Gap Year

GAP YEAR

A new door opens for you, you begin the next stage of your life and you want to choose well. Take your time and live experiences that help you mature and discover the path you want to follow. The gap year will give you the opportunity to learn about yourself and about life. You may discover your passions and find new interests. It is an unforgettable experience that will undoubtedly enrich you. It’s time to live this adventure!

GAP YEAR: Now what?

A gap year is a period of one semester or one year after finishing high school and before entering college or a sabbatical university year. This opportunity gives you the chance to travel and take university classes, volunteer or do an internship. The experiences and individual growth gained this year are tremendously beneficial.

Choose between taking courses at a university in Sevilla or doing an internship or volunteering position

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Fall Semester

September to Mid-December

Spring Semester

January to Mid-May

Academic Year

September to Mid-May

  • ACADEMIC PROGRAM
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • ORIENTATION
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • INSURANCE
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
  • CERTIFICATES AND CREDIT OBTAINING
  • PRICES
  • OPTIONAL INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • APPLICATION PROCESS

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Coming to Sevilla to study a semester or academic year will be a wonderful experience and the perfect opportunity to greatly improve your level of Spanish. Are you ready for this adventure?

You can obtain university credits if you wish, since you receive official qualifications from the University of Sevilla, Pablo de Olavide University or EUSA University Centre, as well as an academic diploma issued by Spanish Institute for Global Education that will certify the classes you attend during the orientation phase and the Spanish Language Seminar.

The main achievement of the program will be your personal development where you will get a broader and deeper global perspective. Spending time with people from other countries and cultures will help you better define your identity and understand the ideas and points of view of others. We challenge you to spend a few months in Sevilla, this will be a great opportunity and experience for you.

You can choose to participate in this program in the spring or fall semester, or both.

More information about the universities and their Academic Programs here

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Become global citizens. You will be able to study at a Spanish university and you will have the possibility of obtaining university credits. Take part in our gap year program and you will see how this experience will set you apart from others.
  • Meet new people. During the sabbatical year you will meet many Spaniards who will be able to tell you about themselves and teach you about their culture and way of life. Meeting local people will make you feel more comfortable and at home and these people will become part of your life adding unforgettable memories.
  • Optional work experience. By doing an internship or volunteering program, you will begin to acquire professional experience that will undoubtedly open many doors for you as well as help you mature and make important decisions about your future.
  • True Spanish Experience: Spanish Institute will accompany you in your immersion into the Spanish culture making your visit an unforgettable experience.
  • Live Andalucía: art, history, tradition, gastronomy and much more.
  • Personalized Programs: we adapt to your needs because you are unique.
  • 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.

ORIENTATION

Before starting classes at the Spanish university, students receive a 48-hour orientation course. During the orientation phase, the student obtains relevant information on how to adapt to living in Spain, studying at the university, the Gap Year program, the schedule, security, activities and how to meet Spanish students.

Orientation also includes classes in Spanish, Grammar, Conversation, as well as Spanish Literature, History and Society. Part of learning about history is done by visiting monuments and getting to know emblematic places that are part of the Spanish cultural heritage. The academic program can be combined with a volunteer or internship program at a small additional cost.

ORIENTATION CONTENT

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Academic program at the University of Sevilla, Pablo de Olavide University or EUSA University Center.
  • Orientation Program.
  • A seminar on "Spain today" throughout the program at Spanish Institute.
  • Class material.
  • Academic advice before coming to Sevilla, tutoring and mentoring during your stay.
  • A Spanish placement test before coming to Sevilla so that our academic director can advice you on the subjects and prepare your personal program.
  • Accommodation with a host family in Sevilla with full room and board; three meals a day throughout your stay.
  • 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 begining and end of the program.
  • Welcome Pack.
  • Transport card (bus and metro).
  • Opportunities to practice speaking with local students.
  • Excursions and cultural visits in Sevilla and Andalucía.
  • Welcome and farewell tapas celebrations.
  • Support from Spanish Institute throughout the duration of the program.
  • Academic certificate.

Optional

ACCOMMODATION WITH A HOST FAMILY IN SEVILLA

This program includes accommodation in a host family.

