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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, 9/24 for spring

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The Teaching Development program in Seville is designed exclusively for future language teachers and education majors, giving participants a background in pedagogy, as well as valuable hands-on experience teaching English in an international and multilingual environment.

Participants will teach their own language class in a local school at the preschool, primary, secondary, or pre-university level and immerse themselves in the local community through homestays, the Intercambios program, and volunteer opportunities.

Program participants will have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom through cultural activities and excursions throughout Seville and Andalusia, and experience bilingual education with visits to different language programs and schools in Andalucia and Morocco.

Academic Program

Students take five courses per semester. Students take one intensive course for the first few weeks of the program (Intensive Session) based upon the result of the online language placement exam. Upon completion of the Intensive Session, students take the required CIEE Professional Teaching Development class, at least one required CIEE Study Center course, and two electives chosen from the CIEE Liberal Arts program, Cursos para Extranjeros at the Universidad de Sevilla, and regular university classes at the Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO).

Students with lower-than-average language levels will be required to continue with a specially designed language class after the intensive session. CIEE recommends that participants with a strong academic background and excellent Spanish skills take at least one regular University course as an elective during the semester. Academic year students should include several regular University courses when designing their program of study.

Academic-year students and students continuing from one CIEE program in Seville to another for the academic year are not required to repeat the Intensive Session in January. However, for academic-year students wishing to continue their Spanish studies during the semester break, many choose to take Short Stories in Spain and Latin America (LITT 3501 CSCS) during this time. If an academic year student does not take the literature class during the Intensive Session, he or she must take five classes during the remainder of the semester.

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

***CIEE Study Center courses offered during the fall/spring semesters finish in mid December /early May. Students taking regular Universidad de Sevilla or UPO courses during the fall semester must remain in Seville for the University exam periods in late June or early July (spring semester). Students taking regular Universidad de Sevilla or UPO courses during the spring semester must remain in Seville for the University exam periods in late January or early February. Please note that while participants may request permission to take early University exams, CIEE does not guarantee approval of such requests by the University.

For More Information

More information about this program is available on the CIEE Seville Teaching Development 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.

Universidad de Pablo de Olavide

With 9,000 students, the Universidad de Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is the second state-run university in Seville, located on a 345-acre campus, about a twenty minute bus ride from the center of the city. Its facilities are equipped with the latest in technology including campus-wide Internet access, computer, television, video and audio centers, an open access library, sports facilities and science laboratories.

Living Logistics

Housing, all meals and laundry are included in the program fee. Participants have three housing options: a Spanish homestay, a residence hall with other international students or a shared student apartment.


Homestays are the overwhelming preference of study abroad participants and is highly recommended because of the 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. However, students who specifically wish to share housing may request to live with another program participant, but always with the condition that each student has their own separate bedroom. 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.

Residence Halls

Students seeking the residencia option have all meals (except Sunday lunch) provided in the cafeteria, and a limited meal service during Christmas break, Easter break and Feria. Laundry is the responsibility of the student, though facilities are provided. Rooms are usually doubles or triples shared with other CIEE participants. Few individual rooms are available.

Shared Apartments

Participants choosing shared student apartments will be housed, possibly, with one other program participant, in addition to Spanish and (occasionally) international students. All apartment residents will have their own bedroom, but bathrooms, kitchen and other common areas are shared amongst the residents. Students choosing this option will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals as these are not provided, nor is there a cafeteria (as with the residence hall). However, students will receive a modest monthly food stipend. Laundry is also the responsibility of the student, though a washing machine is provided.

***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 living option.


Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. All students will have access to free wireless Internet at the universities, the CIEE Study Center, in the homestays, residencias or shared apartments.

Cultural Immersion

Social Activities

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to points of interest in Sevilla and around Spain that highlight topics covers in class. Past excursions have included trips to Córdoba, Jérez, Aracena, and Cádiz.

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 local children and the elderly, as well as other humanitarian associations, such as Amnesty International. Volunteer teaching opportunities in local schools are also available for aspiring teachers.

Morocco Trip

Students will participate in a three day trip to Morocco in order to experience first-hand language learning in a multilingual country. Visiting some important and beautiful cities such as Tangier, Tetouan, and Chef Chaouen, participants will sit in on language classes in different schools and engage in a language exchange with Moroccan education/English majors.




Minimum eligibility requirements include five semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) and a cumulative 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 (including the Morocco trip), 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 Teaching Development 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.