, a homestay program, and local visits and excursions. This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), on behalf of an academic consortium of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI participants on the program join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities.

Academic Program

The Language and Culture summer study abroad program focuses on two interwoven areas—Spanish language and Spanish culture and history. Special emphasis is placed on Andalusia and Seville within a European context.

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. To see an updated list of course offerings for this program, go here . (Click on the grey 'All Courses' bar at the bottom of the page to view classes)

2015 Program Dates

Session 1 (3 weeks): 5/25-6/22

Session 2 (3 weeks): 6/22-7/20

Session 3 (3 weeks): 7/20-8/16

For More Information

More information about this program is available on the CIEE Seville Summer Language & Culture 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.


Situated on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain is a strikingly beautiful and diverse country. The country has the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the largest number of World Heritage cities. Spain’s distinct regions means there is has something for everyone, from lush forests to towering mountains, stunning beaches to vibrant cities, Mediterranean islands and African enclaves. Widely known for excellent food and art, friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle, Flamenco culture, bullfights, fantastic beaches, and lots of sunshine, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years and remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for study and travel.


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.

Living Logistics

Housing, 3 meals per day, internet and weekly laundry/cleaning are included for study abroad students whether living in a homestay or a student residence hall. In homestays, all students are housed individually, although students may request to be placed with another student -each in their own room. In the residence hall, students are usually housed in doubles, but with their own bathroom.

While living in a homestay represents a great opportunity to practice language skills and feel a part of the local culture, this requires both time and effort on the part of the student. Living in student residence hall also presents both unique opportunities to practice language and participate in cultural activities, as well as unique challenges as during the summer many of the local university students are taking exams or depart for summer vacation. Therefore, CIEE organizes a series of cultural and linguistic activities with local university student for ALL summer session participants.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL students during session III will be living in the student residence hall which, in addition to the above services, has AC in all rooms, common study areas and lounge, has a 24h security presence and is located in the commercial heart of the “old town” just 10 minutes from the CIEE Study Center.


Participants are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. All homestays have internet access and the CIEE Study Center has a wireless connection. Students also be allowed to use the computers at the CIEE Study Center, but for academic purposes only.

Cultural Immersion

Enjoy a number of field trips and excursions to points of interest in and around Seville and Andalusia. Excursions highlight topics covered in classes and may include visits to Granada, Córdoba, Carmona, and/or Italicá. During each session, students will also take part in one day trip and one overnight weekend trip.

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Participants will have the opportunity to visit to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, the three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills and expand the students' global perspective.

Participants choose to spend their intercultural weekend in one of these European cities (included in the program fee):

Paris, France

London, England

Barcelona, Spain


London, England


A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required. For CIEE content courses in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

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 4 for the summer program.


For the summer 2015 cost sheet for one session click herePDF

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the University of Iowa Study Abroad Office and your CIEE Program Advisor. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you 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 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 this summer program will have 2 separate pre-departure orientations:

The first orientation is for University of Iowa students attending this and other CIEE Spain summer 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 spring.

On-Site Orientation in Spain

Upon arrival in Seville, students will attend a 3-day mandatory orientation. During this session, participants will be introduced to the country, culture and academic program, and are provided with practical information about living in Sevilla. This orientation serves to inform students of issues relevant to their experience and help them make a gradual transition to Spanish island life. The orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the duration of the program.