Study Abroad in Spain

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

STUDY + RESEARCH AND CREATIVE INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECT (ISP)

The Independent Study Project (ISP) is an opportunity for a deep dive into a topic of interest or an opportunity to devise a creative or artistic project, or to undertake artistic training, unique to Seville. Some students choose an ISP in Seville to follow a passion that they cannot pursue elsewhere, while others may be intentional about choosing a project that is explicitly part of a career plan. In any case, it is an opportunity to utilize and develop linguistic skills and cultural understanding while forming new relationships with 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 working with area experts or artists as a means to integrate all aspects of your learning and cultural experience.

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:

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.

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 + 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 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 three courses (3 U.S. credits each) from the following:
    • Direct enrollment at one of our local partner universities
      • minimum one course
      • maximum three courses
      • taught in Spanish or English
      • one university per academic session
    • Spanish Institute language course
    • Elective Spanish Institute course

ISP COURSE

The required ISP experiential learning course is designed to help you make the most of your experiences. You will automatically be enrolled in the ISP course 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 ISP placement with an external expert or artistic guide. You will engage in additional interviews with our in-country coordinator and your potential host site supervisors. The host site 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):

MarketingPainting
BusinessTheater
AdvertisingGrammar
CinemaLiterature

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

FlamencoEconomics
ArtAnthropology
CookingPolitical Science
MusicHistory
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. Multidisciplinary Studies Program course offerings:

History of Art and CinemaSpanish and Latin American Literature
Biology / Chemistry / SciencePolitical Science
CommunicationPsychology
BusinessSociology
EconomicsHistory
Anthropology/Spanish CultureSpanish 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.
  • Internship or Service-Learning program 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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are classes like?

You have the option of taking classes at one of the three universities, the University of Seville, 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.

How can I find out what my level of Spanish is?

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.

Does the program provide us with the books and class material?

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.

I would like to do an internship or volunteer. Can Spanish Institute help me arrange this?

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.

Is it necessary to have an international student card?

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

Do I need a visa to come to Spain?

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.

Visas in COVID19

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.

Can I travel on the weekends?

Yes! Remember that Spanish Institute arranges excursions throughout Andalusia 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 Seville, 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@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

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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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