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 please click here

HEALTH AND REPATRIATION INSURANCE

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

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

The Spanish Institute Gap Year Program includes all of the activities of Discover Sevilla and Discover Andalucía

CERTIFICATES AND CREDIT OBTAINING OPTIONS

Certificates

You will recieve an official transcript from the university in Sevilla that you attend and from Spanish Institute.

Credit Obtaining Options

All university academic programs are available with an option to obtain credit. Students should ensure that their home institution awards credit for their courses. The program offers the necessary documentation for these procedures.

PRICES

SEMESTER

11,858
  • Gap Year Academic Program
  • Host family
  • Full board

ACADEMIC YEAR

22,197
  • Gap Year Academic Program
  • Host family
  • Full board

OPTIONAL INTERNSHIP OR VOLUNTEER

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

This program has a fee of €300.00

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 rehabilitation, cognitive therapy, audiology centers, sports health and physiotherapy.
  • Journalism
    • Internship collaborating in a digital magazine where you can investigate and collect news for articles in the office or at events in Sevilla 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...

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You have the option of taking classes at one of the three universities, the University of Sevilla, the Pablo de Olavide University or EUSA University Centre. A variety of subjects are offered in Spanish and English. We usually recommend choosing classes from the courses for foreign students instead of taking traditional and regular classes for Spanish students because the structure and content of the classes can be very difficult even without the language barrier. Everything is naturally immersed in the cultural environment and it is difficult to understand without starting from the same background. If you feel encouraged to do it, because you have a high level of Spanish, we will support and help you in your decision, many students have done so. The programs for foreign students are very interesting and varied, you can find more information about the classes on the university websites.

When you arrive, or even before you come, you will take a placement test with us. This will guide you and help us advice you in making decisions regarding subjects, activities and other options.

At the beginning of the course the program will give you all the materials for the orientation. The materials and books of the university classes must be purchased by you.

Spanish Institute has a program of internships in schools and companies. We also have a list of volunteering opportunities. All internship and volunteering programs must be requested through the home university prior to arrival. At the end of your stay you will get a certificate.

The Spanish universities will give you a university student card. The international student card is not essential, but it is good to have one. You can get a discount at many places all over Europe with a student card. There are several organizations that can give you your student card. The following link is one of them: International Student Identity Card isic.org

If you’re from a country in the European Union, it is not necessary. Spain also has agreements with many other countries outside of the European Union, and their citizens are allowed to stay in Spain without a visa if the stay is less than 90 days. However, if you do stay longer you will need a student’s visa. You have to apply for this through the link of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: sede.maec.gob.es Once you have enrolled at Spanish Institute, and if your stay is going to be longer than 90 days, we will send you the necessary documents for the student visa application. It is a long process, it usually takes 45 days, so you should begin to apply as soon as you can. Any student who has ever needed a visa has been assigned one, so don’t worry! However, you should be aware that all the Consulates do not work in the same way, and in some places, the process is more difficult than in others. You should also realize that if you are going to stay for an academic year, you have to supply your criminal record, which makes the process even slower.

In the previous paragraph you can find the general information to obtain visas, but unfortunately at this time the international regulations have changed and it is very possible that from country to country the situation is different depending on their fight against COVID19. We will help you get a visa that allows you to study in Spain by sending you the necessary documents and certificates to show that everything is in order and show your serious intentions to study in Seville.

Yes! Remember that Spanish Institute arranges excursions throughout Andalucía so check in with them before planning any trips. It’s a good idea to have thought about where you would like to travel so when you get here you can start planning your trips. We recommend you try not to travel alone, talk to some of the other students you meet here to see if you can travel with a friend. There is a program called STEP UP run by the US government that is free and provides US students studying abroad with safety updates for the places they are traveling to. We recommend you log your trips with them as well, so you stay informed of anything going on in the area. Also, remember to budget for side trips beforehand. It’s highly recommended to take advantage of the cheaper flights to various destinations. You’ll also want to experience life in Sevilla, so don’t travel every weekend.

