Summer Terms in Seville, Spain

Program Information

The Summer program comprises two 3 1/2 week terms offering an intensive academic experience with a rich cultural component. Students live in Spanish homes and participate in a full array of study tours, cultural events, and social activities. An oral and written Spanish language placement test is given during orientation each to enable students to work at his or her level of proficiency. The Director uses this test in conjunction with the student's previous experience to advise which course best suits their individual needs.


  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced level courses available
  • Classes meet Monday through Friday for a total of 60 contact hours
  • Average class size: 10-12
  • 4-6 credits per term
  • Graduate credit is available for certain courses; contact the U.S. office for further details.
  • Prerequisite for Elementary Courses:
    For 102S the prerequisite is the completion of the first semester of elementary Spanish at the college level, or the equivalent.
  • Prerequisite for Intermediate Courses:
    Two semesters or the completion of elementary college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Prerequisite for Advanced courses:
    4 semesters or the completion of intermediate college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • 3.0 overall GPA required
  • Some courses may have additional prerequisites


During Summer Term 1, Spanish Studies offers The Psychology of Learning a Second Language, taught in English by the esteemed educational scholar and psychologist, Dr. Frank Castrillón. In this course students acquire tools to identify the psychological aspects that facilitate and sometimes impede the learning of a foreign language. Graduate credit is available for this course (see Graduate Credit Options for details). Students who enroll in this course are encouraged to apply for the Practicum in Education.

The Practicum in Education, offered during Summer Term 2, is an educational internship in which students earn 4 semester credits and acquire hands-on teaching experience. Students work as Teacher’s Assistants and teach English to Spanish children aged 4 to 12 enrolled the Playschool program at the Center. Former or current Spanish Studies students, as well as those applying to a Summer Term are eligible to apply for the Practicum.

Also, during Summer Term 2, Spanish Studies offers a summer course specifically designed for teachers of Spanish as a second language and university students preparing to teach, called "Seminar for Teachers of Spanish: Culture in the Classroom." In this course, students focus on creating methods and materials to develop communicative competence in their students and introduce the linguistic and socio-cultural aspects of Spanish to their classroom. Graduate credit is available for this course (see Graduate Credit Options for details).


During Summer Term 1, Spanish Studies offers two professional development courses in business and health:


In addition to summer study options, students may also participate in an 8-week internship or service learning program during a summer in Seville. Please visit our Summer Internships and Service Learning pages for more information on this unique opportunity.


All courses (with the exception of The Psychology of Learning a Second Language) are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students.


All students live with local host families.

Costs include:

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room & full board
  • Laundry
  • Local study visits & cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

Housing Information


Your Spanish home or student residence will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax. A homestay gives you a unique insight into Spanish culture by allowing you to become part of a Spanish family.

Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.

Cultural Information

Population: 710,000

Region: Andalucía

Currency: Euro

Famous for: Moorish palaces, Catedral de Sevilla, Flamenco, Bull fighting

Andalucía’s capital is a beautiful and ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Its temperate climate and rich cultural life embodies the spirit of traditional southern Spanish culture, from flamenco to bullfighting, to winding ancient cobblestone streets.

Spanish Daily Routine:

Breakfast/Desayuno is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.

Lunch/Almuerzo is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 2:00 and 4:00PM.

Dinner/Cena is a small meal, although more substantial than breakfast and is generally served between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:30 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Spaniards may sleep or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.

Traditional Spanish Dishes:

Paella is a rice dish commonly mixed with a variation of seafood, meat, vegetables, and beans.

Tortilla is a dense omelet full of fried potatoes (sometimes onions or another vegetable as well).

Jamón Serrano is a salted, cured ham that is sliced thin and is typically served either on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich).


Spanish culture is not particularly vegetarian/vegan friendly due to the importance of ham and other pork products in their diet. While the salads may not be filling, Spain offers delicious breads, cheeses, and vegetables dishes.

How to Dress in Spain:

Most Spanish people dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.

To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.

Life Outside the Classroom:

Spanish people tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself. Some of the best ways to do so are by signing up for a local speaking partner, attending Spanish Studies cultural activities, or by going to the places Spanish students hang out.

Spanish Studies Abroad wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Spanish nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. The Spanish often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Many friends you meet will stay out until six or seven in the morning, then go straight to breakfast, and rest during siesta.


Spanish Studies programs feature all-inclusive study visits with accommodations, meals, entrance fees and expert professors and guides. Site visit destinations vary according to program.

Local study visits may include:

  • Museo de Bellas Artes, a fine arts museum converted from a 15th-century convent
  • Archivo de Indias, home to centuries of historical documents that chronicle Spain's role in the Americas
  • Itálica, a vestige of the Roman Empire in Southern Spain
  • Seville's principal monuments, such as the catedral and the Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish Palace
  • Art exhibits, concerts and evenings at the theater

Day and Overnight* Excursions may include:

  • Roman, Muslim, and Jewish monuments in Córdoba, Mérida & Cáceres
  • The monastary of La Rábida, where Columbus planned his first voyage to the Americas
  • The great Hispano-Muslim monuments of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains

*There are no overnight excursions in any of the short term programs.

Additionally, Spanish Studies organizes Optional Leisure Activities (OLA) and cultural events such as bullfights at the Real Maestranza, performances at the Teatro de la Maestranza, and weekend trips. You can see the Center's Activities Calendars by semester of both included and optional activities.

Sample Fall Activities Calendar
Sample Spring Activities Calendar