2.5 GPA. For CIEE content courses in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.
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This four, eight or twelve 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.The list of current courses can be found here: CIEE Seville Language & Culture Summer Course Offerings
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.
Sessions run approximately
Session 1 (4 weeks): late May-late June
Session 2 (3 weeks): late June-late July
Session 3 (4 weeks): late July- mid August
Exact program dates can be found here: CIEE Seville Language & Culture Summer Program Dates
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, Cádiz, and Málaga amongst other destinations. During each session, you’ll take part in a one day trip and a one overnight weekend trip..
Aubree Compton, Senior Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802
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.
Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students.
The vast majority of students opt to live in a homestay, which represents both a great opportunity to practice and improve language skills, as well as feel a part of the local culture. The homestay option includes an individual bedroom, 3 meals per day, internet, weekly cleaning/laundry and fan.
Living in the student residence hall presents both unique opportunities for independence and comfort. The student residence hall offers students an individual bedroom and bathroom, tv/internet, A/C and weekly cleaning/linen change. Meals and laundry are at the students’ expense, for which students have their own kitchen or can eat in the cafeteria, and use the coin-operated laundry facilities on the premises. Please note: the student residence hall is not available for session III.
While most of the homestays are centrally located, the residence hall is located within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.
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. 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.
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.
Some costs are incurred prior to departure and will be due before financial aid/scholarships disperse. Here are the expected upfront costs for CIEE:
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.
Federal Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program
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.
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.
• 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.
NOTICE: For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I, Summer II, and Summer I & II options. In the UI online application under “Offering” applicants will be asked to choose between “Codes” A, B, or AB.
Code A=Summer I
Code B=Summer II
Code AB=Summer I & II
Please be careful to choose the correct session that corresponds to the preferred dates abroad. If assistance is needed, please consult Aubree Compton, Advisor.
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.
Students participating in summer study abroad programs in Spain do not require a student visa to participate.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.