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CIEE Seville Language & Society Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring


Seville, Spain




2.75 GPA, 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Application Due:

3/1 for fall, 9/24 for spring

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

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.

Academic Program

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. 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

Spring 2015: 1/14-5/8

Fall 2015: TBA

For More Information

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

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.

Living Logistics

Housing and Meals

Housing, all meals and laundry are included in the program fee. Participants live in Spanish-speaking private homes and meals are eaten at the homestay. Homestays are the only housing option on this program because of the immense cultural and linguistic opportunities that contribute to the student's overall learning experience. Students have their own room and are placed on an individual basis. Given the size of the city, all students use public transportation to commute from their place of residence to class.


Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. All students will have access to free wireless Internet at the Universidad de Sevilla, the CIEE Study Center and at their homestay.

Cultural Immersion

Social Activities

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to points of interest in Sevilla that highlight topics covers in class. Past day trips have included visits to the Spanish cities of Cádiz, Aracena, Córdoba and Granada. Every two weeks an e-newlsetter, Noticias desde Sevilla, is sent to program participants. It announces events and cultural activities around Seville and the planned activities CIEE has planned to complement academic work.

Students may also participant in a wide range of activities with Spaniards offered by the host institutions including hiking, choir, sports teams, theater, and cinema. A conversation exchange program with Spanish students is also offered.

Community Involvement

Students will have the opportunity to work with children and the elderly, as well as other humanitarian associations. Participants may also become involved in international organizations such as Amnesty International. Volunteer teaching opportunities in local schools are also available.




Students must have completed a minimum of three and no more than four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

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 1 for fall and academic year programs and September 24 for the spring semester program.


The program fee for the Spring 2015 semester is $16,166 for Iowa residents and $17,810 for non-residents. This fee includes all tuition and fees, airport meet and greet, housing and all meals in homestays or a monthly meal stipend in residence halls or shared apartments, orientation, cultural activities, excursions, international health insurance and the University of Iowa administrative fee. The program fee does not include transportation to Spain, personal expenses, books and supplies, visa expenses, and local transportation.

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 CIEE study abroad programs will have three separate pre-departure orientations:

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

Finally, CIEE will hold an online pre-departure orientation specifically for students participating in the Seville Language & Society program prior to departure. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with their future peers and the resident director in an online setting.

On-Site Orientation in Spain

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