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Quick Facts

Host Institutions: Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Universidad de Sevilla - Semester/academic year programs
Language/Academic Focus: Classes are available in English and Spanish. Subject areas include Spanish language, Spanish culture, art history, politics, literature, biology, business, economics, history, linguistics, anthropology, and more. (Click here for Course Offerings)
Housing: Students can choose to live with Spanish host families (includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week) or in a shared student apartment (no meals included).
Eligibility Rules: click here
Sample Day Excursions: Cordoba and Ronda
Sample Overnight Excursions: Madrid or Barcelona

Why Sevilla?

  • Located in Southern Spain; warm weather most of the year
  • Bullet train gets you to Madrid in just over 2 hours
  • 2 hours from the Costa del Sol beaches
  • Very rich in Spanish culture and history
  • Beautiful outdoor cafes, parks, plazas and restaurants
  • Large number of historic palaces, churches, and towers

City Description - Medium sized city of 600,000

Sevilla can be best described as a city of colors. Everywhere you turn, there are flowers, orange trees, and multicolored tiles that complement the houses in shades of green, brown, and orange. The colorfulness of the city is not only reflected in the buildings and landscapes, but also in the people and their way of life.

Home to 600,000 residents, Sevilla is the capital city of the Andalucía region in southern Spain. Originally built by the Romans as a shelter from the heat of Andalusian summers, it is now a bustling city with its own airport and a bullet train called el Ave ("The Bird") that gets you to Madrid in just over 2 hours.

Sevilla has an astonishing number of palaces, churches, towers, and historic hospitals. Probably the most impressive of the sites is the Cathedral, located in the Plaza del Triunfo. Begun in the 1400's, it took centuries to complete. It is one of the world's largest cathedrals, comparable in size to St. Peter's in Rome.

A short walk from the Cathedral is the Alcázar, a 14th Century Mudejar palace built by Pedro the Cruel. Today, the Alcázar is the Sevillian home of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, making it the oldest royal European residence still in use.

Sevilla is not only famous its day-to-day liveliness, but for its annual festivals as well. Held during the week leading up to Easter, Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Sevilla is a truly a sight to behold. It is one of the most important religious events in all of Spain and includes as many as 59 colorful and dramatic processions of floats depicting the Passion.

Universidad de Sevilla

The Universidad de Sevilla began in the 15th century as the Colegio Santa María de Jesús. Today, the University is housed in the second-largest building in Spain - a baroque, 18th-century building that was the first cigarette factory in the world, the Real Fábrica de Tabacos. During the 19th century, three quarters of Europe's cigars were manufactured there by over 3,000 cigareras (female cigar-makers). These workers inspired the French author Proper Merimee to create the character Carmen in a short story, which ultimately became the basis for the world-famous Bizet opera, Carmen.

All of the professors at the Universidad de Sevilla are masters or doctors in their respective fields, and there are approximately 10,000 Spanish students as well as 500 Americans. The Universidad de Sevilla has four libraries readily available to all students: Dante Alighieri (the Library of Philology, History, and Geography), the Library of Manuals, the Art Library, and the General Library. Also, each department has its own research facilities. Of special interest to students of history, the Archivo General de las Indias is available to students who have been granted special permission from a professor. These archives are considered the most important documentation in the world with regard to the West Indies. This would be an invaluable resource to any student interested in the pre-Columbian and colonial history of Latin America, as well as Latin America's relations with Spain.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), founded in 1997, is one of the Spain's youngest and smallest public universities. Named after an 18th century Peruvian intellectual, the university is a dynamic institution dedicated to educating the men and women of tomorrow through strong academic programs, innovative research, and a highly educated faculty. The University has a population of approximately 9,000 students and offers degree programs in a variety of academic fields.

The university offers degrees in the following areas: business, economics, humanities, law, science, social science, social work.

The University is located on a beautiful 345 acre campus less than 5 miles from Seville's city center. In addition to the many classroom building, a library, computer and science laboratories and two cafeterias, the campus contains a gym, a high performance table tennis center, indoor courts, an outdoor running track and playing fields.

The University library has open access stacks and contains 40 computer stations and 6 group study rooms. It is also wired to provide internet access for those students wishing to use their own laptop computers. In addition to its book collections, the library has over 940 academic journal and magazine titles as well as access to over 5,000 electronic publications in various languages.


Costs & Dates

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What's Included - Sevilla

  • HOUSING or ROOM & BOARD: Students can choose from 2 housing options:  1) Spanish host family (includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week). 2) Shared student apartment (no meals included).  Rooms are double or single occupancy.
  • EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursions
  • TUITION at one of the following host universities: Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.  Students can earn 5-30 semester hours or 8-42 quarter units of credit, depending upon the length of the program.  
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from your host university will be sent to your home institution.
  • CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student.  Students are responsible for the cost of phone usage.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at their host university, as well as at their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP at the designated airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to "Student Visa Information" to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Optional Internship.  For full details, please click here.
  • Airfare
  • Books & materials
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Student visa, if required
  • Meals, if living in a shared student apartment
  • Meals on excursions
  • $500 Damage Deposit, paid to ASA at least 30 days prior to departure (Refundable upon return. Applicable only to students who choose student apartment housing.)

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a "Costs of Attendance" budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at) 

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your Flight
  • Financial Aid info