Study Abroad in Spain

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

STUDY ABROAD + INTERNSHIP + ISP RESEARCH PROGRAM

The Independent Study Program (ISP) allows you to pick a topic of interest and explore it in greater depth in ways that cannot be done on your home campus, or to devise a creative or artistic project, or undertake artistic training, unique to Seville. It is an opportunity to utilize and develop linguistic skills and cultural understanding while forming new relationships with the members of the host culture related to your chosen field of study and allowing you to systematically explore your particular topic of interest. You will immerse yourself in Spanish and Sevillian culture as a means to integrate all aspects of your learning and cultural experience.

Both Internship and Service Learning offer the opportunity to “try out” a career or passion while gaining relevant experience and professional connections. You will gain on-the-job training that integrates education, career development and public service in a city that offers a down-to-earth lifestyle, as well as a multitude of internships, service-learning, research, and creative opportunities in small- to medium-size organizations. Our program encourages you to immerse yourself in local culture while developing practical skills in fields such as refugee services, food aid, legal assistance, business, psychology, journalism, communication, performing arts, visual arts, and more. 

Internship/Service-Learning and ISP placements through the Spanish Institute are unpaid.

DATES

UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE Students:

  • Arrival date: January 20, 2024
  • Departure date: May 10, 2024
  • Deadline: November 30, 2023

UPO/EUSA Students:

  • Arrival date: January 7, 2024
  • Departure date: May 17, 2024
  • Deadline: October 27, 2023

REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • High School Graduate (Students must be high school graduates by the start date in order to be eligible for this program.)
  • One year as a registered college student by the time of application.

Language Proficiency and Prerequisites:

Internship/Service-Learning and ISP Course: All language levels, although absolute beginners are discouraged. Generally at least low-intermediate; but some placements will require a higher level of Spanish. Native English or equivalent fluency may be required for some placements: some English-teaching or service organization placements may be accomplished primarily in English or with only basic Spanish.

Other: 3-4 courses directly related to the internship/service learning field of interest, or 6 weeks full-time work in the field is encouraged.

Students taking courses taught in Spanish at the University of Seville or Pablo de Olavide University need Intermediate language level, i.e., at least three or four semesters of college-level language experience.

Students taking courses taught in Spanish at the EUSA Center need High Intermediate – B2 – language level, i.e., at least four to five semesters of college-level language experience, and at least one content course taken in Spanish.

Minimum GPA:

  • University of Seville: 2.5
  • University Pablo de Olavide: 2.9
  • EUSA University Centre:2.5

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Semester students earn 12-15 credits; academic year students earn 24-30 credits. Spanish Institute’s Study + Internship/Service-Learning + ISP program includes:

  • Spanish Institute Introduction to Spain Course (3 U.S. credits).
    • intensive “survival Spanish”
    • academic excursions throughout Andalusia
    • classroom sessions
    • (First semester only for academic-year students)
  • A personalized internship/service-learning placement. (3 U.S. credits) Your internship work schedule may vary depending on industry standards for your career field and will be determined after you arrive.
  • A personalized ISP placement (3 U.S. credits). Your ISP schedule may vary depending on industry standards for your career field and the nature of your project, and will be determined after you arrive.
  • Plus two courses (3 U.S. credits each) from the following:
    • Direct enrollment at one of our local partner universities
      • minimum one course
      • maximum two courses
      • taught in Spanish or English
      • one university per academic session
    • Spanish Institute language course
    • Elective Spanish Institute course

INTERNSHIP AND ISP COURSE

The required Internship//Service-Learning and ISP courses are designed to help you make the most of your experiences and to guide your transition to future professional work. You will automatically be enrolled in the internship/service-learning and ISP courses upon acceptance to your placement.

Career Coaching & Placement Process

Once you’ve submitted your application, your career development adventure will begin! The placement process is more than just securing an internship/service-learning and ISP placement. You will engage in additional interviews with our in-country coordinator and your potential host site supervisors. The host sites retains the final decision regarding placements, so it’s important that your interviews reflect your maturity, adaptability, curiosity, and commitment to both your career interests and the host organization.

MINIMUM CLASS SIZE

Spanish Institute for Global Education: Courses in which enrollment is below 5 participants will not be offered.

