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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, 9/15 for spring

Program Cost:

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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.

Academic Program

Established in 1985, the Language and Society Program is structured so that students begin the program with an one-month intensive Spanish course, and then choose two more Spanish language skills classes and two area studies courses (in areas such as politics, art history and cross-cultural communication) which they study for the remainder of the semester. All courses are taught in Spanish. Language courses are designed to meet the needs of each student and to foster rapid progress in language acquisition. Readings for the area studies courses are in both Spanish and English, which provides academic depth for students as they develop their Spanish skills.

UI students earn resident credit which may be applied toward several general education areas. Credit earned on this program may satisfy requirements for the International Business Certificate; some courses may satisfy requirements for the Spanish major or minor.

Program Dates

This program's calendar follows the typical U.S. academic calendar closely (mid-January to late May and late August to mid-December).

For More Information

Please come to the Study Abroad resource room for a CIEE program catalog that contains much more detailed information than is 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 here, 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 and amazing choice of cultural activities, from flamenco theaters to classical, pop, and jazz concerts. Life is lived in the outdoor cafés, tapas bars, and a vast array of restaurants throughout the city.

Living Arrangements

Students live in Spanish-speaking private homes. 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. Meals are taken at the homestay. Laundry privileges are included in the program fee. All students are placed individually in homes where English is not spoken.

Local Transportation

Given Seville's size, all students must use public transportation to commute from their place of residence to the University.


Students must have completed a minimum of three and no more than four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale). Students must have a valid passport at the time of application.

Application Deadline

The online application for the spring session of this program will be available from 8/1 to 9/20. Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

The application deadline for fall and academic year programs is February 21st.

How to Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students should must meet with their study abroad advisor 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.

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Final admissions decisions are made by CIEE in Portland. Well-qualified candidates endorsed by Study Abroad are seldom rejected.


The program fee for spring programs is available by September 15. The program fee for fall and academic year students is available on February 15. This program fee includes an optional on-site airport greet, tuition, housing and all meals in homestays or a monthly meal stipend in University residencias, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, travel insurance, and the UI administrative fee. The program fee does not include transportation to Spain, personal expenses, books and supplies, visa expenses, and local transportation.

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.