2.5 GPA, 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish
3/1 for fall, 9/24 for spring
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This semester-length program (fall or spring) is designed for intermediate or low-advanced level students of Spanish interested in rapidly improving their language skills and in acquiring an understanding of the Spanish culture and its artistic, literary, historical or political traditions. Students' linguistic and cross-cultural development is enhanced by participation in community life, volunteer work, field trips and housing with Spanish-speakers in homestays. 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. UI participants on the program join a group of approximately 70 students from other U.S. colleges and universities.The list of current courses can be found here: CIEE Seville Language & Society Course Offerings
Study abroad students take one intensive three-credit Spanish course for the first few weeks of the program (Intensive Session) and four more classes during the semester (Regular Session), including two CIEE language classes and two content classes. Students take either two CIEE classes or one CIEE class and one Cursos para Extranjeros class. Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Seville in addition to the four courses during the semester.
The Intensive Session prepares students for content courses and solidifies their language skills. Based on the results of the language placement exam, students are placed in either SPAN 2501 SELS/Intensive Intermediate Spanish or SPAN 3501 SELS/Intensive Advanced Spanish.
For the remainder of the program (Regular Session), students are placed in two additional CIEE Spanish language courses: Advanced Grammar and Composition I or II and Advanced Language Skills and Conversation I or II.
In addition to the language courses, students take two content courses—either two CIEE content courses or one CIEE course and one Cursos para Extranjeros course). .
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 approximatelyFall: Early September to mid-December
Exact program dates can be found here: CIEE Seville Language & Society Program Dates
Participants will spend a day in Córdoba or Cádiz and two nights in Morocco, and tour local places with Spanish students, and go hiking in the Sierra Norte, Sierra de Cádiz, or Sierra de Aracena. Students can participate in exciting cultural activities and visits throughout Seville.
The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to points of interest in Seville and Spain that highlight topics covered in class. Past excursions have included trips to Morocco, Córdoba, Aracena, Arcos de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, and Cádiz. Students may also participate in a wide range of activities with Spanish students offered by the host institution, including hiking, sports teams, and theater or cinema events.
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.
This is an out-of-classroom activity in the Advanced Language Skills and Conversation class. The basic idea of the Tandem Project is to pair each CIEE Language and Society student with a Spanish student of similar age and language ability. Each CIEE student is responsible for the development of the Spanish students’ English language skills, and vice versa. This includes all aspects of spoken and written language, including grammar, reading, writing, pronunciation, and conversation. This project is carried out two times each semester with Spanish students from the Universidad de Sevilla.
Participants have the opportunity to give back to the local community that welcomes them. Students can help organize one-day activities at a local school during festivities like Halloween, Thanksgiving or Carnival, work with Habitat for Humanity on a rehabilitation project. Students can also partner with a local humanitarian association to help the elderly, or serve as a cultural and language assistant in bilingual publics schools throughout the city.
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.
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.
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 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent (3-4 years of high school Spanish). 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.
No cost sheet is currently available for this program. Please check with Aubree Compton for more information.
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.
• Fill out the CIEE Online Application for Seville Language & 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.
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
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.