University of Seville: Courses in which enrollment is below 10 participants will not be offered.

Pablo de Olavide University: Course offerings are subject to sufficient enrollment.

EUSA University Centre has a required minimum of 10 students per class; course cancellation will become effective if this number is not reached by both local and international students.

OUR PARTNER UNIVERSITIES - ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Closely linked to the history of Seville and Andalusia, the University of Seville combines the values of tradition with being an innovative institution of quality and excellence. It is a university as cutting edge and cosmopolitan as the city of Seville itself and can boast a history of more than 500 years.

Cursos Concertados

These courses for international students are part of the international program at the University of Seville and offer a wide variety of classes to choose from. The “cursos concertados” offer an advanced level and a general level and are both taught in Spanish by professors who teach the courses based on the fact the students understand and speak Spanish fluently. There are also courses in English for those who do not yet have a high enough level of Spanish.

See the catalogue

Philology Faculty (includes courses in the following areas):

Marketing Painting
Business Theater
Advertising Grammar
Cinema Literature

Faculty of Geography and History (includes courses in the following areas):

Flamenco Economics
Art Anthropology
Cooking Political Science
Music History
Photography  

* Each class meets for 4 hours each week. Students will receive a transcript with their grades, and will receive credit from their own university for classes completed.

"Multidisciplinary Studies Program" (Formerly the Hispanic Studies Program)  is designed for students wishing to spend a semester or a year abroad while continuing their undergraduate degree. While it offers advanced courses in Spanish, it also caters to the needs of those with little or no background in Spanish by offering classes taught in English in many subject areas. Hispanic Studies Program course offerings:

History of Art and Cinema Spanish and Latin American Literature
Biology / Chemistry / Science Political Science
Communication Psychology
Business Sociology
Economics History
Anthropology/Spanish Culture Spanish Language

See the courses.

EUSA Study Abroad Program options include Semester or Year studies in any of the regular courses offered in official EUSA degrees. These courses are open to local students and may be offered in either English, Spanish or both. Their Study Abroad offer includes over 30 different subject areas in Spanish and English, ranging from Media Studies, Business and Human Resources to Cultural Studies, Language or History. See the courses.

And their official undergraduate degrees include:

Degree in Audiovisual Communication

Degree in Journalism

Degree in Advertising and Public Relations

Degree in Tourism

Double Degree in Journalism + Audiovisual Communication

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Personalized University Programs: we adapt to your needs because you are unique. We help you choose one of three prestigious universities in Seville.
  • True Spanish Experience: Spanish Institute will accompany you in your immersion into the Spanish culture making your visit an unforgettable experience.
  • Live Andalusia: art, history, tradition, gastronomy, and much more.
  • Accommodation: Stay with a host family to learn and improve your Spanish, share your day-to-day experiences, and enjoy the delicious homemade Spanish cuisine.
  • Spanish Institute is 100% dedicated to our students. We strive to make your stay abroad a wonderful, unique, and enriching experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Our programs ensure personalized attention at every step of the process.

INTRODUCTION TO SPAIN

All of the university programs have an 8 day orientation upon arrival to Seville.

The Introduction to Spain gives students vital information about adapting to life in Spain, the university system, the program, schedule, safety, activities, volunteer and internship opportunities, and meeting and getting to know Spanish students.

Introduction to Spain includes 45 hours of Spanish Language, Grammar, Conversation, Spanish Literature and Culture classes.

Spanish Institute for Global Education's Orientation Program holds a three credit bearing-option.

INTRODUCTION TO SPAIN CONTENT

  • Orientation for university
  • Spanish classes: Culture, Conversation, Literature and History
  • Security and health
  • Orientation on Spanish society and life in Spain

SEMINAR "SPAIN TODAY"

Seminar throughout the program: "Spain Today"

The objective of this seminar is to accompany students throughout the program, address issues of Spanish society and facilitate a deeper learning of Spanish. This Seminar is offered at the levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced Spanish depending on the number of students and their grammar, composition and conversation skills. The 45 hour seminar is available as a credit-bearing option. Students should ensure that their home institution awards credit for this seminar.

