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CIEE Seville Language & Culture Summer Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Seville, Spain




2.75 GPA, must have valid passport at time of applicaiton

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 Spanish Language and Culture program focuses on three interwoven areas: Spanish language, Spanish culture and history, and Social Justice/Human Rights. Special emphasis is placed on Andalusia and its capital Seville, within a European context. Specific coursework in Social Justice/Human Rights seeks to explore Spain's place in the European Union and the case of Morocco and incorporate community volunteer experience into the classes. Students take one course during each session. Some content classes are offered in English and some in Spanish. UI students earn resident credit which may be applied toward some General Education Areas. Credit earned on this program may satisfy requirements for the Spanish major or minor as well as other majors/minors.

Cultural Activities

The academic program in each session is supplemented with field trips and excursions to points of interest in and around Seville, Andalusia and Morocco. Field trips and visits highlight topics covered in classes. Excursions may include visits to Granada, Cordoba, Carmona, and Italica.

Program Dates

The three summer sessions take place from mid-May to early-June, early-June to late-June and late-June to mid-July. Each session is three weeks long. Students can elect to do one session, any two sessions or all three sessions.

For More Information

Please come to the Study Abroad resource room for a CIEE program catalog that contains much more detailed information than available on our webpage.


The romantic city of Seville, the capital of Andalusia, was one of the last footholds of the great Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the dashing Don Juan, the ingenious barber of Seville, and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born there, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the gilded royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city carefully preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000 people, Seville offers an amazing choice of cultural activities, from flamenco theaters to classical, pop, and jazz concerts. Life is lived in the outdoor cafés, tapas bars, and the vast array of restaurants throughout the city.

Living Arrangements

Students live in Spanish-speaking private homes or in student residencias. Based upon student feedback and experience, living in a homestay is the best way to improve language skills and feel more a part of the local culture. Laundry privileges and all meals are included in the program fee when living with a family. Students living in the residencia are provided with all meals except Sunday lunch.

Local Transportation

Given Seville’s size, all students should expect to use public transportation to commute from their place of residence to their classes.


A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required. For CIEE content courses in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Students must have a valid passport at the time of application.


The Summer 2012 program fee for one session was $3,750 for Iowa residents and nonresidents. For two sessions, the fee was $6,934 for Iowa residents and $7,708 for nonresidents. For three sessions, the fee was $9,814 for Iowa residents and $10,975 for nonresidents. This program fee includes an optional on-site airport greet, tuition, housing and all meals (Sunday lunch excluded if in residencia), orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, and the UI administrative fee. The program fee does not include transportation, personal expenses, books and supplies and local transportation.

How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted to the UI Study Abroad office. Final admission decisions are made by CIEE in Portland. Well-qualified candidates endorsed by Study Abroad are seldom rejected. Application forms and further information are available from the Office for Study Abroad, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Click here to apply.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 28.

Orientation Information

All participants attend a pre-departure orientation specific to the program as well as a general study abroad orientation. CIEE also conducts online orientations for their students.