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CIEE Seville Teaching Development Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Seville, Spain




2.75 GPA, at least 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent

Application Due:

3/1 for fall, 9/15 for spring

Program Cost:

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This semester or academic year program is designed to help students achieve greater competency in written and spoken Spanish while allowing them to develop specific expertise in international education and second language acquisition. These goals are achieved through the academic program, the teaching development course, the homestay, excursions and cultural activities, conversation exchanges, and volunteer opportunities. Participants choose from courses at the CIEE Study Center, the University of Seville, and at Pablo de Olavide University. 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 students from other U.S. colleges and universities.

Academic Program

The program is designed for students who are considering a career in education, specifically in teaching foreign languages. Students take courses with a focus on education and teaching. Students may also register for some CIEE courses offered through the Liberal Arts program.

An important part of this program is experiential learning. Students gain valuable hands-on experience teaching English classes in an international and multilingual environment, while observing how theory taught in the classroom comes to life. CIEE places students as English teachers in several schools and companies (e.g. The Tourism School, El Corte Inglés, the Andalusian Athletic Society, the School of Work Sciences, and the local electric company) with small groups of students, at all language levels, and from 15-20 years of age. Studnets gain real life professional teaching experience and become integrated into the local society. Students may participate in the program for a semester or academic year.

All students in the Teaching Development Program take the Intensive Spanish course offered during the 3-week session at the start of the semester. During the intensive session, students work on fine-tuning Spanish language skills in a class specifically directed toward second-language teachers and education majors. Students participating in the teaching development class will also begin to attend pre-placement seminars designed to introduce students to the methodological and pedagogical tools necessary to be successful in their classes. Themes introduced in these seminars are developed further in the teaching development class during the regular university session. An orientation focusing on cultural, social, and academic issues complements this course during the intensive session.

During the remainder of the program, students choose courses from among CIEE courses or regular university courses offered specifically for future teachers. Students may also take any of the CIEE courses offered through the Liberal Arts Program. In addition, under the direction of a home campus faculty member, students may develop a special project to conduct research while in Seville. All courses are taught in Spanish and are considered junior or senior level.

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 satisfy requirements for the Spanish major or minor.

Program Dates

This program's calendar follows the typical U.S. academic calendar closely however students on the fall semester program that take regular University of Seville and Pablo de Olavide University courses must remain in Seville for the University exam periods in January. Students participating in the academic year program will finish mid-May (if not taking regular university classes) or mid to late-June (if taking regular university classes). This program's calendar follows the typical U.S. academic calendar closely (early-January to mid-May). Students taking regular University of Seville and Pablo de Olavide University courses must remain in Seville for the University exam periods in late June or early July.

For More Information

Please come to the Study Abroad 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 homes or in residencias. Meals are taken at the place of residence. Every effort is made to place participants in homes or residencias where English is not spoken, and to place only one student in each living situation.


Minimum eligibility requirements include five semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) and a cumulative 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.