Contents of the seminar:

  • Women and the evolution of society in Spain.
  • The Spanish educational system.
  • Political organization in Spain: Autonomies, Parliamentary System, Monarchy.
  • Unemployment, immigration and emigration.
  • Religion and its manifestations in Spain.
  • Political parties in Spain.
  • Overcoming the Civil War.
  • Greatnesses of Spain: transplants, ...
  • Economy and productive forces of the country.
  • The Mediterranean diet and the influence of history on the way of eating in Spain.

INTERNSHIP OR SERVICE-LEARNING

Spanish Institute offers internship and service learning opportunities in prestigious organizations. All internship and service learning programs must be requested before arrival. At the end of your stay you will obtain a Certificate of participation.

Internship options:

  • Business
    • International trade. We offer internships in international companies, tourism agencies and ICT corporations. Tasks include everything from digital marketing, press coverage / monitoring, PR distribution, SEO strategies, web content, and social media trends. In some companies, English is essential.
    • Accounting and finance.
    • Marketing and information technology.
      • Graphic design
      • Website localization
      • Social media technology
    • Public relations
  • Health
    • You can do internships in a hospital, rehabilitation, cognitive therapy, audiology centers, sports health, or physiotherapy.
  • Journalism
    • Internship collaborating in a digital magazine where you can investigate and collect news for articles in the office or at events in Seville and its surroundings. Tasks include translating articles, working on external communications, proofreading and editing, and you have an opportunity to publish articles.
    • Local newspapers
  • Education
    • You can do internships in private regulated education centers (Early Childhood Education, Primary, Secondary), nurseries, and language schools.
    • Work with students with special educational needs (Autism, ADHD, ...).
    • Work in sports schools.
  • Translation
    • Choose to carry out your internship in companies that offer translation services in different corporations and specific translation agencies.
  • Art and culture
    • Internships in foundations, galleries and museums. You will be able to research, offer guided tours and work in international communications and social networks.
  • Planning of social events and / or academic events.
  • Travel
    • Agencies
    • Glamping
  • Ecological Agriculture
  • New: Online Business Internships in areas such as Journalism, Information Technology and Education.

Volunteer options:

  • Social: Homeless people, educational support, child protection, LGTB, environment, sports and community development.
    • Non-Governmental Organizations:
      • Center for Seniors
      • Down Syndrome Association
      • Child Care Assistance to families at risk of social exclusion
      • Women's Center
  • Health: soup kitchens, assistance ...
  • International: Immigrants, refugees, soup kitchens, legal assistance...

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Academic program at the University of Seville, Pablo de Olavide University or EUSA University Centre.
  • Introduction to Spain: The program includes University Orientation and orientation on Spanish society and life in Spain in our Spanish Culture, Conversation, Literature and History classes. You will also receive important information about the city, transportation, the calendar and local holidays, health issues and safety.
  • A seminar on "Spain today" throughout the program at Spanish Institute.
  • 20 hours of Internships or Service-Learning in organizations.
  • Class material.
  • Academic advice before coming to Seville, tutoring and mentoring during your stay.
  • Spanish placement test before coming to Seville so that our academic director can advise you on the subjects and prepare your personal program.
  • Accommodation with a host family in Seville with full room and board; three meals a day throughout your stay.
  • Participation in the Language Exchange Program
  • Documents needed to obtain entrance in Spain.
  • Health insurance for non-european nationals with access to the best private hospitals in the city.
  • Spanish Institute emergency telephone number, 24/7 assistance.
  • Airport or train station transfer at the beginning and end of the program.
  • Welcome Pack.
  • Transport card (bus, metro, and tram).
  • Opportunities to practice speaking with local students.
  • Excursions and cultural visits in Seville and Andalusia.
  • Welcome and farewell tapas celebrations.
  • Support from Spanish Institute throughout the duration of the program.
  • Academic certificate.

Optional Services

  • Placement/mentorship for Research or Creative Independent Study Project.

ACCOMMODATION WITH A HOST FAMILY IN SEVILLE

The Study Abroad Program program includes accommodation in a host family in Seville with full room and board; three meals a day throughout your stay.

Living with a family allows our students to fully discover the Spanish culture, life, and people. At Spanish Institute we believe that this is an important aspect of the program.