New situation with COVID19: during the pandemic you must reduce your trips to those strictly necessary. Unfortunately, it is an unforeseen situation that we must address with the commitment of taking care of ourselves and to be in more controlled environments.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Groups:

Please contact us via email (info@sigecampus.eu) 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

INTERNSHIP OR VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMS

A very good option to experience a gap year is to test yourself in a position. Find out what you are capable of and how your performance is and how to relate to your new colleagues. You will have the opportunity to learn and interact in a completely new environment. This experience is an incomparable opportunity to develop your communication skills in Spanish.
You can enjoy this experience working in a company or collaborating as a volunteer in an entity of your interest. Get out of your comfort zone and enjoy!
More information on the Internship and Volunteering Placements here

  • ORIENTATION
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • INSURANCE
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
  • CERTIFICATES AND CREDIT OBTAINING
  • DATES AND DURATION
  • PRICES
  • APPLICATION PROCESS

ORIENTATION

Spanish Institute accompanies you from the first moment you arrive in Sevilla. We pick you up at the airport and introduce you to your Spanish family. Before starting at your placement, you will do an orientation program that will help you adjust to life in Spain and you will receive information about the schedule, accommodation, public transportation, safety, and cultural activities. It also includes an intensive Spanish course.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quality companies. We carefully select institutions offering internships or volunteering positions.
  • Become global citizens. Take part in our gap year program and you will see how this experience will set you and your application for entry apart from others.
  • Meet new people. During the sabbatical year you will meet many Spaniards who will be able to tell you about themselves and teach you about their culture and way of life. Meeting local people will make you feel more comfortable and at home and these people will become part of your life adding unforgettable memories.
  • Work experience. By doing an internship or volunteering program, you will begin to acquire professional experience that will undoubtedly open many doors for you as well as help you mature and make important decisions about your future.
  • True Spanish Experience: Spanish Institute will accompany you in your immersion into the Spanish culture making your visit an unforgettable experience.
  • Live Andalucía: art, history, tradition, gastronomy and much more.
  • Personalized Programs: we adapt to your needs because you are unique.
  • 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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • An Internship or volunteering position in a quality organization according to your preferences. We contact the organizations and prepare a MOU or collaboration contract.
  • Orientation Program.
  • Two-week intensive Spanish course with activities in the afternoons.
  • A Spanish placement test before coming to Sevilla.
  • Accommodation with a host family in Sevilla with full room and board; three meals a day throughout your stay.
  • 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 begining and end of the program.
  • Welcome Pack.
  • Transport card (bus and metro).
  • Excursions and cultural visits in Sevilla and Andalucía.
  • Support from Spanish Institute throughout the duration of the program.
  • Participation certificate.

ACCOMMODATION WITH A HOST FAMILY IN SEVILLA

This program includes accommodation in a host family.

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.

For further information please click here

HEALTH AND REPATRIATION INSURANCE

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

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

The Spanish Institute Gap Year Internship and Volunteering Programs include two monthly Discover Sevilla activities and the option of participating in the Discover Andalucía activities

CERTIFICATES AND CREDIT OBTAINING

Certificates

Spanish Institute gives a certificate to the participants at the end of their internship or volunteering position, detailing the specialty, the duration and the task performed.
Letters of recommendation available upon request.

Credit Obtaining Options

Most internships are available with an option to obtain credit. Students should ensure that their home institution awards credit for their chosen internship. The program offers the necessary documentation for these procedures.

DATES AND DURATION

Starting every Monday

Duration from two months to a year

Exceptionally, a one-month program can be done but only in the field of Education

PRICES

1 MONTH

3,245
  • Gap Year Internships or Volunteering
  • Host Family
  • Full board

2 MONTHS

4,290
  • Gap Year Internships or Volunteering
  • Host Family
  • Full board

3 MONTHS

5,335
  • Gap Year Internships or Volunteering
  • Host Family
  • Full board

4 MONTHS

6,380
  • Gap Year Internships or Volunteering
  • Host Family
  • Full board

5 MONTHS

7,425
  • Gap Year Internships or Volunteering
  • Host Family
  • Full board

6 MONTHS

8,470
  • Gap Year Internships or Volunteering
  • Host Family
  • Full board

APPLICATION PROCESS

Groups:

Please contact us via email (info@sigecampus.eu) 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

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