The academic year program includes accommodation in a host family and offers the option of staying during the winter holiday period at an additional fee.

For further information about homestay please click here

HEALTH AND REPATRIATION INSURANCE

Our health insurance gives access to the best private hospitals and of course covers everything related to COVID-19. If a student is unwell or contracts this disease, the doctor may prescribe everything from the necessary tests to hospitalization in case of seriousness.

Spanish Institute has developed a COVID protocol to be able to track incidents that may occur, how to prevent and what to do in case of contagion.

All our programs include a 24/7 emergency service.

The insurance included in our program guarantees:

  • Principal Medical Health Assistance
  • Emergencies
  • Medical specialists
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Hospitalization
  • Specialist treatments
  • Preventive medicine
  • Second opinion
  • Travel assistance
  • Repatriation insurance
  • Liability insurance

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

The Spanish Institute Study Abroad Program includes all of the activities of Discover Seville and Discover Andalusia

ACADEMIC CREDIT

You will receive an official transcript from the university in Seville where you take courses. Students should ensure that their home institution awards credit for their chosen program.

School of Record: Students Earn U.S. Credits for Spanish Institute Courses

An official transcript of U.S. credits is available for Spanish Institute courses through our School of Record. Students should ensure that their home institution awards credit for their chosen program. The Spanish Institute offers the necessary documentation for these procedures.

See our School of Record Page.

CERTIFICATES

  1. Spanish Institute for Global Education gives a certificate to the participants for the courses taken at the Spanish Institute detailing the dates, duration, and the name of the course (sillabi available on request)
  2. Spanish Institute for Global Education gives a certificate to the participants at the end of their Internship and Service Learning program, detailing the specialty, the duration, and the task performed.
  3. Letters of recommendation are available upon request.

PRICES

SEMESTER

11,862
  • Standard load of five courses:
  • Introduction to Spain Program with Instructive Excursions, Seminar, and practical Spanish (offered by the Spanish Institute)
  • Direct Enrollment at one of our three local university partners: up to four courses taught in Spanish or English
  • Internship or Service-Learning Placement
  • Optional Spanish Language Course offered by the Spanish Institute
  • Optional elective course(s) offered by the Spanish Institute
  • Optional Research or Creative Independent Study Project (+ €400)
  • 12 - 15 US Credits
  • Host Family
  • Full board

ACADEMIC YEAR

22,197
  • Standard load of five courses:
  • Introduction to Spain Program with Instructive Excursions, Seminar, and practical Spanish (offered by the Spanish Institute)
  • Direct Enrollment at one of our three local university partners *: up to four courses taught in Spanish or English
  • Internship or Service-Learning Placement
  • Optional Spanish Language Course offered by the Spanish Institute
  • Optional elective course(s) offered by the Spanish Institute
  • Optional Research or Creative Independent Study Project (+ €400)
  • * 12 - 15 total U.S. Credits per semester
  • Host Family
  • Full board
  • option of staying during the winter holiday period at an additional fee
¿Cómo son las clases?

Tienes la opción de tomar clases en una de las tres universidades, la Universidad de Sevilla, la Universidad Pablo de Olavide o el Centro Universitario EUSA. Se ofrecen una variedad de materias en español e inglés. Por lo general, recomendamos elegir clases de los cursos para estudiantes extranjeros en lugar de tomar clases tradicionales y regulares para estudiantes españoles porque la estructura y el contenido de las clases pueden ser muy difíciles incluso sin la barrera del idioma. Todo está naturalmente inmerso en el entorno cultural y es difícil de entender sin partir del mismo trasfondo. Si te animas a hacerlo, porque tienes un alto nivel de español, te apoyaremos y ayudaremos en tu decisión, muchos alumnos lo han hecho. Los programas para estudiantes extranjeros son muy interesantes y variados, puedes encontrar más información sobre las clases en los sitios web de la universidad.

¿Cómo puedo saber cuál es mi nivel de español?

Cuando llegues, o incluso antes de venir, harás una prueba de nivel con nosotros. Esto te guiará y nos ayudará a asesorarte en la toma de decisiones sobre asignaturas, actividades y otras opciones.

¿El programa nos proporciona los libros y el material de clase?

Al inicio del curso el programa te entregará todos los materiales para la orientación. Los materiales y libros de las clases universitarias debes adquirirlos tú.

Me gustaría hacer prácticas o ser voluntario. ¿Puede Spanish Institute ayudarme a planificarlo?

Spanish Institute cuenta con un programa de prácticas en escuelas y empresas. También tenemos una lista de oportunidades de voluntariado. Todos los programas de prácticas y voluntariado deben solicitarse a través de la universidad de origen antes de la llegada. Al final de tu estancia obtendrás un certificado.

¿Es necesario tener carnet de estudiante internacional?

Las universidades españolas te entregarán un carnet de estudiante universitario. La tarjeta de estudiante internacional no es imprescindible, pero es bueno tener una. Puedes obtener un descuento en muchos lugares de Europa con una tarjeta de estudiante. Hay varias organizaciones que pueden darte tu carnet de estudiante. El siguiente enlace es uno de ellos: Tarjeta de identidad de estudiante internacional.

¿Necesito visado para venir a España?

Si eres de un país de la Unión Europea, no es necesario. España también tiene acuerdos con muchos otros países fuera de la Unión Europea, y sus ciudadanos pueden permanecer en España sin visado si la estancia es inferior a 90 días. Sin embargo, si te quedas más tiempo, necesitarás un visado de estudiante. Debes solicitarlo a través del enlace del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores: sede.maec.gob.es. Una vez te hayas matriculado en Spanish Institute, y si tu estancia va a ser superior a los 90 días, te enviaremos los documentos para la solicitud del visado de estudiante. Es un proceso largo, por lo general tarda 45 días, por lo que debes comenzar la solicitud lo antes posible. A cualquier estudiante que alguna vez haya necesitado un visado se le ha asignado uno, ¡así que no te preocupes! Sin embargo, debes tener en cuenta que no todos los consulados funcionan de la misma manera, y en algunos lugares el proceso es más difícil que en otros. También debes saber que si vas a quedarte un año académico, debes proporcionar tus antecedentes penales, lo que hace que el proceso sea aún más lento.

Visados durante la pandemia COVID19

En el párrafo anterior se puede encontrar la información general para la obtención de visados, pero lamentablemente en este momento la normativa internacional ha cambiado y es muy posible que de un país a otro la situación sea diferente dependiendo de su lucha contra el COVID19. Te ayudaremos a conseguir un visado que te permita estudiar en España enviándote los documentos y certificados necesarios para demostrar que todo está en orden y demostrar tus serias intenciones de estudiar en Sevilla.

¿Puedo viajar los fines de semana?

¡Sí! Recuerda que Spanish Institute organiza excursiones por toda Andalucía, así que consúltanos antes de planificar cualquier viaje. Es buena idea pensar adónde te gustaría viajar para que cuando llegues aquí puedas comenzar a planificar tus viajes. Te recomendamos que trates de no viajar solo, habla con algunos de los otros estudiantes que conozcas aquí para ver si puedes viajar con un amigo. Existe un programa llamado STEP UP dirigido por el gobierno de los EEUU que es gratuito y ofrece a los estudiantes estadounidenses que estudian en el extranjero actualizaciones de seguridad para los lugares a los que viajan. Te recomendamos que también registres tus viajes con ellos, para mantenerte informado de todo lo que sucede en la zona. Además, recuerda presupuestar los viajes secundarios de antemano. Es muy recomendable aprovechar los vuelos más económicos a varios destinos. También querrás experimentar la vida en Sevilla, así que no viajes todos los fines de semana.

Nueva situación con COVID19: durante la pandemia debes reducir tus viajes a los estrictamente necesarios. Lamentablemente, es una situación imprevista que debemos abordar con el compromiso de cuidarnos y estar en entornos más controlados.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Groups:

Please contact us via email (info@spanishinstitute.net) where we will send you a doodle form to set up a zoom meeting at the most convenient time for you.

Individuals:

Individual Application Process

REVIEWS

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Official transcripts are issued by each Spanish university for courses taken at each one, and an official transcript is available from our School of Record, the University of Montana, for Spanish Institute courses.

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